The Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society (OTS) offers the opportunity for both members and non-members to apply for various awards to support the accomplishments of students, postdocs and young investigators.

Below is a list of awards offered by the society annually. Click on each award to view the details and specific application instructions. Completed application packets can be emailed to awards@oligotherapeutics.org.

Lifetime Achievement Award

The OTS Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated a lasting commitment to the field of oligonucleotide therapeutics through outstanding contributions to education, research, and therapeutic application. Nominees and nominators for this award do not need to be OTS members for a nominee to be considered.

Summary:

The purpose of the award is to recognize individuals who have devoted their career to oligonucleotide medicine and are an outstanding example to young or new members of the field. Such individuals may have made this contribution through one, or many, of the following descriptions:

  • An individual who has made a significant scientific contribution to the field of oligonucleotide medicine, over decades, by means of multiple high impact publications, leadership in the oligonucleotide community, and mentorship to trainees
  • An individual who has made an exceptional scientific contribution to the field of oligonucleotide medicine through the publication of one (or more) revolutionary papers which have made an immediate and significant contribution to the field of oligonucleotide medicine
  • An individual who has played a critical role, over decades, guiding decisions at companies and/or in academia and who might not be identified with any one scientific discovery
  • An individual who has played a critical role, over decades, in the leadership and/or mentorship or a prolific group of scientists (trainees)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • The BOD require that each nomination is supported by at least one letter of recommendation which addresses how the nominee represents the essence of the award. Applicants falling into the categories of emeritus, academic professional (minimally at the rank of assistant professor), or industry professional can be nominated. It is not required that the nominee be a member of the OTS or that they be currently active in research, however they must be able to attend the annual meeting to receive their prize and deliver a lecture.
  • Nomination deadlines will be announced for the 2022 Awardee cycle.

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Young Investigator Award

The Young Investigator Award recognizes the outstanding achievements and contributions by a professional scientist in the field of oligonucleotide therapeutics who has received his or her doctoral degree within the previous fifteen years.

The recipient receives:

  • $2,000 award
  • Complimentary registration to the OTS Annual Meeting
  • Formal presentation of the award at the OTS Annual Meeting
  • Short talk speaking slot at the OTS Annual Meeting

Application:
Required materials include:
-Current CV (date on which the doctoral degree was awarded must be provided)
-Summary of accomplishments (one page or less)
-A letter of recommendation, which may be from the nominee’s current colleague(s) or previous mentor(s).  (Note: letter(s) of recommendation will be requested via the online application system.)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a current member of OTS
  • Have received a PhD or MD (or equivalent) within 15 years
  • Be an independent academic scientist (rank of at least assistant professor) or a professional industrial scientist
  • Be active in research at the time the award is given
  • Attend the current year’s Annual Meeting and present a 15 minute short talk on  research
  • Prior winners are not eligible

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply you must first register for the current year’s annual meeting, then you will be emailed a link to the online submission portal where you can apply for the award. If you are not yet a current OTS member, you can purchase a membership during your meeting registration.

If you have questions, please e-mail awards@oligotherapeutics.org.

Dr. Alan M. Gewirtz Memorial Scholarship

The Dr. Alan M. Gewirtz Memorial Scholarship supports outstanding new scientists recognizes their contributions in the field of oligonucleotide therapeutics. OTS created the Dr. Alan M. Gewirtz Memorial Scholarship in 2011 as a tribute to his life and work.

To meet to growth of the society, the OTS instated a second scholarship in 2020 so that this award could support new scientists from the graduate to junior professional level.  Dr. Gewirtz was very influential in the field of oligonucleotides as well as in the establishment of the OTS. His passing in November 2010 inspired the society to create the scholarship in his honor.

Dr. Alan M. Gewirtz Memorial Scholarship – Postdoctoral Fellows and Junior Industrial Professionals

The recipient receives:

  • $2,000 award
  • Complimentary registration to the OTS Annual Meeting
  • Formal presentation of the award at the OTS Annual Meeting
  • Short talk speaking slot at the OTS Annual Meeting

Application:

Required materials include:

-Current CV which must include the date on which the advanced degree was awarded, and should include all evidence of contributions to the field (publications, patents, presentations, awards, and/or other relevant information)

– Summary of accomplishments which detail the applicants most significant contributions (research, mentorship, outreach, and/or other relevant information) to the field to date (one page or less)

– A letter of recommendation, preferably from the nominee’s previous or current mentor(s) or supervisor(s) (Note: this letter of recommendation will be requested via the online application system.)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current member of OTS
  • Be a current postdoctoral fellow or junior industrial professional
  • Eligibility is limited to the first 5 years after receiving the PhD or MD degree
  • Be active in research at the time the award is given
  • Attend the current year’s Annual Meeting and present a 15 minute short talk on their research
  • Prior winners are not eligible

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply you must first register for the current year’s annual meeting, then you will be emailed a link to the online submission portal where you can apply for the award. If you are not yet a current OTS member, you can purchase a membership during your meeting registration.

