OSSD Awards

The OSSD is deeply committed to the advancement and support of trainee members.  The OSSD currently offers numerous awards to trainees, with a goal of supporting a diverse attendance at our annual meeting. Awards that will be decided prior to the meeting based on submitted abstracts are the Elizabeth Young New Investigator Award and multiple types of Travel Awards. Trainees that are the presenting author and are currently a member (or choose to become a member) of the society can apply for these awards at the time of abstract submission. Decisions in these award categories will be made by the Awards Committee and recipients will be notified prior to the meeting. We will also offer Poster Awards including the Florence P. Haseltine Best Poster Awards, which will be decided at the meeting based on evaluation of poster presentations. Finally, we will offer Undergraduate attendee awards to cover membership costs and attendance at the meeting by interested undergraduates.

Please see important dates for application deadlines and award notification.

To be eligible for awards, abstracts must be submitted by February 1, 2023.



Elizabeth Young New Investigator Award is awarded to trainee members* that have a substantial story to tell regarding the effects of sex and/or gender on health and disease. A high point at OSSD annual meetings is the Elizabeth Young New Investigator Symposium, at which several young investigators (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or residents) are invited to present their research and receive an award in Dr. Young's honor. Applications for this award must include a CV. The award will cover meeting registration costs and include a $1,000 USD honorarium. 4 Awards will be given.

Travel Awards are awarded to trainee members and are determined based on average abstract review scores, and we will also take self-identified ethnic, gender or other identified minority status into consideration when deciding applications, as the OSSD is deeply committed to promoting and broadening diverse backgrounds and perspectives in our annual meeting. We strongly encourage trainees from historically excluded or underrepresented minority groups to apply. Applications for this award must include a CV, and if applicable, a description of how the applicant identifies as URM. Awards will be $500 USD.

CIHR Institute of Gender and Health (IGH) Travel Awards will be offered to trainees at Canadian institutions to promote cutting-edge research that integrates sex as a biological variable and/or gender as a socio-cultural determinant of health. More details about the eligibility criteria and how to apply are available on CIHR-IGH Website. The deadline for CIHR-IGH Travel Award is February 1, 2023. The award recipients will be announced early March 2023.  

Undergraduate Attendee Awards are awarded to undergraduate students who are from underrepresented minority groups as defined by NIH (individuals from racial and ethnic minority groups, individuals with disabilities or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds) who are interested in research in the area of sex differences and would like to attend the meeting. In lieu of an abstract, students should provide a short paragraph describing 1) how they identify as an underrepresented minority and 2) why they are interested in attending the OSSD conference. Students should also submit a CV or resume as part of their application. These awards will cover membership costs and the registration fee for the meeting. Applicants do not need to become members to apply for this award. The deadline for Undergraduate Attendee Award is April 14, 2023


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ORWH Policy Travel Awards is an opportunity for the Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH) and OSSD to work together to further turn sex as a biological variable (#SABV) into policy change.

This will be awarded to two applicants who are junior investigators interested in research policy to support them in their focus on women and sex/gender differences. Examples include, but are not limited to: (1) studies of the effects of these policies in promoting research, (2) identification of policy gaps that might promote such research and projection of their effects, or (3) identification of specific research disciplines and/or research topic areas where more work is needed to promote women and sex/gender differences.

ORWH requests that interested investigators submit an abstract on a policy-related matter connected to women’s health or sex and gender differences for consideration as a poster, oral session, or symposium at the OSSD 2023 Annual Meeting. Each of the two awards will consist of $3,000 USD to support their travel and attendance at the meeting. A panel of experts will review the abstracts, and the authors of the two chosen will receive the travel awards. Attendance at the OSSD meeting will be a unique opportunity for investigators to network with leading scientists and clinicians working to advance sex and gender inclusion and policy.

The deadline for NIH ORWH Science Policy Scholar Travel Award is February 1, 2023. The award recipient will be announced on March 1, 2023.
NIH ORWH Science Policy Scholar Travel Award for the Organization for the Study of Sex Differences (OSSD) 2023 Annual Meeting FLYER


Poster Awards:

Abstract must be submitted by March 15, 2023 for Poster Award Consideration

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Florence P. Haseltine Best Poster Awards will recognize the most outstanding poster presentations and will be determined during the meeting. All poster presentations by trainee members (undergraduates, graduate students, postdocs/residents) are eligible. The competition will be stratified by training phase, with 3 undergraduate student, 3 graduate student, and 3 postdoctoral fellow/resident awards given. Awards will be $200 USD.

CIHR Institute of Gender and Health Poster Awards will also be offered to trainees affiliated with Canadian research labs, in recognition of the best integration of sex- and gender-based analyses into their research study.  3 awards will be given. Awards will be $250 CAD.

Best Poster Award at OSSD Meeting from Biology of Sex Differences is selected by Editors from the Biology of Sex Differences journal at the OSSD annual meeting. The journal would like to better highlight and support work performed by young investigators attending the meeting. Winners will be announced at the meeting and will be featured in a blog post highlighting their work. They will also receive an APC waiver for their next submission to the journal.

*To be to be eligible for trainee awards, you must be an undergrad, master, PhD/MD student or a Postdoctoral Fellow/Resident at the time of the meeting. Faculty (such as Assistant Professors) are not eligible for these awards.


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