Fall Honors Convocation

Fall Honors Convocation

Each year, the School of Medicine hosts the Fall Honors Convocation.  This convocation and reception is usually held in October/November of the fall semester. Categories of prizes and awards include academic excellence, community leadership, research and extracurricular activities. Awards include certificates, plaques, books, or cash prizes.  Some prizes and awards are sponsored and selected by individual departments, organizations, classes and the School of Medicine.  For more information about the awards, please click on the name of the award below.

Departmental Awards

The Dr. S. Spafford Ackerly Award

This award was established in 1963 by Mr. and Mrs. Barry Bingham, Sr. as a trust fund in honor of Dr. S. Spafford Ackerly, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of the Department of Psychiatry and Chair from 1947 to 1963. The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences presents one award in the fall to a third year medical student who has shown the greatest proficiency in psychiatry.

The Billy F. Andrews, M.D. Scholarship for Pediatrics

This award is presented to a third year student who is judged to have demonstrated qualities of outstanding scholarship, aptitude for pediatrics and a potential for an academic career in pediatric medicine.

The Henry Gray Barbour Memorial Award in Medical Pharmacology

This award was established in 1964 in memory of Dr. Barbour, Chair of the Department of Pharmacology from 1923 to 1931. It is given to a second year student selected by the department faculty on the basis of performance during the medical pharmacology course.

The Thomas B. Calhoon Memorial Physiology Award

This award honors the late Dr. Thomas B. Calhoon, former Chair of the Department of Physiology and Biophysics. The award is presented to a first year medical student who has shown excellence in academic performance and scholarly achievement in the study of the physiological basis of medical practice

The Thomas B. Calhoon Physiology Prize

The recipient of this prize is chosen by asking the first year class to select ten nominees from a list of the top twenty-five students in the physiology course. From these ten nominees, the departmental faculty chooses five finalists. The winner is chosen based on qualities of scholarship, leadership, ethical character and an unending desire to help others understand the medical application of physiological concepts.

The Paul C. Grider Memorial Award for Outstanding Performance in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine Course

This award is given in the name of Dr. Paul Cooksey Grider. Dr. Grider was a teacher, friend, mentor, colleague, and outstanding physician in internal medicine and family medicine for many years. This award recognizes outstanding performance in patient interviewing and evaluation in the Introduction to Clinical Medicine course in the first and second year. Course faculty selects the recipient of the Grider Award.

The Mary A. Hilton Award for Excellence in Biochemistry

This award is presented annually to the most outstanding first year medical student in biochemistry. The award honors Dr. Mary Anderson Hilton, a longtime faculty member of the Department of Biochemistry, who retired in 1995 and was an outstanding medical educator.

The Dr. Vernon O. Kash Award

The Vernon O. Kash Award was established by Mrs. Vernon Kash to honor her husband, a 1936 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. This award is given to an outstanding student in anatomy.

The Letitia Shelby Kimsey-Taylor Award for Excellence in Microbiology and Immunology

This award is presented by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology to honor the late Letitia Shelby Kimsey-Taylor, M.D., who was an outstanding teacher in this department from 1947 to 1976. The award is given to the second year student achieving highest honors in the course of medical microbiology.

The Dr. Atwood P. Latham Memorial Prize in Anatomy

In 1928, Mrs. Mary B. Latham established this award in memory of her husband. This award is given to the first year medical student deemed most proficient in anatomy.

The Dr. John Walker Moore Scholarship Award

This scholarship is awarded in memory of Dr. John Walker Moore, Dean of the School of Medicine from 1928 to 1949, in recognition of his great skill and competence as an internist and teacher. It is given to the outstanding third year student in medicine.

The Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health Outstanding Third Year Student Award

This award is given to the student achieving the highest level of academic performance and demonstrating superior clinical performance in obstetrics, gynecology, and women’s health.

The Association of Pathology Chairs Honor Society

The Association of Pathology Chairs Honor Society, a national honor society, selects student members on the basis of scholastic achievement in the pathology curriculum, research accomplishments as a medical student, leadership potential as evidenced by activities as a medical student, and overall excellence with potential to develop further academically. Students are selected in their second year.

