Young Scientist Award Nomination Instructions

The ACSM Biomechanics Interest Group-AMTI Young Scientist Award (ACSM BIG-YSA) is given in recognition of an individual who shows great promise with early significant theoretical or empirical contributions to basic or applied research in biomechanics. Applicants must demonstrate commitment and dedication to ACSM through research, teaching, and service that advances the mission of ACSM as well as participation in the College. Examples of activities that fulfill each category include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Research: publishing in in ACSM journals; presenting at ACSM conferences
  • Teaching: mentoring; peer and public education
  • Service: organizing symposia or tutorials at the national or regional meetings; chairing meeting sessions; participation or serving on a ACSM committee
  • Participation with the College: long term membership; attendance at national and regional meetings

The award consists of a certificate and a check for $400.00 USD. The Awardee must attend and will be given their award at the ACSM BIG Annual Meeting. Awardees must reply to the award notification email within one week to confirm acceptance and confirm their intent to attend the BIG Meeting.


Current member of the ACSM at the time of the submission. A person is considered eligible for the Young Scientist Award if they have received their doctoral degree within five years of the annual meeting or began their first Assistant Professor position within three years of the annual meeting.


Candidates may be self-nominated or nominated by an ACSM member.

Submission Material 

1) Letter of nomination (PDF).
2) Endorsement from either A) dissertation or post-doctoral advisor confirming time the since the candidate received their doctoral degree or post-doc position; or B) Department Chair confirming time since candidate began their Assistant Professor position.
3) Personal statement from the candidate describing current research, contribution to science, evidence of early promise i.e. grant funding, high impact publications, etc., and commitment to ACSM i.e. years of membership, years of attendance to ACSM Annual Meeting, presentations given at ACSM Annual Meeting, service to ACSM, etc. (limit 2 page PDF).
4) Curriculum vita of relevant work (limit 3 page PDF).
5) Example of original research submitted to the ACSM annual meeting within the past three years with the nominee as first author (i.e. abstract submission or special session application).

Submission Instructions

Applications should be submitted electronically to the ACSM BIG Awards Chair, Dr. Allison Gruber at  All material must be submitted by April 5, 2019. Please put “YOUR FIRST INITIAL, MI, LAST NAME – BIG YS AWARD” in the subject header of the application e-mail.