Spine is taking submissions for the Young Investigator Award. This award is open to all scientists in all disciplines who are within 8 years of completion of their MD, DO, DC, or PhD. Required is a statement and a description, signed by all the authors, of what specific portions the Young Investigator worked on. The statement should highlight that the Young Investigator did most of the work and was involved in all aspects of the study, including planning, data collection, and writing. The papers can be submitted on a rolling basis and all submissions will undergo a formal peer review process by a pre-selected committee. The manuscript must comply with submissions to Spine <http://spine.edmgr.com/>. It is preferred that the independently performed research is of an original idea by the investigator as opposed to the execution of an idea from a senior mentor.