Prizes: American Institute of the History of Pharmacy Urdang Medal and Kremers Award

Call for Nominations for 2019 Urdang Medal and Kremers Award

The American Institute of the History of Pharmacy is now accepting nominations for the Urdang Medal and the Kremers Award, two of the most prestigious awards for scholarly work in the history of pharmacy. The deadline for receipt of nominations is April 30, 2019.

The George Urdang Medal is awarded for an original and scholarly publication, or series of publications, pertaining primarily to historical or historico-social aspects of pharmacy. The Medal may also be awarded for popular works intended to achieve more widespread appreciation for, and better understanding of, pharmacy and its past among members of the pharmaceutical profession, allied professions, or the public.

The Urdang Medal is awarded without restriction as to citizenship of the author or place of publication. Evaluation is based on competence of research and skill of interpretation and presentation. The nominee’s age, total number of publications or previous honors is not given primary consideration.

Nominations are evaluated by a committee consisting of three members of AIHP’s Committee on Awards and three historians of pharmacy from countries other than the United States. If awarded, the 2019 Urdang Medal will be presented at the 44th International Congress for the History of Pharmacy, which will be held in Washington, DC in early September 2019.

The Urdang Medal was established in 1952 in honor of Professor George Urdang, one of AIHP’s founders and a renowned scholar of the history of pharmacy.

Download a Nomination Form (.pdf) for the George Urdang Medal.

The Edward Kremers Award was established in 1961 to honor Edward Kremers, a pioneer of American pharmaceutical education, distinguished American historian of pharmacy, and one of AIHP’s founders.

The Kremers Award is conferred on the same basis as the Urdang Medal, except that the candidates for the Kremers Award must be citizens of the United States.

Download a Nomination Form (.pdf) for the Edward Kremers Award.

The deadline for submitting nominations for either award is April 30, 2019. Complete nominations forms should be emailed to or mailed to the office of the American Institute of the History of Pharmacy, 777 Highland Avenue, Madison, WI  53705.

Prizes: Graduate Student Essay Award in the History of Medicine

The Forum for the History of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences and Cambridge University Press invite submissions for our inaugural Graduate Student Essay Award. The award will be given for the best original, unpublished essay in the history of health, medicine and the life sciences submitted to the competition as judged by the FHHMLS’s assessment panel. This award advances the FHHMLS mission of encouraging scholarship that addresses conversations occurring across and between the histories of science, medicine, and technology broadly conceived. The author of the winning essay will receive 5 books of their choosing from the current book list of the Cambridge University Press.


We welcome submission of unpublished manuscripts in English on any aspect of the history of health, medicine and life sciences written by students registered part-time or full-time in a graduate degree or completing their degree in 2019. Submissions should bridge the histories of science, medicine and/or technology.

Submissions should be no more than 10,000 words in length (inclusive of footnotes and all references). Entries should be accompanied by a one-page cover letter detailing how the research fosters new conversations between the histories of medicine, science and/or technology.

The deadline for submissions is 30 April 2019. Entries should be sent to fhhmls.hss@gmail.comPlease submit cover letters and essays as two separate files. The essay file should only include the title, with all author information removed. 

The winning submission will be announced at the 2019 HSS meeting in Utrecht. Authors do not need to be members of HSS at the time of submission.

We are grateful to Cambridge University Press for their generous sponsorship of this prize.

FHHMLS Steering Committee:
Elizabeth Neswald
Robin Scheffler
Elaine Leong
Jaipreet Virdi
Heidi Morefield