October 27, 2011

Call for nominations for the 2011 Vanderbilt Prize Scholar


We are honored to announce the sixth recipient of the Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science, Titia de Lange, Ph.D., Leon Hess Professor and head of the Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics at Rockefeller University.

A foreign associate of the National Academy of Sciences, de Lange also received the 2011 Vilcek Prize from the Vilcek Foundation, has been named the 11th Rosalind E. Franklin Award Lecturer for Women in Science by the National Cancer Institute, and was elected to the Institute of Medicine in October, 2010. We will welcome de Lange to Vanderbilt University on Feb. 23, 2012, when she will give a Discovery Lecture and receive the Vanderbilt Prize.

The Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science was created to honor and recognize a woman scientist of national reputation who has a stellar record of research accomplishments and is known for her mentorship of women in science. The Vanderbilt Prize in Biomedical Science winner nurtures the career, research, and studies of a promising woman engaged in graduate studies in the biomedical sciences at Vanderbilt.

Therefore, at this time, we announce the call for nominations for the 2011 Vanderbilt Prize Scholar.

Nominations are open to any female Ph.D. track student in the School of Medicine (including Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. trainees) who has completed the qualifying exam and who has at least one more year of training to complete the Ph.D. degree.

The 2011 Vanderbilt Prize Scholar will have an opportunity to meet with de Lange during her Discovery Lecture on Feb. 23, 2012, as well as travel to Rockefeller University to visit with her laboratory team and other colleagues.

Please do not limit nominations based on relevance of research to that of de Lange.

The selection committee desires a pool of strong candidates across all research areas. Please refer to the guidelines listed below for further information.

Please submit all nomination materials to Danielle Certa (danielle.certa@vanderbilt.edu) by Oct. 31.


Guidelines for Vanderbilt Prize Student Scholar Nominations

Vanderbilt Prize Scholar nominations are open to any female Ph.D. track student in the School of Medicine (including Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. trainees) who has completed the qualifying exam and who has at least one more year of training to complete the Ph.D. degree.


1. Nominations will be accepted from department chairs or program directors in the biomedical sciences, directors of graduate studies, or the faculty mentor and should include a CV, statement from the faculty mentor/advisor, copy of thesis proposal and committee report from the qualifying examination.

2. Scholar nominees will have demonstrated excellent leadership qualities through their research and service to the scientific community, as well as characteristics that demonstrate outstanding potential to impact medicine through research during their career.

3. The selection committee members will be appointed by Susan Wente, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for Research, senior associate dean for Biomedical Sciences, and interim chair of Cell and Developmental.

4. Selection will be completed by Friday, Dec. 2. The Vanderbilt Prize Scholar will be expected to participate in the Feb. 23, 2012 award events.