Nominations for the 2021 Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar are now closed.

 

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 2021 Vanderbilt Prize recipient, Aviv Regev, PhD, an internationally known computational biologist and Executive Vice President of Genentech Research and Early Development (gRED) . The Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar will be recognized during Dr. Regev'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. Nominations must include the following materials. Nomination materials should be submitted as a single PDF by June 1st to Andrea Davis at andreac.davis@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 Andrea Davis at andreac.davis@vumc.org

 


 

Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholars

2020

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Katherine Amidon Paulin

Mentor Jennifer Doudna, Ph.D.

Katherine Paulin is a member of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Program entering class of 2017 and a Ph.D. student in the laboratory of Brandt Eichman, Ph.D., the William R. Kenan, Jr. Chair, Professor and Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Biochemistry in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. 

See the VUMC Reporter article.


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.