Nomination Period Opens for McGuire Family Prize

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The annual Dartmouth-wide award for societal impact includes a $100,000 prize.

Jason McLellan
Jason McLellan was awarded the 2022 inaugural McGuire Prize for his groundbreaking research contributing to the development of COVID-19 vaccines. (Photo by Vivian Abagiu)

Dartmouth has begun accepting nominations for this year’s McGuire Family Prize for Societal Impact.

This will be the second year the $100,000 prize is awarded to a member of the greater Dartmouth community who has made a significant impact in improving the world and changing people’s lives. The nomination period closes Feb. 27.

The prize was established through the generosity of Terry McGuire, Thayer ’82, and Carolyn Carr McGuire, Tuck ’83. Last year the couple presented the inaugural prize to structural biologist Jason McLellan, whose groundbreaking coronavirus research—conducted while he was at the Geisel School of Medicine—laid the foundation for COVID-19 vaccines. McLellan is now the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry at the University of Texas at Austin.

“The McGuire Family Prize recognizes those who are dedicated to making a difference. There could be no better example of what it means for a scientist to answer the call to lead,” President Philip J. Hanlon ’77 said of McLellan last year.

The prize can be awarded to any member of the Dartmouth community—a student, faculty, or staff member, alums, or friends of Dartmouth. It can also be posthumously awarded.

The selection process, rules, and criteria are at the discretion of President Hanlon or his designee and the prize selection committee. Nominations should be submitted using the McGuire Prize nomination form.

Psychological and brain sciences professor Thalia Wheatley, the Lincoln Filene Professor in Human Relations, is chairing the prize selection committee this year. Also on the committee are alumnus Scott Brown ’78, a partner and founder of the firm New Energy Capital; Sydney Finkelstein, the Steven Roth Professor of Management at the Tuck School of Business; Lorie Loeb, a computer science professor; Mathieu Morlighem, the Evans Family Distinguished Professor of Earth Sciences; and Sandra Wong, the William N. and Bessie Allyn Professor of Surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine.

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