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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. Wassim Chehab.

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

Presidents' Research Scholarship

GSBS students can apply to this Scholarship by submitting the Presidents' Research Scholarship application with the required documents before the application deadline. Students should carefully read the Application Instructions and Award Eligibility Criteria below before starting their applications. 

Call for Applications:  May 30, 2024

Application Deadline:  June 27 at 5:00 p.m.

Notification of Winners: Late July 2024

Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

Online Application: Click here

Purpose: These Scholarships are supported with funds provided by the Presidents of The University of Texas Health Science Center and the MD Anderson Cancer Center to recognize the most outstanding research accomplishments by senior GSBS students 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 be enrolled at GSBS for the entire summer 2024 semester to receive the scholarship. Students who anticipate defending their dissertation in the next two years immediately following the application deadline are particularly encouraged to apply.

Note: The 2024 Presidents' Scholars will be invited to present their research at the Presidents' Scholars Research Symposium, held in conjunction with the GSBS New-Student Orientation during the week of August 19-23, 2024. Receiving the Presidents' Research Scholarship is contingent upon your ability to present your research in person during Orientation Week. Please ensure your availability for this presentation before applying for the award.

Current Recipients:

  • Pujun Guan - (Advisor: Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD) - QS Program
  • Lisa Huang - (Advisor: Liuqing Yang, PhD) - CB Program
  • Rachel van Drunen  - (Advisor: Kristin Eckel-Mahan, PhD) - NS Program
  • Xu Zhang - (Advisor: Fabricio Do Monte, DVM, PhD) - NS Program 

For Previous Recipients, please click here

  • Presidents' Research Scholarship

    Presidents' Research Scholarship

    GSBS students can apply to this Scholarship by submitting the Presidents' Research Scholarship application with the required documents before the application deadline. Students should carefully read the Application Instructions and Award Eligibility Criteria below before starting their applications. 

    Call for Applications:  May 30, 2024

    Application Deadline:  June 27 at 5:00 p.m.

    Notification of Winners: Late July 2024

    Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

    Online Application: Click here

    Purpose: These Scholarships are supported with funds provided by the Presidents of The University of Texas Health Science Center and the MD Anderson Cancer Center to recognize the most outstanding research accomplishments by senior GSBS students 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 be enrolled at GSBS for the entire summer 2024 semester to receive the scholarship. Students who anticipate defending their dissertation in the next two years immediately following the application deadline are particularly encouraged to apply.

    Note: The 2024 Presidents' Scholars will be invited to present their research at the Presidents' Scholars Research Symposium, held in conjunction with the GSBS New-Student Orientation during the week of August 19-23, 2024. Receiving the Presidents' Research Scholarship is contingent upon your ability to present your research in person during Orientation Week. Please ensure your availability for this presentation before applying for the award.

    Current Recipients:

    • Pujun Guan - (Advisor: Dianna Milewicz, MD, PhD) - QS Program
    • Lisa Huang - (Advisor: Liuqing Yang, PhD) - CB Program
    • Rachel van Drunen  - (Advisor: Kristin Eckel-Mahan, PhD) - NS Program
    • Xu Zhang - (Advisor: Fabricio Do Monte, DVM, PhD) - NS Program 

    For Previous Recipients, please click here

  • Dean's Excellence Scholarship

    Dean's 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:

    • Massie Araya
    • Cara Guernsey
    • Yue Xuan

    For Previous Recipients, please click here

  • Spring Awards

    Spring Awards

    GSBS students can apply to one (or all) of the Spring Awards and Fellowships by submitting the Spring Common Application with the required documents before the application deadline. Students should carefully read the Application Instructions and Awards Eligibility Criteria before starting their applications. 

    International and domestic students are eligible for all Spring GSBS Awards and Fellowships except the American Legion Fellowship in Cancer Research, which is available only to US citizens and permanent residents. Students who have won GSBS awards in the last year should carefully review the Application Instructions for new rules on award eligibility.

    Call for Applications: March 28, 2024  

    Application Deadline:  May 2 at 5:00 p.m.

