This student nominated award recognizes Biomedical Sciences graduate students who have made outstanding and notable academic, professional, social, and/or service contributions for the University of Virginia and the local community. This award is meant to commend well-rounded graduate students who have served as leaders either at the University of Virginia or in the local community. The following includes a list of accomplishments that would be of importance to this award: participation in leadership at the University-wide level, participation in student organizations, teaching experience, community service, research accomplishments, mentorship activities, and outreach to the University and greater Charlottesville areas.
Nominees must be a current doctoral candidate in his/her fourth year or higher in the Biomedical Sciences program at the University of Virginia. Previous GBS Student Leadership Award winners cannot be nominated.
-Primary nominating letter from a University of Virginia Biomedical Sciences graduate student with up to 3 additional letters/testimonials from additional University of Virginia graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty, one of which must be from the nominee’s primary research mentor (One page limit per letter). Additional letters of support from former University of Virginia graduate students or post-doctoral students may also be solicited, with the condition that their date of completion at the University is no greater than one year from the time of letter submission. Students cannot nominate themselves for this award. Packets can be resubmitted by the student serving as the primary nominating letter. During resubmission, all materials (nominating letters, and extra materials from Nominee) will be re-solicited.
Deadlines will be announced in 2017.
Extra Materials from Nominee:
-CV. Applicants are encouraged to explain their leadership roles on their CV with a short 1-2 sentence description.
-Reflective statement answering both of the following prompts (Limit 1 page total):
- What does leadership mean to you?
- What is the one thing you are most passionate about in your involvement at the University of Virginia or in Charlottesville?
The winner will be announced during the 2017 GBS Symposium and will receive $1000.
The Selection Committee will be comprised of the following members:
- Four members from the executive committee of the Graduate Biosciences Society (GBS)
- President of Women in Math and Science (WIMS)
- President of the Graduate Biomedical Engineering Society (GBMES)
- President of the UVA Biology Graduate Student & Post-Doc Association (GSPA)
- President of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
- President of the Mulholland Society of the School of Medicine
- One faculty representative from the Graduate Biosciences Society (GBS) advisory board to serve as a non-voting member
Members outside of GBS who are unable to attend the selection meeting or who have a conflict of interest must find an organization representative to replace them. If a replacement cannot be found, if the stated organizations do not respond, or if the listed organizations decline to participate, selection committee members will be sought out from: Graduate Nursing Student Organization (GNSO), and/or the UVA Health Law Association, Chair of the Graduate Engineering Student Council (GSEC).
Chain of Command for the GBS selection representatives in the event that any of the executive officers are nominated is as follows:
- Academic Chair
- Professional Chair
- Social Chair
- Publicity Chair
Any member who has written a nomination or a letter of support for any of the nominees shall not be eligible for the selection committee. Any member of the selection committee may recuse themselves from voting if they feel that they are unable to evaluate nominees without bias (consistent with the intentions of the UVA Honor Code). In the event that none of these members are eligible or available to serve on the selection committee, department representatives from the GBS Council will be asked to serve in their place, followed by volunteers from the GBS Council who are in regular attendance. If the GBS Council is unable to present sufficient members eligible for the selection committee, the GBS faculty advisors may appoint BIMS student representatives as necessary.