UNMC Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award

One of the objectives of the Office of Postdoctoral Education is to facilitate postdocs’ timely transition to an independent career. Such transition on the part of a scholar requires early preparation, the ability to define career objectives within their chosen area of research, productivity, fellowship with other scholars, and independence within the laboratory environment. This award is to recognize postdocs for their research accomplishments through an oral presentation. This presentation should be no longer than 12 minutes in length and will take place during the Annual UNMC Postdoctoral Excellence in Research Award Ceremony and Luncheon. A first place winner will be awarded a cash prize of $1,000 and a runner-up will be awarded a cash prize of $600. All applications chosen for presentation will be notified by e-mail.


UNMC postdoc scholars during their first three years of training, beginning with the time of appointment.


  1. One page narrative on your best first-author publication, describing the background, the gap of knowledge it strives to fill, and how it advances the field. The narrative must not be a rehash of the introduction and discussion of the paper but should be written to communicate science to lay readers. Applications that do not adhere to formatting specifications of 1-inch margins, 12-point font size, and single-spacing will not be reviewed.
  1. CV using current NIH Bio Sketch format (revised 2015)
  2. Letter of Recommendation (see below)

Other Requirements

  1. First-author publications.
  2. Fellowships and grants.
  3. Any additional/exceptional activities outside of those offered by the Office of Postdoctoral Education that helps your career goal.

Recommendation Letter

 A letter of recommendation, preferably from the current mentor, critiquing the candidates career objective, preparation, and scientific contributions/accomplishments.  Not to exceed 2 pages.

Application Form