    Notification of Winners: June 2024

    Online Application - Currently Closed

    Note Regarding Renewable Fellowships:

    • Student who received a renewable fellowship award supporting their GRAs last year (Hite, Hawkins, Harper, Sowell Huggins), may apply for renewal using the GSBS Renewal Application. They will be notified by the GSBS when the renewal application goes online and will receive instructions on how to apply. Please DO NOT use the Spring Common application linked above for fellowship renewals.
    • Current ALA Fellows may use the Spring Common Application linked above to apply for renewals.


    List of Spring Awards 

    • American Legion Auxiliary Fellowship in Cancer Research

      Current Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student. The award may be renewed for a total of up to three years on a competitive basis.

      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 conducting cancer-related research and are citizens or permanent residents of the United States of America. PhD students who have not yet entered their 4th year and MD/PhD students who have not yet completed 3rd year after moving to GSBS are eligible (except for renewals).

      Renewals: Students who are expected to graduate this Fall or before, are not eligible for renewal. Additionally, those who were awarded the Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship or the Charlene Kopchick Fellowship last Fall, can still apply for the renewal of their ALA Fellowship. Current Fellows eligible for renewals can do so using the Spring Common Application.

      Current Recipients:

      • Hana Baroudi (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) - MP Program
      • Daisy Diaz-Rohena - (Advisor: Deepa Sampath, PhD) - CB Program 
      • Emily Caggiano (Advisor: Cullen Taniguchi, MD, PhD) - CB Program
      • Andrew Gillard ((Advisor: Candelaria Gomez-Manzano , MD) - CB Program
      • Pahul Hanjra (Advisor: Anil Sood, MD) - CB Program
      • Benjamin Insley (Advisors: Mohammad Salehpour, PhD  & David Jaffray, PhD) - MP Program
      • Kevin Liu(Advisor: Emil Schueler, PhD) - MP Program
      • Kaylene Lu - (Advisor: Jian Hu PhD) - CB Program
      • Barbara Marquez - (Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) - MP Program 
      • Hunter Mehrens - (Advisor: Stephen Kry, PhD) - MP Program
      • Grace Murley - (Advisor: Mark Pagel, PhD) - CB Program
      • Nick Newkirk - (Advisor: Swathi Arur, PhD) - GE Program
      • Mekenzie Peshoff - (Advisor: Krishna Bhat, PhD) - NS Program
      • Vivian Salama - (Advisor:  Dave Fuller, MD, PhD) - CB Program
      • Sreepradha Sridharan- (Advisor: Michael Galko, PhD) - GE Program
      • Heather Sonnemann - (Advisor: Greg Lizee, PhD) - IMM Program
      • Llaran Turner - (Advisor: George Eisenhoffer, PhD) - GE Program

      For Previous Recipients, please click here

    • Rosalie B. Hite Graduate Fellowship in Cancer Research

      Current 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 conducting cancer-related research.

      Eligibility: All degree-seeking GSBS students who are conducting cancer-related research, have identified a primary research advisor and are in good academic standing are eligible. Students who are expected to graduate in less than 2 years from the time of the application deadline may not be eligible to receive this award. 

      Renewals: Students who are expected to graduate this Fall or before, are not eligible for renewal. Current Fellows eligible for renewals can do so using the GSBS Renewal Application. They will be notified by the GSBS when the renewal application goes online and will receive instructions on how to apply. Please do NOT use the Spring Common application for renewals. 

      Current Recipients:

        First-Year Fellows:

      • Hao-Nien Chen - (Advisor: Dihua Yu, MD, PhD) - IMM Program
      • Madelaine Theardy- (Advisor: Wantong Yao, PhD) - Biomed/CB Program

          

        Second-Year Fellows:

      • Servando Hernandez Vargas - (Advisor: Ali Azhdarinia, PhD) - TAP Program 
      • Mo-Fan Huang - (Advisor: Dung-Fang Lee, PhD) - G&E Program

        

        Third-Year Fellow:

      • Rui Ye - (Advisor: Steven Lin, MD, PhD) - CB Program

      For Previous Recipients, please click here

    • Marilyn and Frederick R. Lummis, Jr., MD, Fellowship in the Biomedical Sciences

      Current 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 are eligible. Students who are expected to graduate in less than 1.5 years from the time of the application deadline are not eligible to receive this award. 

