Medical & Leadership Prizes

Nobel Prize

The Nobel Prize was created by Alfred Nobel in 1895, who donated the majority of his estate to recognize individuals who had contributed positively to humanity. The first Nobel Prize was awarded in 1901 and has continued annually since then. Winners of the Nobel Prize are selected by either the Royal Swedish Academy of Science, Nobel Academy, Swedish Academy, or Nobel Committee. The prize is awarded to those who have made outstanding contributions in the areas of chemistry, physics, physiology or medicine, literature, economics, and peace.

Nobel Prize winners who have previously spoken at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders or the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders include:

Sheldon Glashow, Ph.D. – 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics
Michael S. Brown, M.D. – 1985 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Sir Richard Roberts, Ph.D. – 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Ferid Murad, M.D.-Ph.D. – 1998 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Leland Hartwell, Ph.D. – 2001 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
John C. Mather, Ph.D. – 2006 Nobel Prize in Physics
Mario Capecchi, Ph.D. – 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
Jack Szostak, Ph.D. – 2009 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
David Wineland, Ph.D. – 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics

Wolf Prize

The Wolf Prize was founded by Dr. Ricardo Wolf and has been awarded by the Wolf Foundation in Israel almost every year since 1978. The award recognizes those who have made advancements for humanity and strive to create peace among diverse groups. It is given to individuals who have advanced the fields of agriculture, chemistry, mathematics, medicine, physics, and the arts.

The Wolf Prize winner who has previously spoken at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders is:

Robert S. Langer, Ph.D. – 2013 Wolf Prize in Chemistry
Mario Capecchi, Ph.D. – 2012

Lasker Award

The Lasker Award has been awarded yearly since 1945 from the Lasker Foundation, which was founded by Albert Lasker and Mary Woodard Lasker. This award recognizes those who have made advancements for medical science and is often regarded for its ability to identify future Nobel Laureates, as 86 Lasker Laureates have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

The Lasker Award winners who have previously spoken at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders are:

Ferid Murad, M.D.- Ph.D. – 1996
Leland Hartwell, Ph.D. – 1998
Mario Capecchi, Ph.D. – 2001
Jack Szostak, Ph.D. – 2006

Medal of Honor

The Medal of Honor is considered the most prestigious and honorable award that men and women in the military can receive. The medal is awarded by the President of the United States in the name of Congress at a formal ceremony hosted in Washington D.C. The Army, Navy, and Air Force each have a version of this award, and they are given to military members who have set themselves apart by performing selfless acts of bravery for their country.

The Medal of Honor recipient who has previously spoken at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders is:

Florent Groberg, U.S. Army Captain (ret.) – 2015

National Medal of Science

Every year, the National Science Foundation selects individuals in the United States who have made remarkable contributions to behavioral and social sciences, biology, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. Final winners for the National Medal of Science are selected by the sitting President and honored at the White House for their outstanding research.

National Medal of Science winners who have previously spoken at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders or the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders include:

Michael S. Brown, M.D. – 1988
George M. Whitesides, Ph.D. – 1998
Mario Capecchi, Ph.D. – 2001
Robert S. Langer, Ph.D. – 2006
David Wineland, Ph.D. – 2007
J. Craig Venter, Ph.D. – 2009
Sylvester James Gates, Jr., Ph.D. – 2013

National Medal of Technology and Innovation

The National Medal of Technology and Innovation was created by the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980 and is considered the highest honor technologists in the country can receive. Recipients of this award are chosen by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and receive their award from the President of the United States. Winners are selected for having made positive impacts on American lives as well as furthering the country’s technological advancement.

National Medal of Technology and Innovation winners who have previously spoken at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders include:

Dean Kamen – 2000
Robert M. Metcalfe, Ph.D. – 2005
Robert S. Langer, Ph.D. – 2011
Cherry A. Murray, Ph.D. – 2014

Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics

The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics was established by Yuri Milner in 2012 to recognize those who had made breakthroughs in science and human understanding of our universe. The award is given for advancements in theoretical, mathematical, and experimental physics and is considered the most lucrative scientific award, as it has a monetary prize that’s twice as much as the Nobel Prize.

The Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics winner who has previously spoken at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders is:

Rainer Weiss, Ph.D. – 2016

Google Science Fair

The Google Science Fair is a global online competition for pre-college students interested in STEM. It was first made public in January 2011 and is currently sponsored by Google, Lego, National Geographic, Virgin Galactic, and Scientific American. All projects submitted are reviewed by an esteemed panel of scientific minds and the top project of the competition receives the Grand Prize of $50,000.

Google Science Fair winners who have previously spoken at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders or the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders include:

Grand Prize Winner: Shree Bose – 2011
Grand Prize Winner: Brittany Wenger – 2012
Grand Prize Winner: Eric Chen – 2013
Grand Prize Winner: Olivia Hallisey – 2015
Finalist: Joshua Meier – 2012

Intel ISEF

The Intel International Science and Engineering Fair is a prestigious pre-college competition for students with a passion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. While dozens of awards are given by private donors, the most notable is the Gordon E. Moore Award, otherwise considered the Grand Prize, a $75,000 award which is reserved for the single most outstanding project of the 1,800 students competing from 75 countries.

