HOW TO PARTICIPATE: To enter the Science Hero Awards Contest (the “Contest”), you must be nominated by a peer or lab-mate.  In order to nominate someone for a particular award category, go to the website where you will be asked to submit your contact information and the nominee’s full name, the name of the lab where the nominee works, his or her email address, and a statement as to why you feel that the nominee should win an award for that particular award category.  You may nominate someone for more than one category; however, only one nomination per person per day during the course of the nomination period will be permitted.  Your statement must be in the English language and may consist of no more than 500 words.  Statements mentioning products, techniques, processes, etc. relating to diagnostic use or any non-research use are not eligible for this Contest and will not be considered.  The nominator may be contacted by the Sponsor if the information in their statement requires clarification.  The nominator agrees to Sponsor’s right to publicize their statement if the person they have nominated agrees.

ELIGIBILITY: Participation is open only to life science professionals 21 years and older. Void in China, Puerto Rico and the Canadian province of Quebec.  Nine nominees will receive an Invitrogen-branded glass trophy, except for Healthcare Professionals and Government Officials (terms defined below) who will receive a paper certificate.

The term Healthcare Professionals includes clinical or non-clinical physicians (including MDs and MDs/Ph.D.s), and physician assistants, nurses, technicians, research coordinators, administrators and purchasing personnel) and entities (including hospitals, rehabilitation centers, nursing facilities, home health agencies, clinics and group purchasing organizations, managed care organizations, physician group practices, medical directors for health insurance organizations) and their employees and representatives who are involved in the actual provision of health care services.

Government Official shall mean: (i) Any officer or employee of a government or any department, agency or instrument of a government; (ii) Any person acting in an official capacity for or on behalf of a government or any department, agency, or instrument of a government; (iii) Any officer or employee of a company or business owned in whole or part by a government; (iv) Any officer or employee of a public international organization such as the World Bank or United Nations, the European Union or the World Health Organization; (v) Any officer or employee of a political party or any person acting in an official capacity on behalf of a political party; and/or (vi) Any candidate for political office. Void where prohibited, licensed, or restricted by federal, state, provincial, or local laws, regulations, or agency/institutional policy.  Determination of eligibility is at Sponsor’s sole discretion.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: The nominations period for the Contest begins on August 1, 2015.  Nominations must be received by Sponsor no later than September 6, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time to be included in the Contest.

SELECTION OF FINALISTS BY THE PANEL OF JUDGES:  Three finalists, plus one alternate finalist, will be selected per award category by a panel of nine qualified judges.  The panel of judges is comprised of Sponsor’s employees with backgrounds in Molecular Biology, Marketing, Cell Biology, Synthetic Biology, Protein Biology and Research and Development.  Criteria for judging the finalists in each category will be based on the following criteria:

Award Category Judging Criteria

Breakthrough of the year

10%: What was the new technique/process?

30%: What percentage of the lab does it effect?

30%: How much of an impact does it have on the team’s day-to-day activities?

30%:  Did this process have any financial implications, did it reduce costs or caused them to go up while shortening process time?

Behind the Scenes

33%: What does this person do behind the scenes to help the lab out?

33%: How many people in the lab does this person support?

34%: What things do not work well when this person is absent from the lab?

Platinum PI

25%: The PI managed funds, personnel, research, and publishing the best.

25%:  Funds (under/on budget targets).

25%: Personnel (managed the personalities and delegated the work appropriately).

25%: Research (conducted the work, applied the right methodology, and reasonable timeframe to get it completed, published (was able to gain articles in reputable magazines/journals) 

Best Lab Mentor

20%: Approximately how many scientists have they mentored?

40%: What kinds of things did they do to help provide mentorship IN the lab?

40%: What kinds of things did they do to provide career or educational advice?

Magic Touch

20%: Is it an instrument or process/technique that this scientist has the magic touch with?

60%: What did the person do to make the instrument or technique work perfectly for them, but it doesn’t seem to work as well for anyone else in the lab?

20%: Has this person been able to pass that magic touch knowledge on to others?

Lab Citizen

33%: Finishes their own tasks on time while still able to help lab mates if they need it.

34%: volunteers to do the least desirable tasks

33%: can be counted on during crunch time. Provide a specific example of when he/she did that.

Lab Jester

50% How does this person try to bring good cheer into the lab every week? What kinds of things (big or small) does this person do?

50%: Is there one activity that they did that had a big effect on the whole team?

Freestyle Fanatic

40%: What process/technique does this scientist do with style?

40%: What process/technique does this scientist do with finesse?

20% What process/technique does this scientist do with ease?

Renaissance Wo/man

40%: The scientist who has the widest range of useful knowledge when it comes to techniques.

40%: The scientist who has the widest range of useful knowledge when it comes to instruments.

20%: The scientist who shares their knowledge with their lab.

The three nominees in each category with the highest scores based on the judging criteria set forth above will be considered as being finalists and will be notified of their selection by approximately September 11, 2015.  The finalists will be provided an opportunity to review and edit their nomination statement(s) and will be required to sign a Consent and Release form and Affidavit of Eligibility in order to proceed to the Peer Voting stage of the Contest.  If a finalist fails to do so within 7 days after being notified that they are a finalist, the alternate finalist will be notified and will be provided an opportunity to review and edit their nomination statement(s) and will be required to sign a Consent and Release form and Affidavit of Eligibility in order to proceed to the Peer Voting stage of the Contest.

