The Steven C. Beering Award honors an internationally recognized individual for outstanding research contributions to advancing biomedical or clinical science. The Beering Award was established in 1983, honoring Dr. Beering's important contributions to the IU School of Medicine as its dean from 1974 to 1983. Dr. Beering was the youngest dean appointed to the School of Medicine. He became Purdue University's president, serving until his retirement on August 14th, 2000. The award is presented annually and consists of a memento and a prize of $25,000. Eight of the past Beering Award recipients have become Nobel laureates, either before or after receipt of this award.