Awards & Grants

Audrey Heimler Special Project Award

The Audrey Heimler Special Project Award (AHSPA) provides an annual award of $5,000 to one or more genetic counselors for a project(s) that focuses on the future of the genetic counseling profession and/or the provision of genetic services.  Past projects have included resources for genetic counselors to use with patients, research to help advance the profession and innovative continuing education resources for genetic counselors in current practice.

Projects are reviewed on the basis of their merit and strength as well as on their vision of the future of the profession. Applicants must be members in good standing of NSGC.

About Audrey Heimler

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Audrey has had a long and distinguished history of leadership in NSGC and in the genetic counseling profession. Audrey graduated in 1971 from Sarah Lawrence College, the first genetic counseling graduate program in the United States. She went on to help establish the National Society of Genetic Counselors, serving as a member of the founding Board and being elected as NSGC’s first president. Audrey’s pivotal role in NSGC continued over many years. She was awarded NSGC’s highest professional honor, the Natalie Weissberger Paul National Achievement Award in 1998, and was instrumental in establishing the Jane Engelberg Memorial Fellowship (JEMF).

Early on, Audrey set standards for the practice of genetic counseling, she trained and served as a role model for the next generation of counselors, advocating for the integration of genetics into healthcare. Audrey contributed to the genetic counseling literature, authoring many publications on Huntington disease, various psychosocial aspects of genetic counseling. In 1991, one of these publications identified a syndrome later named Heimler syndrome in recognition of her discovery.

In May 2019, Audrey Heimler was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Public Health degree by the University of South Florida.

Donate to AHSPA!

Your donation to AHSPA will provide support for innovative projects that advance the genetic counseling profession. 

Donate To AHSPA

To donate by mail (check payment only), please download and complete a donation form by clicking here

*If you find the desired donation amount is not listed as an option, please contact the NSGC Executive Office at 312.321.6834 or at nsgc@nsgc.org.

Submit an AHSPA Application

The deadline for the Audrey Heimler Special Projects Award (AHSPA) is 11:59 PM CT on May 17, 2019. Completed applications should be submitted via email to awards@nsgc.org. Additional information for applicants and application instructions are available in the link below. 

Submit an AHSPA Application

Recipients

Click here to view AHSPA award recipients.

2019 AHSPA Committee

  • Sara Pirzadeh-Miller, Chair
  • Megan Maxwell, Vice Chair
  • Meg Bradbury, Immediate Past Chair
  • Priscilla Hodges
  • Liz Varga
  • Carrie Castonguay
  • Katie Wusik
  • Emily Fassi
  • Blair Stevens, NSGC Board Liaison 
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