Awards and Prizes

Washington University School of Medicine publicly recognizes and rewards at two annual events outstanding scholarship, research accomplishments and community service of individual students. In December, the Student Awards Luncheon acknowledges academic excellence earned during the first three years of study. As part of the festive commencement activities in May, graduates are recognized for meritorious research and clinical achievements accomplished during their medical school careers.

Morris Alex, MD Prize. Awarded each year to the medical student who is outstanding among his or her peers in the second-year Practice of Medicine course. The November 2015 recipient:  Lindsay Burton

Alpha Omega Alpha Book Prize. Awarded to a member of the graduating class who has performed outstandingly for the entire medical course. The May 2016 recipient: Jeffrey Alan Gluckstein

American Academy of Neurology Medical Student Prize for Excellence in Neurology. Awarded to a member of the graduating class for excellence in clinical neurology and outstanding personal qualities of integrity, compassion and leadership. The May 2016 recipient: Jeffrey Alan Gluckstein.

American College of Physicians Michael M. Karl, MD Book Award. Presented annually to a member of the graduating class committed to a career in internal medicine, in recognition of highest achievement in the field of internal medicine. The May 2016 recipient: Ryan Brent Day.

American College of Physicians Award for Excellence in Physical Diagnosis. Given to a student annually for outstanding performance in the second-year Practice of Medicine course. The November 2015 recipient: Julia Lange.

American College of Physicians Clerkship Award. Established in 1992 to be awarded to a student completing the third year of study with meritorious achievement in the Internal Medicine Clinical Clerkship. The November 2015 recipient: Sophia Li.

American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Memorial Award. Presented to the woman graduating first in her class.

American Medical Women’s Association Glasgow-Rubin Memorial Achievement Citations. Presented to women medical students graduating in the top 10 percent of their class. The May 2016 recipients: Caroline Rose Fischer, Brianna Rachel Fram, Celina Rose Jacobi, Johanna Rose Kaufman, Katherin Eliza Leckie, Cherise Meyerson, Gina Nicole Sacks, Ema Zubovic.

The Ruth Bebermeyer Award. Established in 2001 by the WUMCAA executive council to honor Ruth Bebermeyer for her many years of dedicated service to WUMCAA (1990-2000) and to the students of the School of Medicine. The award is given to “a student who has shown extraordinary kindness and sensitivity to the needs of others,” whether those others be fellow students, patients or just people in general. The November 2015 recipient: Bayan Jalalizadeh.

Alexander Berg Prize. Awarded to the student presenting the best results in research in molecular microbiology. The May 2016 recipients: Sarah Elizabeth Greene, Jane Wadsworth Symington.

The James and Philip Brasington Memorial Prize. Awarded to a medical school student who has demonstrated excellent preclinical and clinical academic performance in psychiatry and who has the potential to make significant contributions to the field. The May 2016 recipient: Celina Rose Jacobi.

Jacques J. Bronfenbrenner Award. Provided by Dr. Bronfenbrenner’s students in memory of his inspiration as a teacher and a scientist, and awarded to the member of the graduating class who, as judged by the Department of Medicine, has done the most outstanding work in infectious diseases or related fields. The May 2016 recipient: Punit Akshaya Vachharajani.

Dr. Richard S. Brookings and Robert Carter Medical School Prizes. Provided through a bequest of Robert S. Brookings to recognize academic and personal achievements, including but not limited to exemplary academic performance, leadership, community service and research. The November 2015 Dr. Richard S. Brookings recipients:  Miranda Lindburg, Cherise Meyerson, and Johnny Zhao.  The May 2016 Dr. Richard S. Brookings recipient: Jeffrey Alan Gluckstein.  The November 2015 Robert Carter recipients:  Jeffrey Gluckstein, Celina Jacobi, and Jonathan Weese. The May 2016 Robert Carter recipient: Sam Qiancheng Sun.

Dr. Harvey Butcher Prize in Surgery. Awarded annually in memory of Dr. Harvey Butcher to the members of the graduating class who, as judged by the Department of Surgery, show the greatest promise for general surgery. The May 2016 recipient:  Katherine Carol Altheide Ott.

