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Award programs for affiliated faculty and students

The Johnson Cancer Research Center is advancing cancer research at K-State and helping train the next generation of researchers. The center supports faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows through competitive award programs. All faculty scientists affiliated with the center are eligible to apply for awards and sponsor applications of their students. (One caveat is that Biology Graduate Student Travel Awards are limited to Division of Biology graduate students, per the donors' wishes.)

This is a list of our student and faculty awards. Click the appropriate link to submit your award application online. If you have questions or problems with the application, call our center, 785-532-6705.

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FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS

Cancer Research Awards

Our undergraduate Cancer Research Award program promotes undergraduate student participation in laboratory research, encouraging students to consider research as a possible career, early on when they can prepare well for advanced degrees. Such laboratory experience teaches students about the complexities of cancer and research, the scientific method, technical approaches, and the critical analysis of results.

Each fall, the center offers 50 Cancer Research Awards (funded by private donors) to support these faculty-mentored research experiences. Students and cancer research center-affiliated faculty complete the CRA application together, proposing a project that involves the student in the faculty mentor’s research and lab team. The students who are selected for the program and fulfill their research commitments receive $1,000 at an awards banquet during the spring semester. The faculty mentors also receive $1,000 per student to support research expenses. Applications are judged competitively by a committee that makes recommendations to the center. The application deadline is October 1.

CANCER RESEARCH AWARD Online Application COMING SOON

FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS & POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWS

Graduate Student Summer Stipends

The center will fund three-month summer stipends for 10 graduate students studying under the direction of cancer research center faculty. These competitive awards are given to the faculty mentors, not the students, and the application must be submitted by the faculty member. The award amounts match the rate the students’ departments pay them during the academic year (salary and fringe benefits).

The intention of these awards is to support: 1) graduate students working on cancer-relevant projects; and 2) the overall research programs of their major professors. Both graduate students with nine-month teaching assistantships and twelve-month research assistantships qualify for the program. Our intent is not to replace departmental support of graduate students, but rather to assist major professors who are covering the expense. Thus, the application directly asks if the professor would otherwise be responsible for summer support.

These awards will be made based on the merit of the student’s research, its cancer relevance, and the ability of the mentor to provide funding from other sources. The application deadline is March 1.

GRADUATE STUDENT SUMMER STIPEND Online Application
NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To re-access a saved application (survey), go to K-State Qualtrics and log in.

Graduate Student & Post-Doc Travel Awards

These competitive awards support travel to professional meetings or workshops by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows of cancer research center faculty. Applicants are expected to present a poster or short talk. Other criteria for this award include positive impact on the applicant’s training; potential impact on laboratory recognition; the possibility of establishment, or support of, collaborative efforts; evidence of frugality; and the availability of matching funds. Cancer relevance of the research and meeting will also be a factor.

This application must be submitted by the mentor — NOT the student or postdoc. Requests for multiple applicants from the same laboratory attending the same meeting should be submitted together as one application. This is a very detailed application, and it must be completed thoroughly. Please prepare it with attention to detail and in the spirit that limited funds must benefit as many people as possible. The biannual application deadlines are October 1 and March 1. Applicants should consult the university's guidelines on reimbursable travel expenses.

GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD Online Application
NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To re-access a saved application (survey), go to K-State Qualtrics and log in.

POSTDOC TRAVEL AWARD Online Application
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Biology Graduate Student Travel Awards

These competitive awards support travel of Division of Biology graduate students to professional meetings or workshops. They are funded by endowments established in memory of Barbara J. Consigli and Kenneth E. Bassett. Per the donors’ wishes, biology students are eligible without regard to research interests. Applicants are expected to present a poster or short talk. Other criteria for this award include positive impact on the applicant’s training; potential impact on laboratory recognition; the possibility of establishment, or support of, collaborative efforts; evidence of frugality; and the availability of matching funds.

This application must be submitted by the mentor — NOT the student or postdoc. And requests for multiple applicants from the same laboratory attending the same meeting should be submitted together as one application. This is a very detailed application, and we need you to complete it thoroughly. Please prepare it with attention to detail and in the spirit that limited funds must benefit as many people as possible. The biannual application deadlines are October 1 and March 1. Applicants should consult the university's guidelines on reimbursable travel expenses.

BIOLOGY GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD Online Application
NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To re-access a saved application (survey), go to K-State Qualtrics and log in.

Heart Research Awards

These awards are presented to one or more faculty members to support graduate student research on heart development, function, or disease. Both student stipends and research expenses may be covered. It is given every two years. The application deadline is October 1 of odd years.

Heart Research Award Online Application coming soon.

FOR FACULTY

Innovative Research Awards

Preliminary data can be crucial to the success of a research proposal. The center will provide “seed money” for projects intended to support future grant applications. All cancer research center faculty are eligible to apply and awards will be made on a competitive basis. The requested amount is usually much higher than available funds, constraining the size of the awards we are able to make. It is unlikely that requests for major equipment or sustained support of full-time research assistants or post-docs will be successful. Funds will not be provided for faculty summer salaries, travel, or graduate student salaries. (Graduate student/postdoctoral travel to meetings and graduate student summer stipends can be funded via other award categories.) Requests will be evaluated based on potential for future funding, and preference will be given to programs not currently enjoying extramural funding. The cancer relevance of the proposed research will be a criterion of evaluation. The biannual application deadlines are October 1 and March 1.

INNOVATIVE RESEARCH AWARD Online Application
NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To re-access a saved application (survey), go to K-State Qualtrics and log in.

Equipment Awards

New technology and the acquisition of necessary equipment can be crucial to modern research, yet funds for this purpose are often lacking. The center will provide funding for new equipment, on a competitive basis, up to a total of $15,000 for each biannual competition. Criteria include the number of affiliated laboratories that will use the equipment, the equipment’s importance to their cancer research programs, the potential of the item to allow new experimental approaches, and the availability of matching funds. The biannual application deadlines are October 1 and March 1.

EQUIPMENT AWARD Online Application
NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To re-access a saved application (survey), go to K-State Qualtrics and log in.

Travel Fellowship Program

Recognizing that scientific techniques are important drivers in the progress of life science research, the center will provide funds, totaling $2,000 for each biannual competition, to cancer research faculty and their trainees to pursue travel for the following purposes:

  1. Support visits to other institutions in order to learn new scientific techniques, subsequently applying these techniques in K-State laboratories;
  2. Support new or ongoing collaborative studies that cannot be conducted without visiting colleagues at other institutions; and
  3. Introduce newly learned techniques and/or research advances to other investigators at K-State.

The funds requested should be needed for relatively brief visits and may be used for domestic travel, lodging and meals for one person per laboratory. The criteria for this competitive award include impact of the experience on the faculty member’s research program, frugality and availability of matching funds. The cancer relevance of the proposed activity will be a criterion of evaluation.

This is a very detailed application, and we need you to complete it thoroughly. Please prepare it with attention to detail and in the spirit that limited funds must benefit as many people as possible. The biannual application deadlines are October 1 and March 1. Applicants should consult the university's guidelines on reimbursable travel expenses.

FACULTY TRAVEL AWARD Online Application
NOTE TO APPLICANTS: To re-access a saved application (survey), go to K-State Qualtrics and log in.