      Current Recipient:

      • Hong Anh (Nikki) Cao - (Advisor: Daniel Frigo, PhD) - BCB Program

      For Previous Recipients, please click here

    • The Schissler Foundation Fellowship

      Current 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, its 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, carrying out research on the genetics of common human diseases 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. Students who are expected to graduate in less than 1.5 years from the time of the application deadline are not eligible to receive this award.

      Current Recipients:

      • Akash Boda  - (Advisor: Michael Curran, PhD) - IMM Program
      • Siyuan He - (Advisor: Nick Navin) - QS Program
      • Swati Mohapatra - (Advisor: George Calin, MD, PhD) - CB Program

      For Previous Recipients, please click here

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

      Current Award Amount:  Full support of the student’s stipend tuition and fees for one year. The award may be renewable for up to two additional years depending on availability of funds. 

      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 for selection 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. For more information about the Cancer Answers Endowment that provides funding for this fellowship, please click here.

      Eligibility:  Students who are in good academic standing, conducting cancer-related research and have taken the PhD candidacy exam before the application deadline are eligible. Students who are expected to graduate in less than 2 years from the time of the application deadline may not be eligible to receive this award.

      Renewals: Students who are expected to graduate this Fall or before, are not eligible for renewal. Current Fellows eligible for renewals can do so using the GSBS Renewal Application. They will be notified by the GSBS when the renewal application goes online and will receive instructions on how to apply. Please do NOT use the Spring Common application for renewals. 

      Current Recipients:

      First-Year Fellow and Professor:

      • Amanda Warner and Don Gibbons, MD, PhD - CB Program 

         

      Third-Year Fellow and Professor:

      • Hanghui Ye and Nick Navin, PhD - GE Program 

      For Previous Recipients, please click here

    • The Russell and Diana Hawkins Family Foundation Discovery Fellowship

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

      Purpose:  These 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 are eligible. Students who are early in their graduate careers are encouraged to apply. Students who are expected to graduate in less than 2 years from the time of the application deadline may not be eligible to receive this award. 

      Renewals: Students who are expected to graduate this Fall or before, are not eligible for renewal. Current Fellows eligible for renewals can do so using the GSBS Renewal Application. They will be notified by the GSBS when the renewal application goes online and will receive instructions on how to apply. Please do NOT use the Spring Common application for renewals. 

      Current Recipient:

      •    Bridgitte Palacios - (Advisor: Jian Hu, PhD) - CB Program

      For Previous Recipients, please click here

    • Linda M. Wells GSBS Outreach Award

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

      Purpose:  This award was created to recognize students who engage in educational and outreach activities that promote the growth and impact of the GSBS on the larger community.

      Eligibility:  All GSBS students who are active members of the GSBS Community Outreach Student Association are eligible to apply.

      Current Recipients: 

      • Melissa Frasca - (Advisor: Francesca Cole, PhD) - GE Program
      • Heather Sonnemann - (Advisor: Greg Lizee, PhD) - IMM Program

      For Previous Recipients, please click here

    • Larry Deaven PhD Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences

      Current 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. Students who are expected to graduate in less than 1.5 years from the time of the application deadline are not eligible to receive this award.

      Current Recipients:

      • Vicky Chuong (Advisor: Fabricio Do Monte, DVM, PhD) - NS Program
      • Skylar Gay ( Advisor: Laurence Court, PhD) - MP Program

      For Previous Recipients, please click here

    • John and Rebekah Harper Fellowship in Biomedical Sciences

      Current 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 post-candidacy 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:  Post-candidacy 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. Students who are expected to graduate in less than 2 years from the time of the application deadline may not be eligible to receive this award.

      Renewals: Students who are expected to graduate this Fall or before, are not eligible for renewal. Current Fellows eligible for renewals can do so using the GSBS Renewal Application. They will be notified by the GSBS when the renewal application goes online and will receive instructions on how to apply. Please do NOT use the Spring Common application for renewals.

      Current Recipient:

      • Iulia Veronica Gheorghe - (Advisor: Traver Hart, PhD) - QS Program

         

         For Previous Recipients, please click here

  • Fall Awards

    Fall Awards

    GSBS students can apply to one (or all) of the Fall Scholarships and Fellowships by submitting the Fall Common Application with the required documents before the application deadline. Students should carefully read the Application Instructions and Awards Eligibility Criteria before starting their applications. 

    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 for new rules on award eligibility.

