The Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation
Announces the "Research Challenge" Essay Contest

Submit your essay via our online form. Deadline is 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 4, 2015.

mary-lasker Mary Woodard Lasker tirelessly persuaded the American public that the national investment in medical research would yield invaluable benefits for human health.

Who is eligible: Medical school students, residents, and fellows; doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical research; graduate students in public health programs; or graduate students in other health professions programs (e.g., nursing, pharmacy, physician assistant). Open to students at accredited U.S. medical schools, research universities, or health professions program.

What we seek: Your essay on the most important fundamental mystery in biology today that, if unlocked by basic research, would yield the greatest dividends for human health.

First Place: $10,000 and an expense-paid trip (economy class travel and one-night hotel) to New York to attend the Lasker Awards ceremony on September 18, 2015 and meet the 2015 Lasker Award winners.

Second Place: $5,000.

Third Place: $2,000.

Prize money to be used for educational purposes.

The details: Submit your original 1000-word essay to the Lasker Foundation by May 4, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. EDT. One figure may be included with your essay (not mandatory). The winning essay writer will be notified by June 23rd and the essay will be posted on the Lasker Foundation's website. Essays will be judged by a committee of the Lasker Foundation's Board of Directors.