Since its founding in 1941, the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy has sought to encourage and recognize research and writing about the history of pharmacy. AIHP sponsors several awards and prizes intended to promote scholarship about topics related to the history of pharmacy. AIHP has established different types of awards to recognize the work of historians of pharmacy at all levels from undergraduates to established scholars.
The AIHP awards programs include:
The George Urdang Medal is awarded for an original and scholarly publication, or a single series of interrelated publications, appearing anywhere in the world and pertaining primarily to historical or historico-social aspects of pharmacy (including the history of the material medica).
The Edward Kremers Awards is conferred for an original and scholarly publication, or a single series of interrelated publications, appearing anywhere in the world and pertaining primarily to historical or historico-social aspects of pharmacy (including the history of the materia medica). Evaluation is based on the competence of the research and on the skill of interpretation and presentation. The Kremers Award is conferred on the same basis as the Urdang Medal, except that the candidates for the Kremers Award must be citizens of the United States.
The Glenn Sonnedecker Prize honors the contributions of Glenn Sonnedecker to the field of the history of pharmacy and aims to encourage research in subjects central to his work. The Sonnedecker Prize is awarded annually for the best original article published during the previous year on the history of some facet of pharmacy practice or pharmacy education in the United States (including the Colonial Period).
The Robert P. Fischelis Award honors the contributions of Robert P. Fischelis to the organizational wellbeing of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, and calls attention to particularly meritorious and commendable actions that have an important impact on the field of history of pharmacy overall or on the Institute itself. Current and former members of AIHP’s Board of Directors and current AIHP members may nominate an individual or an organization to receive the Fischelis Award. The AIHP Board of Directors reviews nominations and determines whether or not to confer the award.
The AIHP Certificate of Commendation may be granted to individuals or to organizations and recognizes those who contribute significantly to the understanding and development of pharmacy through any type of historical project or program in local or regional history. Several Certificates of Commendation may be authorized in a given year if the candidates have attained an appropriate quality and distinctiveness of achievement. Historical writing is one of many types of historical activity eligible for consideration, whereas distinguished historical writing is the sole basis for eligibility for the Urdang Medal and the Kremers Award.
The AIHP Student Recognition Certificate program encourages and recognizes historical study and other historical activities among undergraduate pharmacy students. We hope to make some further contribution nationally toward an appreciation of the humanistic side of pharmacy among students entering the profession. There is no obligation on the part of schools and colleges of pharmacy, unless they wish to designate a student to receive a Certificate of Recognition from AIHP. The method and basis for selection is left to your judgment, as long as it remains within the general spirit and framework of this project as described below. The primary purpose is to recognize and encourage superior achievement in the pharmaco-historical study or activity by a student in each school of pharmacy in the United States that wishes to participate. The basis for awarding a recognition certificate is primarily to recognize the student earning the best record in a course mainly devoted to pharmaceutical history, as judged by the instructor in charge. To accommodate schools that do not offer such a course, the scope of the project includes recognition of a student in a local competition who best carries out some other type of pharmaco-historical activity (e.g. historical essay, collecting books or artifacts for himself or the school, historical photography, historical hobbies, etc.).
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