The Prize and its Purpose
The John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators was established to honor John D. Thompson, a professor of health administration education, who set teaching, commitment to learning, collegial relationships, and health services research standards which are without peer.
The Prize recognizes young faculty based on their contributions to the research literature in the field of health services. The Prize is awarded to a faculty member from an AUPHA Full Member Program whose work may be in any of the several fields or disciplines contributing to knowledge in health services.
Anyone from an AUPHA member program may nominate a candidate for the Prize. Nominations must include the nominee’s current curriculum vitae, a single letter of not more than five pages outlining the nominee’s contributions to research literature in the field of health services, and complete copies of up to five publications (that have appeared in print) of which the nominee is the sole or lead author or a primary contributor. These must have appeared in print before December 31, 2014. Additional supporting letters should not be submitted.
Individuals may be re-nominated from year to year as long as they continue to meet the criteria for the Prize.
The nominations deadline for the 2015 Prize is April 1, 2015. Nominations should be submitted to:
John D. Thompson Prize Committee Chair
c/o Gerald Glandon
Criteria & Selection Process
Nominations are judged by a panel of recognized health services researchers and health administration faculty appointed by the Board of AUPHA. The awardee shall be a faculty member at a Full Member Program of AUPHA, have been awarded a PhD no more than six years* prior to consideration (2009), and have not achieved tenure as of the date of selection. The Prize is intended to serve as a benchmark for pre-tenure work.
Emphasis is placed on:
Importance of Works
—Overall significance of the investigator’s research and the impact it is likely to have on the field of health services.
—The writing and research must exhibit a strong conceptual base in the parent discipline.
—The number of publications published in refereed journals, book chapters and books.
—Professional recognition, serving as principal investigator on major grants and contracts, organizing research meetings
and/or generating substantial books or monographs in the field of health services.
Quality/Visibility of Journals
—Leading health services research journals receive greater weight.
Contribution to Education in Health Management & Policy
—Beyond the nominee’s research, in what ways has he/she contributed to the field of health management and policy education--through teaching, commitment to learning, collegial relationships and beyond?
Selection of the Prize winner will takes place each spring. The Prize is awarded at the AUPHA Annual Meeting.