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National Student Research Forum Awards and Competitions



The Oslerian Award for Translational Research

To compete for this award, the applicant will write an original 1000-word essay describing the implications and potential importance of his/her research avenue or discovery for the betterment of human health. The successful essay should explicitly link results of the applicant's scientific inquiry with the humanistic ideals espoused by Osler and emulated to this day. All areas of research are eligible for this award, both clinical and basic science. Judging will be based both on the applicant's essay and submitted abstract. The winner will receive a $100 cash prize, a plaque, and a book.

  • Deadline will be March 29, 2013.
  • Formatting Guidelines:
  • 1000 word maximum
  • 12 point Times New Roman font, single-spaced
  • 1 inch margins
  • Included header with name and school


Overall Awards for Oral Presentation

Sigma Xi Award For Excellence In Research
A plaque is presented by the local Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society for overall excellence in research. This award also includes a two year subscription to American Scientist, a bimonthly magazine published by Sigma Xi.

Note: There are other awards given for overall excellence in research. To qualify to receive an award one must submit an abstract and be accepted to present. If you are accepted to present in an oral category you must also submit a manuscript (Rules for Submitting Abstracts, Manuscripts, and Posters). The manuscript will count 60 percent of an overall score, with the presentation counting 40 percent. Those competing for poster awards are graded on their original abstract and their presentation, counting 60 percent and 40 percent respectively. Some awards will overlap categories. This means that the title of the session that you are presenting in does not necessarily reflect the award category. For example, someone presenting in the Neurosurgery Session may win the Surgery Award, instead of someone in the General Surgery Session.

Biochemistry/Molecular Biology Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Human Biological Chemistry & Genetics and is presented to the participant having the best paper and oral presentation in the fields of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Cardiology Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Cardiology and is presented to the participant presenting the best cardiology research.
Edward S. Reynolds Investigative Pathology Memorial Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Pathology. The award is given for the best student research representing a scientific study pertinent to the basic mechanisms of disease or cell injury.
Internal Medicine Award
This award is given for the best paper in Internal Medicine. It is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Department of Internal Medicine.
Neuroscience and Cell Biology Award
This award was established by The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Galveston and is presented to the participant with the outstanding paper in neuroscience.
Infectious Disease and IMmunology Award
These awards, established at The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, are given for the best paper in the fields of infectious disease and immunology.
Medical Humanities Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Institute for the Medical Humanities.
Pediatric Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Department of Pediatrics.
Surgery Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Department of Surgery, and is given to the participant having the best paper and presentation in the field of surgery.
Oncology Award
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Cancer Center has allocated this award for the best paper in the field of oncology.
Dermatology Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Department of Dermatology.
Orthopedics Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. It is given to the participant with the best paper and presentation in the area of Orthopedics.

Poster Presentation Awards

NSRF Overall Poster Awards

These poster presentations awards are given to those participants demonstrating overall excellence of research. Each of these awards consist of a plaque and cash award. First Place - $200.00 Second Place - $150.00 Third Place - $100.00

Best Overall Poster Presentation in the Area of Infection and Immunity Research
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Institute for Infections and Immunity. This is a $300 cash award and plaque given to the participant having the best poster presentation in the field of Infection and Immunity.
Sigma Xi Awards for Excellence in Research
The Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society presents two awards for poster presentations demonstrating excellence in research. First Place - An engraved plaque and a two year subscription to American Scientist, a bimonthly magazine published by Sigma Xi. Second Place - An engraved plaque and a one year subscription to American Scientist, a bimonthly magazine published by Sigma Xi.
UTMB Obstetrics and Gynecology Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It is a $200 cash award and plaque given to the participant having the best poster presentation in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology. (Tentative)
UTMB Anatomy and Neuroscience Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience. It is a $200 cash award and plaque presented to the participant with the best poster in Anatomy and Neuroscience.
Dr. Bohdan R. Nechay Memorial Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology. It is a $100 cash award and plaque presented to the participant with the best poster in the field of pharmacology.
UTMB Dermatology Poster Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Department of Dermatology. It is a $100 cash award and plaque presented to the participant with the best poster presentation in the field of Dermatology.
UTMB Orthopedics Poster Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation. It is given to the participant with the best poster presentation in the area of Orthopedics. It consists of an engraved plaque and a cash award of $150.
UTMB Clinical Research Education Poster Award
This award is sponsored by The University of Texas Medical Branch Clinical Research Education Office. It is a $200 cash award and plaque presented to the participant with the best poster presentations in Clinical Research.
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  • Important Dates

    • Abstract Deadline : Midnight, February 24, 2014
    • Participant Notification by March 14, 2014
    • Manuscript Deadline: Midnight, April 1 , 2014
    • Postmark of Registration Forms and Fees: March 19, 2014
    • Osler Essay Contest Due: March 29, 2014
    • NSRF Forum: April 24-25, 2014
    • Welcome Party at the Hilton Hotel- April 23, 2014
    • Hospitality Suite at the Hilton Hotel -Open after the Welcome Party and every evening following the Forum April 23,24,25 2014- More Info to follow from our Social Co-Director Chelsea Knighten