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Student Awards and Recognitions


The LaDonne H. Schulman Award for Excellence in Teaching is presented each year to a faculty member of the Graduate Division at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine Graduate Division who has demonstrated exemplary skill in teaching and mentoring. The graduate students select the award winner every year.

Dr. LaDonne Schulman was a Professor in the Department of Developmental Biology and Cancer (now Developmental and Molecular Biology) from 1968 until her untimely passing in 1992. Dr. Schulman was a leader in the field of transfer RNA specificity. She was an outstanding teacher and mentor, who cared tremendously for her students, from who she garnered admiration throughout her career. Graduate students she trained in her own laboratory have gone on to very successful scientific careers. It was in this light that the LaDonne H. Schulman Award for Excellence in Teaching was established in 1993. The LaDonne Shullman Awardee receives the Award at the Graduate Student Reception that year and the award is mentioned in that year’s Graduation Ceremony.


To qualify the nominee must:

(1) hold a permanent, full-time faculty appointment at the rank of instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, or professor, or a position of assistant/associate in, research associate, or other position with a full-time teaching assignment

(3) have taught at least one course (not lecture) in the year of the award; and

(4) have not received the La Donne Shullman award during the last three years.


Jan-Feb – Eligible nominations are received from the graduate students via the GSC list serv.

Feb-March 5th – The GSC votes amongst three of the most nominated faculty members. If there are less than two faculty members with more than one nomination, the GSC will vote amongst all the nominees.
First week of March – GSC Co-chairs tally the votes & announce the winner to the GSC and the Graduate Office.

Last week of March - GSC Co-Chairs write a formal letter of congratulations to the award recipient. 

Past winners 




The Graduate Student Council Award for Service to the Sue Golding Graduate Division (SGGD) shall be given annually to a distinguished senior student who has contributed to the enhancement of the SGGD of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine via participation in activities that benefit the faculty, students and staff of the graduate program. These can be academic (i.e., club executive boards, participation on the Graduate Student Council or its sub-committees; participation on the symposium committee; Einstein Quarterly editing; tutoring, etc.) or extracurricular. Extracurricular activities may include those that are social (i.e, event planner, intramural sports), ethnic, religious, musical, community service-oriented, etc. The activities of the student must have a direct impact on the SGGD student body or on the Einstein community. Students are eligible for the award if they are an upper-level student. The award recipient shall be honored at the annual SGGD graduate student reception. Applicants can apply more than once but may only receive the award once.


The application/nomination form will require the following information:

  • An application form (coming soon)
  • At least two recommendation letters from Einstein community members (a faculty member, staff, or student) addressed to the Award Review Committee. These recommendations should highlight the student’s contribution to Einstein via involvement in school activities
  • Personal statement (optional)


A review committee will consist of five Graduate Student Council (GSC) members. A student will be elected as the chairperson of the committee to organize and oversee the meeting. Applicants cannot be on the review committee. All committee members will review applications prior to the review committee meeting and a single committee meeting will be held after the application deadline in order to discuss the status of the applicants. The winner of the service award will be reported to the GSC and the Sue Golding Committee after a decision is made.


The application deadline April of each year.


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