Awards

The Department of Pharmacology offers awards to acknowledge the achievements of our learning community and to honor past trainers who have made a significant contribution to the Department. These awards, described in detail below, recognize specific achievements such as publications, fellowships, and leadership, and are offered in addition to Medical School, Graduate School, and University-level awards. 

TIMOTHY F. WALSETH PUBLICATION AWARD

The Timothy F. Walseth Publication Award recognizes graduate students and postdoctoral trainees upon acceptance of their initial peer-reviewed first- or co-first author manuscript resulting from research conducted at the University of Minnesota.

Eligibility: PhD and MS students in the Graduate Program in Pharmacology, and postdoctoral trainees working in Department of Pharmacology primary faculty research labs; individuals are only eligible to receive this award once 

DeadlineQuarterly (January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1)

Process: Candidates must e-mail admin staff and provide evidence of manuscript acceptance. Quarterly reminder emails will be sent. 

Amount$500 of unrestricted funds provided directly to the student account (graduate students) or paycheck (postdoctoral trainees)

W. GIBSON WOOD FELLOWSHIP AWARD

The W. Gibson Wood Fellowship Award recognizes PhD students and postdoctoral trainees who receive a competitive research fellowship. 

Eligibility

  • PhD students in the Graduate Program in Pharmacology and postdoctoral trainees working in Department of Pharmacology primary faculty research labs

  • Recipients must secure at least 1 year of funding (e.g., NIH F- or K-level fellowships, foundation fellowships, or UMN fellowships) as specified in a formal fellowship award letter 

  • NIH T-level training grant appointments or fellowships secured on behalf of trainees (e.g., DOVE Fellowship, 3M Fellowship) do not meet the eligibility requirements for this award

DeadlineQuarterly (January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1)

ProcessCandidates must e-mail admin staff and provide a formal fellowship award letter. Quarterly reminder emails will be sent. 

Amount$1000 of unrestricted funds provided directly to the student account (graduate students) or paycheck (postdoctoral trainees)

BEN G. ZIMMERMAN TRAVEL AWARD

The Ben G. Zimmerman Travel Award supports the participation (poster or oral presentation) of graduate students and postdoctoral trainees at scientific conferences.

Eligibility

  • PhD and MS students in the Graduate Program in Pharmacology and postdoctoral trainees in Department of Pharmacology primary faculty research labs

  • The recipient must present a scientific poster as first author or give a research presentation at a national or international conference

  • Individuals can only receive one travel award per year

  • Posters and abstracts must clearly denote the Pharmacology affiliation of the recipient:

    • Students: Graduate Program in Pharmacology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455

    • Postdoctoral trainees: Department of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455

DeadlineRolling 

Process: Candidates must email admin staff, providing reimbursement details and formal documentation of acceptance of their first-author poster submission or oral presentation at a national or international scientific conference. Quarterly reminder emails will be sent.

Amount: up to $500 in reimbursement for conference expenses (including registration fees for virtual conferences)

LOUISE M. NUTTER ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD (MS)

The Louise M. Nutter Academic Excellence Award recognizes exceptional academic performance by MS and PhD students in Pharmacology. Awards given to MS students are based on academic performance in Pharmacology core coursework. 

EligibilityFirst-year MS students in the Graduate Program in Pharmacology

DeadlineAugust 15th

Process: At the end of each academic year, the Course Directors of Pharmacology core courses will select two MS student recipients based on in-class academic performance

Amount2 x $750 awards of unrestricted funds provided directly to the student account

LOUISE M. NUTTER ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD (PHD)

The Louise M. Nutter Academic Excellence Award recognizes exceptional academic performance by MS and PhD students in Pharmacology. Awards given to PhD students are based on the quality of their written preliminary examination. 

Eligibility: PhD students in the Graduate Program in Pharmacology

DeadlineDecember

ProcessThe members of the Written Preliminary Examination Committee will select two PhD student recipients each year to receive this award, based on the quality of their final written preliminary examination

Amount: 2 x $750 awards of unrestricted funds provided directly to the student account

FREDERICK E. SHIDEMAN STUDENT LEADERSHIP AWARD

The Frederick E. Shideman Student Leadership Award recognizes exemplary contributions to the Pharmacology community, made outside of the research lab, by a senior PhD student.

EligibilityPhD student in the Graduate Program in Pharmacology (Year 3 or above); individuals can only receive this award once

Deadline: April 1

ProcessStudents in the Graduate Program in Pharmacology will vote for the PhD candidate (Year 3 or above) who has provided exemplary leadership to the Graduate Program in Pharmacology

Amount$2000 of unrestricted funds provided directly to the student account

   

   

Past Award Winners

2020

  • Dr. Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Research Award
    • Ben Brian
  • Leadership Award 
    • Hallie Hintz
  • Excellence Award (MS)
    • Bushra Haider
  • Publication Award
    • Allison Anderson
    • Ben Brian
  • Fellowship Award
    • Jennifer Nhieu
  • Travel Awards
    • Bethany Crouse
    • Zoi Sychev

2019

  • Thomas Shevlin Fellowship
    • Eric Lake
  • Travel Awards
    • Abdulaziz Almotlak
    • Hallie Hintz
    • Yu-Lung Lin
    • Tim Rose
    • Baovi Vo
    • Ralph White
  • Leadership Award
    • Paige Glumac
  • Publication Award
    • Gihan Gunaratne
  • Excellence Award (MS)
    • Marvis Monteiro
  • Research-Leadership Publication Award
    • Eric Lake
  • Fellowship Award
    • Nawal Yahya
  • 3-Minute Thesis Competition - 1st Place
    • Mariya Shapovalova

2018

  • Dean's Distinguished Graduate Fellowship
    • Bethany Crouse
  • Dr. Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Research Award
    • Xinwen Zhang
  • Annual Retreat Poster Award
    • Carly Baehr
    • Federico Baruffaldi
    • Hallie Hintz
    • April Huseby Kelcher
    • Janna Moen
    • Jenna Robinson
    • Artur Serebrenik
  • Travel Awards
    • Allison Anderson
    • Jennifer Nhieu
    • Mariya Shapovalova
    • Malavika Chandrashekar
    • Dustin Chernick
    • Eric Lake
    • Abir Majumdar
    • Paige Smith
    • Jill Touchette
    • Halena VanDeusen
    • Xinwen Zhang

2017

  • Dr. Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Research Award
    • Lisa Chesner
    • Chris Richards
  • Travel Awards
    • Dustin Chernick
    • Lisa Chesner

Record keeping began in 2017