This award is linked to the theme of the Special Conference and intended to honor the highest level of achievement in research or practice in the thematic area that is the focus of a special conference. It is only given when an appropriate honoree has been identified. Nominees are selected by Special Conference Program Chairs and approved by the Executive Committee of the SMS Board of Directors.
The recipient will receive an inscribed plaque and be recognized at the Special Conference and on the SMS conference website. In addition, the recipient will be invited to give a keynote, lecture, or otherwise contribute in a meaningful way to the conference program