Kehar S. Chouke and George Gill Prize in Anatomy. Awarded annually to a first-year medical student who has demonstrated superior scholarship in Human Anatomy. The November 2015 recipient: Arthur Sletten.

Class of 2001 Award. Established by the Class of 2001 as its gift to the medical school. Awards are to be given to third-year medical students in recognition of outstanding performance in the areas of community service and student group activities in the first two years of medical school. The November 2015 recipients: Harleen Grewal and Jessica Holttum.        

Class of 2003 Award. Dedicated to the memory of three classmates who died in a car accident, and is awarded to a first-year student recognized by peers as being selfless, exceptionally kind to others and dedicated to the highest standards in medicine, traits for which these classmates will be remembered. The November 2015 recipients: Seren Gedallovich and Radhika Jain.

Carl F. and Gerty T. Cori Prize in Biochemistry. Awarded at the end of the first year to the class member who has demonstrated superior scholarship in Biochemistry. The November 2015 recipient: Lingling Huang.

Edmund V. Cowdry Prize in Histology. Established in 1969 to honor Dr. Cowdry; awarded to a medical student in the first-year class who has performed meritoriously in Microscopic Anatomy. The November 2015 recipient: Lingling Huang.

Antoinette Frances Dames Award in Cell Biology and Physiology. Awarded annually to members of the first-year class who have demonstrated superior scholarship in these fields. The November 2015 recipient: Lingling Huang.

Elisabeth L. Demonchaux Prize in Pediatrics. Established in 1985, the prize is awarded annually to a graduating student who has done outstanding work in pediatrics. The May 2016 recipient:  Paul Edward George.

Steven Dresler Prize. Awarded to a graduating student who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting social good, civil rights and civil liberties through social action and volunteerism. The November 2015 recipient: Miriam Ben Abdallah.

Dr. William Ellis Award. Established in 1990 by Dr. Ellis and awarded to a senior student in recognition of meritorious research in ophthalmology. The May 2016 recipient: Michel Muzi Sun.

The Endocrine Society Medical Student Achievement Award. Recognizing a graduating medical student who has shown special achievement and interest in the general field of endocrinology. The May 2016 recipient: Sophia Mengting Li.

The Family Health Foundation of Missouri Scholarship Award. Awarded to the top graduating student entering the specialty of family medicine. The May 2016 recipient:   Brian Andrew Bouchard.

 George F. Gill Prize in Pediatrics. Awarded to a member of the graduating class who has demonstrated superior scholarship in pediatrics. The May 2016 recipient: Jane Wadsworth Symington.

Alfred Goldman Book Prize in Diseases of the Chest. Created in 1972 as an annual award to be given to a student selected by the faculty for outstanding clinical work or research in diseases of the chest or pulmonary physiology. The May 2016 recipient: Lawrence Nathaniel Philip Benjamin.

Max and Evelyn Grand Prize. Established in 1985 by Dr. M. Gilbert Grand, the prize is awarded annually to a member of the graduating class for excellence in ophthalmic research or clinical ophthalmology. The May 2016 recipient: Owen Qi.

Peter Halstead Hudgens Award. Established by Dr. Richard W. Hudgens in memory of his son, this award recognizes a graduating student for excellence in research and clinical psychiatry. The May 2016 recipient:   Emily Hunt Olfson.

.R. R. Hannas Award for Excellence in Emergency Medicine. Offered annually by the Missouri Chapter of the American College of Emergency Physicians for exceptional performance in emergency medicine. The May 2016 recipient: Daniel Seth Greenstein.

Nathan Edward Hellman, MD, PhD, Memorial Award. Recognizes a second-year student selected through a vote of fellow classmates. The recipient is distinguished as a student with a strong track record of accomplishments and an interest in academic medicine, and whose humanism, collegiality, humor and compassion are an inspiration to members of the class. The November 2015 recipient: Michael Snavely.

Herrmann Prize. Created by Dr. Paul Herrmann (MD ?61) and his wife, Susan, to recognize a student who is considered a thoughtful and sensitive communicator in the clinical arena and whose listening and communication skills every patient hopes their physician will possess. The November 2015 recipient: Brian Bouchard.

Dr. John Esben Kirk Scholastic Award. Established in 1975 and awarded to a graduating student of high scholastic standing. The May 2016 recipient: Cherise Meyerson.

