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Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

GSBS students may apply for most awards through one of two common application cycles in the Fall and Spring. Winners are selected based on the recommendations of the GSBS Student Scholarship Committee. A few awards are reviewed through individual mechanisms.


Fall Common Application Cycles

Call for Applications:  October 5, 2018

Application Deadline:  October 31, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Notification of Winners: Early December

Click here for Powerpoint Presentation on Fall Awards 

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Click here for the Submission Form

Charlene Kopchick Fellowships

2019 Award Amount: $8,250 in funds to student and an additional $8,250 in support of the student's research and training. 

Purpose:  These fellowships are to be awarded to GSBS students who demonstrate unique characteristics beyond merit and financial need. Such characteristics may include but not be limited to: first generation college graduates entering graduate research, exemplary personal character, uniqueness of background and culture, strong work ethic, perceived leadership qualities and an enthusiastic scientific curiosity.  These will be one-time awards for the fellow and are not renewable.

Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing, have petitioned for PhD candidacy and who have not yet completed their fourth year of doctoral studies at GSBS are eligible to apply.  As the goal of these awards is to recognize our most outstanding students, the receipt of previous GSBS awards will not preclude any student from receiving this fellowship.  Fellows will be selected by the GSBS Deans.

Budgetary Considerations:  Funds cannot be used for capital expenses, administrative salaries or overhead, support staff, equipment, faculty salaries, student stipends or grant writers.  Funds must be expensed within 1 year from the time the funds are made available.  All expenditures must be made in compliance with institutional policies and procedures (MD Anderson or UTHealth).

Current Winner:

  • Marimar de la Cruz Bonilla - (Advisor: Helen Piwnica-Worms, MD, PhD) - Cancer Biology Program

Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowships

2019 Award Amount: $7,500 in funds to student and an additional $7,500 in support of the student's research and training. 

Purpose:  These fellowships are intended for students who demonstrate exceptional character, extracurricular leadership, research excellence and scholarly merit.   The fellowships may be renewed for a total award period of up to two years.

Eligibility:  Students who are in good academic standing, have petitioned for PhD candidacy and who have not yet completed their fourth year of doctoral studies at GSBS are eligible to apply.  As the goal of these awards is to recognize our most outstanding students, the receipt of previous GSBS awards will not preclude any student from receiving this fellowship.  Applications will be reviewed by the GSBS Student Scholarship Committee who will also interview finalists and make recommendations of winners to be selected by the GSBS Deans.

Budgetary Considerations:  Funds cannot be used for capital expenses, administrative salaries or overhead, support staff, equipment, faculty salaries, student stipends or grant writers.  Funds must be expensed within 1 year from the time the funds are made available.  All expenditures must be made in compliance with institutional policies and procedures (MD Anderson or UTHealth).

Current Winners:

  • Blanca Diaz-Rohrer - (Advisor: Ilya Levental, PhD) - Cell and Regulatory Biology Program
  • Rachel Dittmar - (Advisor: Subrata Sen, PhD) - Human and Molecular Genetics Program
  • Marisa Hornbaker - (Advisor: Sean Post, PhD) - Immunology Program
  • Lalit Patel - (Advisor: Shelley Barton, PhD) - Genes and Development Program
  • Sara Siegel - (Advisor: Hung Ton-That, PhD) - Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Program
  • Elisa Vesely- (Advisor: Mike Lorez, PhD) - Microbiology and Molecular Genetics Program

Harry S. & Isabel C. Cameron Foundation Fellowship

Due to unforeseen circumstances this fellowship will not be offered in the Fall 2018

Purpose: This Fellowship, created in 2001, honors and supports outstanding students whose research will impact either Alzheimer’s or Cardiovascular Disease.

Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will do so by the end of the current fall semester.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winner:

2017-2018 John O'Malley (Advisor: Michael  Beierlein, PhD- NS Program

Previous Winners:

2016-2017 – Jamie Wright (Advisor: Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD) - NS Program

2015-2016 Hong Liu (Advisor: Yang Xia, MD, PhD) - BMB Program

2014-2015 – Kaiqi Sun (Advisor: Yang Xia, MD, PhD) - BMB Program

2013-2014 – Cameron Brand (Advisor: Carmen Dessauer, PhD) - CRB Program

2012-2013 – Swarna Ramaswamy (Advisor: Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD) - BMB Program

Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarships in Cancer Research

Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

Purpose: This Scholarship is provided by the Cancer Answers Foundation and the Sowell and Huggins families to recognize GSBS doctoral students who are conducting cancer-related research and show promise as biomedical researchers.

Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will do so by the end of the current fall semester.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winners:

2017-2018

  • Lisa Becker (Advisor: Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD ) - CB Program
  • Carlos Cardenas (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) - MP Program
  • Ashvin Jaiswal (Advisor: Michael Curran, PhD) - IMM Program
  • Alexander Perakis (Advisor: Gheath Al-Atrash, PhD) - IMM Program

Previous Winners:

2016-2017

  • Jaeil Han (Advisor: Ambro van Hoof, PhD) - MMG Program
  • Nicolas Veland (Advisor: Taiping Chen, PhD) - EMC Program
  • Smruthi Vijayaraghavan (Advisor: Khandan Keyomarsi, PhD) - CB Program
  • Sarah Wu (Advisor: Min Gyu Lee, PhD) - G&D Program

