Announcement: Jay Keystone Memorial Award

Oct 13, 2021
Dr. Jay Keystone, an expert in Tropical Medicine and long-time faculty member in the Institute of Medical Science (IMS), is fondly remembered for his skill at communicating complex scientific material. Dr. Keystone taught students about the importance of excellence in scientific communication through the IMS core Seminar Series in Translational Research course, bringing his keen sense of humor to the classroom. His lectures were also cherished by the students in the Summer Undergraduate Research Program, which were also given as part of their seminar series.

In recognition of Dr. Keystone’s contribution to the education of graduate and medical students at the University of Toronto, IMS created the Jay Keystone Memorial Award for Innovation in Scientific Communication. This annual award provides a grant of up to $2,000 to an IMS student(s), supported by a faculty member, to create a new initiative that demonstrates innovation and excellence in the communication of medical science to diverse audiences.

The application package must be emailed to the IMS Student, Staff, Alumni and Faculty Engagement (SAFE) Committee by December 6, 2021. It includes:

The application should be well grounded in the values, interests and skills of the applicant(s). The shortlisted applicants will also be required to give a 3-minute pitch of their proposal to the adjudicators. The recipient will be determined based on the quality of the application and pitch. A report on the success and impact of the initiative is expected one year after the award is provided.