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Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Awards

Begun in 1982, this award is annually awarded in early May. All medical students enrolled in schools with active AΩA chapters are encouraged to apply. The purpose of this award is to encourage medical students to sit down and write well-crafted creative narratives or scholarly essays relevant to medicine.


  • First prize: $2,000
  • Second prize: $800
  • Third prize: $550

Winning essays will be published in future issues of The Pharos


  • First prize: "If Dementia Comes for Me" by David Ney, Sidney Kimmel Medical College
  • Second prize: "Just the Honey" by Gillian Stein, New York University School of Medicine
  • Third prize: "Hair and Its Stories" by Jesse Perdily, New York University School of Medicine
  • 2019

  • First prize: "The Price of Pills: A Brief History of the Kefauver-Harris Amendment" by Reid Wilkening, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
  • Second prize: "The Louse Manifesto" by Prisca Alilio, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine
  • Third prize: "Don Ze Pill" by Rebecca Grossman-Kahn, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Updated on July 13, 2020.