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The Johnson Academic Excellence Award

​Dr. J. David Johnson received his Ph.D. degree in Biophysics from Michigan State University in 1976. From 1983 until his death in 2000 Dr. Johnson served first as an Associate Professor and then a full Professor in the Department of Medical Biochemistry (the forerunner of the Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology) here in the OSU College of Medicine. He was an outstanding teacher who was admired by both medical and graduate students for his unique style of lecture presentations. His many scientific contributions include determination of the role of calcium binding proteins in the regulation of diverse physiological processes such as muscle contraction and plant growth. Click here to learn more about Dr. J. David Johnson.

With the death of Dr. Johnson, his family and friends established an endowment to fund an annual award to the Outstanding Graduate Student in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology.

To that end The Executive Committee of the Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology requests all graduate students who have passed the candidacy exam submit application to the Johnson Award annually. This award includes a $2,000 cash prize.

 
 
Review Criteria
  1. Publications: Quality and scientific rigor of publications that were based on the Ph.D. work in the Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology Department will be important review criteria. Any publications from the student’s prior work outside of the Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology Department will not be considered.
  2. Awards and Fellowships: Receipt of locally or nationally competitive awards and fellowships based on the student’s work in the graduate program and in the Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology Department.
  3. Presentations: Oral or poster presentations at university symposia, regional or national meetings.
  4. Services: Service related to the Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology Department, the student’s graduate program, The Ohio State University, or professional society.

 

Eligibility Requirements

To that end The Executive Committee of the Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology requests all graduate students who have passed the candidacy exam submit an application to the Johnson Award annually. This award includes a $2,000 cash prize.
  1. At the time of application submission, the student must be working as a Graduate Research Associate with at least a 50% FTE appointment in the BCP Department. The GRA appointment must directly report to and be supervised by a faculty member who's TIU is BCP.
  2. The student must be on the PhD or MD/PhD track in one of the graduate programs affiliated with the Department, such as OSBP, MCDB, BGSP, Biophysics and Neuroscience. The student must have passed the candidacy exam.
  3. The student cannot be a previous recipient of the Johnson Academic Award.


How to Apply

The application has two parts:

  1. The form should include a copy of the student's CV, indicating the year of entry into the graduate program, publications, abstracts, awards, fellowships and any other information the student wishes to provide.
  2. A nomination letter from the student's BCP faculty advisor clearly stating the reasons why the student is deserving of consideration for the award.


Application materials are to be sent to Kirk Mykytyn by email (mykytyn.1@osu.edu)
by October 31st.