2015-2016

  • Ngoc Bui (Advisor: Ambo van Hoof, PhD) - G&D Program
  • Xenia Fave (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) MP Program
  • Kshipra Gharpure (Advisor: Anil Sood, MD) - ET Program
  • Archana Sidalaghatta Nagaraja (Advisor: Anil Sood, MD) - ET Program

2014-2015

  • Monica Gireud (Advisor: Andrew Bean, PhD) - NS Program
  • Rongqin Pan (Advisor: Michael Andreeff, MD/PhD) - CB Program
  • Deng Pan (Advisor: Xin Lin, PhD) - CB Program
  • Atanu Paul (Advisor: Bin Wang, PhD) - G&D Program

2013-2014

  • Vida Chitsazzadeh (Advisor: Kenneth Tsai, MD/PhD) - G&D Program
  • Richard Huang (Advisor: Jessica Tyler, PhD) - G&D Program
  • Avinash Venkatanarayan (Advisor: Elsa Flores, PhD) - G&D Program
  • Joshua Niedzielski (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) - MP Program

2012-2013

  • Drew Deniger (Advisor: Laurence Cooper, MD/PhD) -IMM Program
  • Brian Pickering (Advisor: Dihua Yu, MD/PhD) - CB Program
  • Daniel Robertson (Advisor: Sam Beddar, PhD) - MP Program
  • Andria Schibler (Advisor: Sharon Dent, PhD) - G&D Program

Cancer Answers Endowment

The Fadine Jackson Roquemore Scholarship in Cancer Research

Award Amount: $2,500 in funds to student

Purpose: Created in 2011, this award recognizes outstanding basic, translational or clinical research contributions with the potential to positively impact cancer patients.  The award is named for Ms. Fadine Jackson Roquemore who has long participated in providing scholarship support to GSBS students.

Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will do so by the end of the current fall semester.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winner:

2017-2018

  • Casey Ager (Advisor: Michael Curran, PhD) - IMM Program

Previous Winners:

2016-2017

  • Kyle Jackson (Advisor: Greg Lizee, PhD) - IMM Program
  • Norah Owiti (Advisor: Nayun Kim, PhD) - MMG Program

2015-2016 – Kelsey Maxwell (Advisor: John Hancock, PhD) - CRB Program 

2014-2015 – Paloma DC Monroig (Advisor: George Calin, MD, PhD) - ET Program 

2013-2014 – Jihyun Shin (Advisor: Mong-Hong Lee, PhD) - CB Program

2012-2013 – Jessica Chacon (Advisor: Laszlo Radvanyi,PhD) - IMM Program

               

Cancer Answers/Sylvan Rodriguez Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

Purpose: One recipient of Andrew Sowell - Wade Huggins Scholarship is designated the Sylvan Rodriguez/Cancer Answers Award Scholar. This honor is bestowed upon the student who, besides scientifically qualifying for the Scholarship, also best exemplifies the qualities of the late Sylvan Rodriguez, a beloved Houston journalist, well known for his community spirit and the promotion of science and science education in the community. 

Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will do so by the end of the current fall semester.  

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winner:

2017-2018 – Marimar de la Cruz Bonilla (Advisor: Helen Piwnica-Worms, PhD) - CB Program    

Previous Winners:

2016-2017 – Jolie Schafer (Advisor: Shulin Li, PhD) - IMM Program    

2015-2016 – Michelle Martinez-Rivera (Advisor: Zahid Siddik, PhD) -   Experimental Therapeutics Program  

2014-2015 – John Morrow (Advisor: Shuxing Zhang, PhD) -   ET Program                  

2013-2014 – Lindsey Minter (Advisor: Michelle Barton, PhD) - G&D Program

2012-2013 – Qingshan (Carly) Yang (Advisor: Varsha Gandhi, PhD) - ET Program                  

Cancer Answers Endowment

Floyd Haar, M.D., Endowed Memorial Research Award in Memory of Freda Haar

Award Amount: $1,500 in funds to student

Purpose: This scholarship was established to recognize exceptional GSBS students who are carrying out research that will advance the treatment of Leukemia or other cancers. 

Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will do so by the end of the current fall semester.    

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winners:

2017-2018

  • Estefania Labanca (Advisor: Nora Navone, MD, PhD) - CB Program
  • Cayla Wood (Advisor: Richard Bouchard, PhD) - MP Program  

Previous Winners:

2016-2017

  • Alexander Perakis (Advisor: Gheath Al-Atrash, PhD) - IMM Program
  • Marisa Hornbaker (Advisor: Sean Post, PhD) - IMM Program  

Previous Winners:

2015-2016 – Hima Vangapandu (Advisor: Varsha Gandhi, PhD) - ET Program  

2014-2015 – Maitri Shah (Advisor: George Calin, MD, PhD) - ET Program                  

2013-2014 – David Rushworth (Advisor: Laurence Cooper, MD/PhD) - IMM Program

2012-2013 – Blake Johnson (Advisor: Joya Chandra, PhD) - Biomedical Sciences

Steve Lasher and Janiece Longoria Graduate Student Research Award in Cancer Biology

Award Amount: $3,500 in funds to student

Purpose: This scholarship supports exceptional students who are working in a critical area of cancer research, with preference for studies impacting leukemia. 

Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will do so by the end of the current fall semester.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winner:

2017-2018 -  Marisa Hornbaker (Advisor: Sean Post, PhD) - IMM Program 

Previous Winner:

2016-2017 -  Ashvin Jaiswal (Advisor: Michael Curran, PhD) - IMM Program 

2015-2016 - Rongqing Pan (Advisor: Michael Andreeff, MD, PhD)- ET Program 

Sam Taub and Beatrice Burton Endowed Fellowships in Vision Disease

2018 Award Amount: $3,000 in funds to student

Purpose: Established in 2004, this Scholarship is provided to recognize excellent doctoral students in the area of neuroscience.  Special consideration is given to students who are making research contributions on vision and vision disease. 

Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will do so by the end of the current fall semester.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winners:

2017-2018

  • Seula Shin (Advisor: Jian Hu, PhD) - CB Program
  • Rajan Dasgupta (Advisor: Michael Beierlein, PhD) - NS Program

Previous Winners:

2016-2017 – Morayo Adebiyi (Advisor: Yang Xia, MD, PhD- BMB Program

2015-2016Tara Fischer (Advisor: Pramod Dash, PhD) - Neuroscience Program

2014-2015 – Ariana Andrei (Advisor: Roger Janz, PhD) - Neuroscience Program

2013-2014 – M. Cihan Kadipasaoglu (Advisor: Tandon Nitin, MD/PhD) - Neuroscience Program

2012-2013 – Jennifer Churchill (Advisor: Stephen Daiger, PhD) - HMG Program

Roberta M. and Jean M. Worsham Endowed Fellowship

Award Amount: $3,000 in funds to student

Purpose: This Fellowship is provided to foster the training of exceptional GSBS students who are carrying out research in neuroscience or behavioral science.  Special consideration will be given to students whose research is in the area of addiction or obsessive/compulsive behavior.

Eligibility: All GSBS doctoral students who are in good academic standing are eligible.  

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winner:

2017-2018

  • Kiefer Forseth (Advisor: Nitin Tandon, MBBS) - NS Program

Previous Winners:

2016-2017

  • Ariana Andrei (Advisor: Roger Janz, PhD) - NS Program
  • George Edwards III (Advisor: Claudio Soto, PhD) - NS Program
  • Seula Shin (Advisor: Jian Hu, PhD) - CB Program

2015-2016 – Kimiya Memarzadeh (Advisor: Andrew Bean, PhD) - NS Program

2014-2015

  • Leandra Mangieri (Advisor: Qingshun Tong, PhD) - NS Program
  • Albert Hunt (Advisor: Nicholas Justice, PhD) - NS Program

2013-2014 – Brittany Coughlin (Advisor: John Byrne, PhD) - NS Program

2012-2013 – Sarah Eagleman (Advisor: Valentine Dragoi, PhD) - NS Program

Ellen Taylor Goldin Legacy Award

Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

Purpose: This award is intended to recognize exceptional graduate students with a preference for those who are interested in radiation sciences.

Eligibility: All GSBS students who are in good academic standing and have interests consistent with the purpose of the award.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winner:

2017-2018 - Sara Loupot Thrower (Advisor: John Hazle, PhD) - MP Program

Previous Winner:

2016-2017 - Kelly Kisling (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) - MP Program

The George M. Stancel, Ph.D. Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences

Award Amount: $4,000 in funds to student

Purpose: Established in 2011 to honor long time GSBS Dean and Faculty Member Dr. George M. Stancel, this award recognizes students who demonstrate potential, creativity and independence in research on an important area of biomedical science specified by the GSBS Deans.

For 2018 the designated research area will be "Studies using Model Organism."

Eligibility:  Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will do so by the end of the current fall semester.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winners:

2017-2018

  • Charissa Kim (Advisor: Nicholas Navin, PhD- G&E Program
  • Meaghan Roy-O'Reilly (Advisor: Louise McCullough, MD,PhD ) - IMM Program                  

Previous Winners:

2016-2017

  • Sara Loupot (Advisor: John Hazle, PhD- MP Program
  • Carlos Cardenas (Advisor: Michalis Aristophanous, PhD- MP Program

2015-2016

  • Arianexys Aquino-Lopez (Advisor: Dean Lee, MD, PhD) - CTS Program
  • Todd Bartkowiak (Advisor: Michael Curran, PhD) - IMM Program   

2014-2015 – Camila Montealegre-Ortiz (Advisor: Barbara Murray, MD) - MMG Program                  

2013-2014 – Nick Parchim (Advisor: Yang Xia, MD, PhD) BMB Program

Jesse B. Heath, Jr. Family Legacy Award

2019 Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to students

Purpose: This award recognizes exceptional GSBS student(s) whose research projects focus on a critical and innovative area of the biomedical sciences that is designated each year.  For 2018, the designated area os Cell Signaling.   

Eligibility: All GSBS students who are in good academic standing and who are working in the identified scientific area are eligible.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winner: 

2017-2018 - Fang Xia (Advisor: Xuelin Huang) - QS Program

Previous Winner: 

2016-2017 - Aarthi Goverdhan (Advisor: Mien-Chie Hung, PhD) - CB Program

City Federation of Women's Club Endowed Scholarship in the Biomedical Sciences

Award Amount: $2,500 in funds to student

Purpose: This Fellowship, created in 2004, is aimed at recognizing excellent GSBS students whose research is at the forefront of a timely area in the biomedical sciences as specified each year by the GSBS Deans. 

For 2018 the specified research area is “Microbiology and  Infectious Disease."

Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will do so by the end of the current fall semester.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winner:

2017-2018

  • Elisa Vesely (Advisor: Michael Lorenz, PhD) -  MID Program

Current Winners:

2016-2017

  • Rhea Kang (Advisor: Francesca Cole, PhD) - EMC Program
  • Danielle Little (Advisor: Jichao Chen, PhD) - CB Program

2015-2016John Morrow (Advisor: Shuxing Zhang, PhD) - ET Program

2014-2015 – Michelle Martinez-Rivera (Advisor: Zahid Siddik, PhD) - ET Program

2013-2014 – Vidyasiri Vemupalli (Advisor: Mark Bedford, PhD) - EMC Program

2012-2013 – Feifei Xiao (Advisor: Ralf Krahe,PhD) - BBSB Program

T.C. Hsu Memorial Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student  

Purpose: This Scholarship was established in memory of Dr. T.C. Hsu by his family.  Dr. Hsu was a renowned scientist, a leader in the field of cytogenetics, and a longtime member of the GSBS faculty.  The Scholarship was established to support GSBS students conducting research in the areas of genetics or cell biology.

Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will do so by the end of the current fall semester.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winners:

2017-2018 

  • Naveen Ramesh (Advisor: Nicholas Navin, PhD) - QS Program 
  • Yifan Wang (Advisor: Steven Lin, MD, PhD ) - CB Program

Previous Winners:

2016-2017 

  • Meaghan Roy-O'Reilly (Advisor: Louise McCullough, MD, PhD) - IMM Program 
  • Angie Torres-Adorno (Advisor: Naoto Ueno, MD, PhD) - CB Program

2015-2016Kaushik Thakkar (Advisor: Shelley Barton, PhD) - G&D Program

2014-2015 – Avanish Venkatanarayan (Advisor: Elsa Flores, PhD) - G&D Program & Felix Nwajei (Advisor: Tomasz Zal, PhD) - IMM Program

2013-2014 – Sangita Pal (Advisor: Jessica Tyler, PhD) - G&D Program

2012-2013 – Xian Zhang (Advisor: Hui-Kuan Lin, PhD) - Biomedical Sciences

Investing in Student Futures Scholarship

2018 Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

Purpose: This endowment was established by Dr. Priscilla Saunders, in memory of her husband and GSBS faculty member Dr. Grady Saunders.  The endowment has been enhanced by gifts of many other contributors.  It is intended to support exceptional GSBS students who are making excellent progress and who are carrying out research in areas designated by the GSBS Deans. 

For 2018 the specified research area is “Computational and Quantitative Biomedical Research."

Eligibility: GSBS Doctoral students (pre- or post-candidacy) in good academic standing are eligible. 

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winner:

2017-2018

  • Belkys Sanchez Martinez (Advisor:  Hung Ton-That, PhD) - MID Program    

Previous Winners:

2016-2017

  • Neima Briggs (Advisor: Jagannadha Sastry, PhD) - IMM Program    
  • David Peng (Advisor: Don Gibbons, MD, PhD) - CB Program
  • Travis Salzillo (Advisor: Pratip Bhattacharya, PhD) - MP Program

2015-2016

  • Mimi Uyen Le (Advisor: Ann Killary, PhD) - HMG Program    
  • Carrie Graham (Advisor: Danielle Garsin, PhD) - MMG Program

2014-2015 – Veronica Rowlett (Advisor: William Margolin, PhD) - MMG Program  

2013-2014 – Juliana Bronk (Advisor: George Calin, MD/PhD) -  Biomedical Sciences

           

Wei Yu Family Endowed Scholarship

Award Amount: $3,000 in funds to student

Purpose: This Scholarship was established in 2011 by the family of former GSBS student Dr. Wei Yu to thank the school for providing his doctoral training.  The award is aimed at providing support to students who are working in the broad area of virology including the use of viruses as tools to advance biomedical research.

Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will do so by the end of the current fall semester.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winner:

2017-2018 – Ruoji Zhou (Advisor: Dung-Fang Lee, PhD) - G&E Program   

Previous Winners:

2016-2017 – Sitaram Gayatri (Advisor: Mark Bedford, PhD- EMC Program   

2015-2016 – Leandra Mangieri (Advisor: Qingchun Tong, PhD) - NS Program  

2014-2015 – Lin Zhang (Advisor: Dihua Yu, MD, PhD) - CB Program   

2013-2014 – Donghyun Joo (Advisor: Xin Lin, PhD) - CB Program

2012-2013 – Janani Krishnamurthy (Advisor: Laurence Cooper, MD/PhD) - IMM Program

Tzu Chi Scholarship Award for Excellence

Award Amount: $1,000 in funds to student

Purpose: Tzu Chi Scholarship Award for Excellence, established at GSBS in 2008, is funded by Tzu Chi Foundation to recognize and assist outstanding PhD students. Tzu Chi Scholars will be selected on the basis of both academic achievement and community involvement.

Eligibility: All GSBS doctoral students who are in good academic standing are eligible for nomination by the GSBS Student Scholarship Committee.  The final selection of winners will be made by the Tzu Chi Foundation.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winners:

2017-2018 – Junsuk (Josh) Ko (Advisor: Michael Blackburn, PhD) - BCB Program & Jena Tavormina (Advisor: Raghu Kalluri, MD/PhD) - CB Program

Previous Winners:

2016-2017 – Brittany Jewell (Advisor: Dung-Fang Lee, PhD) - CRB Program & Uyen (Mimi) Le (Advisor: Ann Killary, PhD- HMG Program

2015-2016 – Heather Turner (Advisor: Michael Galko, PhD) - Neuroscience Program & Connie Larsson (Advisor: Gigi Lozano, PhD) - G&D Program

2014-2015 – Dennis Ruder (Advisor: Ignacio Wistuba, MD) - HMG Program & Aundrietta Duncan (Advisor: Michelle Barton, PhD) - G&D Program

2013-2014 – Germaine Agollah (Advisor: Eva Sevick, PhD) - Immunology & John Morrow (Advisor: Shuxing Zhang, PhD) - Experimental Therapeutics Program

2012-2013 – Tamara Laskowski (Advisor: Brian Davis, PhD) - HMG Program & Brittany Parker (Advisor: Wei Zhang, PhD) - Neuroscience Program

The Antje Wuelfrath Gee and Harry Gee, Jr. Family Legacy Award

Award Amount: $4,000 in funds to student

Purpose: This award recognizes students who have demonstrated academic excellence and overcome hardships in pursuing career goals. It is targeted particularly at those who previously trained in China, Germany, Mexico or the Philippines.

