American Sociological Association

Section on Medical Sociology

Awards

2019 Donald W. Light Award for Applied Medical Sociology

Award MedalThe Donald W. Light Award for the Applied or Public Practice of Medical Sociology is given in alternate years to a book or journal article published in the preceding two years that employs the concepts and methods of medical sociology to an applied issue or problem of significance. The 2018 Light Award will be given to an article published in either 2017 or 2018. The Light Award recognizes sociologists whose professional work or advocacy contributes to politically or ethically important challenges in health, health care, or health care policy at the national or international level. The award recipient will be invited to attend the Reeder dinner as a guest of the Medical Sociology section. Self-nominations are acceptable. To be considered for the 2019 award, the candidate should submit a letter of nomination and a copy of the article to Jane McLeod at jmcleod@indiana.edu with the subject line: 2019 Donald W. Light Award. Deadline for receipt of all nomination materials is April 1, 2019. The nominator and at least one author must be current section members.

2020 Leo G. Reeder Award 

Award MedalThe Medical Sociology Section invites nominations for the 2020 Leo G. Reeder Award to be awarded at the annual meeting of the Medical Sociology Section in San Francisco. This award is given annually for Distinguished Contribution to Medical Sociology. This award recognizes scholarly contributions, especially a body of work displaying an extended trajectory of productivity that has contributed to theory and research in medical sociology. The Reeder Award also acknowledges teaching, mentoring, and training as well as service to the medical sociology community broadly defined. Please submit a letter of nomination and the nominee’s curriculum vitae to Deborah Carr at carrds@bu.edu with the subject line: 2020 Reeder Award Nomination. Nominations are due by April 1, 2019. The nominee and at least one nominator must be current section members. Note: If a person nominated for the Reeder Award is currently a member of the Medical Sociology Section Council, the nomination will be deferred until the person is no longer on the Council.

2019 Eliot Freidson Outstanding Publication Award: Seeking Journal Article Nominations

Award MedalThe Freidson Award is given in alternate years to a book or journal article published in the preceding two years that has had a major impact on the field of medical sociology. The 2019 award will be given to a journal article published in either 2017 or 2018. The article may deal with any topic in medical sociology, broadly defined. Co-authored articles are appropriate to nominate. Self-nominations are permissible and encouraged. When making your nomination, please indicate (however briefly) the reason for the nomination, and include a PDF of the article. Nomination letters should be emailed to: Claire Decoteau, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago (decoteau@uic.edu) with the subject line: 2019 Freidson Award Nomination. Nominations and submissions are due by April 1, 2019.

2019 Simmons Award

Award MedalNominations are being accepted for the 2019 Roberta G. Simmons Outstanding Dissertation in Medical Sociology Award. The award is given each year by the Medical Sociology section. The awardee will receive a $750 travel grant to attend the ASA meetings and an award certificate, and will attend the Reeder dinner as a guest of the Medical Sociology section. Self-nominations are acceptable. Eligible candidates must have defended their doctoral dissertations within two academic years prior to the annual meeting at which the award is made. To be considered for the 2019 award, the candidate should submit an article-length paper (sole-authored), not to exceed 35 double-spaced pages (11- or 12-point font), inclusive of references. This paper may have been previously published, or may be in press or under review. A letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor familiar with the candidate’s work is also required. Electronic submission of the paper (MS Word or PDF) is required. The letter of recommendation should be sent directly by the recommender as an email attachment (MS Word or PDF). Please send all materials to Patricia Rieker at rieker@bu.edu with the subject line: 2019 Simmons Award Nomination. Deadline for receipt of all submission materials is April 1, 2019. The nominator and nominee must be current section members.

2019 Louise Johnson Scholar

Award MedalThe Medical Sociology Section will select a student member of the section to be the 2019 Louise Johnson Scholar. The Louise Johnson Scholar fund was established in memory of Louise Johnson, a pioneering medical sociologist whose mentorship and scholarship we are pleased to honor. The fund was made possible by Sam Bloom of Mount Sinai School of Medicine, a former colleague of Louise Johnson. The Scholar will receive travel funds up to $500 to present at the annual ASA meetings in New York and attend section events. Selection will be based on academic merit and the quality of an accepted ASA paper related to medical sociology; papers with faculty co-authors are ineligible. To apply, please send: 1) a copy of your acceptance notification to present at the 2019 ASA meetings, 2) a copy of your paper, 3) your CV, and 4) a letter of recommendation from a professor who can write about your academic merit. Submissions should be sent via email, as Word documents or PDFs, to Hui Liu at liuhu@msu.edu with the subject line: 2019 Louise Johnson Scholar Nomination. Applications are due by May 1, 2019. The nominator and nominee must be current section members.

2019 Howard B. Kaplan Memorial Award in Medical Sociology

Award MedalThis award is established to support graduate students doing research in one of the substantive areas that defined the distinguished academic career of Dr. Howard B. Kaplan, namely mental health, self-concept and health, or deviance, by providing funds up to the amount of $500 to contribute to expenses associated with attending the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). The award recipient will be invited to attend the Reeder dinner as a guest of the Medical Sociology section. Self-nominations are acceptable. To be considered for the 2019 award, the candidate should submit a CV and letter of nomination to Hui Liu at liuhu@msu.edu with the subject line: 2019 Kaplan Award Nomination. Deadline for receipt of all submission materials is April 1, 2019. The nominee and nominator must be current section members.