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Professor Frits de Waard Penning: Call for entries

For the best and most original epidemiological research by a student in medicine or biomedical/ health sciences. Deadline: Tuesday 31 May 2016
The Julius Center for Health Sciences and Primary Care is proud to announce ‘The Professor Frits de Waard Penning’. This award is intended for students who have conducted original and excellent epidemiological research in medicine or biomedical sciences, and have concluded this research with a scientific publication. Two awards are available yearly, one for a medical student and one for an epidemiology master’s student. A jury will select the best entries.
The aim of this yearly award is to encourage promising young researchers who are at the start of their career by acknowledging their achievements.

Background to the award

Professor de Waard was the first professor of Epidemiology at Utrecht University. His research career started with a self-initiated project in South Africa. He collected urine samples of thousands of women for hormonal analysis, also using the sediments to produce smears to determine the phase of the menstrual cycles. From there he, with foresight, took a risk in pioneering Xerox mammograms and stored these mammograms and the urine samples in a biobank. He believed that it was ultimately always the data that would prove or disprove a hypothesis. He was the founder of the PREVENTICON breast and cervical cancer screening centre and the DOM breast cancer project.
The Professor Frits de Waard Penning is intended particularly for students who have performed epidemiological research themselves with an emphasis on originality and active participation by the student in the research project. Those who have conducted a methodological research project are also candidates for the prize.

The award

Besides the Professor Frits de Waard Penning, the winners will receive an incentive of €500.

Who can apply for this award

  • Medical students of recent graduates from Utrecht University who performed a scientific research project in the field of epidemiology (e.g. in the 6th year of their study)
  • MSc Epidemiology (Postgraduate) students or recent graduates
  • With an accepted publication or published paper (in the current or preceding academic year) with first authorship of the student (or shared first authorship)
  • The research project addressed a (clinical) epidemiological occurrence relation or a methodological research question
  • The student participated actively in the data collection or the student performed complex analyses that required major preparatory efforts (such as data-cleaning, recoding the dataset), followed by an adequate translation of the results for the end-user/reader of the report.

How to apply

Apply by sending in the following documents by e-mail:
  • The original manuscript, including information about the period during which the research project was performed
  • The name of the first author, year and journal in which the manuscript was published, or, if not published yet, the name of the journal in which the manuscript has been accepted for publication and a copy of the letter of acceptance.
  • The student’s Curriculum Vitae, including the following items: personal details, education, work experience and, in detail, research experience (e.g. internships, poster presentations, oral presentations, scientific publications, etc.)
  • A supporting letter written by the student (max 1 x A4) in which the student explains why he or she thinks that his or her research project distinguishes itself from other projects in terms of the originality of the research question and/or the study design, methods of data collection and/or the complexity of the data analysis. The student clearly sets out why he or she feels that he or she should receive the Professor Frits de Waard Penning. 
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s supervisor (max 1 x A4) in which he or she explains how the student contributed to the study design, data collection, data analysis and drafting of the final manuscript.
Send these documents to the following e-mail address:
In the subject line of the e-mail mention: Prof. Frits de Waard Penning. All documents should be in Word or PDF format. The student will receive a confirmation when documents have been received.

Selection of manuscripts

Manuscripts will be judged by a jury of qualified epidemiological staff.
Note: the decision of the jury concerning the winning manuscript(s) is final.
Manuscripts will be judged on the following aspects:
  • The relevance of the research question to science and society
  • Originality of the study design and methods for data collection
  • Active participation of the student in the different phases of the project
  • The quality of the study design, data collection and data analysis
  • The quality of the reporting of the research project

Presentation of the award

The award will be presented during the Student Science day on 21 June, 2016.


Any questions should be addressed to:
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