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Alpha Omega Alpha Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Award - Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society instituted this competition to encourage medical students to write creative narratives or scholarly essays relevant to medicine.  Authors must be enrolled at medical schools with active AOA chapters but need not be members of AOA.  Only one entry may be submitted by each student.  Prizes:  $2,000 first, $800 second and $550 third.  Deadline for entries is January 31st.  Winners will be announced no later than June 1st.  Website:

Mensa Education and Research Foundation Scholarship Essay Contest - awards ranging from $300 to $1,000 are made on the basis of an essay of fewer than 550 words, which describes the applicant's career, vocational or academic goals toward which the scholarship is to provide aid. It is not necessary for the applicant to be a member of Mensa. The scholarship application deadline is usually in early to mid January. Website:

Michael E. DeBakey Medical Student Poetry Award - This annual contest honors the pre-eminent cardiovascular surgeon, pioneering medical scientist, gifted medical educator, prolific author and scholar, and passionate advocate of optimal healthcare throughout the world. Dr. Michael E. DeBakey has long advocated a role for the humanities in medical education and in the development of a full, enriching intellectual life. Submission of original poetry by medical undergraduates currently enrolled in accredited U.S. medical schools is welcome. Deadline: late January.

Stanley M. Kaplan Essay Contest - Entries may include original research, review articles, case reports or topic essays. Judging will be based on originality, creativity, knowledge of psychiatry and contributions to understanding important problems in any of the biopsychosocial dimensions of psychiatry.  Cash prize of $500 and $250 each to two runners-up.  Deadline is mid- June.  Contact: Christina Gibson at  Website:

William Osler Medal Student Essay Contest - Awarded for the best unpublished essay on a medico-historical subject written by a student enrolled in a school of medicine or osteopathy. Essays appropriate for consideration may pertain either to the historical development of a contemporary medical problem or to a topic within health sciences of a discrete past period.  Entries due in late January. The writer of the winning essay will be invited to attend a conference where the medal will be presented. Reasonable travel expenses provided and free two year membership in the AAHM, American Association for the History of Medicine. Website:

Last modified: Nov 13, 2018