NEEPS Fellow and Lifetime Achievement Award Program

Per the business meeting of 2017 in Binghamton, NY, this document provides information on designating special status to NEEPS members based on meritorious performance in the field of evolutionary psychology and behavioral sciences. The NEEPS Fellow award program is designed to recognize outstanding work of scholars from within the NEEPS community with more than 10 years of post-doctoral experience and a record of achievement that is recognized as excellent on an international scale. The NEEPS Lifetime Achievement Award program recognizes senior scholars from within the NEEPS community, with more than 25 years of post-doctoral experience, who have achieved elite status as scholars in the field and whose work has led to innovations that have discernibly changed the field. In line with NEEPS’ mission to support growth, Awardees are those individuals with clear evidence of mentoring students to become evolutionary scholars.

NEEPS Fellow Award Program

Achieving Fellow status in NEEPS is considered a high honor that is only allocated to scholars with 10+ years of post-doctoral experience (and at least three years of membership in NEEPS) who have clearly established an international reputation for their work. The NEEPS Board acts as the primary committee for this award – although the president is able to designate a subset of Board members to oversee this process (especially if a board member is up for an award). If a NEEPS board member is up for an award, the president will designate a subset of other board members to act as the recommending body. The president will make the formal determination based on the recommendations received.

PROCESS:

  • Any NEEPS member can nominate a NEEPS member for fellow status
  • The nominee must have 10+ years of post-doctoral experience
  • The nominee will have evidence of advancing the broader goals of NEEPS, including such activities as fostering student presentations at NEEPS, supporting outreach to student and early career groups for NEEPS attendance, serving on the NEEPS board, chairing the program for a conference, hosting a conference, etc. or other forms of clear mentorship and engagement.
  • The nominator will send the following to the President of NEEPS:
    • A nominating letter outlining the major achievements of the nominee
    • The nominee’s CV
    • Three letters of recommendation from experts in the field – speaking to the scholarly achievements of the nominee with particular language about why they should receive this prestigious award
    • Four of the nominee’s papers, chosen based on quality
  • NEEPS fellows will, on a perennial basis, not pay for registration fees after receipt of their awards. A brief ceremony recognizing awardees will take place at the annual meeting to recognize the accomplishments of incoming fellows.
  • Typically no more than 1 Fellow award will be selected each year.
  • The applications are due to the NEEPS president no later than 8 weeks prior to the start of an upcoming NEEPS conference. Applications that are not submitted within this time frame will be sent back and the nominator will be encouraged to re-submit the following year.
  • Note that it is possible that no awards will be given in any particular year, depending on the quality of submissions as judged by the board.

NEEPS Lifetime Achievement Award Program

Achieving a NEEPS Lifetime Achievement Award is considered the highest honor one can achieve within NEEPS. It is only considered for scholars with 20+ years of post-doctoral experience. A clear record of innovative work that has shaped the field is required of nominees. The focus here is on a combination of scholarship, mentorship, and legacy. The NEEPS Board acts as the primary committee for this award – although the president is able to designate a subset of Board members to oversee this process (especially if a board member is up for an award). If a NEEPS board member is up for an award, the president will designate a subset of other board members to act as the recommending body. The president will make the formal determination based on the recommendations received.

PROCESS:

  • Any NEEPS member can nominate a NEEPS member for a lifetime achievement award
  • The nominee must have 20+ years of post-doctoral experience
  • The nominee will have evidence of advancing the broader goals of NEEPS, including such activities as fostering student presentations at NEEPS, supporting outreach to student and early career groups for NEEPS attendance, serving on the NEEPS board, chairing the program for a conference, hosting a conference, etc. or other forms of clear mentorship and engagement.
  • The nominator will send the following to the President of NEEPS:
    • A nominating letter outlining the major achievements of the nominee including language that underscores why the nominee deserves such a special honor
    • The nominee’s CV
    • Three letters of recommendation from experts in the field – speaking to the scholarly achievements of the nominee with particular language about why they should receive this prestigious award
    • Four papers by the nominee that are deemed to be of particular note.
  • Awardees, on a perennial basis, will not pay for registration fees after receipt of their awards. A brief ceremony recognizing all awardees will take place at the annual meeting to recognize the accomplishments of incoming fellows.
  • No more than 1 lifetime achievement awards will be given out per year – and it is possible that no award will be given in any particular year, depending on the quality of the submissions as judged by the board.
  • The applications are due to the NEEPS president no later than 8 weeks prior to the start of an upcoming NEEPS conference. Applications that are not submitted within this time frame will be sent back and the nominator will be encouraged to resubmit the following year.

Applications and queries should be submitted to the Awards Liaison of the NEEPS Board. Currently, that is Glenn Geher (geherg@newpaltz.edu).