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Essay Contest

The 2017 essay contest is now open! Deadline is April 3.

The 2017 essay contest is now open! Deadline is April 3.

Essay topic: Using at least one specific example, propose ways in which breakthroughs in biomedical research can be made part of the daily global dialogue, so that a much wider public becomes better informed...

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About the contest

The Lasker Essay Contest engages young scientists and clinicians in a discussion about the 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 broader audiences.

Eligibility

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. The 2017 Essay Contest is open to international applicants, including those from programs outside the U.S.

Prizes 

First-place award is $10,000 and an expense-paid trip (economy class travel and one-night hotel stay) to New York to meet the 2017 Lasker Award winners (on September 15, 2017). Second- and third-place prizes are $5000 and $2500, respectively. All monetary prizes are to be used towards educational expenses.

Guidelines

Essays should be of 800 words or less and should 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. Specific examples from the world of biomedical research should be included in your essay to illustrate your ideas more effectively. Field-specific scientific jargon should be avoided or explained.

The deadline to submit all materials is April 3.

Evaluation criteria

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. 

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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