Eligibility: Students who previously completed at least one year of primary, secondary or college education in China, Mexico Germany or the Philippines are eligible.  Priority will be given to students who have overcome hardships in pursuing career goals and who have yet to complete their third year at GSBS. 

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winners:

2017-2018 

  • Jeanne Manalo (Advisor: Yang Xia, MD, PhD) - NS Program 
  • Yongming Xue (Advisor: Xiaobing Shi, PhD) - G&E Program

Previous Winners:

2016-2017 

  • Blanca Diaz-Rohrer (Advisor: Ilya Levental, PhD) - CRB Program 
  • Vanja Stankic (Advisor: Rachelle Miller, PhD) - G&D Program

2015-2016

  • Tenghui Chen (Advisor: Ken Chen PhD) - BBSB Program
  • Lisa Becker (Advisor: Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD) - CB Program

2014-2015 – Hong Liu (Advisor: Yang Xia, MD) - BMB Program

2013-2014 – Christin Ungewiss (Advisor: Don Gibbons, MD/) - CB Program

R.W. Butcher Achievement Award

Award Amount: $3,500 in funds to student

Purpose: Established by faculty, students, alumni, staff, and friends of GSBS to honor of Dr. R.W. “Bill” Butcher, Dean Emeritus of GSBS.  While Dean, Dr. Butcher encouraged students to develop as citizens as well as scientists.  The Award recognizes GSBS students who have achieved excellence in research and have made contributions to society as a whole, with the highest ethical standards.

Eligibility: Any student in a GSBS degree program who is in good academic standing is eligible to apply.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winners:

2017-2018

  • Cavan Bailey (Advisor: Joya Chandra, PhD) - TAP Program
  • Alexandria Cogdill (Advisor: Jennifer Wargo, MD) - IMM Program

Previous Winners:

2016-2017

  • Aundrietta Duncan (Advisor: Michelle Barton, PhD) - G&D Program
  • Jillian Losh (Advisor: Ambro van Hoof, PhD) - MMG Program

2015-2016

  • Angie Torres-Adorno (Advisor: Naoto Ueno, MD, PhD)CB Program

2014-2015

  • Nick Parchim (Advisor: Yang Xia, MD, PhD) - BMB Program
  • Kemly Philip (Advisor: Michael Blackburn, PhD) - BMB Program

2013-2014

  • Sarah Baum (Advisor: Michael Beauchamp, PhD) - NS Program

2012-2013

  • Hillary Caruso (Advisor: Laurence Cooper, MD/PhD) - IMM Program

Gigli Family Endowed Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

Purpose: This scholarship was established by a GSBS faculty member to honor her parents and to recognize an exceptional GSBS student who has financial need or has overcome hardships.  Priority will be placed on applicants who are in the first generation of their family to attend graduate school.

Eligibility: All degree-seeking GSBS students in good academic standing are eligible. 

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winners:

2017-2018

  • Laurel Thompson (Advisor: Anne-Marie Krachler, PhD) -  MID Program 
  • Vanja Stankic (Advisor: Rachelle Miller, PhD) - G&E Program 

Previous Winners:

2016-2017

  • Cavan Bailey (Advisor: Joya Chandra, PhD) - ET Program 
  • Li-Chuan Chan (Advisor: Mien-Chie Hung, PhD) - CB Program 
  • Hong Liu (Advisor: Yang Xia, MD, PhD) - BMB Program 

2015-2016

  • Veronica Rowlett (Advisor: William Margolin, PhD) - MMG Program
  • Neeraj Aryal (Advisor: Gigi Lozano, PhD) - G&D Program

2014-2015 – Veronica Garcia (Advisor: Kevin Morano, PhD) - BMB Program

2013-2014 – Emily Dominguez (Advisor: David Johnson, PhD) - EMC Program

2012-2013 – Thuy T. Le (Advisor: Michael Beauchamp, PhD) - BMB Program

Ralph B. Arlinghaus, Ph.D. Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000 in funds to student

Purpose: This award recognizes exceptional GSBS student who has financial need or has overcome hardships and who demonstrate potential, creativity and independence in research on an important area of biomedical sciences.

Eligibility: Any student in a GSBS degree program who is in good academic standing is eligible to apply.

Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

Current Winner:

2017-2018 - Matthew Howe (Advisor: Louise McCullough, MD, PhD) - NS Program

Previous Winners:

2016-2017 - Jamie Wright (Advisor: Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD) - NS Program

2015-2016 - Sahily Reyes (Advisor: Andy Bean, PhD) - NS Program

Mercedes-Benz of the Woodlands Scholarship

2018 Award Amount: $5000 in funds to student

Purpose: To support GSBS students during the early stages of their graduate training. Selection of winners will be based on academic excellence.

