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Scholarships and Fellowships

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.

For questions on submitting applications please contact Joy Lademora. For award eligibility and selection criteria please contact Dr. Bill Mattox.

For more information on non-GSBS funding sources, such as NIH Fellowships, please visit our External Funding Opportunities page.

Presidents' Research Scholarship

Call for Applications:  May 19, 2022

Application Deadline:  June 13 at 5:00 p.m.

Notification of Winners: Late July 2022

Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

Click here for application instructions.

The Online Application will be made available at a later date. 

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 2021 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 23-27, 2021.

Current Winners:

Darlan Conterno Minussi - (Advisor: Nick Navin, PhD) - QS Program

Carolina Garcia Garcia - (Advisor: Cullen Taniguchi, MD, PhD) - CB Program

Brigid McDonald  - (Advisor: Dave Fuller, PhD) - MP Program

Unekwu Yakubu - (Advisor: Kevin Morano, PhD) - MMG Program 

  • Presidents' Research Scholarship

    Presidents' Research Scholarship

    Call for Applications:  May 19, 2022

    Application Deadline:  June 13 at 5:00 p.m.

    Notification of Winners: Late July 2022

    Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

    Click here for application instructions.

    The Online Application will be made available at a later date. 

    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 2021 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 23-27, 2021.

    Current Winners:

    Darlan Conterno Minussi - (Advisor: Nick Navin, PhD) - QS Program

    Carolina Garcia Garcia - (Advisor: Cullen Taniguchi, MD, PhD) - CB Program

    Brigid McDonald  - (Advisor: Dave Fuller, PhD) - MP Program

    Unekwu Yakubu - (Advisor: Kevin Morano, PhD) - MMG Program 

  • Dr. John J. Kopchick Research Award

    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 PhD or MD/PhD degree programs and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. 

    Call for Pre-applications:  June 2, 2022

    Deadline for Pre-applications: June 24 at 5:00 p.m.

    Deadline for Final applications: September 1 at 5:00 p.m.

    Notification of Winners:  Late October 2022

    Please click here to view last year's application for more details.

    Kopchick Award FAQs and Allowable Expenses

    Current Winner: 

    2020 - Amelie Albrecht (Advisor: Xuetong Shen, PhD) – GE program

    Previous Winners: 

    2019 - Chao-Hsien Chen (Advisor: Michael Curran, PhD) – IMM program

    2018 - Pranavi Koppula (Advisor: Boyi Gan, PhD) – G&D program

  • Spring Common Application Cycle

    Spring Common Application Cycle

    Please note that both international and domestic students are eligible for all Spring GSBS Scholarships and Fellowships. Students who have won GSBS awards in the last year should carefully review the Application Instructions linked below for new rules on award eligibility.

    Call for Applications: March 31, 2022  

    Application Deadline:  April 25 at 5:00 p.m.

    Notification of Winners: June 2022

    The Online Application will be made available at a later date.

    Application Instructions  

    Eligibility Table by Degree Program and Stage of Training  

    Eligibility Table by Research Area 

    Awards in the Spring Common Application Cycle

    • American Legion Auxiliary Fellowship 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:

      • Jasper Chen - (Advisor: Anirban Maitra, MBBS) - QS Program 
      • Safia Essien - (Advisor: George Eisenhoffer, PhD) - GE Program
      • Mary Gronberg - (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) - MP Program
      • Shannon Hartzell - (Advisor: Stephen Kry, PhD) - MP Program
      • Kyle LaBella - (Advisor: Ron DePinho, MD) - CB Program
      • Maria Monberg - (Advisor: Anirban Maitra, MBBS) - CB Program
      • Heather Sonnemann - (Advisor: Greg Lizee, PhD) - IMM Program
      • Jessica Symons - (Advisor: Ilya Levental, PhD) - BCB Program
      • Emily Thompson - (Advisor: Erik Cressman, MD, PhD) - MP Program
      • Kareem Wahid - (Advisor: Dave Fuller, PhD) - QS Program 

    • The Pauline Altman-Goldstein Foundation Discovery Fellowship

      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:

      2021-2022 - Sumedha Pareek - (Advisor: Keri Schadler, PhD) - IMM Program

                           Wen-Hao Hsu - (Advisor: Ron DePinho  MD) - CB Program

      Previous Fellows:

