Outstanding Thesis Award

The TICR Program is very excited to announce a new annual award to recognize an outstanding MAS thesis paper by a graduating student. The Outstanding MAS Thesis Award allows the thesis committees to recognize the work of a graduate student that best exemplifies and furthers UCSF’s vision in improving population well-being. Thesis papers will be evaluated based on the student’s contribution to the paper, quality of analytical work, quality of writing, and impact of the paper. An award (and up to two runners-up) will be announced at the TICR graduation ceremony in June. The award will consist of $1,500 for first prize and $500 for runners-up.


Students will be invited to apply in April 2023.  Applications will be submitted via the following a qualtrics form and will include the following:

  • PDF of your capstone paper 1-2 sentences describing your role in carrying out the research
  • 2-3 sentences explaining why your research is important
  • Complete packets will be forwarded to your committee members.
  • Incomplete packets won’t be accepted.
  • Students may submit an original research manuscript or comprehensive literature critique.

2022 Outstanding Thesis Award Receipients

1st Place:  Jonathan Witonsky, MD, MAS
Race- and Ethnicity-Based Spirometry Reference Equations: Are They Accurate for Genetically Admixed Children?

Runner-up: Debbie Chen, MD, MAS
Association of Intraindividual Difference in Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate by Creatinine vs Cystatin C and End-stage Kidney Disease and Mortality

Honorable Mention: Matthew Durstenfeld, MD, MAS
Role of antibodies, inflammatory markers, and echocardiographic findings in post-acute cardiopulmonary symptoms after SARS-CoV-2 infection