CONTEST CANCELLATION: There must be a minimum of five nominees per award category in order to proceed to the stage where they will be reviewed by the panel of judges.  If a minimum of five nominees in an award category is not received by September 6, 2015, then that category will be eliminated from the Contest.  At least two finalists, which may include an alternate finalist, in a category must accept their nomination in order for that category to proceed to the Peer Voting stage.  The Contest will be cancelled unless at least five award categories meet the minimum number of five nominees per category.  Should the contest be cancelled, the announcement will be posted at  Judges’ decisions are final on all matters.

In addition, the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify, or suspend voting should any virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud or other causes beyond its control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness or proper conduct of the voting process.  All decisions regarding the judging and voting process shall be final and shall not be subject to challenge or appeal.

The Sponsor, its affiliates, partners and promotion and advertising agencies are not responsible for technical, hardware, software, telephone or other communications malfunctions, errors or failures of any kind, lost or unavailable network connections, the site, internet, or ISP availability, unauthorized human intervention, traffic congestion, incomplete or inaccurate capture of voting information (regardless of cause) or failed, incomplete, garbled, jumbled or delayed computer transmissions which may limit one's ability to vote, including any injury or damage to participant's or any other person's computer or mobile device relating to or resulting from participating in the voting or downloading any materials.  The Sponsor is not responsible for lost, late, illegible, incomplete, invalid, unintelligible, technically corrupted or misdirected votes, which will be disqualified.  The Sponsor shall use commercially reasonable efforts to ensure the security and accuracy of all votes and the voting process (provided, however, that you acknowledge and agree that such methodologies are not infallible, and that the Sponsor makes no guarantee as to their effectiveness).

PEER VOTING FOR WINNERS: The finalists in each award category will be posted on the website.  Peer voting for a winner in each award category will be open from September 23 – October 7, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern Time.  Voters must be life science professionals 21 years or older.  Voters may vote for only one finalist per category.  If a tie should occur in the Peer Voting stage, then each of the finalists receiving a tie vote in an award category would receive an award.

The Winners will be notified of their win on approximately October 19, 2015 by email, telephone, or mail (or in person if they are in attendance at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Chicago).  If a winner is unreachable or does not make direct contact with the Sponsor by the date specified in the notification, or fails to accept the prize, the prize will be forfeited in its entirety and the submission that garnered the next highest number of votes will be selected as a winner.  The Winner must warrant that she or he is not prohibited by employment, contract, or law from participating in the Contest or accepting a prize from the Sponsor.

PRIZE: Each Winner who is not a Healthcare Professional or Government Official will receive an Invitrogen-branded glass trophy (retail value approximately $250 USD).  Winners who are Healthcare Professionals and/or Government Officials will receive a paper certificate (retail value $0 USD).  No cash or other substitutions are permitted, except by the Sponsor, which reserves the right to substitute the prize with one of equal or greater value.  No refunds or credits are allowed.  The prize is not transferable.  All taxes on the prize and reporting thereof are the sole responsibility of the Winner.

By participating in the Contest, each participant unconditionally accepts and agrees to comply with and abide by these rules and the decisions of the Sponsor, which shall be final and binding in all respects.

PUBLICITY: Sponsor will publish the name of the Winners.  The Winner consents to the use by Sponsor of Winner’s name and image in Sponsor’s press releases, announcements, or other marketing literature.

INDEMNITY; DISCLAIMERS: To the full extent allowed by law, participants and each Winner release, indemnify and hold harmless the Sponsor and its affiliates, directors, officers and employees from all liability for any damages, injury or losses to any person (including death and bodily injury) or property of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from acceptance, possession, misuse or use of the prize or participation in any promotion-related activity or participation in this promotion.  The Sponsor has not made any warranty, representation, or guarantee, express or implied, in fact or in law, with respect to any prize, including, without limitation, to such prize’s quality or fitness for a particular purpose.  IN NO EVENT SHALL THE SPONSOR BE LIABLE, WHETHER IN CONTRACT, TORT, WARRANTY, OR UNDER ANY STATUTE OR ON ANY OTHER BASIS FOR SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL, INDIRECT, PUNITIVE, MULTIPLE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES SUSTAINED BY ANY WINNER OR ANY OTHER PERSON OR ENTITY ARISING OUT OF THE SPONSOR'S PERFORMANCE OR FAILURE TO PERFORM ITS OBLIGATIONS RELATING TO THE AWARD OF THE PRIZE OR PERFORMANCE OF SERVICES, THE POSSESSION OR USE OF ANY PRODUCT, OR THE PERFORMANCE BY THE SPONSOR OF ANY SERVICES, WHETHER OR NOT FORESEEABLE AND WHETHER OR NOT THE SPONSOR IS ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES, INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR RELATED TO LOSS OF USE, LOSS OF DATA, DOWNTIME, OR FOR LOSS OF REVENUE, PROFITS, GOODWILL, OR BUSINESS OR OTHER FINANCIAL LOSS.

MISCELLANEOUS: The promotion is sponsored by Life Technologies Corporation, 5791 Van Allen Way, Carlsbad, California 92008, USA.  To obtain the name of the Winners, send a request with a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Mark Barrett, Thermo Fisher Scientific, 5791 Van Allen Way, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA.  If required pursuant to local law or internal rules, participant also represents and warrants that his/her employer or institution has approved the participation in the Contest.  Employees of Sponsor and its affiliates, as well as their immediate family members and household members, are not eligible.  All entries and their content become the property of the Sponsor and will not be returned.  This Contest shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the law of the State of California without reference to its choice-of-law doctrines.  By nominating a person for an award in this Contest, you are agreeing to receive further information from the Sponsor in accordance with the Sponsor’s privacy policy, which can be found here.

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