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 numerous innovations and consistent excellence in the vision sciences. The Medal is given to any vision scientist who has made exceptional, significant, or lasting contributions to vision science. The nature of this work can be fundamental, clinical, or applied. Nominations of scientists from all career stages are encouraged.

Nomination Process

Nominations may be made by any (a) regular member, or (b) postdoctoral member, or (c) those who hold emeritus status. A nominee need not be a current member of the Vision Sciences Society. Previously considered nominees are eligible to be re-nominated.

The nomination must include the following:

  • One nomination letter, outlining in detail the contributions and innovations of the nominee, discussing clear indicators of the nominee’s impact on the field of vision science. The nomination letter can be co-signed.
  • A curriculum vita including an up-to-date publication list.
  • No more than four letters of support, three of which must be from regular members, postdoctoral members, or those who hold emeritus status.

Nominations should be submitted by email to Shauney Wilson.

Nominations will be reviewed by an Award Committee, consisting of the five most recent past-presidents of the Vision Sciences Society. Members of the Award Committee and of the VSS Board of Directors may not serve as nominators or nominees, or provide letters of support.


Nominations Open: November 21, 2023
Nominations Close: January 25, 2024
Recipient Announced: by February 27, 2024