Cecil J. Watson Award

The Cecil J. Watson Award is given each year for the most outstanding research by a physician in graduate clinical training in any clinical department of the Medical School, including Laboratory Medicine & Pathology. The Minneapolis Society of Internal Medicine and other friends of Dr. Cecil J. Watson established the award in 1961. One or more $2,500 awards will be presented.


The recipient of the award may be at any of the hospitals or institutions affiliated with the Medical School, Twin Cities.

  • He or she may be a medical fellow, a teaching assistant, or instructor, but must still be in a program of graduate training at the time the research is performed and the award made.
  • The research may be clinical or basic in character, and may have been carried out in a basic science laboratory to which the recipient is temporarily assigned. His or her training program, however, must be oriented toward a clinical career at the time of the award.
  • Research submitted for consideration must have been conducted at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the project described must exhibit scientific originality and creativity.
  • The paper must be written in a publishable format or have been published and a mentor must provide a letter of support.

Application process

An applicant may submit one manuscript. The award-winning manuscript will be selected by the Medical School-University of Minnesota Foundation Honors and Awards Committee.