    • Students who are in their first year of their current degree program are not eligible to apply. GS1 MD/PhD students are eligible to apply.
    • If you won a GSBS Award that paid funds directly to you in Fall 2022 or after, then you will not be eligible for most Fall 2023 awards. If you won the Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship or the Charlene Kopchick Fellowship in Fall 2022, then you will not be eligible to apply for any of the Fall 2023 awards. (Please note the John J. Kopchick fellows may renew their awards through a separate application process that we will notify them of).

    Call for Applications:  October 5, 2023

    Application Deadline:  Extended to November 8 at 5:00 pm

    Notification of Winners: December 2023

    Online Application - Currently Closed


    List of Fall Awards 

    • Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowship

      Current 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:   PhD Students in good academic standing who have petitioned for candidacy and not yet completed 4th year in the PhD program are eligible. MD/PhD students must not have completed 3rd year after moving to GSBS.   As the goal of these awards is to recognize our most outstanding students, the receipt of previous GSBS awards will not preclude any eligible 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).

      Renewals: Current Kopchick Fellows eligible for renewals can do so using the GSBS Renewal Application. They will be notified by the GSBS when the renewal application goes online and will receive instructions on how to apply. Please do NOT use the Fall Common application for renewals.

      Current Recipients:

          First-Year Fellows:

      • Vahid Bahrambeigi (Advisor: Anirban Maitra, MBBS) - G&E Program
      • Joan Jacob (Advisor: Kendra Carmon, PhD) - BCB Program
      • Takese McKenzie (Advisor: Jian Hu, PhD) - NS Program
      • Eyad Shihabeddin (Advisor: Jiaqian Wu, PhD) - NS Program
      • Oscar Villarreal (Advisor: E. Scott Kopetz, MD, PhD) - CB Program
      • Tanvi Visal (Advisor: George Calin, MD, PhD) - CB Program

          Second-Year Fellows:

      • Shannon Hartzell (Advisor: Stephen Kry, PhD) - MP Program
      • Celine Shuet Lin Kong (Advisor: Jichao Chen, PhD) - G&E Program
      • Kyle LaBella (Advisor: Ron DePinho, MD) - CB Program
      • Sonia Patel (Advisor: John Heymach, MD, PhD) - CB Program
      • Kareem Wahid (Advisor: Clifton Fuller, MD, PhD) - QS Program
      • Ruoyu Wang (Advisor: Wenbo Li, PhD) - G&E Program
      • Xu Zhang (Advisor: Fabricio DoMonte, DVM, PhD) - NS Program

      For Previous Recipients, please click here

    • Charlene Kopchick Fellowship

      Current 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: PhD Students in good academic standing who have petitioned for candidacy and not yet completed 4th year in the PhD program are eligible. MD/PhD students must not have completed 3rd year after moving to GSBS. As the goal of these awards is to recognize our most outstanding students, the receipt of previous GSBS awards will not preclude any eligible 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 Recipient:

      • Cuauhtemoc Ulises Gonzalez (Advisor: Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD) - BCB Program

      For Previous Recipients, please click here

    • Jesse B. Heath, Jr. Family Legacy Award

      Current 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 2023, the Designated Research Area: “Translational Research”

      Eligibility: MS/SMS, pre-candidacy, and post-candidacy doctoral GSBS students who are in good academic standing and who are working in the identified scientific area are eligible.

      Current Recipients: 

      • Khondakar Sayef Ahammed (Advisor: Ambro van Hoof, PhD) - MID Program
      • Anik Banerjee (Advisor: Louie McCullough, MD, PhD & Jennifer Wargo, MD) - IMM Program
      • Shannon Edhardt (Advisor: Jun Wang, PhD) - GE Program

      For Previous Recipients, please click here

    • Ellen Taylor Goldin Legacy Award

      Current 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: Students who are in good academic standing, have interests consistent with the purpose of the award, and have completed the PhD candidacy exam or will submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

      Current Recipient:

      • Sharvari Dharmaiah (Advisor: Jason Huse, MD, PhD) - CB Program

      For Previous Recipients, please click here

    • Gigli Family Endowed Scholarship

      Current Award Amount: $3,500 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: MS/SMS and Pre-candidacy doctoral GSBS students in good academic standing are eligible. 

