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Distinguished Service Contributions Award

This award is given for sustained, significant, and outstanding service to SIOP.

Service contributions can be made in a variety of ways which include but are not limited to serving as (a) an elected officer of the Society, (b) the chair of a standing or ad hoc committee of the Society, (c) a member of a standing or ad hoc committee of the Society, and (d) a formal representative of the Society to other organizations.

The recipient of this award is given a plaque and cash prize of $1,500. Award recipients will be asked to serve a three-year term as a reviewer on this award subcommittee beginning the following year.

Nomination Guidelines

  1. Nominations may be submitted by any member of SIOP. Self-nominations are welcome.
  2. Only members of SIOP may be nominated for the award.
  3. A current vita of the nominee should accompany the letter of nomination. In addition, the nominator should include materials that illustrate the contributions of the nominee. Supporting letters may be included as part of the nomination packet. The number of supporting letters (not counting the nominating letter) for any given nomination should be between a minimum of three and a maximum of five.
  4. Letters of nomination, vita, and all supporting letters (including at least three and no more than five) or materials must be submitted online.
  5. The Distinguished Professional Contributions, Distinguished Scientific Contributions, Distinguished Service Contributions, and Distinguished Teaching Contributions Awards are intended to recognize a lifetime of achievement in each of their respective areas.
  6. Beginning in 2018, non-recipients of this award will not automatically be reconsidered the following year. If desired, the nominator may submit a new application for their nominee in subsequent years.

Criteria for the Award

The letter of nomination should address the nature and quality of the nominee’s service contributions. A detailed history of the individual’s service-oriented contributions should be provided. It should specify:

  1. The offices held by the nominee.
  2. The duration of his or her service in each such office.
  3. The significant achievements of the nominee while an incumbent in each office.
  4. This award is intended to recognize a lifetime of service.

Administrative Procedures

  1. The SIOP Awards Committee will review the letters of nomination and all supporting materials of all nominees and make a recommendation concerning one or more nominees to the SIOP Executive Board. Two or more nominees may be selected if their contributions are similarly distinguished.
  2. The Executive Board may either endorse or reject the recommendations of the Awards Committee but may not substitute a nominee of its own.
  3. In the absence of a nominee who is deemed deserving of the award by both the Awards Committee and the Executive Board, the award may be withheld.

Composition of the Committee

  • Must consist of a minimum of five current SIOP members.
  • Committee members must be SIOP Fellows or previous recipients of this award, or current SIOP members with a history of serving on a SIOP Committee.
  • Diversity of all types is encouraged, including non-U.S. based members.


Updated: 16 October 2018