Intel ISEF winners who have previously spoken at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders or the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders include:

Grand Prize Winner: Jack Andraka – 2012
Best in Category for Cellular and Molecular Biology: Joshua Meier – 2014
4th Place Award: Raina Jain – 2010
3rd Place Grand Prize Winner: Vineet Edupuganti – 2015

Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge

The Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge is a competition that takes place in several states of the U.S., Canada, and Germany, and all of the finalists go on to compete at the International BioGENEius Competition. This competition focuses heavily on healthcare, sustainability, and environmental projects from both high school and college students who have a passion for science and biotechnology.

Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Winner: Raina Jain – 2010
Sanofi BioGENEius Challenge Winner: Janelle Tam – 2012

Intel Science Talent Search

The Intel Science Talent Search is the country’s oldest esteemed pre-college competition for students who have a passion in science and mathematics. This competition began as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search in 1942 and continued until 1998 when Intel became the new sponsor. As of May 2016 it was announced that Regeneron will become the new sponsor of the event. Since its creation, over 147,000 students have entered the competition and collectively have received millions of dollars in scholarships.

Intel Science Talent Search winners who have previously spoken at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders or the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders include:

First Place: Isha Jain and Raina Jain – 2010
Semifinalist: Raina Jain – 2011
Finalist: Andrey Sushko – 2012
First Place: Eric Chen – 2014
First Place: Amol Punjabi – 2016
First Place: Paige Brown – 2016

Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology

The Siemens Competition in Math, Science, and Technology was created by the Siemens Foundation in 1999 to encourage high school students to engage in research projects on an individual and team level. Students are able to submit projects regionally and nationally for the opportunity to win scholarships, while the top project of the event is awarded the Grand Prize of $100,000.

Siemens Competition in Math, Science and Technology winners who have previously spoken at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders or the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders include:

Grand Prize Winner: Isha Jain and Raina Jain – 2007
Grand Prize Winner: Kensen Shi – 2012
Grand Prize Winner: Eric Chen – 2013
Grand Prize Winner: Vineet Edupuganti – 2016

Breakthrough Junior Challenge

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge is a national challenge to explain a complex scientific theory, concept, or principle within a video up to five minutes. Students can choose a topic within the fields of physics, mathematics, and life sciences and will be judged on many aspects including difficulty and creativity. The winner of the event receives a $250,000 post-secondary scholarship, $50,000 prize for their teacher, and a $100,000 breakthrough science lab.

The Breakthrough Junior Challenge winner who has previously spoken at the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders is:

Ryan Chester – 2015

Deans

The Dean is an official position, most commonly for universities and colleges, that presides over a specific area of the school. They hold a significant authority over an academic unit such as the school of law or the school of medicine, and act as the highest ranking administrator with several academic duties.

Deans who have previously spoken at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders or the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders include:

David Roberts, M.D. – Harvard Medical School External Education
Stephen Ray Mitchell, M.D., MBA – Georgetown University School of Medicine
Cherry A. Murray, Ph.D. – Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Kenneth Lacovara, Ph.D. – School of Earth & Environment at Rowan University
Boris Lushniak, M.D. – University of Maryland School of Public Health

Professors

A professor is an official position at universities and higher education facilities. Most often professors teach classes, conduct research, and advise their students in their academic endeavors.

Professors who have previously spoken at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders or the Congress of Future Science and Technology Leaders include those who are current or who were once professors at:

Jack Szostak, Ph.D. – Harvard University
Stephen Ray Mitchell, M.D., MBA – Georgetown University
George M. Whitesides, Ph.D. – Harvard University
Bohdan Pomahac, M.D. – Harvard Medical School
Rainer Weiss, Ph.D. – MIT
Robert M. Metcalfe, Ph.D. – University of Texas Cockrell School of Engineering
Robert S. Langer, Ph.D. – MIT
Ed Damiano, Ph.D. – Boston University
Katharina Ribbeck, Ph.D. – MIT
Chris Nowinski, Ph.D. – Harvard Medical School
Kim Lewis, Ph.D. – Northeastern University
John C. Mather, Ph.D. – University of Maryland College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
David H. Reitze, Ph.D. – Caltech
Sylvester James Gates, Jr., Ph.D. – Brown University
Marc Raibert, Ph.D. – Carnegie Mellon University and MIT
Neil Gershenfeld, Ph.D. – MIT
Sheldon Glashow, Ph.D. – Boston University and Harvard University
Craig Venter, Ph.D. – State University of New York at Buffalo
Dennis Crowley – NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program
Ned Hallowell, M.D. – Harvard Medical School
Julian J. Pribaz, M.D. – Harvard Medical School
Boris Lushniak, M.D. – University of Maryland School of Public Health
Mario Capecchi, Ph.D. – Harvard Medical School and the University of Utah School of Medicine
Ferid Murad, M.D. – George Washington University
Richard Roberts, Ph.D. – Northeastern University
Michael S. Brown, M.D. – University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
Anthony Atala, M.D. – Wake Forest School of Medicine
Pardis Sabeti, Ph.D. – Harvard School of Public Health
Leland H. Hartwell, Ph.D. – University of California and the University of Washington
Robert Cantu, M.D. – Boston University School of Medicine

Surgeon General

The Surgeon General is a presidentially selected position that serves as the spokesperson for public health in the United States. They are the head of the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps and responsible in the case of public health emergencies, as well as informally advising the public on healthy living and health hazards.

The Surgeon General who has previously spoken at the Congress of Future Medical Leaders is:

Boris D. Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H.