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Sammy Kuo Award Nominations and Eligibility

Stanford Neurosciences Institute, Sammy Kuo Awards

Nominations for 2020 Sammy Kuo Awards in Neuroscience

Nominations are now closed for 2020.

Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute is pleased to announce the Thirteenth Annual Sammy Kuo Prizes in Neuroscience. Prizes will be awarded for the best neuroscience papers published since July 1, 2019. Awards are presented for the best paper authored by a Stanford graduate student, and the best paper authored by a Stanford postdoc. Sammy Kuo died of a rare, progressive encephalitis, and members of his family have generously established this award in Sammy’s honor to encourage meritorious neuroscience research at the postdoctoral and graduate levels at Stanford. One $600 prize will be awarded to a postdoc, and another $600 prize to a graduate student.

Any member of the Stanford neurosciences community may nominate any other member.  The nominator should approach the nominee's PI about providing a letter, however the Committee Chair can provide assistance with this, if required.

Key Dates for 2019 Sammy Kuo Awards  
Nomination Deadline - Extended

September 1, 2020 at 5:00 pm PDT

Awards Presented at the 2020 symposium October 8, 2020
To Nominate Nomination period now closed for 2020

See below for detailed information on the Sammy Kuo Awards Process

All nomination materials must be emailed to Elise Kleeman

Eligibility Criteria

  • Nominees must be first author (or co-first author) on a neuroscience paper, reporting original research performed at Stanford, published between July 1, 2019 and the present (E-publication online is OK). 
  • Nominees must have completed all aspects of the work as a member (student or postdoc) of a laboratory affiliated with Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. A grad student who has moved on to postdoctoral work is eligible for the graduate award, as long as the paper is from her/his graduate work. Ditto for postdocs who have moved on to research associate status.  Nominees who left Stanford before their paper was accepted for publication are also eligible.  In these instances, the former grad student or postdoc must have left Stanford within one year of the date of the current year’s Symposium.
  • Finalists must attend the 2020 symposium to receive the award (October 8, 2020).
  • Only one paper per applicant may be submitted.  Co-first authors may co-submit.

Review Process and Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by a committee of faculty (one 3-person sub-committee for grad applications and one 3-person sub-committee for postdoc applications).  Three finalists for each award will be notified privately in September 2020, and the winner and the other finalists will be announced at the 2020 symposium on October 8, 2020.


Nomination Materials

To nominate a graduate student or postdoc, submit the following:

  1. A pdf of the published research paper
  2. A short nomination note from the PI, briefly summarizing the significance of the work and the student/postdoc’s contribution. The PI must confirm that the work was performed at Stanford in her/his laboratory.  

Sammy Kuo Awards Committee

Committee Chair

Graduate Sub-Committee

Postdoc Sub-Committee