The Catherine Kerr Award for Courageous and Compassionate Science is awarded annually by Mind & Life to a researcher from any academic discipline who 1) has made significant contributions to the contemplative sciences, and 2) exemplifies the qualities and character that Cathy Kerr brought to her work, including bold innovation, imagination, courage, authenticity and heartfulness.

Nominations for the 2021 Catherine Kerr Award are now open until August 5th! To nominate a candidate, please visit our online application portal and complete the application form, which includes several questions about your nominee. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified of future updates.

The 2020 recipient was Peter Wayne, who delivered a distinguished presentation, viewable as a recording, as part of the December 2020 Inspiring Minds event “Finding Connections: Pathways to Embodied Wisdom.”  Congratulations Peter!

Peter Wayne, PhD

Harvard Medical School

Convening Faculty, Fellow

Past Recipients


Norm Farb, PhD

Assistant Professor
University of Toronto

International Symposium for Contemplative Research 2018
Distinguished Lecture – “How to Choose Between Beautiful Stories”

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Patricia (Tish) Jennings, PhD

Associate Professor
University of Virginia

International Symposium for Contemplative Research 2018
Distinguished Lecture – “Education for Peace: Transforming our Schools with Mindfulness and Compassion”

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