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Nominations sought for Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar

May. 12, 2021, 1:50 PM


by Bill Snyder

Nominations for the 2021 Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar are now open. The deadline is June 1.

Candidates for the Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar are female graduate students in biomedical sciences enrolled in Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (PhD or MD/PhD track) who have completed the qualifying exam and have at least one year left to complete the PhD degree.

The Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar receives a $1,000 cash prize and has the 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 mentoring women in science.

This cycle’s student scholar will be mentored by the 2021 Vanderbilt Prize recipient, Aviv Regev, PhD, an internationally known computational and systems biologist and executive vice president of Genentech Research and Early Development (gRED).

The Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar will be recognized during Regev’s Discovery Lecture, which was postponed because of the pandemic and which will be scheduled in spring 2022.

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center Office of Research, which administers both prizes, will accept nominations from department chairs or program directors in the biomedical sciences, as well as from directors of graduate studies and faculty mentors.

Nomination materials should be submitted as a single PDF by June 1 to Andrea Davis at They should include:

  • The nominee’s CV;
  • A nomination letter from the faculty mentor, adviser or nominator;
  • A copy of the nominee’s thesis proposal; and
  • The committee report from the nominee’s qualifying examination.

For more information, visit the Office of Research website at


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