C. Wayne Bardin, MD International Travel Award

May 11, 2020

We are pleased to announce the creation of the new C. Wayne Bardin, MD, International Travel Award. This award was created in honor of Dr. Wayne Bardin, who made remarkable research contributions to both reproductive physiology and contraception throughout his long career.

Former Endocrine Society President Richard J. Santen, MD shares the significance of Wayne Bardin's contributions to the field of endocrinology: 

Rationale for the Award:

  • Wayne Bardin made remarkable research contributions to both reproductive physiology and contraception throughout his long career. During this time, he mentored a large number of international trainees, most of whom have proceeded in their own right to pursue notable careers in endocrine research.
  • Dr. Bardin is remembered after his passing on October 10, 2019, at the age of 85, not only for his numerous scientific contributions but also for his teaching excellence, mentoring of students, clinical and basic science skills, and international leadership.
  • He is also recognized for his enduring interest in providing contraception to women from countries with emerging economies as well as developed countries outside the USA.
  • On the basis of his numerous achievements and global efforts, a group of his peers, along with the Bardin family, thought it appropriate to establish a named International Travel Award to the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society through earnings from an Endowment Fund to honor this great man and giant in the endocrine community.
  • The goal for the award would be to serve as a badge of excellence for the awardee and to assist in that individual obtaining early name recognition so important for career development.

Nature of the Award:

  • The C. Wayne Bardin, MD International Travel Award will be funded from the proceeds of a C. Wayne Bardin Endowment Fund to be created within the Endocrine Society for the purpose of supporting expenses incurred while attending the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society for an outstanding candidate based on the quality of his/her research presentation.
  • The Endocrine Society Policy is that the corpus of an endowment must equal or exceed $100,000 for the award to be named for an individual.
  • The Award would cover costs incurred for travel, hotel, food and miscellaneous expenses to attend the four-day annual meeting of the Endocrine Society;up to $3,000.Additionally, the Endocrine Society has offered to waive the annual meeting registration fee.
  • The Endocrine Society estimates that the C. Wayne Bardin Endowment fund of $100,000 would provide an annual interest yield of approximately 4% ( $3,000 of this would be utilized for the travel award and the remainder added back to the Endowment corpus to keep up with inflation over time). The recipient of the C. Wayne Bardin International Travel Award will be announced at the beginning session of the Annual Meeting.

Qualifications for Award:

  • The candidate must be an endocrine fellow currently in training or a junior faculty member for less than 5 years. The award recipient will be encouraged to become a member of the Endocrine Society upon receipt of the award and continue to contribute to endocrine science.
  • The competitive Award will be considered from among candidates whose research abstracts have been selected for an oral presentation or chosen as a Distinguished Poster by the Annual Meeting Steering Committee of the Endocrine Society. The Awardee will be selected based on:
    • The quality of the abstract
    • The quality of his/her science in general
  • Application for the award must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a current member of the Endocrine Society detailing opinions regarding:
    • Quality of the science
    • Personal character of the potential award candidate
    • Overall potential of the candidate as an academic endocrinologist
  • The awardee will usually be considered from the international community as defined by residence outside of the USA, with emphasis to select candidates from countries with emerging economies; but a candidate from the USA could be considered under unusual circumstances.
  • No restrictions for the award will be placed regarding any candidate’s ethnicity, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
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