LSM Most Valued Peer Award


"Genius without influence is like an unmined diamond."

Presented annually to a graduating senior in the Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management based on peer nomination, the Most Valued Peer (MVP) Award honors a student who with humility and grace has exemplified the rare ability to stimulate each of their teammates to contribute equally and to their full potential, to facilitate a high-performing team dynamic and unexpectedly outstanding results.


2019 Recipient:

Krishna Patel

Krishna’s kindness and unfailing willingness to help others have been much appreciated by his peers and all who have had the pleasure of working with him. His current goal, characteristically, is to learn how to help more people even more effectively. He won a Thouron Award that will allow him to pursue an MSc degree in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at the University of Oxford this year in the UK, after which he will go to medical school at Mt. Sinai. His concentration at Oxford will be in Health Inequalities, reflecting a passion not only for medicine but also for community health and access to medicine that he has been acting on throughout his time at Penn. For two years, Krishna has been the sole undergraduate representative with the Interprofessional Alliance for Community Engagement, along with faculty, community leaders, and Penn Medicine’s Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, where he has been helping to develop a holistic approach to community health that involves medical education. For his LSM business internship, Krishna enhanced his knowledge of hospital administration and community engagement through his work as a Finance Summer Associate with the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, an $18B integrated delivery system. And he has also served as a Growth Consultant for local business and early-stage health care companies with the Wharton Small Business Development Center. This is not to say that Krishna doesn’t also act on his passion for science and his belief in the value of research: he interned at the Weill Cornell Brain Tumor Center for his scientific research internship, and he was engaged in scientific research throughout his time at Penn with Professor Nicholas Betley of the Biology Department, ultimately conducting thesis research using mouse models to investigate the mechanisms by which the brain processes external stimuli to facilitate survival processes including hunger, pain, thirst, and itch.