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Nominations sought for Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Student Awards

Sep. 5, 2016, 10:14 AM

Dr. Levi Watkins Jr.
Dr. Levi Watkins Jr.

Nominations are being sought for the Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Student Awards.

The student awards are presented annually to at least one graduate student and one medical student associated with Vanderbilt University School of Medicine who have made outstanding contributions to the institution by fostering a more diverse environment that is enriching, encouraging and embracing of all VUSM students, faculty and administration.

Please send letters of nomination to Dr. André L. Churchwell, senior associate dean for diversity affairs, to arrive no later than Sept. 28, 2016, at

Levi Watkins Jr., M.D., made significant contributions toward increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities in the sciences. A distinguished physician and researcher, Watkins became the first African American student to be admitted to VUSM in 1966. He graduated in 1970 and was selected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. He continued his training at Johns Hopkins and Harvard. Watkins embodied the attributes important to serving as a renowned role model for those who pursue careers in medicine and the biomedical sciences.

Save the date: The Dr. Levi Watkins Jr. Lecture will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at noon in Light Hall, Room 208.

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