Authors of the top 3-5 abstracts from new members of the Surgical Infection Society (Active Membership for less than 12 months) will be selected as finalists for the New Member Award. All finalists will be asked to prepare and submit for review a draft manuscript based on this work 3 weeks prior to the SIS Annual Meeting. This draft manuscript may subsequently be finalized and submitted for publication to the journal of the authors’ choice. Manuscripts and meeting presentations will be reviewed and scored by members of the Awards Committee. The new Member Award winner will be announced at the SIS Annual Meeting Awards Banquet in May, 2017.