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Best Paper Competition for Trainees

The Pappajohn Biomedical Institute sponsors annual competitions for the Best Paper by a Graduate Student and the Best Paper by a Postdoctoral scholar. 


The current competition is open to postdocs in PBI labs and covers cover the period from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. All research papers published, including e-published, during this time are eligible. 

The next competition for graduate students in PBI labs will be held in January 2022 and will cover the period from January 1 to December 31, 2021. 

To enter either competition, please submit a PDF of your paper via email to mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu. Deadline to submit entries for graduate student competition is July 6, 2021.

Please include:

  • Name
  • Contact
  • Lab group
  • Brief description of your contribution to the paper (1-3 sentences)


Submitted papers will be evaluated by PBI PIs. Those receiving highest evaluation will be invited to present their work in a 5-minute chalk talk with 5 minutes for questions. 


Travel awards will be given, with $750 for first place and $500 for second place. (Note: If professional travel remains impossible/limited in 2021, we will consider alternative uses for the prize funds.)