Praesto Award

Honoring Overall Excellence

2020-2021 Praesto Award Recipient

Pranita Atri

PhD in IGPBS - Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

View a complete list of all previous award winners.

The Praesto Award is given annually to recognize the most exceptional graduate, based on overall excellence or excellence in multiple areas. The award is presented at the Spring Graduate Studies Convocation Ceremony.


The particular strengths and activities of the winner vary widely each year. Given the nature of the award, there is no specific minimum standard or weighting for any of the various criteria. The Selection Committee looks at:


Any individual eligible to walk in the December or May commencement ceremonies held during a single academic year can receive the award. For example, August 2016, December 2016 and May 2017 graduates were eligible for the 2016-2017 Praesto Award.

Nomination Process

Each UNMC Graduate Program Director may nominate one individual for consideration during the annual award cycle.