The Witebsky award is given to the PhD student with the best academic performance of their class in microbiology and immunology coursework.
You will receive this award if you are the PhD student with the highest grade point average in the microbiology core curriculum. You must have passed the preliminary qualifying exam — usually taken in your second year.
You also will receive the award if you are the medical student with the highest score in microbiology and immunology coursework.
If you are selected as a recipient of the Witebsky award, we’ll notify you with a letter.
If you win this award, you will be recognized during our annual Honors Convocation.
Ernest Witebsky, MD, was the founding chair of what is now UB’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology. In 1967, he was appointed director of the Center for Immunology. Upon his death in 1969, the center was renamed in Witebsky’s honor.
Along with Niels Klendshoj, Witebsky isolated the B-antigen found in human blood, a discovery that made blood transfusions safer. Witebsky and his associates also conducted important studies in autoimmune disease and its relation to thyroiditis, Addison’s disease and myasthenia gravis.