SSR Awards

Carl G. Hartman Award

The highest award of the SSR is given in recognition of a career of research and scholarly activities in the field of reproductive biology. The nominee must be living at the time their nomination is submitted. The nominee does not have to be a member of the Society. The letter of nomination should be accompanied by two supporting letters from other individuals. See procedures for guidelines regarding length of the nomination and supporting letters. Letters of nomination should specifically address each of the criteria for this award, as described below.


The Carl G. Hartman Award is supported by the SSR.

Award Criteria


  1. Originality
    1. Pioneered in the development of novel and significant areas of knowledge, including the development of creative and innovative hypotheses.
    2. Developed new knowledge in a creative manner and with independent insight.
    3. Created new knowledge to expand the understanding of reproductive biology and/or extended the application of knowledge to technology.
  2. Experimental Practices
    1. Developed new and superior experimental methodologies.
    2. Formulated experimental designs that enabled the derivation of unambiguous conclusions.
    3. Conveyed research results to the scientific community with clarity through timely presentation at scientific meetings and by publication in high-quality journals.
  3. Leadership
    1. Provided essential contributions in team research endeavors.
    2. Recognized as an innovator and scholar by peers as evidenced by other scientific awards and invitations to participate in scholarly activities, such as symposia.
    3. Shared research experience willingly and unselfishly with the scientific community through activities, such as providing expert advice, sharing new techniques, or providing unique reagents.

Other Activities

The nominee, through leadership and innovation, provided substantive and significant contributions to reproductive biology in one or more of the following activities:

  • Teaching
  • Mentoring of graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, or interns
  • Application of experimental results to the benefit of society
  • Administration or management in universities, government, industry, or other organizations
  • Membership with active participation in SSR or other professional societies and their activities (See SSR's Service List)
  • Participation in regional, national, or international review or advisory committees and panels
  • Editorships and other activities related to scholarly publications

PROCEDURE: Members of the Society have the privilege and responsibility of nominating individuals for these awards. The process is straightforward. If more than one person is nominating, one person should be designated as the primary Nominator for future communications and be the sender of the following:

  1. A letter of nomination, no more than 4 pages in length.
  2. No more than two supporting letters from other individuals, each no longer than 2 pages in length. The Trainee Mentoring award may have up to four supporting letters, each no longer than 2 pages in length.
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV). The CV may be streamlined/ shortened to focus on the criteria for the award under consideration, and should include:
    • professional positions held
    • overview of research focus and seminal accomplishments
    • honors/awards received
    • special appointments (e.g. administrative positions, editorships)
    • invited lectures/workshops/symposia
    • extramural funding/grant support
    • peer-reviewed publications and reviews that exemplify the criteria of the award (indicate the total number of publications at the beginning of this section)

Submit a Nomination: 

SSR is no longer accepting nominations.