The Mette Strand Research Prize was established in 1998 by her colleague to honor her memory in a manner that Professor Strand would desire. It is awarded to a Ph.D. student enrolled in the School of Medicine who has made an outstanding discovery and described it in an essay. Dr. Strand received her Ph.D. from the University of Copenhagen in 1976, joined the faculty of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Science at Johns Hopkins in 1977, and became a full professor in 1990. Dr. Strand was a pioneer in applying the techniques of molecular biology to the study of infectious diseases, particularly schistosomiasis. She was actively involved in the education of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, where she directed the Pharmacology graduate program.