Marjorie S. Sirridge, MD Excellence in Medicine & Science Award


Marjorie S. Sirridge, MD Excellence in Medicine & Science Award
Health Professions - Medicine - Nursing

The Sirridge award is offered in alternative years; next award given in 2018.

To acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of women faculty in the KU School of Medicine, School of Nursing and the School of Health Professions. KUMC WIMS honors Dr. Sirridge by presenting this award to deserving women who manifest Dr. Sirridge's ideals. 

The candidate must exhibit evidence of:

  • Success as a mentor and role model for women faculty, trainees and students
  • Professional excellence in clinical and/or basic sciences
  • Leadership at the university and/or national level
  • Involvement in WIMS programs and initiatives         

Female faculty member in the KU School of Medicine, School of Nursing, or School of Health Professions

To self-nominate or to nominate a well deserving colleague or health care professional, please return the following required information:

  • Completed nomination form
  • Nominee's current curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation - recommendation letters are essential to the selection process (the most effective letters will address each criteria listed above) 

NOTE:  Incomplete nominations will not be considered by the WIMS Recognition Committee.  

Submit all awards materials to:

Sponsorship for the award has been provided every year by Prestwood Financials, part of Voya Finacial, thanks to the support since 2007 of Wendy Prestwood, President and Founder.

Dr. Marjorie Spurrier Sirridge (1922 -2014)  is a distinguished KU School of Medicine alumnus, who graduated first in her medical class in 1944. She specialized in Internal Medicine-Hematology and was subsequently active in teaching and administration at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine, where she was one of the founding faculty members. She helped develop the docent system and later became Dean. She was an active mentor and role model for men and women. In addition to her many accomplishments, Dr. Sirridge placed a high value on family life and believed women could achieve great things without sacrificing their personal or family life. More details of Dr. Sirridge's career are available on the National Library of Medicine's Changing the face of Medicine exhibition.

At the WIMS Annual Dinner on August 18, 2011, Dr. Sirridge was presented with a crystal bowl to commemorate the award in her honor. Drs. Brenda Rongish and Julie Wei made the presentation. The inscription reads, "The Marjorie S. Sirridge, MD Excellence in Medicine and Science Award was established in 2011 by the University of Kansas School of Medicine Women in Medicine and Science Organization, in order to honor and recognize Dr. Sirridge's extraordinary leadership, vision, and years spent serving as a role model and mentor for faculty and students."

Last modified: Mar 28, 2017
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