Call for Nominations

The 2019 Kavli Award for Distinguished Research in Neuroscience at Columbia University
By C. Doyle
January 29, 2020

The Kavli Institute recognizes excellence in graduate neuroscience research at Columbia University with this annual award. Graduate students who completed their pre-doctoral work (successful thesis defense and deposit) between January 1, 2019 and February 7, 2020 (University deadline for February conferral) are eligible for nomination by a member of their thesis committee. Nominations are welcome from any academic department (Biology, Physics, Engineering, etc.), as long as the research project was related to neuroscience.

We seek nominees who performed exceptional original work (raised provocative questions or resolved a controversy in the field, developed novel conceptual or experimental advances, etc.), and who can present their findings articulately in the context of current knowledge.

Students may be nominated by any internal member of their thesis committee, not exclusively their mentor. A given faculty member, however, may nominate only one student per year, and only one student in a given lab can be nominated per year.

Full Nomination Packet is due by 5pm on Friday, April 10, 2020. The winner will be notified in May and will receive a $2,500 award.

The nominating faculty member should email the following materials (all in PDF format, please) to

Nomination letter commenting on the significance of the student's work, including a proposed Citation of up to 50 words.

Synopsis of the thesis prepared by the nominee (double spaced, 12 point font, 1'' margins, 5 page limit excluding cover page and references). Cover page should include applicant name and program affiliation, thesis title, date of deposit, and committee member names/affiliations.

Copies of any first-author manuscripts resulting from the student’s graduate work (published or in press only, not in preparation).

Nominee's CV with current position and contact information (phone and email).