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Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Edward C. Kendall Award for Meritorious Research

Presented annually, the Mayo Clinic Alumni Association Edward C. Kendall Award for Meritorious Research 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 (three required, no additional letters accepted)
  • Nomination deadline: December 15, 2023


2023Omid Jahanian, Ph.D.2022Colleen M. Bartman, Ph.D.
2021Sara Ranjbar, Ph.D. 2020Yang Chen, Ph.D.
2019Mohamed Seisa, M.D.2018Pengfei Song, Ph.D.
2017Rene Rodriguez-Gutierrez, M.D., MSc2016Jacqueline K. Limberg, Ph.D.
2015Almudena J. Martinez Fernandez, Ph.D.2014Jill N. Barnes, Ph.D.
2013Clifford D. L. Folmes, Ph.D.2012Darren P. Casey, Ph.D.
2011Jennifer Whitwell, Ph.D.2010Ulrike Modder, Ph.D.
2009Junhong Han, Ph.D.2008Anantha V. Santhanam, Ph.D.
2007Farid Mitri, Ph.D.2006Alejandro Chade, M.D.
2005Liewei Wang, M.D., Ph.D. 2004Ali Canbay, M.D.
2003Joerg Herrmann, M.D.2002Eduardo N. Chini, M.D.
2001Christine Spitzweg, M.D.2000Lorenz Hofbauer, M.D.
1999James A. Levine, M.D., Ph.D.1998Jagjit Gill, Ph.D.
1997Martin Holtmann, M.D. 1996Chuanyue Wu, Ph.D.
1995Larry M. Karnitz, Ph.D., and Grigory Krapivinsky, Ph.D.1994Chi-Ming Wei, M.D., Ph.D.
1993Merry Jo Oursler, Ph.D.1992Jian-Yu Lu, Ph.D.
1991James Lechleiter, Ph.D.1990Motoyasu Ishii, M.D.
1989Subhashis Banerjee, M.D., and Gobinda Sarkar, Ph.D.1988Wolf Stapelfeldt, M.D.
1987Rebecca S. Bahn, M.D.1986Fernando Azpiroz, M.D.
1985Ronald Tucker, Ph.D.1984Barbara Beck, Ph.D.
1983Steven Ackerman, Ph.D.1982Paula Tracy, Ph.D.
1981Michael Nesheim, Ph.D.
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