Dean's Predoctoral Fellowship Award Program

Purpose

The University of South Alabama Frederick P. Whiddon College of Medicine awards up to three one-year fellowships to eligible students in the Basic Medical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program.  Awards include the student’s stipend, individual health insurance, and $5,000, the latter to cover travel and expenses for awardees to present their work at a national or international conference, or to attend an extramural course/workshop (e.g., a Woods Hole Advanced Research Training Courses).  Any remaining funds may be used to purchase research supplies.

Current and Past Fellowship Awardees

Rachel Rodenberg | Mentor: Rob Barrington, Ph.D. | Microbiology & Immunology

Reece Stevens | Mentor: Ji Young Lee, M.D., Ph.D. | Physiology & Cell Biology

Jenny Hewes | Mentor: Natalie Bauer, Ph.D. | Pharmacology

Lina Abou Salah | Mentor: Wito Richter, Ph.D. | Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Jenny Hewes | Mentor: Natalie Bauer, Ph.D. | Pharmacology

Yelitza Rodriguez | Mentor: Steve Lim, Ph.D. | Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Abigail Boyd | Mentor: Wito Richter, Ph.D. | Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Kierra Hardy | Mentor: Jon Audia, Ph.D. | Microbiology & Immunology

Griffin Wright | Mentor: Natalie Gassmann, Ph.D. | Physiology & Cell Biology

Cinta Paptke | Mentor: Rich Honkanen, Ph.D. | Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Lina Abou Saleh | Mentor: Wito Richter, Ph.D. | Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Abigail Boyd | Mentor: Wito Richter, Ph.D. | Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Meredith Gwin | Mentor: Troy Stevens, Ph.D. and Ron Balczon, Ph.D. | Physiology & Cell Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Barnita Haldar | Mentor: Donna Cioffi, Ph.D. | Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

 

 

Fellowship Award Application Details

Eligible Applicants

Eligibility is limited to students in good academic standing who have completed the program core curriculum. Current awardees may apply for a 2nd year of funding.

Key Dates

  • Submission: November 15 (or on the following Monday if the 15th is a weekend day)
  • Award: January 1

Application Materials

The submission packet must include:
• A completed intramural Transmittal Form signed by the applicant, the sponsor and the relevant chair
• Applicant’s biosketch and grades (see available template)
• Sponsor’s training plan and biosketch (if more than one sponsor, include biosketch for each)
• Progress report (if applying for 2nd year of funding), addressing how the work plan and outcomes were met and including list of publications (1 page limit)
• Applicant’s research plan, to contain:
Research Plan Section, Page limit
A. Specific Aims, 1
B. Background and Significance, 1/2
C. Strategy, 3
D. One-year work plan and timeline for completion of doctoral training, 1/2
E. References cited, No page limit

Application Submission Requirements

All application materials must be submitted as one collated PDF file via the University InfoReady review portal by 5 PM on November 15 (or on the following Monday if the 15th is a weekend day).

Review Criteria

Review is based on assessment of application materials, with each element weighted equally.

Outcomes

Awardees must fulfill the following requirements:
• Participate in the COM grant writing course (IDL 641) during the award period
• Present work at a national or international conference, or attend a training/skills workshop or course during the award period
• Submit an individual extramural fellowship application (e.g., NIH F31, AHA predoctoral fellowship, other) within 4 semesters of award start date - a draft of the extramural fellowship application must be submitted for pre-review one month before the application deadline (feedback will be provided with the goal of improving the likelihood for success)