VSS is pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2018 Elsevier/VSS Young Investigator Award. The prize, sponsored by Vision Research, is awarded each year to an outstanding vision scientist who received an advanced degree within the past ten years.
To be eligible, the award applicant must have no more than ten 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 two of the last five VSS meetings.
Nominations must be made by a VSS member. They will be reviewed by an Award Committee, consisting 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.
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.
Nominations should include the following:
• A letter of recommendation containing a detailed description of the nominee’s scientific contributions,
• One additional letter of support,
• The nominee’s curriculum vitae.
Nominees from previous years may be re-nominated, assuming the nominee is still eligible. A new nomination letter is required in that case.
Nominations for the 2018 Young Investigator Award should be submitted by email to Shauney Wilson at
The deadline for submitting nominations is February 8, 2018.