Community Awards

Community Awards

CARRA offers a variety of awards to recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to CARRA and/or pediatric rheumatology research.

Ideal candidates for CARRA awards exhibit the following qualities:

Responsive: innovative, resourceful and timely, approachable and open-minded, able to balance individual and organizational needs, productive.

Respectful: friendly, courteous and considerate, exhibiting care and compassion when serving others, valuing different ideas and perspectives, treating others with dignity, inclusive.

Collaborative: works successfully with other to accomplish organizational goals, demonstrates teamwork across boundaries, supports others in what they do.

2023 Awards

CARRA Outstanding Service Award

This award recognizes an individual that has made significant contributions to CARRA and consistently demonstrates a high degree of excellence in teamwork and collaboration. This individual demonstrates generosity and willingness to assist others in the CARRA community.

Eligibility

  • Individual must be a CARRA member or member of the CARRA community.
  • If the individual is a CARRA member, he/she/they must be a member a member in good standing.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations will be accepted from any CARRA member in good standing or by CARRA staff.
  • Nominations must include a nomination letter that details what makes the nominee exceptional. Specific examples of service and impact should be provided along with how the nominee fits within the award characteristics.
  • An additional letter the support will be required regarding the nominee’s impact and service.
  • Include the nominee’s CV. If CV is not included in the submission packet, one will be requested from the nominee.
  • Submit your nomination and materials here by February 15, 2023.

Selection Criteria

Nominees for this award should have made selfless contribution to the organization and demonstrated impact as follows:

  • This individual’s work has advanced CARRA’s goals in measurable ways.
  • Encourages others to conduct work in ways that will advance the goals of CARRA, and advance the careers of CARRA members.
  • This individual might be someone who works behind the scenes “unsung hero” to support other CARRA members and CARRA work.
CARRA Early Investigator Award

This award recognizes an early career investigator who has demonstrated research excellence, potential to be a future leader, and passion and commitment to the field of pediatric rheumatology.

Eligibility

  • Individual must be junior faculty (up to 7 years after graduating from clinical or post-doctoral fellowship) and a CARRA member in good standing. Current fellows are not eligible.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations will be accepted from any CARRA member in good standing or by CARRA staff.
  • Nominations must include a nomination letter that details how the individual exemplifies dedication to pediatric rheumatology research and scientific excellence.
  • An additional letter of support will be required regarding the nominee’s engagement and impact within CARRA.
  • Include the nominee’s CV. If CV is not included in the submission packet, one will be requested from the nominee.
  • Submit your nomination and materials here by February 15, 2023.

Selection Criteria

  • Conducts original research in basic, clinical, or translational science to advance pediatric rheumatology.
  • Demonstrated academic productivity.
  • Innovation in their research or research approach.
  • Engagement with and/or support of CARRA scientific priorities.
CARRA Outstanding Research Coordinator Award

This award is intended to recognize a CARRA Registry coordinator who has 1) enhanced engagement between the site’s clinical care and research team with the CARRA Registry, and 2) made exceptional contributions to his/her site’s CARRA Registry performance.

Eligibility

  • Individual must be a current CARRA Registry coordinator and CARRA Research Coordinator Member in good standing.

Nomination Process

  • Nominations will be accepted from any CARRA member in good standing or by CARRA staff.
  • Nominations must include a nomination letter that details: 1) what makes the nominee exceptional, 2) how the nominee has engaged his/her site’s clinical care team to enhance performance on the CARRA Registry, and 3) a description of the nominee’s impact on CARRA Registry performance.
  • If nomination letter is not from the CARRA Registry Site PI, an additional letter of support from the CARRA Registry site PI is required.
  • Submit your nomination and materials here by February 15, 2023.

Selection Criteria

Nominees for this award should have made contributions to the Registry site and to CARRA and demonstrated impact as follows:

  • The individual’s work has advanced the site’s CARRA Registry performance in measurable ways.
  • The individual encourages others to conduct work in ways that will advance the goals of/performance on the CARRA Registry.
  • The individual fosters a positive environment to support CARRA and the CARRA Registry at his/her site.
  • Exceptional CARRA Registry site performance as documented by regular enrollment, high data quality, and assisting with engaging site’s pediatric rheumatology care team to support the CARRA Registry.
    CARRA Outstanding Workgroup Leader Award

    This award recognizes a CARRA workgroup leader who has demonstrated successful engagement of workgroup members and sustained commitment to advancing the mission of CARRA and the activities of his/her workgroup.