Eligibility:  Applicants must be GSBS students who are in good academic standing. 

Two awards will be given:

One scholarship will be awarded to a PhD student who has not completed the second year of doctoral studies and has not yet achieved PhD candidacy by the application deadline.

One scholarship will be awarded to an MS or SMS degree student who has not completed the third year of studies by the application deadline. 

Spring Common Application Cycle

Call for Applications: March 28, 2019  

Application Deadline:  April 30, 2019

Notification of Winners: Late May

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American Legion Auxiliary Fellowships in Cancer Research

Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

Purpose: This award, established in 1971, supports students early in their graduate training whose research is related to the understanding and treatment of cancer.

Eligibility: GSBS students in good academic standing who are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America. Students may be either pre-candidacy, or may have achieved PhD candidacy no more than as one year before the application deadline. The award may be renewed for a total of up to three years on a competitive basis.

Review Cycle: Spring Common Application

Current Fellows:

  • Fahed Alsanea (Advisor: Sam Beddar, PhD) - MP Program
  • Dominik Awad (Advisor: Daniel Frigo, PhD) - BCB Program
  • Alexandria Cogdill (Advisors: Jennifer Wargo, MD and James Allison, PhD) - IMM Program
  • Mallory Glen (Advisor: Stephen Kry, PhD) - MP Program
  • Sydney Moyer (Advisor: Gigi Lozano, PhD) - G&E Program
  • Teresa Nguyen (Advisor: Juan Fueyo, MD) - ET Program 
  • Deborah Silverman (Advisor: Patrick Hwu, MD) - IMM Program 
  • Aislyn Schalck (Advisor: Nicolas Navin, PhD) - QS  

The Pauline Altman-Goldstein Foundation Discovery Fellowships

Award Amount:  Full support of stipend, tuition and fees for one year. 

Purpose:  Discovery fellowships provide opportunities for graduate students to develop innovative lines of research in emerging fields of biomedicine under the guidance of outstanding GSBS faculty experts.  The awards are directed at identifying particularly promising students and supporting their training to become leaders in a selected high-impact area of science. The Pauline Altman-Goldstein Discovery Fellowships support students who are carrying out groundbreaking studies at the MD Anderson Cancer Center on the prevention, causes, and treatments of cancer.

Eligibility: PhD or MD/PhD students who have completed their first year of studies at GSBS and have affiliated with a primary research advisor at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Students who are at an early stage in their graduate careers are encouraged to apply.

Current Fellows:

  • Jeremiah Sanders (Advisor: Jingfei Ma, PhD) - MP Program
  • Smruthy Sivakumar (Advisor: Paul Scheet, PhD - BBSB Program

Scholarship for Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at MD Anderson

Award Amount: $3,000 in funds to student

Purpose: This award recognizes a GSBS student who is conducting outstanding research in the area of biochemistry and molecular biology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Eligibility: All GSBS students in good academic standing whose primary research advisor is at MD Anderson are eligible. PhD students may be either pre-candidacy or post-candidacy

Current Winners:

2018-2019

  • Cavan Bailey (Advisor: Joya Chandra, PhD) - ET Program
  • Ryan Nini (Advisor: Peter Friedl, MD, PhD) - CB Program
  • Tolkappiyan Premkumar (Advisor: Francesca Cole, PhD) - EMC Program

Previous Winners:

2017-2018

  • Chang Sun (Advisor: Gigi Lozano, PhD) - G&E Program
  • Yifan Wang (Advisor: Steven Lin, MD, PhD) - CB Program
  • Zhenna Xiao (Advisor: Li Ma, PhD) - G&E Program

2016-2017

  • Sunil Acharya (Advisor: Dihua Yu, MD, PhD) - CB Program
  • Mei-Kuang Chen (Advisor: Mien-Chie Hung, PhD) - CB Program
  • Michael McGuire (Advisor: Anil Sood, MD) - CB Program

Rosalie B. Hite Graduate Fellowships in Cancer Research

Award Amount:  Full support of stipend, tuition and fees for one year. The Fellowship may be renewed for up to two additional years.  Renewal depends on satisfactory progress during the current award year and must be approved by the selection committee. A travel allowance of $850 is available to the student once during the three-year fellowship period to attend and present the results of their original research at a national meeting.

Purpose: Rosalie B. Hite Fellowships are open to promising graduate students in the area of cancer research including translational and basic science. Selection of Fellows by the Hite Fellowship Committee is on the basis of academic excellence of the candidate and the relevance of their research to cancer.

Eligibility: All degree-seeking GSBS students who have identified a primary research advisor and who are in good academic standing are eligible.

Current Fellows:

  • Lisa Becker (Advisor: Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD) - CB Program 
  • Rachel Ger (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) - MP Program 
  • Mallory Glenn (Advisor: Stephen Kry, PhD) - MP Program
  • Zhenna Xiao (Advisor: Li Ma, PhD) - G&D Program

Marilyn and Frederick R. Lummis, Jr., M.D., Fellowship in the Biomedical Sciences

Award Amount:  Full support of stipend, tuition, and fees for one year.

Purpose:  This award is explicitly intended to encourage novel research with a high potential to impact the student's field of study and ultimately human health. The primary selection criterion will be scientific excellence and innovation in any area of biomedical research.  Secondary criteria include overall academic excellence, contributions of the advisor to fostering graduate training at GSBS, and the potential for the award to allow the applicant to undertake new research directions that would not be possible otherwise.

Eligibility: PhD or MD/PhD Students who are in good academic standing.

