Doctoral Excellence Award

Successful candidates exhibit exceptional qualities in research, scholarship, service, and collaboration. Nominees' efforts should represent highly original work that is an unusually significant contribution to the field, and their contribution to the project should be clear. In addition, nominees should have made significant contributions to the scientific community through involvement in activities that support the laboratory, department, school, institution, or national science organizations. 

A maximum of one student per PhD program will be selected each year, but it’s possible a program may not have a student selected in a particular year. The School of Medicine’s graduate program directors will review the nominations and select recipients of each award.

In addition to the Doctoral Excellence Award, graduate students can be nominated via the process above to receive the Hughes Award in Developmental Biology or Embryology.

Different nomination procedures apply to the Krampitz Award from the Department of Molecular Biology and Microbiology, and the Olson Award from the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. To learn more about those awards, contact the appropriate departments.


The Doctoral Excellence Award is open to graduating PhD students in biochemistry, bioethics, biomedical engineering, epidemiology and a research advisor. The letter of support will be requested by email, so please be prepared to provide the name and email of the letter writer. Nominators who are research advisors or dissertation committee members of the nominee will have the option to use the nomination letter as the letter of support. The deadline is Friday, April 1st.

Winners receive a certificate and small monetary award at the Graduate and Postdoctoral Award Ceremony, and award information will appear in the commencement booklet. If you have any additional questions, please contact Hua Lou at For assistance with technical issues, please contact Malana Bey at