William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award

Recipients of the William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award are recognized for exemplary contributions and breakthroughs in the field of applied exercise and sport science.

Current members are encouraged to nominate a deserving individual for the William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award. Nominees must meet the Award Eligibility outlined below to be considered. 

Congratulations to the 2020 winner!

Michael J. Ormsbee, PhD, CSCS,*D

Ormsbee is the Associate Director of the Institute of Sports Sciences & Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food & Exercise Sciences at Florida State University (FSU). He is also an honorary research fellow at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa. Ormsbee is a Fellow of both the American College of Sports Medicine and the International Society of Sports Nutrition and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (with Distinction) through NSCA. His research expertise involves the interaction of exercise training, nutrition, and supplementation to improve metabolism and achieve optimal body composition, human performance, and health in athletic and clinical populations. Ormsbee was honored as the 2014 FSU Undergraduate Teacher of the Year, 2017 Nutrition Researcher of the Year by the NSCA, 2018 FSU Graduate Student Mentor of the Year, and 2020 FSU Distinguished Teacher of the Year. His course, “Changing Body Composition Through Diet and Exercise” is available worldwide through The Great Courses. Follow Dr. Ormsbee on Social Media: @mikeormsbee

View Ormsbee's Press Release.

Award Eligibility

Must be current member of the NSCA

Must have a minimum of two years consecutive membership* and 10 years total membership

Nominee is active member and contributor to NSCA

Working as sports scientist researcher

Has not have previously won this award

Nominee is currently an Associate or Full Professor

A minimum of 10 years has passed since nominee has received doctoral degree

*Consectutive membership is counted back from the date the award is to be conferred.

Additional requirements listed in the General Awards Criteria, include but not limited to, the nominee must be nominated by a member in good standing and nominees will be sent a criteria sheet to fill out that must be returned before the required deadline. 

How are recipients selected?

Excerpt from the NSCA Reaserch Committee Policies and Procedures (updated 7/2019):

  • Research-based awards governed by the Awards Subcommittee of the NSCA Research Committee govern the selection of the following awards, based on the 3 nominees (for each award) that will be forwarded to the Awards Subcommittee from Headquarters. Headquarters will be responsible for the initial assessment of the Award Criteria Sheet and include the following awards:
    • William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award
    • Terry J. Housh Young Investigator of the Year Award
    • Nutritional Research Achievement Award
  • For the William J. Kraemer Outstanding Sport Scientist Award, Terry J. Housh Young Investigator of the Year Award, and the Nutritional Research Award, all recipients are nominated by the NSCA membership through the online nomination system and/or by the Awards Subcommittee of the Research Committee. All nominees then are asked by the NSCA staff to submit relevant materials and all recipients are decided by a standardized scoring system. The top 3 nominees, based on the Awards Criteria Scoresheet will be forwarded to the Awards Subcommittee chair.
  • The Awards Subcommittee will organize and verify the top candidates meet the criteria (two separate reviews of each candidate).
  • The Chair of the Subcommitee will then produce a summary of each candidate that will include a brief description of the accomplishments of each candidate in the areas listed in the Awards Criteria Sheet (Publications in NSCA & Applied Exercise and Sport Science Publications, Presentations at NSCA and other Conventions, Certification/Education and Research-related service.
  • The summaries of the nominees will be sent to the entire RC and past award winners for a vote of the top awardee for each award. If a current member of the RC is nominated for an award, they will be recused from the voting process and all correspondence of that particular award, but are still eligible for nomination and award. If a current member of the RC is also a past winner they shall vote only as an RC member.
  • Voting will occur in a weighted manner with 40% contributed by past winners of the award and 60% weight given by RC members. As such, the total weight of the past winners (40%) will be divided by the number of past winners who agree to participate in the voting, and the resulting percent will contribute the weight of each past winners vote. Similarly, the total weight of the RC members (60%) will be divided by the number of Committee members (7), and the resulting percent (approximately 8.57%) will contribute the weight of each Committee member to the voting. The sum of the vote percentages from past winners and Committee members will determine the award winner.
  • The chair of the Awards subcommittee will keep record of the entire voting process and will then forward the selected winners for each award to the BOD. If there is a tie, two names for the award will be forwarded to the BOD recommended for dual recipients.

Past Award Recipients Include:

2019 - Jared W. Coburn, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA 2004 - Robert U. Newton, PhD, CSCS
2017 - Shawn M. Arent, PhD, CSCS,*D, FISSN, FACSM 2003 - Lawrence Weiss, EdD, CSCS,*D
2016 - Michael R. McGuigan, PhD, CSCS 2002 - Michael Bemben, PhD
2015 - Joel T. Cramer, PhD, CSCS,*D, NSCA-CPT,*D, FNSCA 2001 - Jerry Mayhew, PhD
2014 - David Behm, PhD 2000 - Stephen E. Alway, PhD
2013 - Jeffrey Stout, PhD, FNSCA, FACSM 1999 - Carl M. Maresh, PhD
2012 - Jeffrey M. McBride, PhD, CSCS, FNSCA 1998 - Terry Housh, PhD, FNSCA
2011 - G. Gregory Haff, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA 1997 - Robert S. Staron, PhD
2010 - N. Travis Triplett, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA 1996 - Gary Dudley, PhD, CSCS
2009 - Lee E. Brown, EdD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA 1995 - Everett Harman, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
2008 - Joan M. Eckerson, PhD, CSCS 1994 - Gary Hunter, PhD
2007 - Jay R. Hoffman, PhD, CSCS,*D, FNSCA 1993 - John Garhammer, PhD, CSCS, NSCA-CPT
2006 - Joseph P. Weir, PhD 1992 - William Kraemer, PhD, CSCS
2005 - Andrew C. Fry, PhD, CSCS 1991 - Steve Fleck, PhD and Mike Stone, PhD
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