AGA Young Investigator Award in Basic and Clinical Science

Elevated to a recognition prize in 2014, this award honors two young investigators, one in basic science and one in clinical science, for outstanding research achievements. 



The candidate must be an AGA member in good standing at the time of nomination and award acceptance. Candidates must have demonstrated exemplary achievements in basic or clinical research in the field of gastroenterology or hepatology. Qualified candidates will have an MD, PhD or MD/PhD degree(s). Candidates must be independent investigators who have held a faculty position for less than seven (7) years.

Nomination and Selection Process

All AGA members are encouraged to submit a nomination for this award. To submit a nomination, provide a one-page letter of recommendation (multiple signatories allowed) and the curriculum vitae of the nominee. The nomination letter should include:

  • A brief summary of the candidate’s training and background.
  • Specific citation, with references to his/her published work, of the achievements of the candidate and how they relate to those of other major contributions to the field.  Particularly, cite examples of confirmation of the candidate’s work by the subsequent research of others.
  • Major technical or methodological contributions of the candidate such as new, more sensitive or more precise analytical methods or adaptations to measurement techniques of new principles.
  • Specifically delineate how the candidate functions within his/her research group as the intellectual and motivational force. In situations where the candidate has worked closely with one or two other individuals over an extended period, the selection committee needs to understand the relative role of the candidate to such collaborations.
  • Evidence of respect for the candidate’s work in his/her field of research.
  • Relevance to and impact of the candidate’s work in his/her field of research.
  • Broad scientific implications of the work to any other disciplines, clinical or basic.
  • A summary of other significant research accomplishments, aside from the major research to be recognized by the award.
  • The nominator’s qualifications to interpret and evaluate the candidate and his/her work.
  • Important relevant personal characteristics of the candidate, such as the ability to attract and develop young scientists. 

Nominations will be reviewed by an independent panel of AGA members. Recipients will be chosen on originality, innovative insight into a major problem in gastroenterology and the significance of his/her work to an area of research in gastroenterology or hepatology.


The recipients will be recognized at Digestive Disease Week (DDW).

Nomination Deadline and Submission

The nomination period will close at 5 p.m. ETS, Sept. 29, 2017.

To submit a nomination, provide a one-page letter of recommendation (multiple signatories allowed) and the curriculum vitae of the nominee. Combine the documents into one PDF file. Title the file by the nominee’s last name and first initial.

Please forward all questions about this and other AGA recognition awards to 301-222-4012 or via email at