Basmajian Award

Nomination deadline: October 15
Materials deadline: November 15
Award presented at the Annual Meeting at Experimental Biology


Past Winners

This award recognizes health science faculty who are in the formative stages of their career (within 10 years of their highest earned degree at time of nomination), teach human or veterinary gross anatomy, can document excellence in their contribution to the teaching of gross anatomy, and have outstanding accomplishments in biomedical research or scholarship in education. At the AAA Annual Banquet, the recipient is presented with a plaque and a $1,000 honorarium. The recipient also will receive two years free AAA membership and registration (at early registration rate) at the EB meeting will be waived for two years, including the year of the award.


Only AAA members may submit a nomination; however, the proposed award recipient need not be an AAA member. AAA members may nominate themselves, but must provide a letter of recommendation from someone else on the nomination form. Only complete nominations can be considered by the individual award committee.  See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


By October 15th, a nominator must submit the nomination form and a letter of support outlining the qualifications of a nominee. Each nominee is then asked to submit the remaining documentation (see Submission Requirements below) by November 15.


Documents required for the Basmajian Award nomination should clearly reflect the nominee’s accomplishments in both research and teaching. Clear, concise information about the accomplishments of the nominee is more useful than extensive materials. The completed nomination package should include:

  • Nomination form and letter of recommendation from the nominator (or other individual if self-nominated)
  • Two (2) ADDITIONAL letters of recommendation At least one of the three (3) total letters of recommendation must be from the nominee's chair, chief, or dean (supervisor) and must document the quality of the nominee's contributions to the teaching of gross anatomy.
  • Candidate's curriculum vitae (NIH biosketch format preferred) documenting:
    1. Research - CV must reflect the nominee's research portfolio, including publications, textbooks, patents, abstracts, chapters, and proceedings papers.
    2. Teaching - CV must reflect the nominee's teaching portfolio, such as experience, awards, and publications on teaching anatomy to students (i.e., undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral, medical, or residents).
    3. Service - include departmental, school, university, journal, and society level service. Copies of letters documenting good performance in such service are helpful.
  • At least one article/textbook sample (up to three may be submitted)
  • At least one representative research paper (up to three may be submitted)


Any nominee not chosen for an award is automatically considered for the award by the next two consecutive award committees. It is the nominator’s responsibility to update or augment the nomination materials, if appropriate, prior to the next year’s deadline.

For further information or clarification regarding the process or the forms, you may call or email:

301-634-7910 (phone)
301-634-7965 (fax)

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