      2020-2021 -  I-Lin Ho - (Advisor: Giulio Draetta,  MD, PhD) - GE Program

      2019-2020 -  Medina Colic - (Advisor: Glen Hart,  PhD) - QS Program

      2018-2019 - Jeremiah Sanders - (Advisor: Jingfei Ma,  PhD) - MP Program

      2017-2018 - Sara Martin - (Advisor: Richard Wood,  PhD) - GE Program

      2016-2017 - Smruthy Sivakumar - (Advisor: Paul Scheet,  PhD) - QS Program

      2014-2015 - Johnathon Rose - (Advisor: Giulio Draetta,  MD) - GD Program

      2013-2014 - Kshipra Gharpure - (Advisor:  Anil Sood, MD) - ET Program

                          David Rushworth - (Advisor: Laurence Cooper,  MD, PhD) - IMM Program

    • GSBS Endowment Scholarship

      Award Amount: $3,000 in funds to student

      Purpose: This award recognizes a GSBS student who is conducting outstanding research in any biomedical area.

      Eligibility: All degree seeking GSBS students in good academic standing are eligible. PhD students may be either pre-candidacy or post-candidacy.

      Note: Although this award was previously limited to GSBS students at MD Anderson with research interests in biochemistry or molecular biology, it is now available to all GSBS degree-seeking students in all areas of biomedical research.

      Current Winners

      2021-2022

      • Ryan Durham - (Advisor: Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD) - BCB Program
      • Meredith Frank - (Advisor: Alexandre Reuben PhD) - IMM Program 
      • Nancy Wareing - (Advisor: Harry Karmouty-Quintana PhD) - BCB Program

      Previous Winners (under its former name - Scholarship for Excellence in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the MD Anderson Cancer Center):

      2020-2021

      • Li Cai - (Advisor: Ronald DePinho, MD) - CB Program
      • Minseon Kim - (Advisor: Ambro van Hoof, PhD) - MID Program 
      • Russell Milton- (Advisor: Valentin Dragoi, PhD) - NS Program

      2019-2020

      • Vidhi Chandra - (Advisor: Florencia McAllister, PhD) - CB Program
      • Hannah Savage - (Advisor: Keri Schadler, PhD) - CB Program 
      • Melinda Soeung - (Advisor: Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD) - G&E Program

      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

      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

    • Marilyn and Frederick R. Lummis, Jr., MD, 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:

      2020 - Arthur Liu - (Advisor: Michael Curran, PhD) - IMM Program

      Previous Winners:

      2019 - Suman Shrestha - (Advisor: Rebecca Howell, PhD) - MP Program

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

      2017 - Rachel Dittmar - (Advisor: Subrata Sen, PhD) - 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

    • Rosalie B. Hite Graduate Fellowship 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. 

      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:

      • Vahid Bahrambeigi- (Advisor: Anirban Maitra, MBBS) - CB Program 
      • Jovanka Gencel Augusto - (Advisor: Guillermina Lozano, PhD) - GE Program 
      • Tapsi Kumar - (Advisor: Nicholas Navin, PhD) - QS Program
      • Rui Ye - (Advisor: Steven Lin, MD, PhD) - CB 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 Winners:

      2021

      • Mary Figueroa - (Advisor: Joya Chandra, PhD), TAP Program
      • Jennifer Hurtig - (Advisor: SQ van Hoof, PhD), MID Program
      • Darlan Conterno Minussi- (Advisor: Nick Navin, PhD), CB Program

      Previous Winners:

      2020

      • Swetha Anandhan - (Advisor: Padmanee Sharma, PhD), IMM Program
      • Yasaman Barekatain - (Advisor: Florian Muller, PhD), MP Program
      • Merve Dede - (Advisor: Traver Hart, PhD), CB Program
      • Hannah Savage (Advisor: Keri Schadler, PhD), CB Program

      2019

      • Alexandria Blackburn - (Advisor: Rachel Miller, PhD), G&E Program
      • Cavan Bailey - (Advisor: Joya Chandra, PhD), TAP Program
      • Cory Wilson - (Advisor: Harry Karmouty-Quintana, PhD), BCB Program

      2018

      • Shelley Herbrich - (Advisor: Marina Konopleva, PhD), CB Program
      • Grant Fischer - (Advisor: Michael Davis, MD), CB Program

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

      2013

      • Germaine Agollah - (Advisor: Eva Sevick, PhD), IMM 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   

    • Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Fellowship and Faculty Mentor Recognition Awards

      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 fellowship 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:

      • Hanghui Ye and Nick Navin, PhD - GE Program

      Cancer Answers Endowment

    • The Russell and Diana Hawkins Family Foundation Discovery Fellowship

      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 Fellow:

      2021-2022 - Jing Cai - (Advisor: Qingchun Tong, PhD) - NS Program

      Previous Fellows:

      2020-2021Melissa Franch- (Advisor: Valentin Dragoi, PhD) - NS Program

                            Unekwu Yakubu - (Advisor: Kevin Morano, PhD) - MMG Program

      2018-2019 - Ryan Durham - (Advisor: Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD) - BCB Program

                           Natasha Kharas - (Advisor: Valentin Dragoi, PhD) - NS Program

                           Seula Shin -  (Advisor: Jian Hu, PhD) - CB Program

      2017-2018 - Kiefer Forseth - (Advisor: Nitin Tandon, MD) - 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:

      • Mary Gronberg- (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) - MP Program
      • Heather Sonnemann - (Advisor: Greg Lizee, PhD) - IMM Program

    • Larry Deaven PhD Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences

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

      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:

      2021-2022 - Tristen Tellman - (Advisor: Mary (Cindy) Farach-Carson, PhD) -  BCB Program

      Previous Winners:

      2020-2021 - Tucker Netherton - (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) -  MP Program

      2019-2020 - Sunada Khadka - (Advisor: Florian Muller, PhD) -  CB Program 

      2018-2019 - Renan Costa - (Advisor: John Byrne, PhD) -  NS Program

      2017-2018 - Mei-Kuang Chen - (Advisor: Mien-Chie Hung, PhD) -  CB 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:

      2021-2022 – Samantha Debes - (Advisor: Valentin Dragoi, PhD) - NS Program

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020 - Jian Xiong - (Advisor: Michael Zhu, PhD) - BCB Program

      2018-2019 - Jonika Tannous - (Advisor: Jair Soares, MD) - NS Program

      2017-2018 - Kiefer Forseth - (Advisor: Nitin Tandon, MD) - NS Program

      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: Valentin Dragoi, PhD) - NS Program

    • John and Rebekah Harper Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences

      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:

      2021-2022 - Ruoyu Wang - (Advisor:  Wenbo Li, PhD) - GE Program

      Previous Winners:

      2020-2021 - Dong Ho Shin - (Advisor:  Juan Fueyo, MD) - GE Program

      2018-2019 - Kara Schoenemann - (Advisor: William Margolin, PhD) - NS Program

  • Fall Common Application Cycle

    Fall Common Application Cycle

    Please note that both international and domestic students are eligible for all Fall GSBS Scholarships and Fellowships. Students who have won GSBS awards in the last year should carefully review the Application Instructions linked below for new rules on award eligibility.

    Call for Applications:  October 7, 2021

    Application Deadline:   November 1 at 5:00 p.m.

    Notification of Winners: December 2021

    Online Application

    Application Instructions  

    Eligibility Table by Degree Program and Stage of Training  

    Eligibility Table by Research Area 

    Fall Award Guide - Student Presentation (PowerPoint File) 

    Awards in the Fall Common Application Cycle

    • Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship

      2021 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 Recipients:

      2021

      • Yasaman Barekatain - (Advisor: Florian Muller, PhD/Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD) - MP Program
      • Carolina Garcia Garcia - (Advisor: Cullen Taniguchi, MD, PhD) - CB Program
      • Jovanka Gencel-Augusto - (Advisor: Gigi Lozano, PhD) - G&E Program
      • Archit Ghosh - (Advisor: Kunal Rai, PhD) - G&E Program
      • Jennifer Hurtig - (Advisor: Ambro van Hoof, PhD) - MID Program
      • Yiyun Lin- (Advisor: Nick Navin, PhD) - QS Program
      • Elia Lopez- (Advisor: Terry Walters, PhD) - BCB Program
      • Nabina Paudyal (Advisor: Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD) - BCB Program

      Previous Recipients:

