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, lasting contributions to vision science. The nature of this work can be fundamental, clinical, or applied. The Medal is open to all career stages. The award will be presented at the 2021 VSS Meeting in St. Pete Beach. The awardee may be asked to give a brief presentation of her/his work.

Nomination Process

Nominations may be made by any current regular member of the Vision Sciences Society as well as those who hold emeritus status. A nominee need not be a 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, two of which must be from regular or emeritus VSS members.

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 16, 2020
Nominations Close: January 11, 2021
Recipient Announced: by February 26, 2021