Erica Daniel Kepner Award for Scientific Achievement

About the Award

The Indiana University Graduate School of Basic Medical Sciences is requesting applications for the Ercia Daniel Kepner Award for Scientific Achievement. This award is named to honor the memory of the late Erica Daniel Kepner, a highly meritorious and courageous graduate student who lost her battle with cancer on August 31, 2011.

This competitive research award of $250 will be made to an outstanding basic science graduate student in any of the 9 doctoral programs in the Indiana School of Medicine. The award will be presented at an annual reception for incoming graduate students held in August. 

To be eligible, the graduate student must be a current basic science graduate student nominated by a faculty member at the IUSM. If the student is getting ready to graduate, the graduate student must be enrolled thru the summer term.

The award is based upon a graduate student's contributions to a research manuscript as a first-author that has either been published or accepted for publication within the last academic calendar year (August to July). A selection committee will evaluate and rank the applicants for this award. 


About Erica

Erica Daniel Kepner graduated from Indiana University with Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry prior to joining the IBMG Program for PhD Study in fall 2007. 

Frequently Asked Questions

To be updated by June 2017.

Application Guidelines/Requirements

Nominations are composed of:

  1. Letter of recommendation from the nominating faculty, stressing the student's contributions  (overall role in project, degree of intellectual input into the research and the experimental design, which figures or parts of the article was the student involved in, what was the student’s role in the writing of the manuscript).
  2. Cover page consisting of a short summary of the status of the manuscript and the student’s contributions to the manuscript (please note specifically the student's role in the project, which figures or parts of the article was the student involved in, what was the student’s role in the writing of the manuscript).
         * Cover page in Microsoft fillable form
         * Cover page in Adobe fillable form
  3. Copy of the manuscript 
  4. Student's Curriculum Vitae 

Assemble the nomination package into a single PDF file and submit below (you will receive a confirmation) or via email to Questions or concerns should be directed to Brandy Wood (

Submit an Application Package

The single PDF file must be submitted by 4:00 PM EST on the deadline in order to by considered.
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