Current Winner:

2018 - Kimiya Memarzadeh (Advisor: Andrew Bean, PhD) - NS Program

Previous Winners:

2017 - Rachel Dittmar (Advisor: Subrata SenPhD) - G&E Program

2016 - Jaeil Han (Advisor: Ambro van Hoof, PhD) - MMG Program

2015 - Heather Turner (Advisor: Michael Galko, PhD) - NS Program

2014 - Sangita Pal (Advisor: Jessica Tyler, PhD) - G&D Program

2013 - Kaitlin Reeh (Advisor: Ellen Richie, PhD) - EMC Program

The Schissler Foundation Fellowship

Award Amount:  Full support of stipend, tuition and fees for one year.

Purpose: The Schissler Foundation, established in 1993, sponsors these fellowships to improve human health and graduate education.  These one year fellowships are awarded to exceptional GSBS students who are carrying out research on the genetics of common human diseases including (but not limited to) cancer, with a preference for research projects that have translational application to human health. Criteria for the award include the quality of proposed research, impact, the students potential to develop as an independent scientist and ability to effectively communicate with both scientific and lay audiences.

Eligibility: PhD or MD/PhD Students who are in good academic standing and have completed their first year of studies at GSBS are eligible.  As a condition of the award a Translational Science Advisor from the GSBS Faculty must be identified and serve on the student’s advisory committee.

Current Winner:

2018 - Shelley Herbrich (Advisor: Marina Konopleva, PhD), CB Program

            - Grant Fishe(Advisor: Michael Davis, MD), CB Program

Previous Winners:

2017 - Alexandria Cogdill (Advisors: Jennifer Wargo, MD; James Allison, PhD), Immunology Program

2016 - Sarah Wu (Advisors: Elsa Flores, PhD; Min Gyu Lee, PhD), G&D Program

2015 - Drew Dolino (Advisor: Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD), BMB Program

2014 - Juyeon Jo (Advisor: Michael Galko, PhD), G&D Program   

            - Felix Njawei (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD), MP Program

            - Kemly Philip (Advisor: Michael Blackburn), BMB Program   

2013 - Germaine Agollah (Advisor: Eva Sevick, PhD), Immunology Program   

            - Lindsey Ann Minter (Advisor: Michelle Barton, PhD), G&D Program   

            - Atanu Paul (Advisor: Bin Wang, PhD), G&D Program   

            - Natoya Peart (Advisor: Eric Wagner, PhD), BMB Program   

The Russell and Diana Hawkins Family Foundation Discovery Fellowships

Award Amount:  Full support of stipend, tuition and fees for one year. The award may be renewed for up to two additional years.

Purpose: Discovery fellowships provide opportunities for graduate students to develop innovative lines of research in emerging fields of biomedicine under the guidance of outstanding GSBS faculty experts.  The awards are directed at identifying particularly promising students and supporting their training to become leaders in a selected high-impact area of science. Applications are currently sought from students who are carrying out groundbreaking studies aimed at enhancing the understanding and/or treatment of neurodegenerative disease.

Eligibility: PhD or MD/PhD students who have completed their first year of studies at GSBS. Students who are early in their graduate careers are encouraged to apply.

Current Fellows:

  • Ryan Durham (Advisor: Vasanthi Jayaraman, MBBS) - BCB Program
  • Natasha Kharas  (Advisor: Valentin Dragoi, PhD) - NS Program
  • Seula Shin  (Advisor: Jian Hu, PhD) - CB Program

Previous Fellows:

2017-2018

  • Kiefer Forseth (Advisor: Nitin Tandon, MBBS) - NS Program
  • Ndidi Uzor  (Advisor: Andrey Tsvetkov, PhD) - NS Program

2016-2017

  • Sahily Reyes (Advisor: Andrew Bean, PhD) - NS Program
  • Meaghan Roy-O'Reilly  (Advisor: Louise McCullough, MD, PhD) - IMM Program

Linda M. Wells GSBS Outreach Award

Award Amount:  $500 - $1,000 in funds to student

Purpose: This award was created to support educational and outreach activities that promote the growth and impact of the GSBS on the larger community.

Eligibility: All degree-seeking GSBS students who are in good academic standing and are active members of the GSBS Community Outreach Coordinating Board.

Review Cycle: Spring Common Application

Current Winners:

  • Rachel Dittmar (Advisor: Subrata Sen, PhD) - G&E Program
  • Jena Tavormina (Advisor: Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD) - CB Program

Larry Deaven Ph.D. Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences

2017 Award Amount:  Full support of stipend and benefits for six months. 

Purpose:  To support a PhD student in any area of the Biomedical Sciences.  Preference is given to candidates who are working in an area of research that holds unusual promise for future innovation.

Eligibility: PhD or MD/PhD Students who are in good academic standing.

Current Winner:

  • Renan Costa (Advisor: John Byrne, PhD) -  NS Program

Previous Winner:

  • Mei-Kuang Chen (Advisor: Mien-Chie Hung, PhD) -  CB Program

Robert W. and Pearl Wallis Knox Charitable Foundation Scholarship

2018 Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student and 1 year of support for tuition and fees

Purpose: This award honors and supports a student whose research is in the broad areas of neuroscience, infectious disease or pharmacology.  

Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have completed the PhD candidacy exam.

Current Winner:

  • Ayesha Khan (Advisor: Cesar Arias, MD,  PhD) -  MMG Program

John and Rebekah Harper Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences

2018 Award Amount: Full support of stipend, tuition, and fees for one year. Students are eligible for three consecutive years of funding based on progress and academic standing.

