Research Rising Star Award

The Research Rising Star Award is presented annually to a Department of Medical Imaging Faculty member who, within 10 years of their initial faculty appointment, has demonstrated exceptional excellence in research at a local and/or national level.

This award will be presented annually to one recipient. If there are no nominations by the deadline or the candidates do not meet the standard of excellence required for this award, it will not be given that year.

The award recipient will be notified directly and receive a framed certificate.

Criteria and Nomination Process
The recipient of this award must have a full-time, primary appointment in the Department of Medical Imaging at the University of Toronto. Faculty are only eligible to receive this award within 10 years from their initial appointment date; self-nominations are not permitted. Faculty members will only be eligible to receive this award one time.

The recipient of this award must be nominated by at least one full-time faculty member in the Department of Medical Imaging. After the nomination period has closed, eligible candidates, will be requested to provide: 

  • List of 5 most impactful/significant publications over the past 10 years
  • Up-to-date CV
  • Brief statement highlighting research accomplishments to date (250 words)

Nominees who do not submit the above will not be considered for this award.

Selection Process
This award will be adjudicated by a committee chaired by a designated faculty member in the Department of Medical Imaging.

When selecting the recipient, the following criteria will be used to evaluate the candidate's research potential:  

  • novelty, originality, and new concepts in research work; advancement of knowledge; 
  • impact of research on clinical practice;
  • strong publication record; peer-reviewed grants; local or national recognition as supported by awards, participation in local and national research networks, invited lectures, editorial boards.

H index and total number of citations may also be considered.

Previous Recipients

Name  Hospital Year
Christopher Lim Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 2023
Kate Hanneman JDMI 2022
Pejman Maralani Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre 2022