Dr. George Speck, alumnus of SMHS Class of 1941, generously established an annual award in loving memory of his first wife, Doris DeFord Speck. Dr. David Speck, continuing in this tradition on behalf of his parents, will honor a medical student, who, in the words of his father will be: “a wonderful, caring doctor”, and who has demonstrated exceptional aptitude for a dedication to biomedical research. A faculty committee formed by the SMHS Office of Research chooses a 3rd or 4th year medical student who best embodies these characteristics following nominations from the faculty.
The 2021 recipient of the Speck student research award is Neil Almeida. Neil has an exceptional record of research accomplishment throughout his years at medical school. He has published a remarkable 14 peer-reviewed manuscripts predominantly related to neurosurgery and neuro-oncology while in medical school, with 5 first author. In addition, he was awarded competitive fellowships from the American Brain Tumor Association, and the Carolyn Kuckein student fellowship from the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society in support of his research, and was the recipient of a Beaumont Research Award for outstanding research accomplishments from work submitted to for publication in Fusion, the medical student research magazine. Significantly, Neil has also played an important leadership role in medical student research organizations at GW by serving as co-president of the Beaumont student research organization and was co-founder and president of the GW student chapter of the American Association of Neurological Surgeons.