Kindness Essay Contests

FMS Choose Kindness Week was February 19th- 23rd. This year, the FMS Peer Helper Program sponsored a Purposeful Acts of Kindness Challenge for all students, teachers, and staff. The goal was to have all of us planning and carrying out acts of kindness, no matter how small, for friends, family, co-workers, and/or neighbors starting next Monday, February 5 -February 21. By completing the Purposeful Acts of Kindness Challenge Form and emailing a picture of the kind act to Mrs. Doyle (optional), students, staff, and teachers were eligible for a drawing on February 23rd for Walmart gift-cards; first place school wide winner- $50, second place school-wide winner- $30, and third place school-wide winner- $20.

Pictured left to right: Savannah McCants, Mary Grace Russell, and Kathryn Cook

Congratulations to Our Winners of the

Purposeful Acts of Kindness Challenge Drawing 2018!


First Place Drawing for $50 Walmart Gift Card-Savannah McCants (8th Grade) who participated in Mrs. Bartl's homeroom project of making cards for nursing home residents

Second Place Drawing for $30 Walmart Gift Card - Mary Grace Russell (8th Grade) who brought sweets (donuts) for FMS Staff

Third Place Drawing Winner for $20 Walmart Gift Card- Kathryn Cook (7th Grade) who particpated in the SGA kindness post it notes project 

Essay Contest

About the Contest

The Lasker Essay Contest engages young scientists and clinicians in a discussion about big questions in biology and medicine, and the role of biomedical research in our society today.  The Contest aims to build skills in communicating important medical and scientific issues to broader audiences.  The Essay Contest topics are announced annually no later than the second week of February and can be found on this webpage.

The topic of the 2018 Essay Contest is: How can social media help build trust in science and the research enterprise? Your answer should include a discussion of the benefits and challenges of your recommendations. 

The deadline to submit all materials is March 30, 2018. Winners will be announced in early July on our web site.


The Contest is open to medical school students, interns, residents, and fellows; doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in biomedical research; graduate students in public health programs; and graduate students in other health professions programs.  The 2018 Essay Contest is open to both US and international applicants, including those from programs outside the US.


First-place award is $10,000 and an expense-paid trip (economy class travel and one-night hotel stay) to New York City to meet the 2018 Lasker Award winners (on September 21, 2018). Second- and third-place prizes are $5000 and $2500, respectively. All monetary prizes are to be used towards educational expenses.


Essays should be of 800 words or less and must be written in English. The file containing the essay should include the essay title and the applicant's name, email, and institutional affiliation. Figures and references are not required but one image (uploaded separately) and up to 10 references (included within the text body) may be submitted. Specific examples from the world of biomedical research should be included in your essay to illustrate your ideas more effectively. Field-specific scientific jargon should be avoided or explained.

Evaluation criteria

Essays will be evaluated based on 1) the innovation of the ideas and proposals and 2) how well these ideas are conveyed, i.e. the quality of writing, style, and clarity. Essays that are not written in English or are longer than 800 words will not be considered. 

Subscribe to our Newsletter to receive updates about the Essay Contest program and winners:

2017 essay contest and winners

2016 essay contest and winners

2015 essay contest and winners

2014 essay contest and winners

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