Last week to apply to the 2021 JoVE Science Education & Research Innovation Awards!

Raveena Khatri

The Covid-19 pandemic has been a testing ground for innovations. The crisis brought upon a persistent question: With millions of students, researchers, and educators across the world forced to stay home, how could the education world assure quick adaptation and smooth transition? 

In response to these unprecedented times, the science community has developed new mechanisms to cope with the flux between hybrid learning and return to in-person activities. 

JoVE has launched the 2021 JoVE Science Education & Research Innovation Awards to recognize and celebrate creative solutions developed by Instructors, Librarians, and Researchers from all over the world, to meet these challenges. Through the awards, JoVE hopes to recognize these achievements by providing funding for professional development as well as by publishing the winning innovations for the community to benefit from. This year’s awards comprise three categories:

 JoVE Innovation in Instruction Award

This award will recognize creative uses of visual media resources to advance teaching in all science disciplines and laboratory experiments.

JoVE Librarian Innovation Award

This award will recognize creative solutions, especially using visual resources that libraries developed to support faculty, researchers, and students to help transition in these challenging times.

JoVE Researcher Innovation Award  

This award will recognize innovative uses of visual resources to conduct research and training. 

The application deadline is fast approaching so make sure to share the creative approaches you deployed to adapt to unprecedented changes this past year with us by July 15, 2021! Please note that a JoVE subscription is not required for entry.

Up to $1,500 (USD) will be awarded per winner in the form of reimbursement for professional development. 3 winners will be selected globally in each category, as follows: 

One recipient from the United States, Latin America, or Canada

One recipient from Europe, Africa, or the Middle East

One recipient from Asia, Australia, or New Zealand

At JoVE, we work closely with our audience to find and share achievements and to award exemplified work. Between 2017 and 2019 JoVE held the Annual Librarian Travel Awards to celebrate librarians helping to advance scientific research at their respective institutions. Here’s what the 2019 winners had to say about their experience of winning the awards and getting to attend a conference of their choice as part of the award prize:

1.Kelly Grossmann Getz, STEM Librarian, Eastern Michigan University:

Kelly increased by 150% the number of students receiving science librarian assistance on lab protocols and scholarly scientific writing. “Through my attendance at ACRL, I have been able to gain insight about how academic libraries and librarians work with neurodiversity in modern student populations.”

2. Daureen Nesdill, Associate Librarian, University of Utah:

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Daureen supported the enterprise-wide use of an Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN), or lab research project management software. “Winning this award will assist with my research. I am working with marine biologists to develop a data and tools platform for studying southern right whales.” 

3. Jodi Coalter, University of Maryland, College Park

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Jodi designed a program to train students in best practices for field research, data collection, and data management. “As a new librarian, I am just understanding my place in the greater library world, so having a chance to learn at a conference from those who have been in the field longer is invaluable.” 

Once again JoVE has decided to not let efforts and innovations go unnoticed in the scientific community during these difficult times, which will help bring the scientific community closer.

Learn more about the submission process and other award details here.