SSR Awards

Virendra Mahesh New Investigator Award

Sustaining support provided by the Virendra B. Mahesh New Investigator Fund.​

This award recognizes an active, regular member of SSR for outstanding research completed and published within 12 years after receiving the Ph.D. or other equivalent professional degree (please note that for 2022 an additional year of eligibility is given due to COVID-19, i.e. 13 years). Nominees will be evaluated on the originality, significance, and impact of their research in reproductive sciences or allied fields, and the degree to which their research was independent of that of a mentor. Letters of recommendation from two senior colleagues and/or scientific collaborators should accompany the nomination. View procedures for guidelines regarding the length of the nomination and supporting letters. Letters of nomination should specifically address each of the criteria for this award, as described below. The recipient of this award will have the honor of presenting their research during the annual meeting of the SSR in 2022.

Criteria for the SSR New Investigator award are as follows:

  1. Originality, independence, and innovation.
  2. Contribution and significance to the field of reproductive sciences and allied fields of investigation.
  3. Development of important new methodology, technology, and/or clinical procedures with clear applications in basic research, animal or human clinical practice, or assisted reproductive technologies.

Submit a Nomination 
The nominations Deadline is August 15th, 2021.  Send nominating materials to: Dr. Melissa Pepling, Chair, SSR Awards Committee, e-mail:  by August 15th, 2021.

View the procedures for guidelines regarding the length of the nomination and supporting letters. 

Please send all nomination materials in a single, consolidated PDF file in the order specified above with the file name format AWARDEE NAME_2022_AWARD NAME, if possible. The preferred method is e-mail to facilitate prompt review by the entire Awards Committee, but please contact Dr. Pepling by email if you must send any nomination documents via a different means.


View previous SSR New Investigator Award recipients HERE