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Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Award

To encourage medical students to write creative narratives or scholarly essays relevant to medicine. Winning essays will be published in the Autumn issue of The Pharos.

Important Dates

Deadline for submission

March 1, 2022

Winners will be annouced

June 17, 2022

The Award

Cash awards of $1,500 for first place; $1,000 for second place; and $850 for third place.

Eligibility

Authors must be enrolled in medical schools that have an active ΑΩΑ Chapter or Association but need not be members of ΑΩΑ. However, if the author is an AΩA member, he/she must be an active member. Only one entry may be submitted per student.

Requirements

1. Essays must be written while the student is in medical school, must be the work of a single author, and must be an original work. The essay must not be offered to, or published by, any other journal or entered in any other contest prior to submission or during, the AΩA selection process. 

2. The essay must be related to medicine.

3. Essays should not be fictional or written in first person, but academic/scientific in theme.

4. The essay must not exceed 15 double-spaced pages of 12-point type with minimum 1-inch margins, exclusive of reference listing. The author’s name and essay title must be on each page, and all pages must be numbered.

5. Unique references, numbered consecutively, should be limited to 20. (Reference citation of a website is not acceptable unless a site is the sole source of the information or has official academic credentials. Examples of acceptable sites are official government web pages such as that of the National Institutes of Health.)

6. Essays that are not selected as award recipients may be submitted to other contests/publications after the winners are announced on June 17, 2022.

7. Essays not meeting all requirements will not be considered.

Questions may be directed to

Questions may be directed to Libby Appel at 720-859-4149, or studentessay@alphaomegaalpha.org

All AΩA awards, fellowships, grants, and program submissions must be electronically submitted through the appropriate page on the AΩA website.

Past Student Essay Winners

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.

Prizes

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

Winning essays will be published in future issues of The Pharos.

2021

  • First prize: “Historic Context & Communication: Undoing Medical Mistrust” by Olivier Joseph, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Second prize:  “Health Care’s Carbon Footprint” by Preethi Kesavan, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis
  • Third prize: “Respect” by Jaclyn Arvedon, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University

2020

  • 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“Historic Context & Communication: Undoing Medical Mistrust” by Olivier Joseph, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine

All AΩA awards, fellowships, grants, and program submissions must be electronically submitted through the appropriate page on the AΩA website.

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