JCLS Alumni Awards

NOMINATE A CANDIDATE

All members of the Jefferson community are invited to to submit nominations of exceptional alumni for consideration by Alumni Awards Committee for the awards listed to the right.

Jefferson, Textile, and Philadelphia University alumni from programs now housed within the Jefferson College of Life Sciences (JCLS, formerly the College of Biomedical Sciences) are eligible for the awards, which are presented annually at JCLS Alumni Day. [JCLS Programs]

Nominations must include:

  • The nominee's contact information and the name of the award(s) for which you would like the nominee considered.
  • A curriculum vitae or résumé
  • A letter of nomination explaining the nominee’s professional achievements including one or more of the criteria listed in the award description
  • Any additional supporting information you can provide for the nominee (optional)

2021 NOMINATION DEADLINE

Nominations for consideration in 2021 must be received by Friday, January 1, 2021.

Submit nominations to the Office of Alumni Relations at alumni@jefferson.edu. Nominations may also be submitted by mail or in person to the Office of Alumni Relations, Pinizzotto-Ammon Alumni Center, 1020 Locust Street, Suite 210, Philadelphia, PA 19107.

JCLS Distinguished Alumni Award

The Distinguished Alumni Award was established in 1983 to recognize the outstanding professional achievements of graduates of the Jefferson College of Life Sciences (JCLS) and to foster communication between current and former students. The award is presented each year during JCLS Alumni Day, during which the honoree is invited to present on their career achievements and meet current students and postdoctoral fellows, alumni, and faculty. 

Nominations of qualified Jefferson or Philadelphia University graduates from the academic programs now housed within JCLS must include a curriculum vitae or résumé, along with a letter of nomination, explaining the nominee’s professional achievements including one or more of the following:

  • significant scientific, academic, professional, entrepreneurial, or industry contributions to medicine or science
  • fruitful scientific endeavors outside of his/her/their institution
  • evidence of outstanding mentorship
  • service to the community as a scientist
  • contributions to forwarding the stature of Thomas Jefferson University

1983: Sydney Spector, PhD ’57
1984 :Eileen Randall, PhD ’60
1985: Ronald Jensh, PhD ’66
1986: Gary McGarrity, PhD ’70
1987: Joseph Borzelleca, PhD ’56
1988: Richard Rothman, MD, PhD ’65
1989: Philip Rosenberg, PhD ’57
1990: Julian Ambrus, MD, PhD ’54
1991: Mark Brown, MD '65, PhD ’69
1992: Fredric Rieders, PhD ’52
1993: Melvin Johnson, PhD ’69
1994: Kent Weinhold, MS ’75, PhD ’79
1995: Mildred S. Christian, PhD ’79
1996: Prabhavathi B. Fernandes, PhD ’75
1997: Wade H. Berrettini, MD '77, PhD ’79
1998: George J. Trachte, PhD ’79
1999: Scott Waldman, MD, PhD ’80
2000: Mark E. Brezinski, MD '88, PhD ’88
2001: Elaine Z. Francis, PhD ’78
2002: Richard Thomson Jr., MS ’76, PhD ’80 
2003: Georganne Buescher, EdD, MS ’74
2004: Eli Fromm, PhD ’67
2005: Michael Rieders, PhD ’85
2006: Brian O’Rourke, PhD ’90
2007: Susan Dillon, PhD ’85
2008: Thomas B. Knudsen, PhD ’81
2009: Vincent T. Armenti, MD ’82, PhD ’79
2010: Nicholas Nicolaides, PhD ’92 
2011: Leonard M. Rosenfeld, PhD ’64
2012: Richard A. Brigandi, MD’97, PhD ’97
2013: Yun Yen MD, PhD ’88
2014: E. John Wherry, PhD ’00
2015: Michael R. Blackburn, PhD '94
2016: Michael Hsieh, MD '01
2017: Mindy George-Weinstein, BSN '78, PhD '84
2018: Laura Trinkle-Mulcahy, PhD '95
2019: Karen Schindler, PhD '06 
2020: De'Broski R. Herbert, PhD '01

JCLS Early Career Alumni Award

The Early Career Alumni Award was established in 2020 to recognize the outstanding professional achievements of Jefferson College of Life Sciences (JCLS) alumni within 10 years of their graduation. The award is presented each year during JCLS Alumni Day and recipients are selected for their early career achievements and demonstrated potential to be future leaders in their field. 

Nominations of qualified Jefferson or Philadelphia University graduates from the academic programs now housed within JCLS must include a curriculum vitae or résumé, along with a letter of nomination, explaining the nominee’s professional achievements including one or more of the following:

  • scientific, academic, professional, entrepreneurial, or industry contributions to medicine or science
  • fruitful scientific endeavors outside of his/her/their institution
  • service to the community as a scientist
  • demonstrated leadership potential within their chosen field
  • contributions to forwarding the stature of Thomas Jefferson University

2020: Marcell Vasquez-Almonte Martinez, BS '08, PharmD '15