Inquiry Awards

Dean’s Prize:

The prestigious Dean’s Prize is awarded twice annually to medical students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship and research during either Summer Explore projects of eight weeks, Deep Explore projects between 3-6 months, and for Long-term research spanning 6-12+ months.

Finalists for each prize cycle will be chosen based on the strength of their abstract and the mentor’s nomination, which should detail the student’s role and performance during the summer and comment on the significance of the work.  Winners are selected after finalists present to the faculty review committee. Winners present at one of the two Inquiry Symposia general assemblies in Fall or Spring and receive their award from the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost.

Short-Term Dean's Prize Application Available in September (Due in October)
Deep Explore and Long-Term Dean's Prize Application Available in January (Due in February)

*Please check with the Inquiry Team or on the CLE for the specific current deadline 

NOTE: Second Year JMP students are eligible to apply apply for the Short-Term Dean's Prize.

Exceptional Mentorship Award:

Winning mentorship is not just a commitment of time and resources, but also a special dedication to nurture leaders, innovators, advocates and researchers here at UCSF. We recognize mentors twice annually for their work on projects of all size and scope for this passion and commitment to student scholars. Recognize your mentor by writing a short Letter of Nomination.

Short-Term Mentor Award Available in September (Due in October)
Long-Term Mentor Award Available in February (Due in March)

*Please check with the Inquiry Team or on the CLE for the specific current deadline 

MD with Distinction:

MD with Distinction (MDwD) recognizes medical students who engage in high-caliber mentored research. The student research project should demonstrate original hypothesis-driven investigation, excellence in methodology and interpretation of data, and a resulting body of original work reported as a legacy product or manuscript for peer-review. MDwD is a requirement for those who receive yearlong research funding. 

View more information about the MDwD program