The Lasker Foundation 2014 Essay Contest:
Supporting Medical Research

This summer, the Lasker Foundation asked the people whose future professional lives will be devoted to health and the development of new disease therapies and cures to propose innovative ways to build support and ensure funding for medical research.

The contest was open to medical school students and fellows; doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical research; graduate students in public health programs; and graduate students in other health professions programs, at U.S-accredited institutions.

The Foundation received 167 essays. We thank everyone who participated and hope that their contributions will spur broad public discussion of how to fund research for a healthier tomorrow.


Peter Soh
First Place

Peter Soh
University of South Alabama School of Medicine
Essay: Offering incentives for future scientists


Michael Burel
Second Place

Michael Burel
NYU School of Medicine
Essay: Catalyzing broad public interest in scientific research


Nick Andresen
Third Place

Nick Andresen
University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine
Essay: Crowdsourcing a medical research donation database


Gregg Gonsalves
Honorable Mention

Gregg Gonsalves
Yale School of Public Health
Essay: Researchers as advocates and activists