Sneha Polam, OMS III
Research Director
NSUKPCOM – Fort Lauderdale


Past National SOMA Research Directors

2022 – 2023: Angela Ho

2021 – 2022: Jantzen Faulkner

2020 – 2021: Jason Vadhan

2019 – 2020: Carlos G. Galindo

2018 – 2019: Taylor Timoteo

2016 – 2018: Charles Lopresto




Have you completed a research project that you are proud of? Want to get some recognition for your hard work? Apply for our National SOMA Research Spotlight Award and see your project get national recognition! One research project winner will be selected per month.

The award is only open to SOMA members and applicants need to only apply once! 

The applications will be added to an applicant pool, & ALL applications submitted will be reviewed each month.

Winners will receive a $25 allowance towards a research journal subscription or medical professional/specialty membership of their choosing, a certificate of recognition will have their project promoted on the National SOMA website and social media platforms, and are encouraged to add this honor to their “Awards” section in their CV.


The 1st of Each Month – Begin submitting your applications via the Google form. Click Here for Application. 

The 30th of Each Month at 11:59 p.m. CST – Last day for application collection.

Winners will be announced at the end of the month and will have their project promoted on our website and social media platforms. Winners may also add this to their “Awards” section of their CV.

Applications must include:

  1. Headshot or photo of you presenting research
  2. Title and abstract of the research project
  3. Personal statement (250 words or less) detailing:
    1. Why you chose this research topic
    2. What research means to you
    3. Any future research plans

Projects will be selected based on the following:

  • Quality of research design
  • Unique perspective/originality
  • Impact on medical knowledge
  • Impact on community
  • Critical Analysis

Please contact Sneha Polam, Research Director, via email at for any questions