Congratulations to the eleven winners of the 2020 Lasker Essay Contest!
The Lasker Foundation’s annual Essay Contest invites young scientists from around the world to discuss big questions in biomedical research and policy. This year, we asked participants to describe how a notable scientist has inspired them – through the scientist’s personality, life experiences, and/or through their scientific contributions.
With hundreds of excellent essays submitted from contestants around the world, we found it difficult to choose among so many thoughtful entries. Ultimately, we selected eleven essays, from Emily Ashkin, David Basta, Avash Das, William Dunn, Safwan Elkhatib, Laurel Gabler, Kwabena Kusi-Mensah, Lisa Learman, Olivia Lucero, Hannah Mason, and Samantha Wong.