2024 AES Research and Recognition Awards

 Deadline:   Friday, March 22, 2024 at 11:59 PM PT

AES is accepting nominations for the following awards:

  • Founders Award
  • Basic Science Research Award
  • Clinical Science Research Award
  • J. Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Epilepsy Care
  • AES Distinguished Service Award

You may nominate as many eligible candidates as you wish. Please only nominate one person per form submission. Self-nominations are permitted.

To nominate, you must submit:

  • A brief statement stating why you consider this individual a strong nominee for this award
  • The nominee's CV as a Word document or PDF

To view eligibility criteria for each award, please click through the award list below.


Questions? Learn more about these awards on the AES website or email AES Governance and Administration Manager
, Lyn Wolfson.

Award for which Nomination is being Submitted*

Founders Award

The Founders Award honors AES members who have a record of lifetime contributions to and accomplishments in epilepsy. The award is funded by the Lennox and Lombroso Trust for Research and Training and has been a top honor bestowed by AES since 1966.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible nominees must:

  • Be AES members (in any category)
  • Be at a senior level professionally
  • Have a record of lifetime service, contributions, and accomplishments in the field

The following individuals are ineligible for the Founders Award:

  • Current Board members, officers, and Research Recognition Award Committee members 
  • Past recipients of the Founders Award or the Research Recognition Award (Basic and Clinical)

Additional notes:

  • Recipients of the Distinguished Service, Penry, or lecture awards are eligible for Founders Award or the Research Recognition Award (Basic or Clinical)
  • There are no geographic restrictions for this award
  • Nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged


Selection Criteria

  • Major lifetime contributions to the field of epilepsy
  • Engaged in dissemination of knowledge about epilepsy
  • History of working to promote better care of people with epilepsy
  • Has a meaningful connection with AES and a record of participation in AES activities
Nomination Type
Nominee's Name *
Nominee's Name (if joint nomination)
Please attach the Nominee's CV (PDF or Word file) *
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please attach the Nominee's CV (PDF or Word file) - if joint nomination
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Basic Science Research Award

The Basic Science Research Award is designed to encourage and reward active basic science investigators whose research improves the understanding and conquering of epilepsy. Honoraria are provided for the exclusive use of the recipients, not intended for institutional or departmental support.


Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for these awards extends to work addressing all areas and aspects of epilepsy. Awardees are typically at a senior level with a clear track record of accomplishments. Applications are evaluated on multiple criteria including pioneering research in epilepsy, quality of publications, research productivity, training activities, other contributions in epilepsy, and anticipated productivity over the next decade.

The award may be shared by co-investigators.

Eligible nominees must:

  • Be at least an Associate Professor or Professor
  • Have a clear record of service, contributions, and accomplishments in the field

The following individuals are ineligible for the Founders Award:

  • Current Board members, officers, and Research Recognition Award Committee members 

Additional notes:

  • AES prefers that nominees be members, but membership is not mandatory
  • Recipients of the Distinguished Service, Penry, or lecture awards are eligible for Founders Award or the Research Recognition Award (Basic or Clinical)
  • There are no geographic restrictions for this award
  • Nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged


Selection Criteria

  • Pioneering research in epilepsy
  • Quality of publications
  • Research productivity
  • Training activities
  • Other contributions in epilepsy
  • Anticipated productivity over the next decade
Nomination Type
Nominee's Name *
Nominee's Name - if joint nomination
Please attach the Nominee's CV (PDF or Word file) *
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please attach the Nominee's CV (PDF or Word file) - if joint nomination
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.

Clinical Science Research Award

This award is designed to encourage and reward active clinical science investigators whose research contributes to the understanding and conquering of epilepsy. Honoraria are provided for the exclusive use of the recipients, not intended for institutional or departmental support.


Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for this award extends to work addressing all areas and aspects of epilepsy. Awardees are typically at a more senior level with a clear track record of accomplishments. Applications are evaluated on multiple criteria including pioneering research in epilepsy, quality of publications, research productivity, training activities, other contributions in epilepsy, and anticipated productivity over the next decade.

The award may be shared by co-investigators.

Eligible nominees must:

  • Be at least an Associate Professor or Professor
  • Have a clear record of service, contributions, and accomplishments in the field

The following individuals are ineligible for the Founders Award:

  • Current Board members, officers, and Research Recognition Award Committee members 

Additional notes:

  • AES prefers that nominees be members, but membership is not mandatory
  • Recipients of the Distinguished Service, Penry, or lecture awards are eligible for Founders Award or the Research Recognition Award (Basic or Clinical)
  • There are no geographic restrictions for this award
  • Nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged


Selection Criteria

  • Pioneering research in epilepsy
  • Quality of publications
  • Research productivity
  • Training activities
  • Other contributions in epilepsy
  • Anticipated productivity over the next decade
Nomination Type
Nominee's Name *
Nominee's Name - if joint nomination
Please attach the Nominee's CV (PDF or Word file) *
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
Please attach the Nominee's CV (PDF or Word file) - if joint nomination
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.

J. Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Epilepsy Care

The J. Kiffin Penry Award for Excellence in Epilepsy Care was established in 1997 in honor of Dr. Penry’s lifelong focus on advancing epilepsy care and awareness.  It recognizes individuals (members or non-members) whose work in the clinical care of patients, scholarly/educational activities, and mentorship have had a major impact in improving the quality of life for persons with epilepsy. The award was initially funded with a gift from Abbott Laboratories and has been continually supported through the J. Kiffin Penry Fund of AES. 

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible nominees must:

  • Professionally, Senior level experience 
  • Clinical emphasis 
  • Embody a fierce commitment to patient care and outcomes

The following individuals are ineligible for the Founders Award:

  • Current Board members, officers, and Research Recognition Award Committee members 

Additional notes:

  • AES prefers nominees be members, but membership not mandatory
  • No geographic restrictions for this award
  • Nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged



Nomination Type
Nominee's Name *
Please attach the Nominee's CV (PDF or Word file) *
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.

AES Distinguished Service Award

This award recognizes outstanding service by an AES member in the field of epilepsy, including non-educational and non-scientific, with an emphasis on exemplary contributions to the American Epilepsy Society and its members.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate must be a member of AES and have an extensive history of volunteer service within the Society
  • Nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged
Nomination Type
Nominee's Name *
Please attach the Nominee's CV (PDF or Word file) *
No File Chosen
File uploads may not work on some mobile devices.
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