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ARO Achievement Awards

The following applies to all nominations: Nominees, nominators and letter-writers are not required to be ARO members.  Self-nominations are not accepted.  Nomination packages comprise a curriculum vitae (CV; or CVs for multi-investigator teams), a nomination letter that describes the research contributions of the nominee(s), and 1-2 supporting letters.  Letters may have multiple signatories.


ARO Award of Merit

Recognizes an individual who has made substantial scientific achievements in and contributions to the fields encompassed by otolaryngology. Nominees should be able to present a talk as part of the Award ceremony at the midwinter ARO meeting in 2022. The selection will be made during the 2020 Midwinter meeting.


The Geraldine Dietz Fox Young Investigator Award

Recognizes accomplishment and promise in research related to otolaryngology, in an area(s) represented at the Annual ARO meeting. Candidates should have a graduate degree (PhD, MD or equivalent) and be no more than 5 years beyond residency or postdoctoral training at the time of nomination. Only 1 letter of support is required; it may have multiple signatories. The selection will be made before the 2021 Midwinter meeting.


ARO Pioneer Award in Basic Science

Recognizes a body of work representing a significant advance in hearing, vestibular or related science, and established in the awardee’s own lab. The topic should be related to the scientific interests of the Association as represented at the Annual ARO meeting.  As the award is for a body of work, the award may be shared among investigators who have worked as a team.   The awardee(s) will be asked to give a scientific talk at the 2021 meeting (one per award). The selection will be made before the 2021 Midwinter meeting. 


ARO Innovator Award in Clinical Science

Recognizes a body of work that constitutes a significant advance relevant to clinical practice in hearing and vestibular disorders. The topic should be related to the scientific interests of the Association as represented at the Annual ARO meeting. As the award is for a body of work, the award may be shared among investigators who have worked as a team.   The awardee(s) will be asked to give a scientific talk at the 2021 meeting (one per award). The selection will be made before the 2021 Midwinter meeting.


ARO Travel Awards

For graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, residents, and audiologists, attendance at the MidWinter Meeting. See ARO Travel Awards for more information and to submit an application.