If you have questions, please e-mail awards@oligotherapeutics.org.

Dr. Alan M. Gewirtz Memorial Scholarship – Graduate Students

The recipient receives:

  • $2,000 award
  • Complimentary registration to the OTS Annual Meeting
  • Formal presentation of the award at the OTS Annual Meeting
  • Short talk speaking slot at the OTS Annual Meeting

Application:

Required materials include:

– Current CV which must include the approximate date on which the advanced degree is expected or the exact date on which the advanced degree was awarded, and should include all evidence of contributions to the field (publications, patents, presentations, awards, and/or other relevant information)

– Summary of accomplishments which detail the applicants most significant contributions (research, mentorship, outreach, and/or other relevant information) to the field to date (one page or less)

– A letter of recommendation, preferably from the nominee’s graduate mentor(s) or supervisor(s)  (Note: this letter of recommendation will be requested via the online application system.)

Eligibility Requirements

  • Be a current member of OTS
  • Be a current graduate student or have defended within the same calendar year as the current Annual Meeting.
  • Eligibility is limited to current graduate students and those who have defended in the same calendar year as the current Annual Meeting.
  • Be active in research at the time the award is given
  • Attend the current year’s Annual Meeting and present a 15 minute short talk on their research
  • Prior winners are not eligible

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply you must first register for the current year’s annual meeting, then you will be emailed a link to the online submission portal where you can apply for the award. If you are not yet a current OTS member, you can purchase a membership during your meeting registration.

If you have questions, please e-mail awards@oligotherapeutics.org.

The Paper of the Year Award is designed to honor the most impactful papers in the field of oligonucleotide therapeutics.

In 2020, the OTS introduced two categories for Paper of the Year award, the Basic Research and Late Discovery categories.  This change reflects the scope of excellent research being done in the field of oligonucleotide therapeutics.

Below are the details for each award.

Paper Of The Year Award – Basic Research

The Paper of the Year Award is designed to honor the most impactful paper in the field of oligonucleotide therapeutics.

The recipient receives:

  • $1,000 award
  • Presentation of an award certificate at the OTS Annual Meeting

Eligibility Requirements

  • Paper must have been published between July 2019-June 2020
  • Paper must be on a Basic Research (pre-clinical) topic relevant to oligonucleotide therapeutics

Paper Of The Year Award – Late Discovery

The Paper of the Year Award is designed to honor the most impactful paper in the field of oligonucleotide therapeutics. In 2020, the OTS introduced the Basic Research and Late Discovery categories to reflect the scope of excellent research being done in the field of oligonucleotide therapeutics.

The recipient receives:

  • $1,000 award
  • Presentation of an award certificate at the OTS Annual Meeting

Eligibility Requirements

  • Paper must have been published between July 2019-June 2020
  • Paper must be on a Late Discovery (large pre-clinical models and clinical studies) topic relevant to oligonucleotide therapeutics

Nominations

To submit a nomination for the Paper of the Year Award, complete the following form.  Nominations for the current award period must have been published between July 2020 – June 2021.

Nomination Deadline: July 9, 2021

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The Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society offers Travel Grants for outstanding doctorate graduate students and post-docs.
The grant includes a stipend to offset travel expenses for the OTS Annual Meeting.

Award Information

Travel Grant recipients receive $750 USD if travelling within the same continent as the Annual Meeting or $1,000 USD if traveling from outside the continent.

Application:

Application packages must include:

  • Abstract formatted per the guidelines
  • Current CV
  • Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s advisor

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must:

  • Be a current member of OTS
  • Be a current graduate student or post-doc
  • Be the first author of an abstract to be presented as a poster or short talk at the annual meeting
  • Submit an abstract of high scientific merit
  • Prior award winners are not eligible

HOW TO APPLY:

To apply you must first register for the current year’s annual meeting, then you will be emailed a link to the online submission portal where you can submit an abstract and apply for a Travel Grant. If you are not yet a current OTS member, you can purchase a membership during your meeting registration.

If you have questions, please e-mail awards@oligotherapeutics.org.

Award winners will be notified in late summer.  Award checks will be distributed onsite on the last day at the Society’s annual meeting.

The Oligonucleotide Therapeutics Society grants a number of Poster Awards to outstanding students and post docs presenting posters at the OTS Annual Meeting. The posters are judged onsite at the meeting and award winners are chosen based on exceptional and promising science as well as presentation of the data.

Award Information

The recipient receives:

A $250 USD cash or gift card award

Certificate and ribbon to display on poster

Eligibility Requirements

  • Any graduate student or post doc presenting a poster at the Annual Meeting is automatically considered for this award. There is no formal  application process. 
  • To present a poster, you must submit an abstract for the current year’s annual meeting by the poster abstract submission deadline.

If you have questions, please e-mail awards@oligotherapeutics.org.