Awards

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Awards are available to all predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, master's students, and non-faculty researchers unless otherwise noted.

Leadership Award (Frederick E. Shideman)

Nomination Form

The Frederick E. Shideman Leadership Award recognizes contributions to the research climate of the Department of Pharmacology.

Eligibility

Predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, Master's students, and non-faculty researchers

Deadline

April 1st

Type

Nomination-based

Details

Brief nomination letter from faculty, staff, or trainee. Award will be given to individual or team who makes an exceptional contribution to the research climate of the department in any of the following spheres: leadership, mentoring, teaching, service, graduate or faculty recruitment, collaboration within or among departments, or commitment to diversity.

Amount

Up to 1 x $1000 for reimbursement of computer, software, or travel to a conference (Master’s student awardees will have $1000 posted to their student account)

Poster Award (Louise Nutter)

The Louise Nutter Poster Award recognizes exceptional poster presentations at the Department of Pharmacology Annual Retreat.

Eligibility

Predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, Master's students, and non-faculty researchers

Deadline

Annual Retreat

Details

Posters will be scored according to scientific quality/progress and oral/visual communication

Amount

2 x certificates (unranked - no cash amount) in each of three categories below:

I: Undergraduates, Post-Baccalaureate Researchers, Master’s Students

II: Predoctoral Students

III: Postdoctoral Trainees and other PhD-level research staff

Research Presentation Award (Louise Nutter)

The Louise Nutter Research Presentation Award recognizes exceptional oral research presentations at the Department of Pharmacology Annual Retreat.

Eligibility

Predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, Master's students, and non-faculty researchers

Deadline

Annual Retreat

Details

Talks will be scored according to scientific quality/progress and oral/visual communication

Amount

2 x certificates (unranked - no cash amount)

Research-Leadership Publication Award

Nomination Form

The Research-Leadership Publication Award recognizes pre- and post-doctoral trainees, Master's students, and non-faculty researchers who drive the science and/or writing of a publication to an extraordinary extent.

Eligibility

Predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees, Master's students, and non-faculty researchers

Deadline

April 1st

Type

Nomination-based

Details

Nomination form, paper, cover letter (can be from the original submission). Judged on highest-quality publication, taking account science, impact, and presentation. (Scores will not be driven solely by journal impact factor.) Nomination letter should address how the trainee/student/researcher has (a) driven the direction of the project to an extraordinary extent, (b) made impressive intellectual contributions to the major scientific conclusion of the paper, (c) solved a long-standing problem/mystery in the lab, or (d) drove the writing process to an exceptional degree. Judged on the quality of the publication, taking account science, impact, and presentation PLUS the extent to which the trainee/student/researcher was the driving force as explained by the PI.

Amount

The Research-Leadership Publication Award awards up to 2 x $1000 for reimbursement of computer, software, or travel to a conference (Master’s student awardees will have $1000 posted to their student account)

Fellowship Recognition Award - Pre- and Post-doctoral only

Application Form

The Fellowship Recognition Award aims to foster communication among Pharmacology labs, including those outside NHH, and recognize students and postdocs who contribute to the cost of their training.

Eligibility

Predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees obtaining at least a year of competitive funding, as demonstrated by an award letter. Eligible funding includes NIH F- or K-level award, foundation award, or UMN award. (Not NIH T-level funding or awards made prior to arriving on campus.)

Deadline

Rolling

Type

Application-based

Details

The trainee or PI requests the funds, then plans and hosts an event recognizing the individual and individual’s lab, and invites Pharmacology labs. Total funding dollar amount will be used in the event of a tie.

Amount

Up to 8 x $125 in the form of gift cards for purchase of food and beverages

Research Proposal Award (Frederick E. Shideman) - Pre- and Post doctoral only

Application Form

The Frederick E. Shideman Research Proposal Award recognizes exciting new research projects and persuasive scientific writing.