Rosalind Kornfeld Student Leadership Award. Presented to a woman or women in the graduating class who has or have demonstrated outstanding leadership in service to or advancement of women in the community. The May 2016 recipient: Lauren Therese Josiah Martin.

Louis and Dorothy Kovitz Senior Prize in Surgery. Senior award in surgery recognizing members of the graduating class who have shown the most outstanding ability, zeal and interest in surgical problems. The May 2015 recipient: Robert Warren DesPain.

Wallace Leibner Award. Established in 1988 in memory of Dr. Leibner, the award is given to the member of the graduating class who has not only demonstrated excellence in diagnosis and therapeutics, but also an understanding of human nature and needs, and an active nurturing of both patient and family. The May 2016recipient: Paul Joseph Scheel III.

Irwin Levy Prize in Neurology and Neurological Surgery. Established in 1980 by friends of Dr. Levy as a tribute to his commitment to clinical teaching. Provides a prize for the student who presents the best performance in the neurology and neurological surgery clerkships. The November 2015 recipient: Josiah Gerdts.

Edward Massie Prize for Excellence in Cardiology. Awarded to the member of the graduating class, selected by the director of the Division of Cardiovascular Disease in the Department of Medicine, who has done the most outstanding clinical or basic research work in the field of cardiovascular disease. The May 2016 recipient: Andrew Scott Perry.

Howard A. McCordock Book Prize in Pathology. Awarded at the end of the second year to a member of that class for general excellence in pathology. The November 2015 recipient: Rose Tang.

McGraw-Hill/Lange Medical Student Book Award. Awarded annually to medical students for high scholastic standing. The November 2015 recipients: Brianna Fram and Caroline Fischer.

Medical Center Alumni Scholarship Fund Prize. Given annually to students who have shown excellence in their work during the preceding year. The November 2015 recipient: Johanna Kaufman.

Medical Fund Society Prize in Medicine. One prize awarded annually to a graduating student who has excelled in the study of internal medicine. The May 2016 recipient: Daniel Scott Feng.

Medical Fund Society Prize in Surgery. One prize awarded annually to a graduating student who has excelled in the study of surgery. The May 2014 recipient: Charles Robert Hong.

Merck Academic Excellence Award. Given to three graduating medical students for scholastic achievement in medical studies. The May 2016 recipients: George Olen Denny, Jonathan Randolph Weese, Johnny Zhao.

Missouri State Medical Association Award. Presented annually to honor School of Medicine graduates for outstanding achievement in the study of medicine. The May 2016 recipients: Johanna Rose Kaufman, Brianna Rachel Fram.

The Missouri State Medical Association Student Scholarships. Awarded annually to first-year medical students who graduated from Missouri high schools in recognition of their high undergraduate academic achievement. The November 2015 recipients: Radhika Jain, Nicholas Karlow, Shamaita Majumdar, Alexander Markov, Kunal Mathur, Michael Rizzo Jr., Derek Schloemann and Alec Wright.

Dr. Helen E. Nash Academic Achievement Award. Given annually to a student who has exhibited to an unusual degree the qualities of industry, perseverance, determination and enthusiasm. The prize is given in honor of Dr. Helen Nash, a pediatrician noted in the St. Louis community for her commitment to excellence, tireless advocacy on behalf of children and endless enthusiasm for the field of medicine. The November 2015 recipient: Lauren Martin.

The Dr. Philip Needleman Pharmacology Prize. Established by his family in 1989 to honor Dr. Needleman, who was chairman of the Department of Pharmacology from 1976-89. This annual award is given to a member of the graduating class for outstanding research in pharmacology. The May 2015 Recipient: Kirk Kohwa Hou.

The Doctor James L. O’Leary Neuroscience Prize. Awarded annually to a student who demonstrates the best accomplishment in the Neuroscience course. The November 2015 recipient:  Lauren Broestl.

The Roy R. Peterson Prize in Anatomy. Awarded for outstanding performance in the Human Anatomy course in recognition of Dr. Peterson’s many contributions as a teacher in the School of Medicine. The November 2015 recipient: Lauren Broestl.

