J. Jacob Kaplan Award

Three J. Jacob Kaplan awards are presented annually for the most meritorious student papers on either clinical or basic medical research and includes a $4,000 award. An award is available for research in three fields of medicine: immunology in diagnosis and treatment of cancer; gastroenterology; and, cardiology. The awards are intended to encourage and recognize scholarly achievement in medical research by young investigators at the University of Minnesota Medical School.


  • Currently enrolled or those who have been enrolled during the previous academic year as undergraduate or graduate students at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Twin Cities or Duluth campuses.
  • Individuals who have conducted medical research under supervision in any Medical School department.

Application process

Appropriate applications:

  • Must be based on unpublished, substantially completed or completed manuscripts. Abstracts will not be accepted, nor will grant proposals.
  • Describe medical research conducted within the past three years, at least a portion of it at the University of Minnesota. The research may cover more than a single year’s work and must have been primarily conceived and conducted by the student.
  • May be filed in the name of single or co-authors.
  • Electronically submit a cover letter outlining the nature of the research, the research paper, and a letter of sponsorship from a member of the faculty as a single PDF.

The winning paper or papers will be selected by the Medical School-University of Minnesota Foundation Honors and Awards Committee, which will have final authority on questions of eligibility and merit.