Eligibility

Predoctoral and postdoctoral trainees

Deadline

April 1st

Type

Application-based (2nd year predoctoral written preliminary examinations by invitation only)

Details

Trainees submit a (not- or not-yet funded) NIH F- or K-level or foundation fellowship application. Upon invitation by the written prelim committee only, a revised written prelim exam (with a short cover letter addressing critiques) may also be submitted. Scoring will take into account significance, innovation, approach, and writing/presentation.

Amount

Up to 2 x $1000 (1 predoctoral + 1 postdoctoral) for reimbursement of computer, software, or travel to a conference

Travel Award (Including the Ben Zimmerman Travel Award) - Pre- and Post-doctoral only

Application Form

The Department of Pharmacology Travel Award seeks to subsidize travel to prestigious, field-specific conferences, increasing departmental exposure at a national/international level and facilitate high-quality training and career networking. Recipients will also be considered for the Ben G. Zimmerman Travel Award, which recognizes research excellence in Integrative Pharmacology and is financially supported by the Ben G. Zimmerman Fellowship in Integrative Pharmacology.

Eligibility
  • Predoctoral students in the Pharmacology graduate program or postdoctoral trainees in primary Pharmacology labs
  • Presenting a scientific poster or giving a research talk at a national or international conference
  • Have not been funded by a Pharmacology Travel award in the past year
  • Conference does not start before the 15th of the award month

Additional considerations:

  • Posters/Abstracts must include a Pharmacology affiliation
  • Posters/Abstracts must be largely authored by the applicant (editing from PI, etc. is ok)
  • If an abstract is reused from another source, this must be disclosed/referenced
  • Preference will be given for prestigious, field-specific conferences, high-achieving trainees, and trainees who will receive the most career benefit from presenting at a conference
Deadline

Quarterly: May 1, August 1, November 1, February 1

Type

Application-based

Details

Trainee submits the conference link, biosketch/CV, and abstract. 

Amount

Up to 8 x $1000 (2 per quarter) for reimbursement of travel, lodging, per diem, or registration expenses for a conference.

Master's 1st-Year Excellence Award - Master's Only

Nomination Form

The Master's 1st-Year Excellence Award recognizes a Master's student with the potential to be an exceptional research scientist.

Eligibility

1st-year Plan A Master's students

Deadline

April 1st

Type

Nomination-based

Details

Brief nomination letter from any course instructor or research mentor for a student who demonstrates scientific critical thinking, experimental acumen, and/or leadership during team-based coursework or research. Former undergraduate advisors may not nominate.

Amount

Up to 1 x $1000 annually, posted to the winner’s student account

   

   

Past Award Winners

2019

  • Ben G. Zimmerman Travel Awards
    • Abdulaziz Almotlak
  • Thomas Shevlin Fellowship
    • Eric Lake
  • Travel Awards
    • Yu-Lung Lin
    • Tim Rose
    • Ralph White
  • Frederick E. Shideman Leadership Award
    • Paige Glumac
  • Frederick E. Shideman Publication Award
    • Gihan Gunaratne
  • Frederick E. Shideman Proposal Award
    • Ben Brian
    • Eric Lake
  • Master's 1st-year Excellence Award
    • Marvis Monteiro
  • Research-Leadership Publication Award
    • Eric Lake
  • 3-Minute Thesis Competition - 1st Place
    • Mariya Shapovalova

2018

  • Ben G. Zimmerman Travel Awards
    • Allison Anderson
    • Jennifer Nhieu
    • Mariya Shapovalova
  • Dean's Distinguished Graduate Fellowship
    • Bethany Crouse
  • Dr. Marvin and Hadassah Bacaner Research Award
    • Xinwen Zhang
  • Louise M. Nutter Poster Award
    • Carly Baehr
    • Federico Baruffaldi
    • Hallie Hintz
    • April Huseby Kelcher
    • Janna Moen
    • Jenna Robinson
    • Artur Serebrenik
  • Travel Awards
    • 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