Awards & Endowed Lectures

Departmental Prizes

 

Graduate Programs:

Hank MacIntosh Prize in Pharmacology - Established in 1991 for graduate studies in Pharmacology by the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics in honor of Professor F.C. MacIntosh, a distinguished McGill scientist. It is awarded annually to a student who has presented within the last academic year a senior seminar and who has progressed toward submission of the thesis. The candidate must also have demonstrated scientific excellence and a breadth of knowledge in the discipline, together with leadership qualities, academic and social responsibility.

Awarded at the Pharmacology Research Day (PRD)



Sourkes Prize in Pharmacology - Established in 1992, by the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics in honor of Professors Theodore Sourkes. Awarded annually to recognize outstanding contribution by a graduate student in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, as judged from a paper published in a peer-reviewed journal. Awarded by the department to a student currently enrolled in the program or who has graduated during the preceding year.

Awarded at the Pharmacology Research Day (PRD)


The Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award - Established in 2013, this prize recognizes the significant role of TAs in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics. It is awarded to a highly dedicated TA who has made an exceptional contribution to the learning experience of their students, on the basis of student evaluation from TA appointments during the preceding year.

Awarded at the Pharmacology Research Day (PRD)


Life Sciences Prize (Non-Pharmacology prize) - Established in 2016, to recognize students from other programs, but who belong in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics, for best poster presentation.

Awarded at the Pharmacology Research Day (PRD)


Little Diamond Award Established in 2016, to recognize a Ph.D. student who has a supervisor or co-supervisor within the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics. The award is given for a publication published within the preceding academic year. The student should be the first author on the publication. The publication should be of high quality. The idea should be novel and the writing style should be exquisite and elegant. The foremost contribution should be the students’, verified by last author. 

Awarded at the Pharmacology Research Day (PRD)    

 

Undergraduate Programs:

Mark Nickerson Prize - Established in 1990 by the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in honour of the Professor Mark Nickerson, a renowned McGill Pharmacologist. Awarded to the student who has achieved excellence in the Undergraduate Pharmacology Program and has demonstrated the most promise, as defined by the Department, in the field of Pharmacology and Therapeutics in contemporary society.

Barbara Esplin Memorial Prize - Established in 2009 to honor Dr. Barbara Esplin (1925-2008), an associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacology & Therapeutics from 1968 to 1996. Since the initiation it has been awarded to an undergraduate student enrolled in the Pharmacology & Therapeutics undergraduate programs (Minor, Major or Honor). The recipient of the award is the student whose poster presentation at the annual PRD is deemed to be the best in the undergraduate student category.

In 2013, a second category to the Barbara Esplin Price was introduced to acknowledge the best oral presentation given at Pharmacology Undergraduate Research Expo (PURE). These 2 prizes are judged by an ad hoc advisory committee. This event, combined with the 2 prizes, encourage students' participation, stimulate student's interest for research and expose them to an environment similar to an international symposium.

     Awarded at the Undergraduate Research Expo (PURE)


The Melville Undergraduate Research Bursary in Pharmacology & Therapeutics:

The Undergraduate Research Bursary established in 2018 will provide funding for a paid summer research internship to an undergraduate student from an underrepresented equity group. Read more…

 

Endowed Lectures:

Mark Nickerson Memorial Lecture - was established in honor of the late Mark Nickerson who was Chair of the Department of Pharmacology at McGill University from 1967 – 1975. After his death in 1998, an endowment fund named the “Mark Nickerson Memorial Lecture Award” was established by a committee that included Drs. A.C.Cuello, Les Iversen, George Kunos, and Sir John Vane.  Mark Nickerson made seminal contributions to the discovery and development of alpha adrenergic blocking drugs and he is credited with the discovery of the haloalkylamine adrenergic blocking agents. His charismatic personality as well as his scientific leadership made him one of the founders of academic pharmacology as a distinct discipline in Canada.

Theodore Sourkes Lecture Series in Neuropharmacology - Dr Theodore Sourkes was a McGill Emeritus Professor with strong links to the Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics. He made outstanding contributions in Neurochemistry, Neuropharmacology, Neurosciences and Neurology. His early work resulted in the development and application of false transmitter for the therapeutic treatment of hypertension (Aldomet). This annual lecture series is possible thanks to a generous donation from a McGill Alumni and Sourkes disciple Professor Moussa Youdim, Technion, Haifa Israel.

 

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