ASTDA Awards recognize individuals who epitomize the Association’s mission to foster scientific knowledge, develop leadership, and champion practice in the field of sexually transmitted infections. Individuals may be recognized for significant scholarship in medical, epidemiologic, laboratory, or behavioral research; for the development of high-impact programs in partnership with key communities; for exemplary teaching or mentorship of developing leaders; or for other distinctive service to the field.
We are pleased to announce that the CDC has asked ASTDA to henceforth manage the Jack N. Spencer Award. The Jack N. Spencer Award is given to honor individuals for a career of exceptional contributions to excellence in STD prevention characterized by outstanding commitment to science-based programs, continuous innovation, and profound commitment to helping people. This prestigious award is presented every other year at the STD Prevention Conference. Because the ASTDA Distinguished Career Award and the Jack N. Spencer Award both honor the entire careers of exceptional individuals, henceforth, individuals who receive either award will not be eligible to receive the other award. However, in the spirit of fairness, prior recipients of either award (i.e., prior to 2022) may be selected to receive the other award. The list of prior recipients of all ASTDA Awards including the Jack N. Spencer award can be found below.
Up to four (4) awards may be presented annually:
- The ASTDA Distinguished Career Award is presented to a person with a long and extraordinary career in the field of sexually transmitted diseases. Individuals whose career focus has primarily been program science should be nominated for the Jack N. Spencer Award.
- The Jack N. Spencer Award is presented to a person with a long and extraordinary career in sexually transmitted diseases prevention characterized primarily by outstanding commitment to program science (this award is presented every other year).
- The ASTDA Achievement Award is presented to a person at mid-career to acknowledge an outstanding body of work in sexually transmitted diseases or to an individual for a single major achievement in the field.
- The ASTDA Young Investigator Award is presented to a person engaged in outstanding work in the field of sexually transmitted diseases who is no more than seven years from completion of training.