      2020

      • Brian Anderson - (Advisor: Kristy Brock, PhD) - MP Program
      • Nathaniel Berg - (Advisor: Holger Eltzschig, MD, PhD) - BCB Program
      • Medina Colic - (Advisor: Traver Hart, PhD) - QS Program
      • Josephine Darpolor - (Advisor: Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD) - CB Program
      • Brittany Jewell - (Advisor: Dung-Fang Lee, PhD) - CRB Program
      • Walaa Kattan- (Advisor: John Hancock, PhD) - CB Program
      • Brigid McDonald (Advisor: Clifton Fuller, PhD) - MP Program
      • Deborah Silverman (Advisor: Moran Amit, MD, PhD) - IMM Program

      2019

      • Daniela Branco - (Advisor: David Followill, PhD) - MP Program
      • Alexandria Cogdill (Advisors: Jennifer Wargo, MD and James Allison, PhD) - IMM Program
      • Natasha Kharas (Advisor: Valentin Dragoi, PhD) - NS Program
      • Roxsan Manshouri (Advisor: Don Gibbons, MD, PhD) - G&E Program
      • Alexis Mobley (Advisors: Jaroslaw Aronowski, PhD and Louise McCullough, MD, PhD) - NS Program
      • Sydney Moyer - (Advisor: Guillermina Lozano, PhD) - G&E Program
      • Tristen Tellman - (Advisor: Mary Farach-Carson, PhD) - BCB Program

      2018

      • Blanca Diaz-Rohrer - (Advisor: Ilya Levental, PhD) - CRB Program
      • Rachel Dittmar (Advisor: Subrata Sen, PhD) - HMG Program
      • Marisa Hornbaker Aitken - (Advisor: Sean Post, PhD) - IMM Program
      • Lalit Patel (Advisor: Michelle Barton, PhD) - G&D Program
      • Sara Siegel (Advisor: Hung Ton-That, PhD) - MMG Program
      • Elisa Vesely - (Advisor: Mike Lorenz, PhD) - MMG Program

    • Charlene Kopchick Fellowship

      2021 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:

      2021 - Soleil Hernandez - (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) - MP Program

      Previous Winners:

      2020 - Elia Lopez - (Advisor: Edgar Walters, PhD) - BCB Program

      2019 - Brittany Jewell - (Advisor: Dung-Fang Lee, PhD) - BCB Program

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

    • Sylvan Rodriguez Foundation Scholarship honoring George M. Stancel, PhD

      2021 Award Amount: $3,000 in funds to student

      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 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 Winner:

      2020-2021 – Angel Garces - (Advisor: David Grosshans, MD, PhD)  - BS/TAP Program

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020 – Suman Shrestha - (Advisor: Rebecca Howell, PhD)  - MP Program

      2018-2019 – Mary Esmeralda Fuentes - (Advisor: Pawel Mazur, PhD)  - CB Program

      2017-2018

      • Carolina-Garcia Garcia - (Advisor: Cullen Taniguchi, MD, PhD)  - CB Program
      • Sarah Glazer - (Advisor: David Piwnica-Worms, MD, PhD)  - CB Program

      2016-2017 – Rachel Dittmar - (Advisor: Subrata Sen, PhD)  - H&MG Program

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

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

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

      Cancer Answers Endowment

    • The Fadine Jackson Roquemore Scholarship in Cancer Research

      2021 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:

      2020-2021 – Mary Fuentes - (Advisor: Pawel Mazur, PhD) - CB Program

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020 – Tucker Netherton - (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) - MP Program

      2018-2019 – Brigid McDonald - (Advisor: Clifton Fuller, MD, PhD) - MP Program

      2017-2018 – Casey Ager - (Advisor: Michael Curran, PhD) - IMM Program

      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, MB, BChir, 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

                     

    • Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarship in Cancer Research

      2021 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: Scholarships are available for both pre- and post-candidacy students who are in good academic standing.  Post candidacy students are those 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:

      2020-2021

      • Swetha Anandhan - (Advisor: Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD) -IMM Program
      • Rumi Lee - (Advisor: Ronald DePinho, MD) - CB Program
      • Ye Li - (Advisor: Katy Rezvani, MBBS, PhD) - IMM Program
      • Ziqiao Wang - (Advisor: Peng Wei, PhD) - QS Program
      • Mikayla Waters - (Advisor: Melinda Yates, PhD) - BCB Program
      • Yao Zhao - (Advisor: Jinzhong Yang, PhD) -  MP Program

