The prestigious Patricia Baird Prize recognizes excellence in Medical Genetics research by trainees. Judges from the Patricia Baird and James Miller Memorial Prizes Review Committee will review nominations and invite the top three applicants to present a ten-minute research talk at the Department’s annual Research Day, followed by a five-minute question period. The Committee will select the winner of the prize from among the three finalists. The Patricia Baird Prize is $500.
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- Currently registered PhD and MSc Medical Genetics and Genetic Counselling graduate students.
- Awardees and finalists of the Patricia Baird Prize competition are excluded from future competitions.
- Students can win both the James Miller Prize and the Patricia Baird Prize, but not in the same year. The winner of the James Miller Prize will be decided prior to the selection of the Patricia Baird finalists and excluded from further consideration.
- There is no limit to the number of students a supervisor can nominate, however it is anticipated that the award will generally be won by a senior trainee.
- Applicants may also present a poster in the research Day competition, but the Patricia Baird Prize winner will be excluded from selection for a Research Day poster prize.
- Abstract (250 word limit)
- Curriculum Vitae (2 pages) – include training details, prior awards and publications/presentations.
- Letter of reference from the applicant’s supervisor.
Evaluation and Nomination Procedures:
The Patricia Baird Prize competition will be announced in the Departmental “Friday Email” several weeks prior to Research Day. Supervisors/applicants should notify Cheryl Bishop (firstname.lastname@example.org) of their intent to apply by mid-October and forward all application materials to her by the following week. The Patricia Baird and James Miller Prizes Review Committee will pre-adjudicate candidates based on the application materials. The three top-ranked candidates will be notified one week before Research Day to prepare their ten-minute talk. Candidates’ presentations will be assessed on the quality of their research, clarity of presentation, and response to questions. The Medical Genetics Department Head will announce the winner following the presentations.