      There are a total of two awards. One of these awards will be given to a second year SMS student from the Genetic Counseling program. Another award will be given to an MS/SMS student in Biomedical Sciences/Medical Physics or a Pre-candidacy PhD student.

      Current Recipients:

      • Emma Billings (Advisor: Leslie Dunnington, MS, CGC) - GC Program 
      • Brandy Walker (Advisor: Rachel Miller, PhD) - GE Program

      For Previous Recipients, please click here

    • Michael E. Kupferman, MD. Fellowship

      Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

      Purpose: This Scholarship was established in honor of Dr. Michael E. Kupferman. Dr. Kupferman is a renowned clinician leader and an expert in the surgical management of pediatric head and neck cancers. The Scholarship was established to support GSBS students conducting biomedical research in any area.

      Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have completed the PhD candidacy exam or will submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

      Current Recipient:

      • Mary Adeyeye (Advisor: Xiangli Yang, PhD) - GE Program

    • Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarship in Cancer Research

      Current 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. For more information about the Cancer Answers Endowment that provides funding for this scholarship, please click here.

      Eligibility: Scholarships are available for both pre- and post-candidacy doctoral students who are in good academic standing.  

      Current Recipients:

      • Lucas McCullum (Advisor: C. Dave Fuller, MD, PhD) - MP Program
      • Swati Mohapatra (Advisor: George Calin, MD, PhD) - CB Program
      • Zecheng Yang (Advisor: Wantong Yao, PhD) - IMM Program
      • Hanghui Ye (Advisor: Nicholas Navin, PhD) - QS Program
      • Mohammad Fayyad Zaman (Advisor: Frederick Lang, MD) - CB Program

        For Previous Recipients, please click here

      • Cancer Answers/Sylvan Rodriguez Scholarship

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

        Purpose: One recipient of Andrew Sowell - Wade Huggins Scholarship is designated the Cancer Answers/Sylvan Rodriguez 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. For more information about the Cancer Answers Endowment that provides funding for this scholarship, please click here. 

        Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

        Current Winner:

        • Shao-Hsi Hung (Advisor: Cassian Yee, MD) - IMM Program    

        For Previous Recipients, please click here               

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

        Current 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: MS/SMS and pre-candidacy doctoral GSBS students who have not completed 3rd year at GSBS, and have 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.  

        Current Recipient:

        • Ping Xu (Advisor: Nicolas Navin, PhD) - QS Program 

        For Previous Recipients, please click here

      • T.C. Hsu Memorial Scholarship

        Current 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 submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

        Current Recipients:

        • Yangxi Zheng (Advisor: Yair Reisner, PhD) - IMM Program 
        • Dalia Hassan (Advisor: Jichao Chen) - GE Program

        For Previous Recipients, please click here

      • James E. Tempesta, M.D., Endowed Scholarship

        Award Amount: $5,000 in funds to student

        Purpose: This scholarship stands as a tribute to the remarkable life and legacy of Dr. James Elias Tempesta, a self-driven individual born to Italian immigrants in Painesville, Ohio. Dr. Tempesta's journey through education, culminating in a medical degree, exemplifies the values of determination and perseverance. This scholarship aims to support GSBS students conducting biomedical research in any area.

        Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have completed the PhD candidacy exam or will submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

        Current Recipient:

        • Xinru Chen (Advisor: Jinzhong Yang, PhD) - MP Program

      • Investing in Student Futures Scholarship

        Current 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. 

        2023 Designated Research Area:  "All areas of Research" 

        Eligibility: Fellowships are available for both pre- and post-candidacy doctoral students who are in good academic standing.  

        Current Recipient:

        • Peyton High (Advisor: Kendra Carmon, PhD) - BCB Program 

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • Ray Meyn Scholarship for Cancer Research

            Current 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 focus is on DNA damage.

            Eligibility:  MD Anderson students who are in good academic standing and who have completed the PhD candidacy exam or will submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

            Current Recipients:

            • Yun Yan  (Advisor: Nicolas Navin, PhD) - QS Program
            • Yiyun Lin (Advisor: Nicolas Navin, PhD) - QS Program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

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

            Current 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.