      2019-2020

      • Caitlin Creasy - (Advisor: Chantale Bernatchez, PhD) -IMM Program
      • Naveen Ramesh - (Advisor: Nicholas Navin, PhD) - QS Program
      • Er-Yen Yen - (Advisor: Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD) - CB Program
      • Daniel Zamler - (Advisor: Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD) - CB Program

      Previous Winners:

      2018-2019

      • Abdallah Mohamed - (Advisor: Clifton Fuller, MD, PhD) - CB Program
      • Sahil Seth - (Advisor: Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD) - BBSB Program
      • Hieu Van - (Advisor: Margarida A. Santos, PhD) - G&E Program
      • Ruoji Zhou - (Advisor: Dung-Fang Lee, PhD) - G&E Program

      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

      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

    • Cancer Answers/Sylvan Rodriguez Scholarship

      2021 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:

      2020-2021 – Iman Sahnoune - (Advisor: George Calin, MD, PhD) - NS Program    

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020 – Merve Dede - (Advisor: Traver Hart, PhD) - CB Program    

      2018-2019 – Shelley Herbrich - (Advisor: Marina Konopleva, PhD) - CB Program    

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

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

      2015-2016 – Michelle Martinez-Rivera - (Advisor: Zahid Siddik, PhD) - ET 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, MD, Endowed Memorial Research Award in Memory of Freda Haar

      2021 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 Winner:

      2020-2021 - Mary Figueroa - (Advisor: Joya Chandra, MD) - TAP Program

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020 - Dhwani Rupani - (Advisor: Andrew Rim, MD) - CB Program

      2018-2019 - Smruthy Sivakumar - (Advisor: Paul Scheet, PhD) - QS Program

      2017-2018

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

      2016-2017

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

      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

      2021 Award Amount: $4,000 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:

      2020-2021 - Parin Shah - (Advisor: Anirban Maitra, MBBS) - IMM Program  

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020 - Fatma Yasar - (Advisor: Jian Hu, PhD) - CB Program

      2018-2019

      • Pranavi Koppula - (Advisor: Boyi Gan, PhD) - G&E Program
      • Megan Livingston - (Advisor: Pamela Wenzel, PhD) - BCB Program

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

      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 Fellowship in Vision Disease

      2021 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 Winner:

      2020-2021 - Shengxin Li - (Advisor: Hyun-Eui Kim, PhD) -  CB Program

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020 - Melissa Franch - (Advisor: Valentin Dragoi, PhD) -  NS Program

      2018-2019 - Ryan Cassidy - (Advisor: Qingchun Tong, PhD) -  NS Program

      2017-2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

    • Ellen Taylor Goldin Legacy Award

      2021 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:

      2020-2021 - Sharbacha Edward - (Advisor: Stephen Kry) - MP Program

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020 - Dong-Joo Rhee - (Advisor: Laurence Court) - MP Program

      2018-2019 - Carolina Garcia Garcia - (Advisor: Cullen Taniguchi, MD, PhD) - CB Program

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

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

    • The George M. Stancel, PhD Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences

      2021 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 2020, the designated research area is Molecular and 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:

      2020-2021

      • Savannah West- (Advisor: Askar Akimzhanov, PhD) - BCB Program 
      • Ileana Corsi - (Advisor: Theresa Koehler, PhD) - MID Program          

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020

      • Erika Flores - (Advisor: Anne-Marie Krachler, PhD) - MMG Program 
      • Pedram Honarpisheh - (Advisor: Louise McCullough, MD, PhD) - NS Program     

      2018-2019

      • Junsuk (Josh) Ko - (Advisor: Michael Blackburn, PhD) - BCB Program 
      • Swetha Anandhan - (Advisor: Padmanee Sharma, PhD) - IMM Program      

      2017-2018

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

      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

      2021 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 2020, the designated area is Translational Science.

      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: 

      2020-2021 - Jielin Liu - (Advisor: Padmanee Sharma, MD, PhD) - IMM Program

      Previous Winners: 

      2019-2020 - Sanjana Srinivasan - (Advisor: Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD) - QS Program

      2018-2019 - Mei-Kuang (Kathy) Chen - (Advisor: Mien-Chie Hung, PhD) - CB Program

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

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

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

      2021 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 2020 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:

      2020-2021 - Alec Santiago - (Advisor: Kevin Morano, PhD) -  MID Program

      Current Winners:

      2019-2020 - Joshua Gray - (Advisor: Steven Millward, PhD) -  MP Program

      2018-2019 - Celso Catumbela - (Advisor: Charles Darkoh, PhD) -  MID Program

      2017-2018 - Elisa Vesely - (Advisor: Michael Lorenz, PhD) -  MID Program

      2016-2017

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

      2015-2016 John 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

    • Ray Meyn Scholarship for Cancer Research

      2021 Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

      Purpose: This scholarship was established to recognize exceptional GSBS students who are carrying out cancer research, preferably those whose focuses on DNA damage.

