The Ken Nakayama Medal for Excellence in Vision Science

The Ken Nakayama Medal  is in honor of Professor Ken Nakayama’s contributions to the Vision Sciences Society, as well as his innovations and excellence to the domain of the vision sciences.

The winner of the Ken Nakayama Medal receives this honor for high-impact work that has made a lasting contribution in vision science in the broadest sense. The nature of this work can be fundamental, clinical or applied. The Medal is not a lifetime career award and is open to all career stages.

Nominations can be made by all regular members of the Vision Sciences Society, or those who hold emeritus status. The nominee does not have to be a member of the Vision Sciences Society. Nominations must be submitted by March 13, 2017. The winner will be announced in early April. The recipient will be recognized at the VSS 2017 Meeting in St. Pete Beach.

The nomination package should include the following:

  1.  The nomination letter, outlining in detail the excellent contributions and innovations of the nominee. Clear indicators of the impact should be discussed.
  2.  A Curriculum Vitae, and an up-to-date publication list of the nominee.
  3. Letters of support by four vision scientists, of which two should be regular VSS members (or hold emeritus status).

The award committee, consisting of the five most recent past-presidents of the Vision Sciences Society, will nominate one candidate to the current board of the Vision Sciences Society. Members of the Award Committee and of the VSS Board of Directors cannot serve as nominators.

Nominations for the Ken Nakayama Medal should be submitted by email to

Deadline for nominations is March 13, 2017.