1. If I am not a U.S. citizen, can I apply for this award?
Yes. This award program is open to anyone who is a current graduate student or postdoctoral fellow.
2. Does the award money need to be used for my research?
Award recipients are not limited to using award money for research purposes, but may use the funds in any manner they see fit.
3. Will Baxter cover travel and accommodations for the award ceremony?
Yes, Baxter will be covering the costs for the first-tier recipients to travel to and from the award ceremony, as well as accommodations for the nights before and after the ceremony.
4. If I am unable to attend the ceremony, can I still receive an award?
Receipt of a first-tier award is contingent upon the recipient’s presence the day of the ceremony, along with his or her research presentation. The second-place awards do not require attendance or presentation.
5. How many awards will be presented?
There will be up to six first-tier awards and up to ten second-tier awards.
6. I have just completed my postdoctoral fellowship and will be starting a position soon. Am I still eligible?
As long as applicants are graduate students or postdoctoral fellows at the time their applications are submitted, they are eligible.
7. My research is interdisciplinary. How should I select a topical area?
Applicants should select a field of research that most closely aligns with their work, and then select appropriate subfields. Interdisciplinary applications will be sent to all relevant judges who cover those research areas.
8. My research has spanned multiple research advisors. Whom should I ask to write my advisor letter?
Each applicant should choose an advisor to write a letter for his or her application based on whether the advisor can speak to the quality and nature of the applicant’s work, as well as to the applicant’s level of involvement in the research.
9. If I am developing a novel therapy or device, is my potential patent on such a therapy or device protected if I apply for the award?
At this time, there is no special protection for either the participant’sapplication or, if successful, for the award recipient’s presentation. The application and presentation should both be considered public disclosures, similar to abstracts and presentations at scientific conferences. As a result, the applicant and his or her advisor should take care to limit the content of the application and award presentation to material that appropriately protects their intellectual property.