Announced in 2012, the Harold Hamm International Prize for Biomedical Research in Diabetes was established to recognize and promote lasting achievements in diabetes research focused on progress toward a cure. The $250,000 Prize, the largest of its kind in the world, is named for Mr. Harold Hamm, chairman and chief executive office of Continental Resources, Inc., and who provided for an endowment to fund the Prize in perpetuity.
At the beginning of each award cycle, Harold Hamm Diabetes Center representatives will select a jury of five international leaders in the field of diabetes research to nominate and select the Prize Laureate. In their consideration of Nominees, Selection Jury Members will write a Nominating Statement for two Nominees. Jurors can either select their own Nominees or, at their discretion, choose Nominees recommended by the diabetes community at large through an open call for letters of recommendation. Any person writing a Letter of Recommendation must submit his or her letter prior to the public announcement of the Selection Jury. Details for submitting a Letter of Recommendation.
Once Nominees are selected, Jurors will deliberate at Harold Hamm Diabetes Center in Oklahoma City. Deliberations will begin with each Juror presenting the merits of his/her two Nominees. After ensuing discussion, the voting process will begin.
No administrative or research officer from Harold Hamm casts a vote in the final voting procedure.
Harold Hamm Diabetes Center is an OU Medicine comprehensive center of excellence integrating research, patient care, and prevention programs focused on progress toward a cure for diabetes and its complications.
HHDC holds in trust the edowment for the Hamm Prize and administers the selection process. The Hamm Prize is awarded biennially.
Hamm Prize policies and procedures are outline in detail in the Prize Charter. To read more about the Hamm Prize, please view the Official Prize Charter.
The Hamm Medal
The Hamm Prize Laureate is presented with the Hamm Medal, a 14 karat gold medallion bearing the profile of Harold Hamm, benefactor of the Hamm Prize.