Edward C. Kendall Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Research Award

Presented annually, the Edward C. Kendall Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Research Award is awarded in recognition of outstanding research conducted by an individual whose primary appointment is in research. Recipients receive an award of $2,000 and a certificate of accomplishment from the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association.

Selection criteria

The nominee must an M.D. or Ph.D. who received their doctoral degree within the past five years and currently holds a postdoctoral research training appointment (includes research fellows and research associates, but not fellows eligible for the Balfour Award or visiting scientists) approved by the Mayo Clinic Research Committee, or has completed the appointment within the past year. The research used to support nomination should be done at Mayo Clinic during the individual’s first postdoctoral fellowship. Criteria considered include:

  • Originality of ideas
  • Excellence of planning
  • Execution and recording of research
  • Significance of results
  • Initiative and independent work by the nominee in accomplishing the research

In the selection process, no distinction will be made based on the source of research funding, and final acceptance for publication of the research is not a prerequisite for award consideration.

A selection committee of scientists from Mayo Clinic and the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association make the final determination.


Members of the Mayo Clinic faculty should submit the following to make a nomination:

  • A completed nomination form
  • A letter of nomination describing in detail how the nominee meets the award criteria
  • 1-2 page summary from nominee describing their greatest research contributions and why
  • The nominee’s curriculum vitae and bibliography
  • Letters of recommendation (five are recommended)


Year Recipient Year Recipient
2017 Rene Rodriguez-Gutierrez, M.D., MSc 1999 James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D.
2016 Jacqueline K. Limberg, Ph.D. 1998 Jagjit Gill, Ph.D.
2015 Almudena J. Martinez Fernandez, Ph.D. 1997 Martin Holtmann, M.D.
2014 Jill N. Barnes, Ph.D. 1996 Chuanyue Wu, Ph.D.
2013 Clifford D. L. Folmes, Ph.D. 1995 Larry M. Karnitz, Ph.D., and Grigory Krapivinsky, Ph.D.
2012 Darren P. Casey, Ph.D. 1994 Chi-Ming Wei, M.D., Ph.D.
2011 Jennifer Whitwell, Ph.D. 1993 Merry Jo Oursler, Ph.D.
2010 Ulrike Modder, Ph.D. 1992 Jian-Yu Lu, Ph.D.
2009 Junhong Han, Ph.D. 1991 James Lechleiter, Ph.D.
2008 Anantha V. Santhanam, Ph.D. 1990 Motoyasu Ishii, M.D.
2007 Farid Mitri, Ph.D. 1989 Subhashis Banerjee, M.D., and Gobinda Sarkar, Ph.D.
2006 Alejandro Chade, M.D. 1988 Wolf Stapelfeldt, M.D.
2005 Liewei Wang, M.D., Ph.D. 1987 Rebecca S. Bahn, M.D.
2004 Ali Canbay, M.D. 1986 Fernando Azpiroz, M.D.
2003 Joerg Herrmann, M.D. 1985 Ronald Tucker, Ph.D.
2002 Eduardo N. Chini, M.D. 1984 Barbara Beck, Ph.D.
2001 Christine Spitzweg, M.D. 1983 Steven Ackerman, Ph.D.
2000 Lorenz Hofbauer, M.D. 1982 Paula Tracy, Ph.D.
1981 Michael Nesheim, Ph.D.