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The 2008 Call for Nominations is closed.

Through 16 June 2008, the Foundation is accepting nominations for the Soper Award. Only articles published in scientific journals listed in the Index Medicus or in official PAHO journals are eligible for consideration. The award recognizes and honors the memory of Dr. Fred L. Soper for his many significant contributions to research and control of infectious diseases in the Americas. Nominations of publications in infectious diseases therefore are encouraged but are not required. Review papers are eligible if their conclusions deal directly with policy primarily affecting Latin America or the Caribbean.

The Award is limited to contributions whose research is focused in Latin America or the Caribbean. Also at least one of the article’s authors must be affiliated with a teaching, research or service institution located in the countries of Latin America or the Caribbean.

Staff members in active service of PAHO, WHO, and other UN agencies; current official representatives to PAHO's governing bodies (i.e., Ministers of Health); sitting members of the Foundation's board of trustees; and members of the Fred L. Soper Award Jury are ineligible to receive the award.

To be considered, the nomination must be completed in its entirety.

To make a nomination, please submit and address to the Fred L. Soper Award Jury a letter of introduction dated and signed by the nominator (no longer than one page) on official letterhead, a clearly readable copy of the nominated article (the article will not be returned), proof that the article appeared in a journal in 2007 and was cited in the 2007 Index Medicus, and a completed nomination form. The letter and completed nomination form must be signed and in English or Spanish. If the nomination package is submitted electronically, the letter and nomination form must have an electronic signature. Any unsigned and incomplete documents will not be considered.

Submitted items other than the letter, completed and signed nomination form with the check list, proof that the article is in the 2007 Index Medicus, and nominated article will not be considered by the jury. Nominations must be received no later than 16 June 2008. Nominations received after this date will not be accepted. We suggest sending the nomination at least 3 weeks before the deadline.

Please use the required check list and submit it with the complete nomination package to:

Download the 2008 Nomination Form (PDF)




Fred L. Soper Award Jury
Pan American Health and Education Foundation
525 Twenty-third Street, NW,
Washington, DC 20037

Download the 2008 Nomination Form (Word)


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