Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award

The Harold M. Weintraub Graduate Student Award recognizes outstanding achievement during graduate studies in the biological sciences.

Fred Hutch established this annual award to honor the bold, creative, pioneering spirit embodied by Hal Weintraub. Weintraub also earned deep respect and admiration as a caring mentor and supportive colleague.

Nominations are accepted annually between October 2 and December 15.

Nomination for 2024 is currently open.

Weintraub Graduate Student Award

Awardees will participate in a scientific symposium honoring Weintraub and his commitment to innovative science. The award symposium will take place May 3, 2024, at Fred Hutch's Robert W. Day Campus. The symposium will consist of scientific presentations by the graduate student awardees and informal gatherings of students and faculty.  

A committee consisting of Fred Hutch faculty and students will select up to twelve awardees from the nominations on the basis of quality, originality, and scientific significance, as well as to represent a diverse range of research topics. Expenses will be covered by the Weintraub/Groudine Fellowship for Science and Human Disease, established to foster intellectual exchange through the promotion of programs for graduate students, fellows and visiting scholars.

Submit your Nomination

Only one nomination may be submitted per department or program.

Since the awardees will present their thesis work at the Weintraub Symposium, we envision them as advanced students near the completion of their studies. Ideally, students should not have completed their thesis before September 2023.  However, due to differences in research topics and programs, the most qualified students may have already completed their thesis.

Nominations should be submitted by the Chair/Head of the Department/Program or their designee. We are adopting a new system for submitting nominations. If you have questions, please contact weintraub@fredhutch.org.

Information needed before submission for all applicants:

  • Nominator name, address, email, and telephone number
  • Mentor name, address, email, and telephone number
  • Student nominee name, address, email, and telephone number

Information needed from student's mentor:

  • Letter of recommendation, formatted as a PDF file
    (Please use single spacing, Arial font or similar, and 11pt minimum font size.)

Information needed from student:

  • Student Curriculum Vitae, using template provided (saved as a PDF): MS Word
  • Summary of thesis research, using template provided (saved as a PDF): MS Word

The Selection Committee will notify all nominees about their status by February 29, 2024.

Please address questions regarding this award or the symposium to weintraub@fredhutch.org.

Deadline for 2024 nominations is December 15, 2023.

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Current Weintraub Award Winners

2023 Weintraub awardees
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Maria Ahmed, University of Michigan  • Saket Bagde, Cornell University • Francisco Galdos, Stanford University • King Hung, Stanford University • Kathleen Morrill, U Mass Chan Med School • Lila Neahring, UCSF • Megan Okada, University of Utah • Aditya Raguram, Harvard University • Rafael Rivera-Lugo, UC Berkeley • Alexandra Schnell, Harvard University • Rachael Workman Sparklin, Johns Hopkins SOM • Roger Zou, Johns Hopkins University

Past Four Years of Weintraub Award Winners

Paige Arnold, Memorial Sloan Kettering

Paige Arnold, Memorial Sloan Kettering

Amira Barkal, Stanford University School of Medicine

Amira Barkal, Stanford University School of Medicine

Sarah Crist, Fred Hutch

Sarah Crist_Valente, Fred Hutch

Brianna Duncan-Lowey, Harvard University

Brianna Duncan-Lowey, Harvard University

Chenyi Fei, Princeton University

Chenyi Fei, Princeton University

Sanne Eveline Klompe, Columbia University

Sanne Eveline Klompe, Columbia University

Aurora Kraus, University of New Mexico

Aurora Kraus, University of New Mexico

Jaeeon Lee, Harvard University

Jaeeon Lee, Harvard University

Abhijit Parolia, University of Michigan

Abhijit Parolia, University of Michigan

Katarzyna Parys, Gregor Mendel Institute of Plant Molecular Biology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Katarzyna Parys, Gregor Mendel Institute of Plant Molecular Biology of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

Talmo Pereira, Princeton University

Talmo Pereira, Princeton University

Jacob L. Steenwyk, Vanderbilt University

Jacob L. Steenwyk, Vanderbilt University

Bo Xia, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Bo Xia, NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Image of 2021 Weintraub Award Winner Recipients
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2021 Recipients

Amin Aalipour, Stanford University • Januka Athukoralage, University of St Andrews • Lindsay Cameron, UC Davis • Grace Johnson, MIT • Lyle Kingsbury, UCLA • Malinda McPherson, Harvard University • Dasha Nelidova, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research • Shayan Shamipour, Institute of Science and Technology Austria • Eric Song, Yale University • Katherine Susa, Harvard University • Mengni Wang, UT Southwestern Medical Center • Emma Wrenn, Fred Hutch • Lynn Yap, Harvard University

Image of 2020 Weintraub Award Winner Recipients
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2020 Recipients

Adrian Baez-Ortega, Univ. of Cambridge .Lou Beaulieu-Laroche, MIT . Andrew Butler, New York Univ. .Victoria Deneke, Duke .James Eaglesham, Harvard .Nandan Gokhale, Duke .Rose Hill, UC, Berkeley wRebecca Moore, Princeton .Paul Muller, Rockefeller .Anete Romanauska, Med Univ. Vienna .Akanksha Thawani, Princeton .Christopher Zimmerman, UCSF

2019 Weintraub awardees
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William Allen, Stanford  • Adair Borges, UCSF • Ava Carter, Stanford  • Yiming Chen, UCSF • Adam Dingens, Fred Hutch • Kiara Eldred, Johns Hopkins  • Courtney Ellison, Indiana University • Bramwell Lambrus, Johns Hopkins SOM • Daniel Montoro, Harvard  • Sofia Quinodoz, Caltech • Alexandra Walls, UW • Greg Wyant, MIT • Stephen Xingjie Zhang, Harvard Medical School

For a list of previous awardees 2001-2018