The Richard and Mildred Poletsky Education Fund. Established in 1995 by the family of Mr. Richard Poletsky, an alumnus of Washington University. A prize is awarded annually to a professional student in the health sciences whose interest is in research on dementia and care of demented patients.

The Dr. Frank O. Richards Medical Student Scholarship Prizes. Provided by African-American alumni and friends of Washington University School of Medicine. The prizes embrace diversity efforts and are awarded in recognition of achievements in the first and second year of the curriculum. The November 2015 recipients: Abiye Ibiebele and Ana Rivera.

Dr. Philip Rosenblatt Award in Pathology. Given to a senior medical student for distinguished performance during an elective in pathology or laboratory medicine. The May 2016 recipient: Cherise Meyerson.

Dr. William A. Rubenstein Award in Medicine. Awarded to a fourth year student who shows a serious interest in pursuing a career in internal medicine and who demonstrates the exceptional qualities of a gifted physician, including compassion, caring, and the pursuit of scientific knowledge. The November 2015 recipient: David Qualls.

St. Louis Pediatric Society Senior Prize. Presented to the senior student showing the greatest promise in clinical pediatrics. The May 2016 recipient:  Johanna Rose Kaufman.

David F. Silbert Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. Established in memory of Dr. David Silbert, it is awarded to a teaching assistant in a medical school course in recognition of a commitment to teaching. The November 2015 recipient: Damien Abreu.

John R. Smith Memorial Fund Award. Created in 1982, it is awarded to a medical student who has done meritorious clinical and/or research work in the Division of Cardiovascular Disease within the Department of Medicine. The May 2016 recipient: Natalia Brito Rivera.

Dr. Margaret G. Smith Award. Given to a woman medical student for outstanding achievement in the first two years of medical school. The November 2015 recipient: Alyssa Kronen.

Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Excellence in Emergency Medicine Award. Based on demonstrated excellence in the specialty of emergency medicine, it is awarded to a senior medical student at Commencement. The May 2016 recipient: Daniel Saul Brenner.

Samuel D. Soule Award in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Presented to a member of the fourth-year class for meritorious achievement in either basic or clinical investigation in obstetrics and gynecology. The May 2016 recipient: Ann Catherine Frisse.

Jessie L. Ternberg Award. Presented to a woman graduating from the School of Medicine who best exemplifies Dr. Ternberg’s indomitable spirit of determination, perseverance and dedication to her patients. The November 2015 recipient: Lindsey Moses.

Washington University Internal Medicine Club Research Award. Awarded to the member of the graduating class who has done the most significant research in any area of internal medicine. The May 2016 recipient: Matthew James Crisp.

Washington University Summer Research Prize. The award recognizes students for meritorious research in the Summer Research Fellowship Program at Washington University School of Medicine. The November 2015 recipients: Joshua Page and Aaron Zuckerman.

Samson F. Wennerman Prize in Surgery. Donated by his wife, Zelda E. Wennerman, and awarded annually to the fourth-year student who has demonstrated promise in the field of surgery. The May 2015 recipient: Faye Hwa-Young Yu.

Doris P. and Harry I. Wexler Fund. Established in 1998 by a bequest from Mrs. Wexler, the prize is awarded annually for research in multiple sclerosis and in alternate years research in eye disease. The May 2014 recipient: Cynthia Lee Montana.

The Park J. White, MD Prize. Created in 1992 in honor of the centennial of the birth of Dr. White, who was a distinguished pediatrician, social activist and pioneer teacher of medical ethics. He introduced the first course on medical ethics to students in 1927. The prize is awarded to students for outstanding performance in the ethics elective offered by the Program for the Humanities in Medicine. The May 2016 recipient:    Brian Andrew Bouchard.

Hugh M. Wilson Award in Radiology. Given annually to a graduating medical student in recognition of outstanding work in radiology-related subjects, either clinical or basic science. The May 2016 recipient: Francis Deng.

The Wynder Prize in Preventive Medicine. An annual prize established in 1994 and awarded to senior medical students who have done the best research in preventive medicine. The May 2016 recipient  Paul Edward George.

James Henry Yalem Prize in Dermatology. Established by Charles Yalem in memory of his son and awarded annually to members of the fourth-year class for outstanding work in dermatology. The May 2016 recipient George Olen Denny.