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Senior Prize

Established in 2007 to complement the Gerald and Sally DeNardo Lectureship, this prize is given by the Dean to recognize outstanding science research accomplishment by a graduating senior who reflects the distinctive characteristics of a Jesuit education and is pursuing a career in the health sciences.


The Gerald and Sally DeNardo Senior Prize in Science Research was established and is maintained through an endowment created and funded by Drs. Gerald and Sally DeNardo. The DeNardo Senior Prizes recognizes outstanding science research accomplishment by a Santa Clara University graduating senior pursuing a career in the health sciences broadly defined. The prize winner will receive a cash award of $2000 and a plaque. Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Active and deliberate science research experience, on or off campus, culminating in a publication or presentation at a scientific meeting and/or acceptance of a submission.
  • Pursuing a career in the health sciences broadly defined.
  • Reflects the distinctive characteristics of a Jesuit education.
  • G.P.A. greater than 3.0

Nomination application is to be completed and submitted by the student to, with a copy to the Faculty Sponsor/Research Advisor. Electronic submission of nominations is required.

Deadline: Friday, March 16, 2018

Nomination must not exceed three (3) pages (be brief!) and must include the following information:

  1. Student Information: Name, SCU D. number, local address, telephone, email address, major(s)/minor(s), overall G.P.A.

  2. Faculty Sponsor/Research Advisor: Name, department, contact information

  3. Research Qualifications, Evidence, and Outcomes: Years of research experience at Santa Clara University or another venue and description/abstract of that Describe your research activity at Santa Clara University and your particular contributions to the project/s relating to the field of health sciences broadly defined. Please include the names and titles of publications; names and titles of oral or poster presentations: where you presented and the type of conferences/talks

  4. How You Exemplify Competence, Conscience, and Compassion, and/or Being a Person for Others: Include quality examples relevant to the prize

  5. Your Career Goals: Provide a narrative of your immediate and long-term plans as related to health science broadly defined; acceptances/applications in process, g., Post-Bac, Graduate School, Medical School, Americorp, JVC

Faculty Sponsor/Research Advisor Letter: A separate one-page letter of support is to be completed and submitted by the Faculty Sponsor/Research Advisor directly to with the following information: Role of the student in the research lab and on the project; significance of presentations, peer-reviewed publications, or acceptance at a conference; support and enthusiasm for the student as a researcher and as an individual; unique qualifications relevant to the prize, and their potential as a contributor in the health sciences broadly defined.


If you have any questions, please contact Marie Brancati, Director of Strategic Initiatives, College of Arts and Sciences, 408-554-2301.