    Eligibility

    • Individual must be a current CARRA workgroup leader and a member in good standing.

    Nomination Process

    • Nominations will be accepted from any CARRA member in good standing or by CARRA staff.
    • Nominations must include a nomination letter that details what makes the nominee exceptional. Specific examples of service and impact should be provided along with how the nominee fits within the award characteristics.
    • An additional supporting letter from a second workgroup member or committee leader will be required regarding the nominee’s impact and service.
    • Include the nominee’s CV. If CV is not included in the submission packet, one will be requested from the nominee.
    • Submit your nomination and materials here by February 15, 2023.

    Selection Criteria

    Nominees for this award should have made significant contributions to CARRA and their workgroup, demonstrating excellence in at least one of the following areas:

    • Productivity: has led workgroup to accomplish steady and/or significant progress during tenure as workgroup leader.
    • Inclusiveness: has engaged and effectively leveraged the expertise of members with diverse backgrounds and experience (including established and early investigators, trainees, coordinators and other non-physician members, patients and families).
    • Innovation: has implemented innovative strategies to improve workgroup productivity and/or engagement.
    CARRA Outstanding Patient/Caregiver Service Award

    This award recognizes outstanding contributions to CARRA by a caregiver or patient. The awardee demonstrates commitment to CARRA’s research through meaningful participation in CARRA related activities, leadership, and a willingness to engage with members, workgroups, or committees.

    Eligibility

    • Individual must be a caregiver or a patient diagnosed with a pediatric rheumatic disease.
    • CARRA staff are not eligible.

    Nomination Process

    • Nominations will be accepted from CARRA staff or any CARRA member in good standing.
    • Nominations must include a nomination letter that details the exceptional contributions the nominee has made to CARRA.
    • Submit your nomination and materials here by February 15, 2023.

    Selection Criteria

    Nominees for this award have made contributions to CARRA and demonstrated impact by one or more of the following:

    • This individual has made meaningful contributions to enhance patient engagement in CARRA through specific projects, workgroups, committees, grant review, or other CARRA activities.
    • Displays a willingness to advance CARRA through their attendance, participation, and responsiveness.
    • Assumes a leadership role and/or is responsible for deliverables.
    • Raises awareness of CARRA and CARRA activities in their community.
    • Engages additional patients/caregivers in CARRA’s work.

      Past Awardees

      2022 Awardees

      See list of 2022 Awardees below. For more information about our 2022 awardees click here.

      • CARRA Outstanding Service Award
        • Suanne Li, MD, PhD, Hackensack Meridian Health
      • CARRA Early Investigator Award
        • Hanna Kim, MD, MS
      • CARRA Outstanding Research Coordinator Award
        • Mary Ellen Riordan, BSN, Hackensack Meridian Health
        • Honorable Mentions for 2022:
          • Livie Huie, University of Alabama
          • Sara Kramer, University of Minnesota
          • Suzy Richins, University of Utah
          • Evin Rothschild, Children’s Hospital at Montefiore
          • Lauren Vannoy, Wake Forest Baptist Health
      • CARRA Outstanding Workgroup Leader Award
        • Jessica Turnier, MD, Univ. of Michigan and Jessica Neeley, MD, UCSF for the Translational Medicine in JDM Workgroup
      • CARRA Outstanding Patient/Caregiver Service Award
        • Vanessa Carbone, Maple, ON, Canada
        • Karen Durrant, San Francisco, CA
        • Catherine Lavallee, Roanoke, VA
        • Christina Loccke, Montclaire, NJ
      2021 Awardees

      Our 2021 Awardee is listed below. For more information about our 2021 awardee click here.

      • CARRA Outstanding Service Award
        • Terry Moore, MD, St. Louis University

      Contact Kelly Mieszkalski, Director of Communications and Engagement at [email protected] with any questions about CARRA Awards.