The Pravin N. Bhatt Scientific Investigator Award recognizes an individual for their outstanding scientific accomplishments.


The Pravin N Bhatt Investigator Award was established in 1994 to encourage and recognize an outstanding young scientist who has made significant contributions to the fields of laboratory animal science or comparative medicine. This award is named for Dr. Pravin N. Bhatt, who studied infectious diseases of laboratory animals for 25 years and made substantial contributions to our understanding of rat coronaviruses and ectromelia virus (the etiologic agent of mousepox); Dr. Bhatt selflessly mentored undergraduate and graduate students as well as junior scientists. In 2012 all scientific recognitions were concentrated within the Bhatt Award and the restriction to young scientists was abolished. The recipient of the Bhatt Award is invited to present the Wallace P. Rowe Lecture at the AALAS National Meeting.

Nomination Eligibility:

Nominees demonstrate significant effort engaged in scientific research. Pravin N. Bhatt Scientific Investigator Award Nomination Form 


  1. Current member of National AALAS.
  2. Demonstration of a commitment to science as well as originality of thought and experimental design.
  3. Research relevant to laboratory animal science and comparative medicine that advances current knowledge and contributes to the existing literature in those fields and is directly applicable to a variety of research settings.
  4. Research contributes to the enhancement of local/national AALAS meetings, AALAS publications, and the scientific community. The candidate has presented research information in a variety of formats (posters, platform sessions, seminars, round tables) and frequently publishes scientific findings in CM, JAALAS, and other high-quality scientific journals applicable to the area of expertise.

Award Details:

Plaque and a $2,000 honorarium.