Candidates for the Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar are female graduate students in biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. track) who have completed the qualifying exam and have at least one year left to complete the Ph.D. degree. Competitive nominees are those who demonstrate excellent leadership qualities through their research and service to the scientific community, as well as characteristics that exhibit outstanding potential to impact medicine through research during their careers.

The Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar receives a $1,000 cash prize and is afforded the distinct opportunity to be mentored for a year by the corresponding recipient of the Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science – a woman scientist of national reputation who has a stellar record of research accomplishments and is known for her mentorship of women in science. 

This cycle’s Scholar will be mentored by the 2019 Vanderbilt Prize recipient, Christine Seidman, M.D., Thomas W. Smith Professor in Medicine and Genetics at the Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Dr. Seidman is widely known for identification and ongoing study of the genetic causes of human heart diseases. The Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar will be recognized during Dr. Seidman’s Flexner Discovery Lecture on September 12, 2019.

 

Nominee eligibility:

  • Female graduate student in biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. track)
  • Must have at least one year left to complete the Ph.D. degree
  • Must have completed the qualifying examination

 

Nomination process:

The 2019 Nomination cycle closed on June 7, 2019. The call for nominations for the 2020 Student Scholar will be announced in February 2020.

 

Questions? Contact Lauren Vronko at lauren.a.vronko@vumc.org

 


 

Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholars

2018

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Alissa Guarnaccia

Mentor: Angelika Amon, Ph.D.

Alissa Guarnaccia is a member of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program entering class of 2014 and a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of William Tansey, Ph.D., professor of Cell and Developmental Biology and Ingram Professor of Cancer Research. 

See the VUMC Reporter article.


2017

Katherine Rothamel

Mentor: Lynne Maquat, Ph.D.

Katherine Rothamel is a PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry as part of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program entering class of 2014. She was nominated by her graduate studies mentor, Manuel Ascano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry.

See the VUMC Reporter article.


2016

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Chloe Snider

Mentor: Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.

Fuchs' Flexner Discovery Lecture was presented March 30, 2017.


2015: Lisa Poole  (Mentor: Huda Zoghbi, M.D.)

2014: Jessica Moore  (Mentor: Susan Lindquist, Ph.D.)

2013: Lisa Funkhouser-Jones  (Mentor: Laurie Glimcher, M.D.)

2012: Jacci Claus  (Mentor: Joan Steitz, Ph.D.)

2011: Bianca Sirbu  (Mentor: Titia de Lange, Ph.D.)

2010: Emily Anderson  (Mentor: Nancy Andrews, M.D., Ph.D.)

2009: Elizabeth Nyugen Dong  (Mentor: Susan Taylor, Ph.D.)

Learn more about our incredible mentors, the Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science Winners, here.