The Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation (OPERF), Inc. solicits nominations for the Tamarack Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Orthotic Science and Practice every other year. The next award cycle begins in 2016. This prize, sponsored by Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, Inc., recognizes the critical importance of clinical research in the pursuit of improved patient outcomes. The deadline for submission of nominations is December 19.
OPERF is seeking nominations for individuals who have made a significant contribution to the practice and understanding of orthotics science within the last five years. The OPERF board of directors may also nominate deserving individuals. Ideal nominees or applicants are those who have a history of clinical care, scientific research, and peer-reviewed publication in the orthotics profession and/or industry.
To qualify for award consideration, applicants/nominees must:
- Be eligible to provide clinical care as an orthotist within the United States (ABC certification is not required);
- Have a minimum of ten years clinical experience as an orthotist;
- Be an active member of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP);
- Be actively involved in research directed at improving orthotics science and clinical care over the past five or more years; and
- Be an author or co-author in at least one article in a peer-reviewed journal, such as the Journal of Prosthetics and Orthotics (JPO).
The Tamarack Prize is presented at the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists Annual Meeting and Scientific Symposium. The recipient of the Tamarack Prize will also be invited to make remarks at the opening session of the Annual Meeting. The Tamarack Prize includes a $10,000 unrestricted cash award in recognition of the recipient's contributions to science and dedication to improving orthotic clinical care.
Nominations for the Tamarack Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Orthotic Science and Practice are being accepted via e-mail to and by mail. For details, see the Tamarack Award Overview and Information document. (PDF)
Required submission materials include:
- Tamarack Prize application
- Nominee's Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume;
- Copies of relevant publications; and
- Between three (minimum) and five (maximum) letters of recommendation
Nominations for the Tamarack Prize for Outstanding Contributions to Orthotic Science and Practice are due by December 19. Nominations may be submitted via e-mail to () or sent via mail to:
Andrew Sawers, CPO, PhD
Orthotic and Prosthetic Education and Research Foundation
P.O. Box 34635
Washington, DC 20043-4635