Inquiry Awards & Symposia

Inquiry Symposia:
Two times annually, once in December and later in May, medical students and interprofessional partners are convened for the Inquiry Symposium. The events feature plenary speakers, award presentations, and lively poster sessions.  We are grateful to co-sponsors from the School of Pharmacy, the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and the UCSF School of Medicine. 

In 2020, the Symposium will include for the first time, the entire graduating medical school Class of 2020.  At that time, we look forward to celebrating the accomplishment of over 150+ independent Deep Explore projects as required for all Medical Students in the inaugural Bridges Curriculum cohort.  

Dean’s Prize:
Ten prestigious Dean’s Prizes are awarded twice annually to medical students who demonstrate outstanding scholarship and research during Summer Explore (five prizes) and Long-term research terms (five prizes).  Finalists are selected based upon the submission of a one-page abstract, letter of nomination, and successful presentation to the faculty review committee.  Winners present at one of the two Inquiry Symposia general assemblies in December or May and receive their award from the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost. 

Application details and deadlines are available on Labspot.

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 via Labspot. 

Chih Award for Neuroscience:
The CHIH Foundation Research Award provides one prize annually in the amount of $2,500 to a graduating School of Medicine student at the Inquiry Symposium.

Download the CHIH Award Eligibility and Application Requirements.