Dean's Prize for Research and Scholarship


Ten total Dean’s Prizes will be awarded to undergraduate medical students in 2015-2016.


The first five prizes, awarded for short-term projects or research, are available to students who participated in the Pathways Explore summer program in 2015.  All winners will present their work at the Explore Symposium on January 29, 2016 and receive their award from the Dean.


Five prizes for long-term research will also be awarded to students enrolled in the Pathways to Discovery program.  All winners will present at the general assembly Pathways to Discovery Symposium on May 4, 2016.


Finalists will be selected based upon the submission of a one-page abstract, letter of nomination, and successful presentation to the faculty review committee.


Step 1: APPLY


Submit your Short-term application online (not available).

Submit your Long-term application online by clicking here


Application Periods:


August 1 through October 15, 2015

Dean’s Prize awarded to Pathways Explore students (short-term projects)


August 1 through January 15, 2016

Dean’s Prize awarded to Pathway to Discovery students. (long-term projects)


To enter the competition you must submit a well-planned and carefully written abstract of your work and a letter of nomination from a UCSF faculty member.  Plan ahead for your submission.  Letters of nomination are required at the time of application.




Finalists will be notified three weeks after the application deadline.  Each finalist will present a six-minute summary of their work to the faculty selection committee during the week of December 15th for Pathways Explore students, or the month of March for Pathways to Discovery students.




Winners will be notified one week after their presentation.  All winners will be asked to present at the Pathway Explore Symposium on January 27, 2016 or the Pathways to Discovery Symposium on May 4, 2016.  Winners will be recognized by the Dean from the podium at each of these events.


For more information, visit our Tips for Preparing Your Application page, or contact Pathways Central at