            2023 Designated Research Area:  "Basic Science"

            Eligibility:  Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

            Current Recipients:

            • Hao-Nien Chen (Advisor: Dihua Yu, MD, PhD) - IMM Program 
            • Mitchell Slapik (Advisor: Michael Beierlein, PhD) - NS Program          

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

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

            Current 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 submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

            Current Recipient:

            • Ahmed Emam (Advisor: John Tainer, PhD) - GE Program  

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • Oates Family GSBS Endowment

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

            Purpose:  This endowment 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:  MS/SMS and pre-candidacy doctoral 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.

            Current Recipients:

            • Paula Bender (Advisor: Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD) -  NS Program
            • Javier Leo (Advisor: Di Zhao, PhD) - CB Program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • R.W. Butcher Achievement Award

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

            Purpose: Established by faculty, students, alumni, staff, and friends of GSBS in 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: Students who are in good academic standing and who have completed the PhD candidacy exam or will submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible. Preference will be given to those actively involved in community service and displaying leadership in extracurricular activities, in line with Dr. Butcher's vision.

            Current Recipient: 

            • Maria Gacha Garay (Advisor: Jichao Chen, PhD) - GE Program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

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

            Current Award Amount: $3,500 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. For more information about the Cancer Answers Endowment that provides funding for this scholarship, please click here. 

            Eligibility:

            MS/SMS and pre-candidacy doctoral GSBS students 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 Recipient:

            • Guillaume Trusz (Advisor: Michael Curran, PhD)  - IMM Program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • Sam Taub and Beatrice Burton Endowed Fellowship in Vision Disease

            Current Award Amount: $3,500 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 submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

            Current Recipient:

            • Alexandra McConnell (Advisor: Michael Beierlein, PhD) -  NS Program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • Roberta M. and Jean M. Worsham Endowed Fellowship

            Current 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: Students who are in good academic standing and who have completed the PhD candidacy exam or will submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible. 

            Current Recipient:

            • Dounya Jalloul (Advisor: Michael Beierlein, PhD) - NS Program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences Endowment

            Current 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: MS/SMS, pre-candidacy and post-candidacy doctoral GSBS students in good academic standing are eligible.

            Current Recipients:

            • Sarah Shin (Advisor: Harry Karmouty-Quintana, PhD and Danielle Wu, PhD) - BCB Program
            • Yating Li (Advisor: Cassian Yee, MD) - IMM Program 
            • Mitheera V (Advisor: Gigi Lozano, PhD) - GE Program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • Wei Yu Family Endowed Scholarship

            Current 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 tool to advance biomedical research.

            Eligibility:  Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

            Current Recipient:

            • Ericka Humphrey (Advisor: Yejing Ge, PhD) - GE Program   

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • The Fadine Jackson Roquemore Scholarship in Cancer Research

            Current 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 submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

            Current Recipient:

            • Ko-Chien Chen (Advisor: Ronald DePinho, PhD) - CB Program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • Molly S. Bray, PhD Scholarship

            Current 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:  Students who are in good academic standing and who have completed the PhD candidacy exam or will submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

            Current Recipient:

            • Krithikaa Rajkumar Bhanu (Advisor: Michael Curran) - IMM Program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

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

            Current Award Amount: $3,000 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. 

            2023 Designated Research Area: “Neuroscience"

            Eligibility: Students who are in good academic standing and who have taken the PhD candidacy exam or will submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

            Current Recipient:

            • Amanda Solbach (Advisor: Sheng Zhang, PhD) -  NS Program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • Ralph B. Arlinghaus, PhD Scholarship

            Current Award Amount: $3,000 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: MS/SMS, pre-candidacy and post-candidacy doctoral GSBS students who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

            Current Recipients:

            • Vicky Chuong (Advisor: Fabricio Do Monte) - NS Program
            • Broderick  Turner (Advisor: Michael Curran, PhD) - IMM Program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • Fernando Aron Yarrito Scholarship

            Award Amount: $2,000 in funds to student

            Purpose: This scholarship is dedicated to honoring the legacy of Fernando Aron Yarrito, a distinguished advocate for higher education. It aims to provide support to GSBS students engaged in cancer-related research, with preference given to pediatric cancers.

            Eligibility: Eligible candidates are students in good academic standing, who have completed the PhD candidacy exam or will submit a petition for PhD candidacy before the Fall award application cycle deadline.

