Gertrude B. Elion Mentored Medical Student Research Award

Amount

$10,000

Application Deadline

March 1, 2020

Administering Organization: Triangle Community Foundation

Purpose

The Gertrude B. Elion Mentored Medical Student Research Award will provide annual awards in the amount of $10,000.  These awards will support women medical students who are interested in pursuing health-related research projects.  Students must have an interest in health research, and must have the support of a faculty mentor.

Amount & Use of Funds

$10,000

The award should be spent for the academic enrichment of the student.  No indirect costs may be charged against the grant.  Budget may not include student stipend support, university tuition, or general reagents for the laboratory in which the student works. This is a one-time payment.

Criteria

  • Minimum GPA: None
  • Residency Requirements: None
  • High School Restrictions: None
  • Plan of Study Restrictions: This award is restricted to women medical students who have completed at least one year of study at Duke University Medical Center or the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine.

Application Deadline

March 1, 2020

How To Apply

Application packets must be submitted using the Foundation’s online application portalOnce students enter the portal, they should type the access code  “Elion” into the upper right hand box and hit ‘enter code’ to access the application.

Applications must be typed (single-spaced using 12-point font) on standard 8.5 by 11 inch paper with one inch or larger margins on all sides.  Pages must be numbered.  Collate all sections of the application.  Do not provide a cover letter.

Applications must be organized as follows:

1. Application Form

Candidates must complete the application form (available here or on the online system).  An official of the host institution must confirm approval of the application by signing the application form as designated.  Candidates who hold permanent residency status in the United States or Canada must provide a copy of government documentation that residency has been granted.  Include a copy of the documentation after the application form.

2. Sponsor’s statement of nomination

Present the institution’s reasons for nominating the student.  Verify that the candidate meets the award’s eligibility requirements and describe the expected impact of the award on the candidate’s research or training. Describe all program and institutional support that will be provided for the candidate, including such things as mentoring for career development.  Briefly describe the laboratory space, equipment, and other resources for research and training that will be available to the awardee.

3. Candidate’s curriculum vitae (no more than two pages)

Include name, address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, education and training, experience in research, and a list of current and pending grants and awards – if any- with any presentations or publications.

4. Mentor’s curriculum vitae (no more than two pages)  

Include name, address, telephone and fax numbers, e-mail address, significant publications and experience in research, education and training.

5. Research plan

The plan should include three components:

  1. First, the mentor should provide a one-half to one-page scientific abstract.
  2. Second, the mentor should provide a description of the proposed research that the student will be working on and describe the student’s specific role in the project (up to 5 pages).  Third, the student should provide a statement describing her career objectives and the expected impact of the award.

6. Budget

Explain in general terms how the award will be spent. The award should be spent for the academic enrichment of the student.  No indirect costs may be charged against the grant.  Budget may not include student stipend support, university tuition, or general reagents for the laboratory in which the student works.  Some examples of how the award might be spent include attending outside short courses, travel to scholarly meetings, purchase of a computer for the personal use of the student, or books for the personal use of the student.

7. Letter of recommendation

Provide a letter from someone other than the mentor, who is familiar with the student’s qualifications.  If, for reasons of confidentiality, the letter is submitted to the Foundation under separate cover, the original must be provided by the application deadline.  Please do not fax any portion of the application.

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