Elsevier/VSS Young Investigator Award

VSS is pleased to announce the eighth annual Elsevier/VSS Young Investigator Award, sponsored by Vision Research. The award is given each year to an outstanding visual scientist who received an advanced degree within the past 10 years.


Nominations must be made by a VSS member. They will be reviewed by an Award Committee of five established visual scientists selected from VSS membership. Members of the Award Committee and of the VSS Board of Directors cannot serve as nominators or provide letters of support.

The Award Committee will select the winner by March 28, 2018. The prize will be presented at the 2018 VSS Meeting in St. Pete Beach and will include an honorarium. The awardee will be asked to give a presentation of her/his work at the 2018 VSS Meeting and to write a review to be published in Vision Research.

The nominations should include:
* A letter of recommendation with a detailed description of the scientific contributions of the nominee;
* One additional letter of support; and
* A curriculum vitae of the nominee.
Nominees from previous years can be re-nominated, assuming the nominee is still eligible. A new nomination letter is required in that case.

Award Eligibility

To be eligible, the award applicant must have no more than 10 years of active research/teaching experience. (This allows the exclusion of times that typically “stop the clock” in academic tenure track positions). If there was no break in active research/teaching, for the upcoming 2018 award, the degree must have been awarded in or after 2008.

Applicants must be active VSS members and have attended at least two of the last five VSS meetings.

Awards Schedule

Nominations Open: December 11, 2017
Nominations Close: February 8, 2018
Recipient Chosen: March 28, 2018

Nominations are now closed.