            Current Recipient:

            • Michael Longmire (Advisor: Scott Evans, MD) - BCB Program 

          • Floyd Haar, MD, Endowed Memorial Research Award in Memory of Freda Haar

            Current Award Amount: $2,000 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 submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.    

            Current Recipient:

            • Jasper Chen (Advisor: Albert Koong, MD, PhD and Ron DePinho, PhD) - QS Program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • Cancer Answers Scholarship

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

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

            Eligibility:  MS and pre-candidacy PhD students who are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

            Current Recipients:

            • Rebecca Lim (Advisor: Kristy Brock, PhD) - MP Program
            • Alan Lopez Hernandez (Advisor: Emil Schueler, PhD) - MP Program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • Henry W. Strobel, PhD Endowed Scholarship

            Award Amount: $1,000 in funds to student

            Purpose: This Scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Henry Strobel by faculty and friends.  Dr. Strobel was renowned for his humanitarian efforts and a longtime member of the GSBS faculty. The Scholarship was established to support GSBS students conducting biomedical research in any area.

            Eligibility:  Students who are in good academic standing and who have completed the PhD candidacy exam or will submit a petition for PhD candidacy prior to the Fall award application cycle deadline are eligible.

            Current Recipient:

            • Fre'Etta Brooks (Advisor: Stephen Kry, PhD) - MP Program

          • The Janet Elaine Pierce Frye Scholarship for Cancer Research

            Current Award Amount: $2,000 in funds to student

            Purpose: is a tribute to the legacy of Janet Elaine (Pierce) Frye, a distinguished journalist. Established in her memory, this award is dedicated to supporting GSBS students engaged in cancer research, embodying Janet's commitment to education and science.

            Eligibility: MS/SMS and pre-candidacy doctoral GSBS students performing cancer-related research and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply. 

            Current Recipient: 

            • Henry Meyer (Advisor: Radhe Mohan, PhD) - MP Program

        • GSBS Research Awards

          GSBS Research Awards

          The GSBS offers the Research Awards listed below to support research costs of projects carried out by GSBS students together with their GSBS advisors. By submitting the pre-application linked below, student/advisor teams will be considered for all GSBS Research Grant Awards for which they are eligible. 

          Call for Pre-applications:  June 6, 2024

          Deadline for Pre-applications: July 5, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

          Notification of Finalists: Late July, 2024

          Deadline for Final applications: August 29, 2024 at 5:00 p.m.

          Notification of Winners:  October 2024

          Please click here for pre-application and final application forms with instructions 



          List of Research Awards 

          • The Pauline Altman-Goldstein Discovery Fellowships

            The Pauline Altman-Goldstein Discovery Fellowships will be given to two GSBS students and their GSBS advisors carrying out groundbreaking research studies on the prevention, causes, and treatments of cancer at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Funding will be up to $35,000 of research expenses per award over a one-year period. PhD or MD/PhD students who are conducting cancer-related research, have completed their first year of studies at GSBS and have affiliated with a GSBS research advisor at the MD Anderson Cancer Center are eligible.

            Current Recipients: 

            • Amanda Lanier (Advisor: Powel Brown, PhD) - CB program
            • Kaylene Lu (Advisor: Jian Hu, PhD) - CB program

          • Dr. John J. Kopchick Research Award

            The Dr. John J. Kopchick Research Award is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. John J. Kopchick and Charlene Kopchick. This award 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. 

            Current Recipient: 

            • 2023 - Anik Banerjee (Advisors: Louise McCullough, MD, PhD and Jennifer Wargo, MD ) – IMM program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

          • President's Research Excellence Award

            This competitive research grant is supported by the President’s Research Excellence Fund and is established in honor of Sue and Logan Brown’s generous commitment to basic science research. It will be awarded in support of an innovative and impactful research project in any area of biomedical science that is carried out by a GSBS student and their advisor at UTHealth. Total funding will be up to $50,000 over a one-year period. All GSBS PhD or MD/PhD students who are carrying out dissertation research at UTHealth and are in good academic standing are eligible to apply.

            Current Recipient: 

            • 2023 - Stephen Farmer (Advisor: Sheng Zhang PhD) – BCB program

            For Previous Recipients, please click here

        • 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 Recipient:

          • 2022 - David Flint (Advisor: Gabriel Sawakuchi, PhD)