Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar

The 2017 Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar nomination period has ended. The next nomination cycle will begin at the beginning of 2018.

2015 Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar, Lisa Poole (left) with 2015 Vanderbilt Prize Winner, Huda Zoghbi, MD, at Zoghbi's Flexner Discovery Lecture, April 2016

Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholars are female graduate students in the biomedical sciences who are mentored by the winner of the Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science.

This year’s student scholar will be mentored by the 2016 Vanderbilt Prize recipient, Elaine Fuchs, Ph.D., an internationally known scientist at The Rockefeller University in New York and an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

The Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar will be recognized during Fuchs’s Flexner Discovery Lecture on March 30, 2017.

Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholars are women in the Ph.D. track at the School of Medicine (including Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. trainees) who have completed the qualifying exam and have at least one more year to complete the Ph.D. degree.

Nominations will be accepted from department chairs or program directors in the biomedical sciences, as well as directors of graduate studies and faculty mentors.

Winning nominees are those who demonstrate excellent leadership qualities through their research and service to the scientific community as well as possess characteristics that demonstrate outstanding potential to impact medicine through research during their careers.



Nominations should include:

  • a CV
  • a statement from the faculty mentor/adviser
  • a copy of the candidate’s thesis proposal
  • committee report from the qualifying examination.


Nomination materials may be submitted online to Megan Smallwood in the VUMC Office of Research.

For more information, contact or 615-875-7529.