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The Joseph S. Pagano Award annually recognizes notable papers authored by UNC Lineberger postdoctoral fellows. Winners are selected through a competitive process and are honored for their authorship of articles in high-impact journals.

Eligible papers are written by postdoctoral fellows holding a position in the laboratory of a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, and were published or accepted for publication in 2020.

Authors of the three top papers receive a cash prize and will give a featured talk at a future UNC Lineberger event.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 Pagano Award. Applications are due Monday, April 12, 2021 by 5 p.m.

Please send application packet in one email to both and Brian Strahl, PhD,

Guidelines for Pagano Award

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The Pagano Award was established in 2002 to annually recognize noteworthy papers authored by our postdoctoral fellows.

Papers submitted must meet the following criteria:

  • Applications should be submitted by the preceptor of the nominated candidate and should be a member of the UNC Lineberger; any postdoctoral fellow in the preceptor’s lab can be nominated.
  • Research must have been completed while the fellow was at UNC.
  • Fellow must be primary author or co-first author of the nominated paper.
  • Paper must have been accepted or published in 2020. If paper was accepted but not published during the 2020 year, the journal’s letter of acceptance must be included with the application.

Application packet must include:

  • PDF of the paper.
  • Letter from the preceptor briefly summarizing the postdoc’s background, the scientific impact of the paper, and the postdoc’s relative contribution to the paper. While a description of the postdoc’s contribution is expected for all applications, it is particularly important for co-first authors papers or papers with multiple authors.
  • Letter from the postdoctoral fellow, describing the scientific impact of the paper, in 200 words or less.