Cynthia N. Rittenberg Award in Nursing Excellence Policy

I. Purpose

The Cynthia N. Rittenberg Award in Nursing Excellence recognizes excellent scientific achievement in the field of supportive care in cancer by an individual oncology nurse.

II. Scope

The Cynthia N. Rittenberg Award in Nursing Excellence recipient is selected from the top five rated abstracts submitted by oncology nurses, who is a MASCC member. The Awards Committee will select the abstract that demonstrates excellence in any aspect of supportive care in cancer submitted by an oncology nurse. This award is presented at the MASCC Annual Meeting. 

III. Award

The award consists of (1) complimentary conference registration (2) two nights accommodation (3) reimbursement of travel expenses per the MASCC Expense Reimbursement Policy for Annual Meetings. Any additional expenses including meals are at the expense of the individual. Reimbursement will be made after the meeting by bank transfer.

IV. Eligibility

  1. Authors must be an oncology nurse who has submitted an abstract for the MASCC Annual Meeting.
  2. Authors must be a MASCC member.
  3. Candidates who have previously been awarded a Cynthia N. Rittenberg Award in Nursing Excellence (or the Cynthia N. Rittenberg Conference Scholarship) are not eligible to reapply.

Procedures

I. Application Process

  1. There will be an option to apply for the Cynthia N. Rittenberg Award in Nursing Excellence when submitting abstracts online. By selecting this option, a series of application questions will be presented to be completed. 

II. Selection Process

  1. Abstracts will be reviewed and scored by the MASCC Annual Meeting Scientific Committee.
  2. Abstracts will be ranked in descending order by mean score.
  3. The 5 highest-ranked of eligible abstracts submitted by an oncology nurse will be selected.
  4. These abstracts will be reviewed by the Awards Committee and ad hoc reviewers (if appropriate). From among these, the first author of the highest-ranked abstract will be named the recipient of the Cynthia N. Rittenberg Award in Nursing Excellence. If the first author is unable to be present at the meeting, then the award is forfeited and the first author of the next-highest-ranked abstract submitted by an oncology nurse will be named the award recipient.
  5. Award recipients will be notified by email prior to the MASCC Annual Meeting.
  6. Reimbursement will be made on site in cash or check, or after the MASCC Annual Meeting by bank transfer.
  7. Candidates who have previously won the Cynthia N. Rittenberg Award in Nursing Excellence (or the Cynthia N Rittenberg Conference Scholarship) are ineligible.

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