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The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is seeking applicants for the 2023 Michael S. O’Malley Alumni Award for Publication Excellence in Cancer Population Sciences. This competitive $3,000 award recognizes an outstanding manuscript published by a UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health alumna/alumnus that advances knowledge in population-based cancer research. The cash award goes directly to the recipient and can be used for any purpose.

Michael O’Malley, PhD

This award honors Michael O’Malley, PhD, a leader in cancer prevention and control at UNC-Chapel Hill and across the nation. O’Malley served as the associate director of UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center for more than 20 years. He also served as an adjunct associate professor of health policy and management at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health where he was a mentor for countless students over the years.

O’Malley’s kindness and infectious smile spread warmth throughout the entire cancer center. An exceptional leader, many knew him as a great “connector,” and he was beloved by everyone he connected with at Carolina. Visit the Michael O’Malley memorial page to learn more.


  • Alumna/alumnus of UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, within 6 years of graduation from most recent SPH degree
  • Authorship: First author
  • Topic: Population sciences (e.g., cancer prevention and control, cancer epidemiology, cancer outcomes, health services research)
  • Publication date: Any paper published or in press within 6 years of last graduation from the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
  • Selection criteria: Cancer-relatedness, significance, impact
  • Note: Limit of one publication submission per applicant

Applications are due by Sunday, May 7, 2023 by 5 p.m. EST.


  • May 7, 2023: Applications due (via online submission)
  • May – June, 2023: Applications reviewed by UNC Lineberger population sciences leadership team
  • Early July: Awardee notified
  • September 2023: Awardee honored at UNC Lineberger Scientific Retreat


The application should include:

  • A PDF of the manuscript for consideration
  • A statement describing its impact
  • A curriculum vitae

Submit the application using the application portal, or copy and paste this URL into your browser:

Application portal

Direct questions to Hannah Prentice-Dunn (, Project Manager for Cancer Prevention and Control at the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Previous award winners include:

2022: Jessica Islam, PhD 

Islam, J. Y., Vidot, D. C., & Camacho-Rivera, M. (2021). Evaluating mental health–related symptoms among cancer survivors during the COVID-19 pandemic: an analysis of the COVID impact survey. JCO oncology practice, 17(9), e1258-e1269.

2021: Arjun Bhattacharya, PhD, and Natalie Ernecoff, PhD

Bhattacharya, A., García-Closas, M., Olshan, A.F. et al. A framework for transcriptome-wide association studies in breast cancer in diverse study populations. Genome Biol 21, 42 (2020).

2021: Natalie C. Ernecoff, PhD

Ernecoff, N.C., Wessell, K.L., Wood, W.A. et al. How well do documented goals-of-care discussions for patients with stage IV cancer reflect communication best practices? BMC Palliative Care 20, 41 (2021).

2020: Halei Collette Benefield, DrPH, MD Candidate

Benefield HC, Allott EH, Reeder-Hayes KE, Perou CM, Carey LA, Geradts J, Sun X, Calhoun BC, Troester MA. Borderline estrogen receptor-positive breast cancers in black and white women. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. 2019. DOI: 10.1093/jnci/djz206

2019: Gina Ogilvie, MD, MSc, FCFP, DrPH

Gina Suzanne Ogilvie, Dirk van Niekerk, Mel Krajden, Laurie W. Smith, Darrel Cook, Lovedeep Gondara, Kathy Ceballos, David Quinlan, Marette Lee, Ruth Elwood Martin, Laura Gentile, Stuart Peacock, Gavin C. E. Stuart, MD, Eduardo L. Franco, Andrew J. Coldman. Effect of Screening With Primary Cervical HPV Testing vs Cytology Testing on High-grade Cervical Intraepithelial Neoplasia at 48 Months. JAMA. 2018;320(1):43-52.

2018: Lynn Chollet-Hinton, PhD

Lynn Chollet-Hinton, Andrew F. Olshan, Hazel B. Nichols, Carey K. Anders, Jennifer L. Lund, Emma H. Allott, Traci N. Bethea, Chi-Chen Hong, Stephanie M. Cohen, Thaer Khoury, Gary R. Zirpoli, Virginia F. Borges, Lynn A. Rosenberg, Elisa V. Bandera, Christine B. Ambrosone, Julie R. Palmer, and Melissa A. Troester.  Biology and Etiology of Young-Onset Breast Cancers among Premenopausal African American Women: Results from the AMBER Consortium. Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers Prev. 2017;26:1722-1729

2017: Angela, Stover, PhD

Stover AM, Mayer DK, Muss H, Wheeler SB, Lyons J, Reeve BB. Quality of life changes during the pre- to post-diagnosis period and treatment-related recovery time in older women with breast cancer. Cancer 2014;120:1881-1889