Purpose:  To recognize outstanding PhD and MD/PhD students in all research areas and to provide them with the opportunity to obtain fellowship support prior to graduation. The award is aimed at supporting students during their third, fourth and fifth years of graduate school. 

Eligibility: GSBS students who are in good academic standing are eligible.   Fellowship(s) are open to PhD or MD/PhD students in all areas of translational and basic science research with selection on the basis of academic excellence of the candidate.

Current Winner:

  • Kara Schoenemann (Advisor: William Margolin, PhD) - NS Program

Dr. John J. Kopchick Research Award

The MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the first Dr. John J. Kopchick Research Award.  This award, which is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. John J. Kopchick and Charlene Kopchick,  will be given to a GSBS student and their GSBS advisor.  It will support up to $50,000 of research expenses over a one-year period.  The award is intended to provide pilot funding for innovative research projects in any area of biomedical science.  All GSBS students who are in the MS, PhD or MD/PhD degree programs and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. 

Please click here to view the application for more details.

Kopchick Award FAQs and Allowable Expenses

The deadline for receipt of applications will be June 25th, 2018.


Awards with Individual Review Cycles

Sylvan Rodriguez Foundation Scholarship honoring George M. Stancel, Ph.D.

Call for Applications: December 14, 2017

Application Deadline: January 30, 2018, 5:00 PM

2018 Award Amount: $3,000 in funds to student

Click here for the Submission Form

Purpose:

This Scholarship was established by the Sylvan Rodriguez Foundation in 2012 to honor long time GSBS Dean and faculty member, Dr. George M. Stancel.  The award is also named for Sylvan Rodriguez who was a noted Houston newscaster and community supporter. This $3,000 award recognizes an outstanding MS, SMS or pre-candidacy PhD student enrolled at the GSBS.

Eligibility:

MS, SMS and pre-candidacy PhD students enrolled at GSBS who are in good academic standing are eligible.  Criteria for the award include academic excellence while a GSBS student, evidence of outstanding communication skills, and the clear potential to make significant contributions to the understanding and treatment of cancer. Community outreach and service are also considered in selecting a recipient.

Current Winners:

2017-2018 – Carolina-Garcia Garcia (Advisor: Cullen Taniguchi, MD, PhD)  - Cancer Biology Program

                  – Sarah Glazer (Advisor: David Piwnica-Worms, MD, PhD)  - Cancer Biology Program

Previous Winners:

2016-2017 – Rachel Dittmar (Advisor: Subrata Sen, PhD)  - Human & Molecular Genetics Program

2015-2016 – Vincent Bernard  (Advisor: Anirban Maitra, PhD)  - Cancer Biology Program

2014-2015 – Erin Williams  (Advisor: Andrew Gladden, PhD)  - Genes & Development Program

2013-2014 – David Fried  (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD)  - Medical Physics Program   

Cancer Answers Endowment

Presidents' Research Scholarships

Call for Applications:  June 6, 2019

Application Deadline:  July 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.

Notification of Winners: Late July

Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

Purpose: These Scholarships are supported with funds provided by the Presidents of The University of Texas Health Science Center and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center to recognize the most outstanding research accomplishments by senior students at GSBS prior to graduation. The awards are intended to be the most prestigious honor given to current GSBS students.

Eligibility: Applicants must be in good academic standing and have advanced to PhD candidacy. Both PhD and MD/PhD students qualify, but students must register at GSBS for the entire current semester to receive the scholarship. Students who anticipate defending their dissertation in the year immediately following the application deadline are particularly appropriate for these scholarships.

Note: The 2018 Presidents’ Scholars will be invited to present their research at the Presidents Scholars Research Symposium in conjunction with GSBS New-Student Orientation during the week of August 20-24, 2018.  

Current Winners:

Neima Briggs - (Advisor: Jagannadha Sastry, PhD) - Immunology Program

Meaghan Roy-O'Reilly (Advisor: Louise McCullough, MD, PhD) - Immunology Program

Sara Siegel - (Advisor: Hung Ton-That, PhD) - Neuroscience Program

Yifan Wang - (Advisor: Steven Lin, MD, PhD) - Cancer Biology Program

Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Fellowship/Professorship

Award Amount:  Full support of the student’s stipend tuition and fees for one year. The award is renewable for up to two additional years.

Purpose:  This Scholarship is provided by the Cancer Answers Foundation and the Sowell and Huggins families in support of a GSBS faculty mentor and student who are together making high impact contributions to cancer research. Criteria include the student’s academic/research achievements and potential as a scientist. The contributions of the advisor to both cancer research and the educational mission of GSBS are also considered.

Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam before the application deadline.

Current Fellow and Professor:

  • Aimee Farria and Sharon Dent, Ph.D. - EMC Program

Cancer Answers Endowment

Program-Specific Awards

These fellowships are available to students in specific GSBS programs that organize the selection of winners.

Aaron Blanchard Research Award in Medical Physics

These fellowships are available to students in specific GSBS programs that organize the selection of winners.

Current Winner:

  • 2017 - Christopher Peeler (Advisor: Radhe Mohan, PhD

Previous Winners:

  • 2016 - Justin Mikell (Advisor: Cheenu Kappadath, PhD
  • 2015 - Daniel Robertson (Advisor: Sam Beddar, PhD
  • 2014 - John Eley (Advisor: Rebecca Howell, PhD
  • 2013 - Luke Hunter (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD)