The highest honor in BCA is to be selected a Louis Schmidt Laureate. Named for a founder and the second president of the Association this honor is bestowed "for outstanding contributions to the progress of biological communications."
Symbols of the Schmidt Award include the BCA key inset with a diamond and the Gold Headed Cane - a traditional symbol in medicine of high achievement and honor. A committee of the nine most recent Schmidt laureates makes the selection of the recipient subject to approval by the Executive Committee.
This award is bestowed for exceptional contributions made during an extended career and over a period of time that may still be ongoing. Louis Schmidt laureates are selected according to the four core criteria listed below:
A formal nomination requires sponsorship by a Louis Schmidt Laureate. This sponsorship can be sought from any Louis Schmidt Laureate, it does not have to be sponsored by a current member of the Schmidt Committee. The Schmidt committee is composed of the nine most recent Schmidt laureates, this group makes the final selection of the recipient.
* Current member of the Louis Schmidt Award Committee