College seeks nominations for Jacobson Promising Investigator Award

The American College of Surgeons (ACS) is accepting nominations for the eighth Joan L. and Julius H. Jacobson II Promising Investigator Award to be conferred in 2012. This award has been established to recognize outstanding surgeons engaged in research, advancing the art and science of surgery, and demonstrating early promise of significant contribution to the practice of surgery and the safety of surgical patients. The award, funded through a generous endowment established by the donors, is in the amount of $15,000. The ACS Surgical Research Committee will administer the award.

Award criteria

  • Candidate must be board-certified in a surgical specialty and must have completed surgical training in the last six years.
  • Candidate must be a Fellow or an Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
  • Candidate must hold a faculty appointment at a research-based academic medical center. Candidate holding a military service position is also eligible.
  • Candidate must have received peer-reviewed funding such as a K-series award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Veterans Affairs, National Science Foundation, or U.S. Department of Defense merit review to support their research effort.
  • Nomination documentation must include a letter of recommendation from the nominee’s department chair. Three additional letters of recommendation will be accepted.
  • Only one application per surgical department will be accepted.
  • Nomination documentation must include an NIH-formatted biographical sketch and copies of the candidate’s three most significant publications.
  • Nominee must submit a one-page essay to the committee explaining why he or she should be considered for the award and discussing the importance of the research that he or she has conducted/is conducting.

Special consideration will be given to surgeons who are at the “tipping point” of their research careers with a track record indicative of early promise and potential (such as a degree program in research or K-award). Surgeon-scientists who are well-established (such as recipients of NIH R01 grants) are ineligible.

Nomination procedures

To be considered for the award in 2012, submissions must be dated no later than March 9, 2012. You may send your award criteria documentations and nomination materials electronically to or on a CD-ROM and mail it to Rhoby Tio, American College of Surgeons, 633 N. Saint Clair St., Chicago, IL 60611-3211.

Please note that your essay and biographical sketch must be submitted in a Word document. Applicants are encouraged to verify that all necessary materials have been received before the deadline. For additional information, contact Ms. Tio at or 312-202-5319.

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