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Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Prize

Through the 2022 academic year, WiHMS facilitated the selection of up to two awardees from the health sciences area: School of Dentistry, College of Health, School of Medicine, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy. Starting with the 2022-2023 academic year, the Elizabeth Fuhriman Gardner Prize is facilitated by and awarded to one or more students at the School of Dentistry.

Award Overview

    Elizabeth (Libby) Fuhriman Gardner possessed a quiet inner strength and dignity, uncommon grace and graciousness, and an exceptional ability to deal with the demanding realities of life while retaining a firm sense of self and family. Her family life was one of devotion to and partnership with her husband, David, and four daughters. She brought a consistent commitment and a thoughtful, constructive influence to her public responsibilities. As First Lady of the University of Utah from 1973 to 1983, she became a strong advocate for an effective ambassador of the university throughout Utah, the nation, and the world. Expressing her belief and confidence in education, young people and women students, she contributed significantly to the advancement of the university and its mission. Libby was a health sciences graduate in the field of dental hygiene, graduation from the University of California at San Francisco in 1958. 


    • Lauren Kvam Sulier (Dentistry)


    • Morgan Karnath (Dentistry)
    • Natalie Surut (Health)


    • Alex Brewster (Pharmacy)
    • Adonica Ihilani Kauwe Tuitama (Nursing)


    • Kennedy Springer (Nutrition and Dietetics) 
    • Yuliya Petukhova (Dentistry)


    • Simranvir Kaur (Medicine)
    • Anjanette W. Walsh (Dentistry)


    • Dallas Shi (Medicine)