The Morgan Williams Award

Dr. Hugh C. Williams, former Associate Professor of Surgery and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, established the Morgan Williams Award in memory of his son. This award is presented to the student who demonstrates the best performance in surgery during the third year.  This award is based on an evaluation of scholarship, devotion to humane patient care, imagination and acceptance of responsibility as judged by the Chair and faculty members.

Other Awards

The Arch E. Cole Scholarship Awards

The Arch E. Cole Scholarship Awards are presented in memory of Dr. Cole, who was an outstanding teacher in the Department of Anatomy from 1929 until 1962.  At the time of his death, Dr. Cole was Professor of Anatomy and Acting Chair of the Department.  Two (2) scholarships are awarded to upper classmen for general excellence in academic performance.

The Dr. Max L. Garon Scholarship Award

The Dr. Max L. Garon Scholarship Award was established by the Sidney I. Kornhauser Foundation.  This award honors Dr. Max L. Garon, a graduate of the class of 1929.  It is given to a medical student who is an outstanding member of the third year class.  The Kornhauser Foundation chooses the recipient from three (3) nominations submitted by the School of Medicine Prizes and Awards Committee.

The Drs. Herbert Wald & Armond T. Gordon Phi Delta Epsilon Scholarship Award

The Phi Delta Epsilon Scholarship Award was first presented in 1975.  The award was established with the Sidney I. Kornhauser Foundation by Dr. & Mrs. Herbert Wald.  Recently, Dr. Armond Gordon,  a member of the UofL medical school class of ’45, a retired internist and member of Phi Delta Epsilon who shares Dr. Wald’s love of teaching and desire to help medical students, has given a very generous gift to the Kornhauser Foundation to ensure that this award will be given for many years to come. This award is presented to a student who, during his/her second year, was outstanding in scholarship, student leadership, and dedication to service in the community.  The School of Medicine Prizes and Awards Committee submits the names of three (3) nominees to the Kornhauser Foundation, from which one (1) recipient is chosen.

The Drs. Murrell H., Martin Z., and Benjamin M. Kaplan Award

This award is administered by the Sidney I. Kornhauser Foundation, and was established by Mr.  & Mrs. Joseph H. Kaplan in honor of Mr. Kaplan's three brothers, Drs. Murrel H., Martin Z., and Benjamin M., graduates of the University of Louisville School of Medicine, Class of 1934, 1941, and 1946, respectively.  This award is presented annually to a first year student who has exhibited scholarship, leadership, and a keen interest in medicine.  The Kornhauser Foundation chooses the recipient from four (4) nominations submitted by the School of Medicine Prizes and Awards Committee.

The Janke B. Mains Memorial Award

This award was established in 1979 by the Class of 1982 in memory of their classmate, Janke B. Mains.  In March of 1979, Ms. Mains was involved in an automobile accident and she and her child were killed.  At the time of her unexpected death, Janke was a first year student who had excelled in Human Embryology.  This award honors Janke and her child.  It is presented each year to a first year student who has excelled in Human Embryology.  The student must be a parent.

The McGraw-Hill/LANGE Medical Student Awards

Two (2) first year students are selected based on academic excellence.  Recipients receive $150.00 worth of books published by the McGraw-Hill/LANGE Medical Publication Company.

The Medical Alumni Award

The Medical Alumni Award was established form the funds contributed by the Medical Alumni Association.  It is presented to a student who has exhibited academic excellence and scholarliness during his/her medical curriculum.

The Dr. Israel Muss Memorial Award

This award is given annually by those who cherish the memory of Dr. Israel Muss.  This award is presented to a third year student who has demonstrated a combination of scholarliness, an avid search for technical knowledge, a breadth of interests, and a deep concern for the humanity of all people.

The Schwartz Insurance Group Scholarship Award

This scholarship is awarded to two medical student who demonstrates academic achievement, involvement is student activities, and dedication to community service.  Need based scholarship as well.  The Schwartz Group is interested in ‘humanism’ members.