      Eligibility:  Any student carrying out research at MD Anderson who is enrolled in a GSBS degree program and is in good academic standing is eligible. 

      Review Cycle:  Spring and Fall Common Application

      Current Winner:

      2021 - Jing Qian - (Advisor: Powel Brown, MD, MD) - CB Program

      Previous Winners:

      2020 - Jiexi Li - (Advisor: Ronald DePinho, MD) - CB Program

      2019 - Runze Shen - (Advisor: John Tainer, PhD) - BMB Program

    • T.C. Hsu Memorial Scholarship

      2021 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 Winner:

      2020-2021 

      • Rakhee Bajaj - (Advisor: Don Gibbons, MD, PhD) - CB Program 

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020 

      • I-Lin Ho - (Advisor: Giulio Draetta, MD, PhD) - G&E Program 

      2018-2019 

      • Estefania Labanca - (Advisor: Nora Navone, MD, PhD) - CB Program 
      • Jena Tavormina - (Advisor: Raghu Kalluri, MD, PhD) - CB Program

      2017-2018 

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

      2016-2017 

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

      2015-2016 Kaushik 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

      2021 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. 

      2021 Designated Research Area:  "All areas of Research" 

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

      Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

      Current Winners:

      2020-2021

      • Vidhi Chandra - (Advisor: Florencia McAllister, MD, PhD) - CB Program 
      • Sonia Patel - (Advisor: John Heymach, PhD) - CB Program 
      • Anh Kim Trinh Nguyen - (Advisor: Anne-Marie Krachler, PhD) - MID Program 

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020

      • Michael Clowers - (Advisor: Seyed Moghaddam, PhD) - IMM Program 
      • Ryan Durham - (Advisor: Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD) - BCB Program 

      2018-2019 - Yanhong Zhou - (Advisor: J. Jack Lee, DDS, PhD) - QS Program    

      2017-2018 - Belkys Sanchez Martinez - (Advisor: Hung Ton-That, PhD) - MID Program    

      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

      • Uyen (Mimi) 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

      2021 Award Amount: $2,500 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 tool 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:

      2020-2021 – Anupallavi Srinivasamani - (Advisor: Michael Curran, PhD) - IMM Program   

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020 – Samantha Debes - (Advisor: Valentin Dragoi, PhD) - NS Program 

      2018-2019 – Shradha Wali - (Advisor: Scott Evans, PhD) - IMM Program   

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

      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

      2021 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 Winner:

      2021

      • Susana Castro Pando - (Advisor: Florencia McAllister, MD) - CB Program 

      Previous Winners:

      2020

      • Safia Essien - (Advisor: George Eisenhoffer, PhD) - G&E Program 
      • Jovanka Gencel Augusto - (Advisor: Gigi Lozano, PhD) - G&E Program

      2019

      • Jeanne Manalo - (Advisor: Yang Xia, MD, PhD) - NS Program 
      • Odemaris Narvaez del Pilar - (Advisor: Jichao Chen, PhD) - G&E Program

      2018

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

      2017

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

      2016

      • Heather Turner - (Advisor: Michael Galko, PhD) - NS Program
      • Connie Larsson - (Advisor: Guillermina Lozano, PhD) - G&D Program

      2015

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

      2014

      • Germaine Agollah - (Advisor: Eva Sevick, PhD) - IMM Program 
      • John Morrow - (Advisor: Shuxing Zhang, PhD) - E&T  Program

      2013

      • Tamara Laskowski - (Advisor: Brian Davis, PhD) - HMG Program
      • Brittany Parker - (Advisor: Wei Zhang, PhD) - NS Program

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

      2021 Award Amount: $5,000 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:

      2020-2021 

      • Shikun Wang - (Advisor: Liang Li, PhD) - QS Program 
      • Xiaojie Yang - (Advisor: Pawel Mazur, PhD) - CB Program

