Award Selection Process

ASB Awards Selection Process

Awards selections are made by a group of ASB members, convened by the Past-President. The Past-President serves as a non-voting Chair for all of the Awards Committees and is responsible for recruiting members to serve on the Awards Committees, as well as for administrating the process. Each committee member independently reviews the appropriate material and submits his/her scorings electronically to the Chair, without discussion amongst the committee members. The recipient/finalist of each award is determined via the highest average score as tabulated by the Chair. If an average ranking is identical for two candidates, the smallest range of scores will serve as a tie-break.

The ASB awards that are given to honor a specific research project are selected from a pool of abstracts scored most highly in review (the reviews are done blinded to abstract authorship). This results in approximately 70 to 90 abstracts being considered each year across the awards. Given the number of ASB members, finding a single group of members of equal representation from each of our 5 discipline areas willing to review such a large number of abstracts, without any conflict for any award, has become a substantial practical limitation. As a result, sub-committees are formed for each Award, with some members serving on multiple sub-committees. The Borelli and Hay Awards Committees are comprised of the current President-Elect and President, and three former Past-Presidents and/or Borelli/Hay winners (requiring equal representation of all 5 ASB disciplinary categories). Members in conflict (either nominating or submitting for either Award, or a former mentor or mentee) will be excused from participation in the assessment of either Award. Separate committees will be established for the remaining awards, while maintaining discipline diversity (at least n=5 per committee). Any committee member with a conflict will be excused from receiving submissions for that award (e.g., a member that is in conflict for the Journal of Biomechanics Award would not receive those abstracts but would be eligible to participate in the selection of the Clinical Biomechanics Award).