In July, 21 NIEHS trainees won the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Fellows Award for Research Excellence (FARE). Now in its 23rd year, the award recognizes outstanding achievement by junior researchers and the scientists who train them.
“Receiving the FARE is an exceptional honor for our trainees and for the institute as it signifies the elite caliber of research being conducted at NIEHS,” said Tammy Collins, Ph.D., director of the NIEHS Office of Fellows Career Development. “Warmest congratulations to all of the winners and their mentors, as well as to the dozens of other fellows who put in the time and effort to submit abstracts for the competition.”
NIH said the judges considered scientific merit, originality, experimental design, and overall quality and presentation of the abstracts.
High marks for fellows
Names are removed from the abstracts before the FARE judges evaluate them to prevent potential biases. Only the top 25 percent win recognition.
The awards include a $1,500 stipend to attend a scientific meeting, which gives the winners an opportunity to present their research as either a poster or an oral presentation.
“NIEHS fellows performed particularly well this year, with our institute ranking third highest among all the NIH institutes,” said NIEHS Scientific Director Darryl Zeldin, M.D., referring to the percent of applicants who received awards. “That’s a real testament to the exceptional level of work being done by our fellows.”
(Ian Thomas is a public affairs specialist with the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison, and a regular contributor to the Environmental Factor.)