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John Dunn Excellence Award in the Life Sciences

Established by colleagues and friends of John Dunn, Senior Scientist in Brookhaven National Laboratory’s (BNL) Department of Biology from 1972 – 2012, this award honors Dr. Dunn’s scientific accomplishments, mentorship and productive collaborations between BNL and Stony Brook University by promoting excellence among Stony Brook graduate students engaged in life science research at BNL. One or more awards, in the amount of $500 each, will be presented annually.

No student shall receive the award more than once. Relevant departments and programs may submit nominations. To be eligible, students must have completed at least one year of their doctoral research at BNL.

Submit a Nomination

The Google Form link above includes entry fields/document upload sections for the following:

  • A letter of nomination from the student's dissertation advisor indicating evidence of excellence in science and/or mentorship.
  • GPD Endorsement checkbox 
  • At least one other endorsement of the nomination (in the form of a letter of support) from any program faculty member.
  • A short summary of the nominee's status as a graduate student: date of admission, year of study,  dates of research at BNL, date of advancement to candidacy (if applicable), and expected date of completion of the doctoral degree.  
  • Dissertation abstract, or similar summary of the project. This should be geared toward a general audience and should not exceed two (2) pages.
  • Student’s C.V.


Past Recipients

2021: Kenneth Davidson, Ecology & Evolution
Dedi Yang, Ecology & Evolution
2013: Brian McGillick, Biochemistry & Structural Biology
Tin Yau Pang, Physics
Samema Sarowar, Biochemistry & Structural Biology