Helen M. Heitmann Young Scholar Award

The Helen M. Heitmann Young Scholar Award recognizes an outstanding young professional for his/her exceptional contributions to research in the field of curriculum and instruction.

The recipient shall:
  • Be a current member of SHAPE America.
  • No minimum or maximum age requirement.The nominee must be at least 3 years, and no more than 6 years, out of a doctoral degree to demonstrate an established track record beyond dissertation.
  • Agreement by the Helen Heitmann Young Scholar Award recipient to attend the C&I Forum at the SHAPE America National Convention to receive the award in person.
Award Criteria
  • The nominee shall exemplify service to and active involvement in the curriculum and instruction field.
  • The nominee shall have demonstrated scholarship by being the primary contributor to a body of research within the past 3 years that makes a significant contribution to the field of curriculum and instruction. Evidence of this distinction might include the innovative nature of the work, its impact on the field, or its impact on the application of knowledge. The work shall reflect high scholarship by exhibiting accuracy, critical ability, and thoroughness.
  • Must demonstrate an emerging record of contributions through scholarship to curriculum and instruction in Health Education and/or Physical Education.

To Submit a Nomination:

Read the general requirements. Include the following in the award submission:

  • Curriculum vita (CV) not to exceed 10 pages. Reviewers will not read more than 10 pages.
  • Two (2) letters of support from nominators. Letters should specifically address the criteria for the award and how the person qualifies.
  • Biographical sketch (250-300 words)

Deadline is October 15. Submit via mail or email to:

SHAPE America Awards
1900 Association Drive
Reston, VA 20191
[email protected]

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