Awards and Grants

    Thank you to all the applicants for the 2013 Sun Valley Young Investigator awards and travel grants! 

    Winners of the 2013 Sun Valley Young Investigator Awards

    Harold M. Frost Award Alice L. Jee Award Under-Represented Minority Award Osteoarthritis Award
    Yohann Bala
    University of Melbourne 
    Samir Abdelmagid
    Northeast Ohio Medical University 
    Jean de la croix Ndong
    Vanderbilt University 
    Merry Ruan
    Baylor College of Medicine 
    Julia Chen
    Columbia University 
    Qianqian Han
    Tufts University School of Dental Medicine 
    Nilsson Holguin
    Washington University
    Eve Donnelly
    Cornell University 
    Jason Inzana
    University of Rochester Medical Center 
    Patricia Juarez-Camacho
    Indiana University 
    Yurong Fei
    New York University 
    Kyu Sang Joeng
    Baylor College of Medicine 
    Alicia Ortega
    University of Colorado at Boulder 
    Ronald Kwon
     University of Washington 
    Julia Kuliwaba
    University of Adelaide 
    Thomas Siosi Mbimba Jr. 
    Kent State University 
    Sarah McBride
     Washington University 
    Tieshi Li
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
    Elizabeth Salsibury
     Baylor College of Medicine 
    Kyle Nishiyama
    Columbia University  
    Jae Hyuck Shim
     Weill Cornell Medical College 
    Christopher Newman
    Indiana University 
    Xiaofang Wang
     Baylor College of Dentistry  
    Joshua Padovano
    University of Illinois 

    Michaela Reagan 
    Harvard Medical School  


    Sun Valley Under-Represented Minority Travel Grant

    Any minority candidate (as defined in the Equal Employment Opportunity Commissions Regulations, 29 C.F.R. Part 1602, i.e. Native American or Alaska native, Asian or Pacific Islander, African-American or Black and Hispanic) with a terminal graduate degree (PhD, MD, DVM) is eligible. Candidates may be in academia, industry, or government as long as their work is related in some manner to scientific research in the broad field of musculoskeletal biology. Candidates of any age or experience level are encouraged to apply.

    -4 awards of $1,000 each
    -2 of the Travel Grants generously supported by ASBMR

    Young Investigator Awards

    Two types of young investigator awards are available to help support travel of students, fellows and junior investigators (i.e. those at or below the level of Assistant Professor).

    Alice L. Jee Young Investigator Award

    Students, fellows and young investigators up to and including Assistant Professors who receive this award will have the honor of presenting a poster at the Sun Valley Workshop poster session.

    -10 awards of $800 each
    New in 2013 The Osteoarthritis Award! 

    Students, fellows and young investigators up to and including Assistant Professors who receive this award will have the honor of presenting a poster at the Sun Valley Workshop poster session.

    -1 award of $1,000 
    The ASBMR/Harold M. Frost Young Investigator Awards 

    The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) established the Harold M. Frost Young Investigator Awards in 2004 to support the Sun Valley Workshop, in which Dr. Frost was an active participant, and to honor his scientific accomplishments in skeletal biology.  These awards of $1500 each will be given to nine young investigators and award winners will present their work from the podium during one of the Sun Valley sessions.  Each will be awarded based on competitive application and review by a committee. Those young investigators who are given an award will present their work from the podium during the Monday evening session.

    The ASBMR staff administers the review process, which includes sending the nomination packets to the review panel, arranging the review panel conference call, and sending out the acceptance letters. The ASBMR President and Sun Valley director each select two members to serve on the nomination review panel. The review panel scores each nomination packet and sends their scores to ASBMR staff who will average the scores and rank the nominees. This program is intended to stimulate young investigator participation by providing the opportunity for presentation of their results.

    -9 awards of $1,500 

    Participation of Junior Faculty and Students

    The Sun Valley Skeletal Tissue Workshop grew out of a training program for students. At recent conferences (since 1998), nearly half (44-48%) of the participants have been students, fellows or junior faculty members. This exceeds earlier conferences in which about one-third of participants were students or junior faculty. As many as 10 travel awards averaging $800 each are provided to students and fellows from the Alice L. Jee Memorial Fund, the Orthopaedic Research Society and the National Institutes of Health (NIAMS). The emphasis on student and junior faculty training has continued to develop over the years.

    Besides training, a primary focus of the workshop has been on the interaction of younger and more senior investigators. This is accomplished through several means. First, each year, the Workshop sponsors a volleyball game (and provides refreshments) to generate informal interaction between junior and senior scientists. These games have been highly effective in allowing time for informal exchange in a relaxed and nonthreatening atmosphere. Additional informal opportunities for discussion occur at the welcoming and closing receptions and a mid-week banquet. For the latter, a Children's Party (for age 11 and under) is provided to make it easier for young investigators and their spouses to develop relationships with established investigators.

    Contrary to some opinion, the Workshop is not a closed meeting, nor is it by invitation only. The only restriction is in the number of participants, because of the venue. If there are more than 150 applications for attendance, the members of the Advisory Committee (i.e., the chairs of the scientific sessions), based on productivity and currency in the field, will decide in a Gordon Conference style who should attend. Graduate students and fellows will be given preference. The Workshop has never turned down a student, fellow or junior investigator, and especially young clinical investigators, who expressed a desire to attend the Workshop.

    IBMS BONE - Young Investigators Career Discussion

    At Sun Valley we offer young Investigators the opportunity to have lunch or coffee with a Senior Investigator. It’s a great time for you to ask questions, get advice from the experts and network with your colleagues. 

    Winners of the 2012 Sun Valley Young Investigator Awards and Travel Grants

    Alice L. Jee Awards  Under-Represented Minority Awards        Harold M. Frost Awards
    Eimear Dolan
    National University of Ireland 
    Gabriel Mbalaviele
    Washington University 
    Gregory Chang
    NYU Langone Medical Center  
    Pierre Eleniste
    Indiana University 
    Monique Bethel
    Indiana University 
    Anusuya Das
    University of Virginia 
    Peng Liu
    Fritz-Lipmann Institute 
    Babatunde Ayobami Awodele
    University of Melbourne 
    Minoti Hiremath
    Boise State University 
    Shane Lloyd
    Penn State College of Medicine 
    Sarah Amungongo
    University of California Davis 
    Russell Main
    Purdue University 
    Gregory Miller
    Boston University 
    Rhima Coleman 
    Hospital for Special Surgery  
    Margaret A. McNulty
    Rush University Medical Center 
    Vaibhav Saini
    Massachusetts General Hospital 
    Shu Meng
    Tufts University  
    Ramaswamy Sharma
    UT Health Science Center San Antonio 
    Simon Tang
    University of California, San Francisco 
    Meina Wang
    Yale University 
    Xianrong Zhang
    University of Pennsylvania 

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