Faculty Awards

All-University Award for Outstanding Contributions to Postbaccalaureate, Graduate, and Professional Education

This award was established in 1999 to recognize contributions to postbaccalaureate, graduate, and professional education. Recipients are chosen for excellence in instruction; involvement in students’ research, scholarship, and professional development; development of instructional programs; and advising and mentoring of students. Those who receive the Graduate/Professional Award become members of the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. In addition, the title “Distinguished University Teaching Professor” or “Distinguished University Teacher” is conferred upon recipients, and each winner receives a $15,000 one-time award.

Bacaner Research Awards

The Dr. Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Research Awards recognize exceptional research achievement by graduate students in the basic sciences as well as graduate students or faculty in cardiology. Nominations may be made by a student’s graduate advisor or by a faculty member’s colleagues.

Basic Science and Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards

The $500 Basic Science and Clinical Teacher of the Year Awards recognize superior teaching at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus. The recipients are chosen by second-year class vote.

Distinguished Mentoring Award

This newly created award recognizes the co-curricular contributions that faculty make that impact medical education and medical students. This award honors faculty who consistently serve as effective mentors and advisors to medical students during their four years of medical school. 

Distinguished Teaching Awards

The Distinguished Teaching Awards recognize superior teaching by Twin Cities Medical School faculty. 

  • Distinguished Foundational Science Teaching Award, Yr 1
  • Distinguished Foundational Science Teaching Award, Yr 2
  • Distinguished Clinical Teaching Award, Primary Care, up to 2
  • Distinguished Clinical Teaching Award, Specialty Medicine, up to 2
  • Distinguished Teaching Award, Resident Teachers, up to 2

Ernst Award in Pathology

The Dr. Kenneth F. Ernst Award in Pathology recognizes superior research in pathology by University medical or graduate students, residents, or fellows. The award amount is not fixed. Selection is made by the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology.

Exceptional Affiliate Faculty Teaching Award

This award honors and encourages the types of preceptor teaching medical students hold in high esteem. Winners receive a recognition certificate and a $1,000 award from the Foundation. There will be two awardees.

Exceptional Primary Care Community Faculty Teaching Award

The University of Minnesota invites you to participate in the selection of community faculty to receive the Exceptional Primary Care Community Faculty Teaching Award. These awards honor and encourage the kind of preceptor teaching, in a primary care setting, that medical students hold in esteem. Winners receive a recognition certificate and a $1,000 award from the Minnesota Medical Association. Two awards will be made annually.

Herz Faculty Teaching Development Awards

The Herz Faculty Teaching Development Awards support faculty projects that seek to improve the medical curriculum and teaching skills. Faculty with demonstrated interest in teaching, leadership, creativity, and educational innovation receive preference.

Licht Memorial Lecture

The Sidney Licht Memorial Lecture provides an honorarium of $1,000 to a distinguished physician for up to two days of teaching, plus expenses. The Visiting Licht Clinician is selected by the chair of the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

Manning Research Award

The Patrick J. Manning Research Award honors individuals who have shown special efforts on behalf of research animals and consequently on behalf of science. Recipients are selected by a special award committee from Research Animal Resources.

Rural Physician Associate Program Preceptor Achievement Award

Each year, RPAP students nominate outstanding faculty members for the Rural Physician Associate Program Preceptor Achievement Award.  One preceptor is recognized.

Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award

The Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Faculty Award promotes the integration of humanism in the delivery of care to patients and their families.