Call for Nominations: Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award

The Dean’s Office is now seeking nominations for the third Hyman L. Battle Distinguished Cancer Research Award. The purpose of the award, which was established in 2007 by the Battle Foundation of Rocky Mount, is to recognize sustained, exceptional cancer research over a career by faculty at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine.

In unusual circumstances, the award might also recognize a faculty member’s ground-breaking cancer discovery and/or high-impact publication. The Battle Foundation prefers to recognize outstanding basic science research, but leading achievements in clinical and/or translational research can also qualify. The value of the award is $25,000. Previous winners have been Yi Zhang, Nancy Raab-Traub and Yanping Zhang.

Hyman L. Battle (1896-1972) established The Battle Foundation in 1946. Like his grandfather Kemp Plummer Battle, who was an early president of UNC-Chapel Hill, Hyman was deeply interested in education. He was a volunteer leader of several educational institutions, including UNC-Chapel Hill. During the 1950s, he served on the executive committee of the Good Health Association.

You are encouraged to submit nominations for individuals who you feel are deserving of this recognition. All nominations must include a curriculum vitae, a primary letter of nomination, and at least one additional letter of support submitted to Dede Corvinus by email at

The nominations and supporting documents are due no later than April 23, 2011. The recipient will be named in May, 2011.

To see a PDF of the original memo from Amelia Drake, MD, Terry R. Magnuson, PhD, and Shelton Earp, MD, click here.

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