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Student Awards

Award Key Eligibility # Awards
Hyman Menduke
Research Award for
MD Student
Research – graduating MD student
Hyman Menduke
Research Award for
MD/PhD Student
Research – graduating MD/PhD student 1
Jefferson Volunteer
Faculty Reseach Award
Clinically-oriented research, graduating MD student

There are three research awards that are presented to Jefferson Medical College students.

The Hyman Menduke Research Award (est. 1980) is sponsored by Dr. Michael Le Witt of the Class of 1974 in honor of Hyman Menduke, PhD, who was Director of Sponsored Programs at JMC. These are presented during the Class Day ceremony to a graduating MD student and a graduating MD/PhD student who has demonstrated excellence in research while at Jefferson Medical College. Both include a monetary award.

The selection for both awards is made by the JMC Committee on Research, on the basis of:

  • Mentor’s nominating/support letter.
  • Breadth, depth, and quality of research completed while a student at Jefferson.
  • Education/training, research presentations, posters, abstracts, and publications.
  • Participation in JMC research programs (e.g., Summer Student Research Program, College within the College, MD/PhD and other Graduate Degree Programs).
  • Research career plan.

The Volunteer Faculty Award is given during the Class Day by the Volunteer Faculty Association of Jefferson Medical College to one graduating MD student for excellence in clinically oriented research. This includes a monetary award.

Nomination for an award

The following are required as nominating materials for any of the three awards:

  • A faculty mentor’s nominating/support letter (max 1 page). The letter should specify whether the student is in the MD or MD/PhD program, and for which award(s) he/she is being nominated. It should also summarize the breadth, depth, and quality of the student’s research, as well as his/her potential as a future clinician researcher.
  • The student’s CV (max 3 pages). This should include separate sections listing education/training, all research activities while a student at Jefferson (including participation in research programs, such as CWIC, Summer Research Program, etc.), presentations, posters, abstracts, and peer-reviewed publications.

Students who have conducted research outside Jefferson are eligible. In such cases, a letter may be submitted from a non-Jefferson mentor. In case of multiple projects, up to 3 letters of support may be submitted. The deadline for submission of the nominating packet is typically around the middle of February.

Solicitations for nominations are emailed to Jefferson faculty, as well as third-year and fourth-year medical students, around the end of December each year. The deadline for nominations is typically at the beginning of February.

Nomination materials should be submitted electronically as a single packet by the student to Andrea Cherenack. Please clearly specify which award(s) the nomination is for.