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Dean's Award

Brian Lin - 2017 Recipient
Brian Lin, PhD, 2017 Dean's Award Recipient

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences presents this award for excellence to a candidate who has successfully defended his or her PhD thesis during the previous 12-month period. MD/PhD candidates are considered in the year they complete medical school and receive their degrees.


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Award Amount



GSBS students who exhibit distinction in research as demonstrated by submission of an outstanding PhD thesis during the past 12 months may be nominated for this award.

Nomination Deadline

Nominations are due in February of each year.

Nomination Procedures

Each Program Director submits one nomination each year. A nomination packet must include the following documents:

  • A nomination letter written by the Program Director not to exceed three pages in length
  • A copy of the candidate's thesis abstract
  • The nominee's abbreviated CV (not more than two pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation for the candidate. One of these letters should be from an outside referee (preferably the outside examiner for the thesis defense)
  • A statement of purpose and future career goals (one page) from the nominee

Selection Criteria

The Awards Committee reviews the nominations and considers all of the submitted materials. The committee recommends three candidates to our Dean who selects the recipient of the award.


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