September 11, 2012

Nominations Sought for Levi Watkins Jr. Faculty and Student Awards

Nominations are being sought for the Levi Watkins Jr. Faculty and Student Awards.

Please send letters of nomination to Andre Churchwell, M.D., associate dean for Diversity, to arrive no later than Friday, Sept. 14.

Faculty award: This award is presented annually to at least one member of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine faculty or administration who has made outstanding contributions to the institution in fostering the opportunities for underrepresented minorities in our educational and/or research programs.

The award also recognizes individuals who have contributed to increasing diversity at VUSM.

Student Awards: This award will be presented annually to at least one graduate student and one medical student associated with VUSM who have made outstanding contributions to the institution in fostering a more diverse environment that is enriching, encouraging and embracing to all VUSM students, faculty and administrators.

Levi Watkins Jr. M.D., has made significant contributions toward increasing opportunities for underrepresented minorities in the sciences.

A distinguished physician and researcher, in 1966 Watkins became the first African American student to be admitted to VUSM. He graduated in 1970 and was also selected as a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society.

He continued his training at Johns Hopkins and Harvard. Currently he is a professor of Cardiac Surgery and dean of Postdoctoral Programs at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a member of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust. He embodies the attributes important in serving as a renowned role model for those who pursue careers in medicine and the biomedical sciences.

The Levi Watkins Jr. Lecture will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at noon in 208 Light Hall.