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Student Award Programs

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
NOTE TO APPLICANTS: You cannot save or re-enter the application, so have all your information ready before you start.

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 affiliated 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: You cannot save or re-enter the application, so have all your information ready before you start.

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: You cannot save or re-enter the application, so have all your information ready before you start.

POSTDOC TRAVEL AWARD Online Application
NOTE TO APPLICANTS: You cannot save or re-enter the application, so have all your information ready before you start.

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: You cannot save or re-enter the application, so have all your information ready before you start.

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
NOTE TO APPLICANTS: You cannot save or re-enter the application, so have all your information ready before you start.