Student Awards

Alpha Epsilon Iota Foundation Award

The Alpha Epsilon Iota Foundation Award honors one or more outstanding graduating senior women medical students. Awards are typically $1,000. The Medical School Education Dean nominates individuals and forwards names to the AEI Foundation.

Armstrong Memorial Awards

Two Wallace D. Armstrong Memorial Awards are presented annually, one to the medical student with the highest scholastic standing in biochemistry, and the other to the first-year dental student with the highest scholastic standing in biochemistry.

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.

Barnum Graduate Student Travel Awards

The Cyrus P. Barnum and Anne R. Barnum Graduate Student Travel Awards are presented throughout the year as circumstances merit to graduate students in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics. To apply, contact the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics at 612-625-6100. 

Barnum Memorial Teaching Fellowship

The Cyrus P. Barnum Memorial Teaching Fellowships recognize graduate students’ teaching expertise in the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics. Selection is made by the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics Awards Committee.

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.

Excellence in Geriatric Scholarship Awards

Two Awards for Excellence in Geriatric Scholarship are presented each year by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health: a $1000 award to a medical student and $2,000 award to a resident. Any University of Minnesota medical student or resident may submit a paper for consideration.

Gault Honorary Scholarship

The N. L. Gault, M.D. Honorary Scholarship is offered to medical students who intend to specialize in internal or family medicine. Established by the late Royal C. Gray, M.D., University of Minnesota Medical School Class of 1925, the scholarship honors former dean N. L. Gault. It alternates annually between internal medicine and family medicine. For further information, please call 612-625-5976 or 612-626-0619.

Global Medical Education and Research (GMER) Student Travel Awards

GMER Student Travel Awards were created through endowments established by the below listed faculty or institutions. The purpose is to encourage medical students to seek educational experiences in global health and to help enable medical students to study in another country/healthcare setting.

Graduating Medical Student Research Awards

The $1,000 Graduating Medical Student Research Awards recognize meritorious research by graduating medical students who have or are pursuing any other advanced degree. Applications consist of a research paper, a letter of application, and one or more faculty letters of support.

Hays-Gaviser Award

This award is named in memory of Dr. William Hays and Dr. David Gaviser whose careers were devoted to empathetic surgical care and inspirational mentoring and teaching. This award is being given in their memory as an inspiration for University of Minnesota medical students rotating on the surgical services to continue to pursue their goals while maintaining the humane qualities and characteristics with which Drs. Hays and Gaviser were so richly endowed.

Horns Memorial Award

The $1,000 Richard C. Horns Memorial Award recognizes an undergraduate medical student for the development of outstanding clinical skills. Nominations are made by the Medical School Education Dean.

Kaplan Award

Three $4,000 J. Jacob Kaplan Awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding research by undergraduate or graduate medical students, one in each of the following areas: cardiology, immunology in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer, and gastroenterology.

Lampson Award

The Laird W. and Mary C. Lampson Award honors an outstanding second-year male medical student on the Duluth campus for excellence in scholarship and contributions to the student community.

Lampson Memorial Award

The Herbert G. Lampson Memorial Award honors an outstanding second-year female medical student on the Duluth campus for excellence in scholarship and contributions to the student community.

Harold J. Lawn Award in Psychiatry

This award honors the memory of Harold J. Lawn, M.D. and is presented by the Department of Psychiatry to one graduating medical student whose narrative, written as part of a Case Report in the Psychiatry Clerkship, is deemed the most well-written and ready for publication.

Lifson/Johnson Memorial Award

The Lifson/Johnson Memorial Award recognizes excellence in teaching by undergraduate or graduate students. Selection is by the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology.

Livermore Memorial Award

The J. Thomas Livermore Memorial Award recognizes outstanding undergraduate research in hematology. Nominations are reviewed by the Minnesota Medical Foundation’s Honors and Awards Committee.

Lunden Award

The $1,000 Jan Lunden Award honors outstanding research by a graduate or medical student in the field of molecular hepatology. Recipients are selected by an ad hoc faculty committee.

Medical Student Achievement Awards

The $2,000 Medical Student Achievement Awards recognize leadership, community service, academic achievement, and research by fourth-year medical students. Nominations are accepted from medical students, faculty, student organizations, or other persons associated with medical students.

Memorial Award

The Memorial Award recognizes an outstanding second-year medical student on the Duluth campus who has shown kindness and generosity to others.

Milne-Brandenburg Awards

The Beatrice Z. Milne and Theodore Brandenburg Awards recognize outstanding research by graduate students in the basic sciences.

Roth-Steer Award for Research in Alzheimer’s Disease

The Roth-Steer Award for Research in Alzheimer’s Disease is presented for outstanding research related to Alzheimer’s disease by a graduate, medical, or post-doctoral student. The recipient is selected by an ad hoc faculty committee.

Roza Steer Breast Cancer Research Award

The $1,000 Roza Steer Breast Cancer Research Award is presented for outstanding research by a graduate student or medical student in the field of breast cancer. The recipient is selected by an ad hoc faculty committee.

Rubin Medical Memorial Award

The Dr. James E. Rubin Medical Memorial Award is presented to a senior medical student at the University of Minnesota who demonstrates excellence in diagnostic skill, compassion, and a high degree of ethical standards. The recipient is selected by the Honors and Awards Committee of the University of Minnesota Medical School.

Rural Physician Associate Program Student Achievement Award

The $1,000 Rural Physician Associate Program Student Achievement Award is presented to an RPAP student who excels in academic accomplishment and demonstrates noteworthy community involvement. Students are nominated by their preceptors.

Segal Award in Psychiatry

The Gloria Segal Award in Psychiatry recognizes two senior medical students, one from the University of Minnesota Medical School and one from the Mayo Medical School, for outstanding academic and professional performance during the third year clinical psychiatry rotation.

Steer Family Award in Diabetes Research

The $1,000 Steer Family Award in Diabetes Research is presented for outstanding research by a graduate or medical student in the field of diabetes mellitus. The recipient is selected by an ad hoc faculty committee.

Steer-Johnson Award

Steer-Johnson Awards are presented annually for outstanding research by undergraduate or graduate students in the field of general physiology, pulmonary physiology, or cardiovascular physiology in the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology. Selection is by a committee in the department.

Therese Zink Student Narrative Award

This award is presented to one graduating medical student whose narrative, written as part of the Significant Event Reflection in the Family Medicine Clerkship, is deemed the most well-written and ready for publication. Recipients will be chosen by the Clerkship. In selecting an awardee, preference will be given to those narratives which have been accepted for publication by a journal.

Tow Humanism in Medicine Student Award

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

Veneziale-Steer Award

The $1,000 Veneziale-Steer Award recognizes outstanding research by a graduate or medical student in the field of cellular growth regulation. The recipient is selected by an ad hoc faculty committee.

Watson Award

The $2,500 Cecil J. Watson Award recognizes the most outstanding research by a physician in graduate clinical training in any clinical department of the Medical School each year.