Patricia Baird Prize

The prestigious Patricia Baird Prize recognizes excellence in Medical Genetics research by trainees.

2017 Artem Babaian
2016 Jack Hickmott
2015 Peter Thompson


The top three applicants will be evaluated following a 10 minute research talk at research day.

Trainee Eligibility:

  • PhD graduate students
  • MSc graduate students
  • Residents

Trainees must be supervised by Medical Genetics faculty members. There is no limit to the number of students a supervisor may 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. Past winners and finalists of the Patricia Baird Prize will be excluded from the current Patricia Baird Prize competition.

Evaluation and Nomination Procedures:

A panel of judges will pre-adjudicate candidates based on the application materials.  The three top-ranked candidates will be notified before Research Day and be asked to give a ten minute talk followed by a five minute question period on Research Day.  Candidates’ presentations will be assessed on the quality of their research, clarity of presentation, and response to questions.  The winner will be announced by the Department Head following the presentations.

Application Materials:

  • Abstract (250 word limit)
  • Curriculum Vitae (two pages) – include training details, prior awards and publications/presentations
  • Letter of reference from the applicant’s supervisor