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 2020 Vanderbilt Prize recipient, Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D., Li Ka Shing Chancellor's chair in Biomedical and Health Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Dr. Doudna is widely known for leading the development of the revolutionary genome editing technology known as CRISPR-Cas9. The Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar will be recognized during Dr. Doudna's Discovery Lecture. 

 

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:

Nominations are accepted from department Chairs and Program Directors in the biomedical sciences, as well as Directors of graduate studies and faculty mentors. Nomination materials should be submitted, as a single PDF, by May 15th to Lauren Vronko at lauren.a.vronko@vumc.org 

  • Nominee's CV
  • Nomination letter from the faculty mentor, advisor or nominator
  • Copy of the nominee's thesis proposal
  • Committee report from the nominee's qualifying examination

 

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

 


 

Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholars

2019

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Megan Rasmussen 

Mentor Christine Seidman, M.D.

Megan Rasmussen is a member of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program entering class of 2015 and a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Vivian Gama, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology.   

See the VUMC Reporter article.


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

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Katherine Rothamel

Mentor Lynne Maquat, Ph.D.

Katherine Rothamel is a member of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program entering class of 2014 and a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Manuel Ascano, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry.

See the VUMC Reporter article.


2016: Chloe Snider (Mentor: Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D.)

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.