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ASAM Awards, Prizes & Grants

Annual Prizes

ASAM provides a number of incentives to encourage members to participate in the science of aviation medicine, and to contribute to the science presented in our journal and annual conference. The awards and prizes are open to all members.

The Eric Stephenson Award is named to honour Air Vice Marshal (Retired) Eric Stephenson AO OBE and his commitment to aviation medicine since joining the RAF in 1942. The Eric Stephenson Award, comprising $1000 and a commemorative plaque, is awarded for the best scientific paper presented at the annual conference by an ASAM member. The award is judged by a panel of ASAM members. The prizewinner will be announced at the conclusion of the conference.

The Jeanette Linn Award is named to honour Dr Jeanette Linn OAM. The Jeanette Linn Award, comprising $1000 and a commemorative plaque, is awarded for the best presentation by an ASAM member presenting for the first time at an ASAM annual conference. The award is judged by a panel of ASAM members. The prizewinner will be announced at the conclusion of the conference.

The ASAM President's Prize will include the sum of $1,000 plus a commemorative plaque, and may be awarded to a member for an outstanding clinical case presentation at the annual conference. The presentation must be suitable for publication in JASAM. The award is judged by a panel of ASAM members. The prizewinner will be announced at the conclusion of the conference.

The John Lane Memorial Prize is named in honour of Dr John Lane, the Society’s most prominent member in its formative years. The John Lane Memorial Prize will include the sum of $2,000 and a commemorative plaque, may be awarded to a member for the best original paper reporting aerospace medicine research published in the Journal of the Australasian Society of Aerospace Medicine (JASAM) in the preceding financial year. The Journal’s editorial committee will consider all relevant published papers from the preceding financial year.

The ASAM Aerospace Medicine Prize will include the sum of $1,000 plus a commemorative plaque, and may be awarded to a member for the best original paper on an aerospace medicine-related topic published in a peer-reviewed journal in the preceding financial year. Members may nominate their own papers, or any member may suggest a fellow-member’s paper for consideration. The President will consider all papers submitted to the ASAM Secretariat by 1 August for papers published in the preceding financial year.

The Merz Prize, named in honour of Flying Corps Lt George Merz, doctor and dux of the first military flying course conducted in Australia, is awarded to the student who gains the highest marks on the Aviation Medical Officer course conducted at the RAAF Institute of Aviation Medicine. The Merz Prize consists of a commemorative plaque and one year’s annual subscription to ASAM.

The Westerman Prize, named to honour Dr Rod Westerman, is awarded to the student who gains the highest marks on the Australian Certificate of Civil Aviation Medicine Course conducted at Monash University. The Westerman Prize consists of a commemorative plaque and one year’s annual subscription to ASAM.

Research Grants

ASAM will offer a research grant of up to $20,000 per annum as an incentive to members to contribute to aerospace medicine research.

Grants will be awarded in each calendar year, provided the quality of research proposals is deemed adequate, and may be extended for a second year in meritorious cases. Award of grants will be conditional on agreement by the researcher that results will be presented for publication in JASAM within three years of the conclusion of the research. The Society shall have discretion not to award a grant should it consider that no application is of sufficient merit in any particular year. Applications for grants should be made to the Secretariat by 30 June for consideration of a grant for the following financial year. Applications should detail the nature of the research proposed, participants (and any supervisors) involved, and the proposed use of the grant in connection with the research. Proof of clearance by an appropriate institutional ethics Committee must be included with the application. The Committee will consider all applications and choose any recipient or recipients.

Student Scholarships to Attend Conferences and Courses

The John Lane Trust may fund up to two scholarships each year to full-time medical students in an Australasian university who are interested in the specialty of aerospace medicine. The award will include full conference registration for the ASAM Annual Conference OR the Humans in Space Course and student membership of ASAM for 12 months. The award is offered once only to a recipient. The award is offered only if applications merit the award, and must be taken up in the year it is offered. In order to be eligible for the award, applicants must submit an essay on a topic relevant to the annual scientific conference theme or on space medicine, in a format suitable for editorial review prior to consideration for publication. Submissions close 30 June and the awards will be announced by 14 July. No travel or accommodation expenses are included in the award.

Notes

The persons and committees responsible for awarding the prizes and research grants shall have discretion not to award the prize or grant should they consider that no paper, presentation or application is of sufficient merit for the award in any particular year. The ASAM Committee shall have discretion to vary the quantum of these prizes and the conditions of their award from time to time.