About the Contest
The Lasker Essay Contest engages young scientists and clinicians from the US and around the globe in a discussion about big questions in biology and medicine and the role of biomedical research in our society today. The Contest aims to build skills in communicating important medical and scientific issues to broad audiences.
The Contest is open to medical school students, interns, residents, and fellows; doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical sciences; and graduate students in public health or other health professions programs. Applicants must be currently participating in an educational program. This program may be located in any country.
First-place award is $10,000 and a trip (economy class travel and one-night hotel stay) to New York City to meet the 2019 Lasker Award winners (on September 20, 2019). Second- and third-place prizes are $5000 and $2500, respectively. All monetary prizes will be directed to the winner's university to be used towards the winner's educational expenses.
Essays should be of 800 words or less and must be written in English. The file containing the essay should include the essay title and the applicant's name, email, and institutional affiliation. Figures and references are not required but one image (uploaded separately) and up to 10 references (included within the text body) may be submitted. References are not counted towards the 800 word limit. Field-specific scientific jargon should be avoided or explained.
Essays will be evaluated based on 1) the innovation of the ideas and proposals and 2) how well these ideas are conveyed, i.e. the quality of writing, style, and clarity. Essays that are not written in English or are longer than 800 words will not be considered.
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