The Catherine Kerr Award for Courageous and Compassionate Science was established in memory of the late Cathy Kerr, to honor her remarkable contributions to the Mind & Life community. It is awarded biennially 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 brought to her work, including bold innovation, imagination, courage, authenticity and heartfulness.

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Each recipient will deliver a distinguished lecture during Mind & Life’s International Symposium for Contemplative Research (ISCR), and will receive free registration, travel and accommodations for ISCR, along with a cash award.

Congratulations to the 2018 co-recipients:


Norm Farb, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Toronto

Patricia (Tish) Jennings, PhD
Associate Professor
University of Virginia