Description: The purpose of the d'Arsonval Medal is to recognize outstanding achievement in bioelectromagnetics. The Award, which consists of a silver medal, an illuminated testimonial, and a $1,000 honorarium, is presented at the Annual Meeting of the Society. The Award shall be given from time to time at the discretion of the Board of Directors, but no more than one Award shall be given in any one year.
Eligibility: The sole requirement is extraordinary accomplishment within the discipline of bioelectromagnetics, which can consist of exceptional scientific accomplishments or practical application of electromagnetic fields for human benefit. Membership in the Society is not a requirement.
Criteria and Procedure for Selection of Candidates: The Awards Committee will administer the Award. Six members will be appointed by the President with the approval of the Board of Directors. Each member will serve a three-year term on a rotating basis. Three members each will represent engineering and physical sciences, and experimental biology and medicine. A seventh member, a Chairman, will be selected from the Board of Directors during his/her first year of membership on the Board for a term of three years. Previous Award winners shall be included on the Awards Committee for a period of five years after receiving the Award. The Committee shall consider those individuals properly nominated during the previous five years and current nominations. The Chairman will be a nonvoting member except in the case of a tie vote.
a. Selection of a Recipient: Notice of the Award shall be published in the Bioelectromagnetics Newsletter and Full, Charter or Emeritus Members are invited to submit names and supporting information to the Chairman of the Awards Committee. The Committee shall evaluate the credentials of the individual proposed. Once one or more candidates have been considered qualified for the Award, the Chairman will transmit in confidence a written recommendation with supporting information to the Board. The Board, in turn, may reject or accept any or all candidates during any calendar year. Acceptance of any candidate will require a two-thirds majority vote by the Board, with a quorum present and the Chair of the Awards Committee ineligible to vote. The Board may, if requested, authorize travel support to help cover the cost of the attendance of the nominee to the Annual Meeting.
b. Restrictions: No member of the Board of Directors or the Awards Committee shall be considered a nominee for this Award during his/her membership on the Board or Committee.
c. Timing: Decisions regarding the d'Arsonval medal shall be made by the Board during the Winter Board Meeting before the Annual Meeting at which the Award is to be presented. Immediately after the decision, the Chairman of the Awards Committee shall notify the candidate(s), ensure his/her attendance at the Annual Meeting, and request that the candidate present a lecture at the Annual Meeting. The name of the candidate and the title of the lecture shall be published in the program for the meeting.