Prosser Award

C. Ladd Prosser Graduate Student Research Award

C. Ladd Prosser (1907 - 2002) was professor of Physiology and Neuroscience at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.  As department head he brought Biophysics into Physiology.  He helped build the newly renamed Physiology and Biophysics Department which became one of the top 10 in the nation.    In the 1970s, Prosser, along with Ed Banks and Bill Greenough, helped establish the Neural and Behavioral Biology Graduate Program which in 1989 was reorganized and became the Neuroscience Program.

Prosser was a comparative physiologist who emphasized neuroscience and strongly supported the concept that integrated knowledge of physiology benefited from both the similarities and the contrasts that emerged when different organisms or systems were compared.

Learn more about C. Ladd Prosser from Professor Emeritus, Rhanor Gillette.




Nominations may be made by any NSP faculty member for Neuroscience Program students in good standing, including those who have graduated in December.  

Nominees will need to submit a research summary of no more than 1000 words describing the research, results, rationale and significance.  A job application letter is a good model for this summary.   The research/work must be published or in press in a peer-reviewed journal.





  • Nomination by NSP faculty member 

  • NSP Graduate Student in Good Standing

  • Submission of 1000 word or less research summary by nominee

  • Faculty letter supporting research contribution and achievement



Faculty & Student submissions due April 9th 2021

Email applications to:

The C. Ladd Prosser Research Award recoginizes the research contribution of a Graduate Student that stands out as 


for the discipline of neuroscience.  

The Award Winner will be selected by NSP Executive Committee members
and will receive a prize of $750.