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Essay Contest

The Lasker Foundation congratulates the winners of the 2016 Lasker Essay Contest. Participants were asked to consider which fundamental discoveries in basic medical research have not been clinically explored and translated into better human health. 

2016 Essay Contest winners


About the contest

The Lasker Essay Contest engages young scientists and clinicians in a discussion about the big questions in biology and medicine today, and builds skills in communicating important medical and scientific issues to broader audiences. 


The contest is open to medical school students, interns, residents, and fellows; doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical research; graduate students in public health programs; and graduate students in other health professions programs. Starting in 2017, the Essay Contest will be open to international applicants. 


First-place award is $10,000. Second- and third-place prizes are $5000 and $2500, respectively. All monetary prizes are to be used towards educational expenses. 

2016 essay contest and winners

2015 essay contest and winners

2014 essay contest and winners


Q&A with David Hill, winner of 2015 Lasker Essay Contest

Q&A with David Hill, winner of 2015 Lasker Essay Contest

David Hill shares with Lasker what inspired him to pursue a career in the field of human microbiome, how he prepared for the essay contest, and how he envisions his future as a young scientist.

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