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.  The presentation should be no longer than twelve minutes in length and will take place during the Annual UNMC Postdoctoral Pathway to Independence Award Ceremony and Luncheon. A first place winner will be awarded a cash prize of $500 and a runner-up will be awarded a cash prize of $300.  All applications chosen for presentation will be notified by e-mail.


Any UNMC postdoctoral scholar


  1. One-page narrative on your intended research presentation, describing the background, the gap of knowledge it strives to fill, and how it advances the field. Applications that do not adhere to formatting specifications of 1-inch margins, 12-point Times Roman font size, and single-spacing will not be reviewed.
  2. CV using current NIH Bio Sketch format.(revised 2015)
  3. Letter of Recommendation (see below)

Recommendation Letter

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

Application Form