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020 - Xu Zhang - (Advisor: Fabricio Do Monte PhD) - NS Program 

      2018-2019 - Chenchu Lin - (Advisor: Daniel Frigo, PhD) - TAP Program 

      2017-2018 

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

      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, PhD) - CB Program

    • R.W. Butcher Achievement Award

      2021 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 Winner: 

      2020-2021 - Vinay Nair - (Advisor: Alex Gorfe, PhD) - MID Program

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020 - Sunada Khadka - (Advisor: Florian Muller, PhD) - CB Program

      2018-2019 - Medina Colic - (Advisor: Glen Hart, PhD) - QS Program

      2017-2018

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

      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

      2021 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 Winner:

      2020-2021 - Eyad Shihabeddin - (Advisor: John O'Brien, PhD) -  NS Program 

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020

      • Danielle Little - (Advisor: Jichao Chen, PhD) -  GD Program 
      • Kyla Gibney - (Advisor: Francesco Versace, PhD) - NS Program 

      2018-2019 - Zhenna Xiao - (Advisor: Li Ma, PhD) -  G&E Program 

      2017-2018

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

      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: Guillermina 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, PhD Scholarship

      2021 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:

      2020-2021 - Shucheng Miao - (Advisor: Gigi Lozano, PhD) - G&E Program

      Previous Winners:

      2019-2020 - Cheng-En Hsieh - (Advisor: Michael Curran, PhD) - CB Program

      2018-2019 - Kiefer Forseth - (Advisor: Tandon Nitin, MD) - NS Program

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

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

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

    • Robert W. and Pearl Wallis Knox Charitable Foundation Scholarship

      NOTE: This award will NOT be available for the Fall 2021 cycle

      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.

      Past Winner:

      2018 - Ayesha Khan - (Advisor: Cesar Arias, MD, PhD) -  MMG Program

    • Cancer Answers Scholarship

      2021 Award Amount: $1,500 in funds to student

      Purpose: This Scholarship is provided by the Cancer Answers Foundation to recognize and support GSBS masters degree students who are conducting cancer-related research and show promise as biomedical scientists.

      Eligibility:  All GSBS MS and SMS students who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

      Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

    • Molly S. Bray, PhD Scholarship

      2021 Award Amount: $2,500 in funds to student

      Purpose: This scholarship is provided by GSBS alumnus Dr. Molly Bray to recognize outstanding GSBS PhD and MD/PhD students.

      Eligibility:  All GSBS PhD and MD/PhD students who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

      Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

    • Oates Family Fellowship

      2021 Award Amount: $4,000 in funds to student

      Purpose:  This fellowship is provided to enable GSBS students to realize their potential, commit to success, and make discoveries that have major impact on treatment of diseases worldwide.

      Eligibility:  All GSBS students who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. The donor prefers that assistance be provided to students who are the first in their families to attend graduate school.

      Review Cycle: Fall Common Application

  • Awards with Individual Review Cycles

    Deans Excellence Scholarship

    Award Amount: $5,000 per year for the first 2 years to student after matriculation.

    Purpose: This Fellowship is provided to attract and recruit top applicants to GSBS.  Special consideration is given to applicants with exceptional academic credentials and scientific interests that align with our faculty.

    Eligibility: All GSBS PhD applicants.  

    Current Recipients:

    • Takese McKenzie
    • Amanda Warner

    Current Recipients:

    2019 -  Spencer Lea 

    2018 -  Elizabeth Huang

    2017 -  Wintana Balema

                Dong-Ho Shin

                Paulina Horton

    2016 -  Alexandria Cogdill

                Sahil Seth

    2015 -  Jie Chen

                Ayesha Khan   

                Naeh Klages-Mundt

                Chieh Yuan Li

    2014 -  Shelley Herbrich

                Bryan Wehrenberg

    2013 -  Casey Ager         

                 Alexander Davis

                 Caitlin Nurik

                 Alexandria Plumer

  • 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

    Current Winner:

    • 2020 - Drew Mitchell (Advisor: David Fuentes, PhD) 

    Previous Winners:

    • 2019 - Megan Jacobsen (Advisor: Dianna Cody, PhD) 
    • 2018 - Xenia Fave (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) 
    • 2017 - Christopher Peeler (Advisor: Radhe Mohan, PhD) 
    • 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)