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. 

Recent Award Winners

portrait of Amy Paulson     portrait of Murphie Price

Congratulations to Amy Paulson (left/top) and Murphy Price (right/bottom), winners of the Louise M. Nutter Academic Excellence Award which recognizes exceptional academic performance by MS students.

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

ProcessCandidates must e-mail admin staff and provide evidence of manuscript acceptance. Quarterly reminder emails (January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1) 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

  • Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (MPaT) Graduate Program PhD students, 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

ProcessCandidates must e-mail admin staff and provide a formal fellowship award letter. Quarterly reminder emails (January 1, April 1, July 1, October 1) 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) MS and PhD students and postdoctoral trainees at scientific conferences.

Eligibility

  • Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (MPaT) Graduate Program PhD and MS students, 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: Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (MPaT) Graduate Program PhD, 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 students, based on academic performance in Pharmacology core coursework. 

EligibilityFirst-year MS students in the Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (MPaT) Graduate Program

TimelineDecisions will be made at the end of each academic year/around May1.

Process: 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 PhD students, based on the quality of their written preliminary examination. 

Eligibility: PhD students in the Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (MPaT) Graduate Program

TimelineDecisions will be made in late January/early February

ProcessTwo PhD students will receive this award each year after written preliminary examinations are evaluated by Graduate Faculty reviewers.

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 Molecular Pharmacology and Therapeutics (MPaT) Graduate Program (Year 3 or above); individuals can only receive this award once

Deadline: April 1

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

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