Foundation Early Career Achievement Award

This award recognizes two individuals - one scientist and one practicing professional, each for their independent contributions towards advancing the field of embryo transfer and its associated technologies.

Deadline to submit, September 15


  1. Recognition during the IETS Annual Meeting where both recipients will have the opportunity to give a presentation, and;
    1. receive travel and lodging reimbursement to attend,
    2. receive complimentary meeting registration for the year of the award.
  2. Two years total of complimentary IETS membership.


  • Scientist – A faculty member in academia with an active research program who regularly presents data and publishes findings.
  • Practicing Professional – An individual from industry, private practice, or an academic institution who works in the field of embryo transfer or associated technologies, in a clinical or laboratory setting. A DVM or PhD is not required for the Practicing Professional award.
  1. Candidates must have completed their final degree (associate, bachelor, master, PhD, or DMV) or similar certification within the past 10 years at the time of nomination. Candidates who took maternity or paternity leave will be allowed an additional year of eligibility per instance of leave taken. Other special considerations will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  2. Candidates must be available to attend and give a presentation at the IETS Annual Meeting if they are selected as the award recipient.
  3. Awardees will have demonstrated independence in their field of study or have made a significant contribution to the embryo technology community.


  • A nomination letter from an IETS member(s) or a self-nomination letter (no more than 2 pages) describing the contributions of the candidate towards advancing the field of embryo transfer and associated technologies.
  • At least two letters of support.
  • CV of the candidate and a picture. For candidates applying for the Scientist award, please include your ORCID number on your CV and the link to your CV in Scopus.

Self-nominations are encouraged.

Selection Criteria

Awardees will be evaluated based on their work's impact on the embryo transfer/technology community.

Justification for the award

The objective for offering this award is to foster participation of young practitioners and scientists involved with our society and recognize their excellence at the annual meeting. Currently the society offers recognition of undergraduate and graduate students in the form of the Undergraduate Poster Competition, Student Research Competition, and Peter W. Farin Student Travel Scholarship Award. It also recognizes long-time members offering the Pioneer Award and Distinguished Service Award. This award (Early Career Achievement Award) is intended to fill the void in recognition between students and long-term established members.

Foundation Early Career Achievement Award Winners

Year Winner Occupation  
2024 Brittany Scott Practicing Professional View  
2024 Ky Pohler Scientist View  
2023 Siddhartha Shankar Layek Practicing Professional View  
2023 Zongliang (Carl) Jiang Scientist View  
2022 Islam M. Saadeldin Scientist View  
2021 Pablo Bermejo-Álvarez Scientist View  
2020 Joanna Maria Gonçalves de Souza-Fabjan Scientist View  
2019 Alejo Menchaca Scientist View  
2018 Kiho Lee Scientist View  
2017 Todd Stroud Practitioner View  
2017 Pablo J. Ross Scientist View