Award Recipients

Potchen Award –For the best oral presentation given by a trainee.

Dr. Potchen received his bachelor’s degree from Michigan State  University in 1954, his medical degree from Wayne State University in 1958, his master’s degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973, and his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1984.

 He became Professor and Chief of Diagnostic Radiology, at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology at Washington University School of Medicine, then Professor of Radiology and Dean of Management Resources at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 1975 he accepted the position as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Radiology at Michigan State University.

1941- 2013

Passariello Award –For the best poster presentation given by a trainee.

Roberto Passariello was a greatly admired radiologist whose tireless dedication to his field is evident from the enormous body of literature he published during his career, the many congresses, seminars and courses he organized, and his work on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals.

As well as serving as president of the ECR (1999) and the EAR (1999-2000), Passariello was president of the Italian Society of Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology, the Italian Society of Magnetic Resonance Imaging, and the European Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine and Biology.

He received the ECR Gold Medal in 2003 for his outstanding contribution to and leadership in European radiology.

SMRA Junior Fellowship

Goals of Program

The goals of the junior fellowship program are multifaceted. At the current moment, we hope that the fellowship will help recruit early career scientists to the society and reward societal involvement among early career scientists. Additionally, we hope that the fellowship will allow younger scientists to attend the annual meetings and to be recognized for their research work. In the future, we hope that this program will allow for easier communication between early career scientists and senior SMRA members as well as preparing scientists for future board membership leadership positions.


Applicants must have a M.D. or Ph.D. degree within 5 years after completion and be currently working as a resident, clinical fellow, or postdoctoral fellow. The following application components are required.

  • Applicant CV, containing Education, Publications, Conference Abstracts, Awards sections.
  • Applicant statement of intent, describing the applicant’s background, research interests, and future goals as well as their involvement and/or interest in SMRA.
  • Nomination reference (1): the application should be accompanied by a letter of nomination that discusses the candidate’s research ability and the candidate’s involvement with SMRA. Preferred letter writers are research advisors or a present/past SMRA board member.

Number of Awards

2 fellowships shall be awarded each year, with one M.D. fellow and one Ph.D. fellow.

Evaluation Criteria

  • Current involvement in SMRA and history of SMRA involvement, including but not limited to: SMRA meeting attendance, SMRA committee involvement.
  • Involvement in MRA-related research
  • Nomination letter and statement of intent
  • Track record of conference abstracts / publications / awards
  • Maximize geographic diversity, clinical/physics diversity, EDI diversity in fellowship pool

Fellowship Committee

The fellowship committee is responsible for application review and mentorship placement discussion. The committee is comprised of:

  • SMRA Past-presidents
  • SMRA Board members
  • SMRA early career committee members


Junior Fellows will receive:

  • Waived annual meeting registration fee and a travel stipend to attend the annual meeting for the year of the award.
  • Presentation at “Meet the Junior Fellows” session, which will be similar to the “Meet the Rising Stars” session at the 2023 SMRA meeting.
  • An invitation to join the on-site SMRA advisory board meeting, with trainee board membership for the next year after the conference
  • A biographical interview on the SMRA website/social media
  • A designated senior SMRA mentor in a similar research area. Mentors would be expected to be available to fellows for consultation regarding scientific research, future career trajectory. Mentors are encouraged to provide virtual lab visits to allow for scientific exchange across sites.

Application Timeline

Applications are open as of May 2, 2024. To apply, please send the following materials to by June 17.

  • Applicant CV
  • Applicant letter of intent
  • Name and email reference for nomination letter

Nomination letters will be due by June 24 one week after the fellowship application deadline.

The fellowship committee will review applications, and results will be disseminated to applicants by end-July.