Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center

The Tamarack Awards Exclusively for NUPOC MPO Students

The Tamarack Award Established 2014

In December 2014, the Tamarack Award was established at NUPOC by J. Martin Carlson, CPO, FAAOP. In 2016 and again in 2018 Mr. Carlson established additional annual Tamarack Awards. Each annual award represents a monetary prize of $2,000. The annual Tamarack Awards are conferred on three NUPOC MPO students who demonstrate excellence in orthotics and submit an original essay that details his/her commitment to orthotics. The NUPOC teaching faculty anonymously evaluates and votes for the student awardees in December of the second year of MPO training. 

Goals of the Tamarack Award

The Tamarack Awards reward outstanding students who demonstrate excellence in orthotics. Students who best exemplify these characteristics are selected as award recipients:

Eligibility for the Tamarack Award

The competition is open to all full-time candidates enrolled in the second year of the Master of Prosthetics and Orthotics (MPO) degree program at the Northwestern University Prosthetics-Orthotics Center (NUPOC). 

Recognizing J. Martin Carlson and His Service to P&O

J. Martin Carlson, CPO, FAAOPJ. Martin "Marty" Carlson, CPO, FAAOP, owner and chief engineer of Tamarack Habilitation Technologies (Blaine, MN), has established the Tamarack Award at NUPOC. Mr. Carlson holds degrees in aeronautics and mechanical engineering and certifications in prosthetics-orthotics. He is a published researcher, teacher, entrepreneur, and innovator who developed the Carlson AFO Modification technique, the Gillette orthotic seating system, Tamarack ankle joints, and others. Mr. Carlson was recognized by the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists with the Titus-Ferguson Award (2009) and the Clinical Creativity Award (1997).

NUPOC deeply appreciates the generosity of Mr. Carlson for bestowing the annual Tamarack Awards at NUPOC.  


Tamarack Award Winners Express Appreciation

Anna Atkins, 2020 Tamarack Award winner 

Nicolette Chamberlain-Simon, 2019 Tamarack Award winner

Casey Gruber, 2019 Tamarack Award winner 

Jennifer Pudlo, 2019 Tamarack Award winner 




Tamarack Award Recipients


2020/MPO 2021
Anna Atkins, Kevin Clark, Kendra Hercules

2019/MPO 2020
Nicolette Chamberlain-Simon, Casey Gruber, Jennifer Pudlo 

2018/MPO 2019
Kristin Barth, Maureen Connelly, Abbey Senczyszyn 

2017/MPO 2018
Kyle Miller, Sheila Pach 
2016/MPO 2017
Samantha Wright, Joshua Zumbrun 

2015/MPO 2016
Kate Binder 

2014/MPO 2015
Christian Rae S. Figueroa