The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is proud to announce the 2023 recipients of the Dr. John J. and Charlene Kopchick Fellowships; and Kopchick Research Award:
2023 Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellows
Advisor: Anirban Maitra, MBBS
Advisor: Kendra Carmon, PhD
Advisor: Jian Hu, PhD
Advisor: Jiaqian Wu, PhD
Advisor: E. Scott Kopetz, MD, PhD
Advisor: George Calin, MD, PhD
Advisor: Stephen Kry, PhD
Celine Shuet Lin Kong
Advisor: Jichao Chen, PhD
Advisor: Ron DePinho, MD
Advisor: John Heymach, MD, PhD
Advisor: Clifton Fuller, MD, PhD
Advisor: Wenbo Li, PhD
Advisor: Fabricio DoMonte, DVM, PhD
2023 Charlene Kopchick Fellow
Cuauhtemoc Ulises Gonzalez (Advisor: Vasanthi Jayaraman, PhD
2022-2023 Dr. John J. Kopchick Research Award
Khondakar Sayef Ahammed (Advisor: Ambro van Hoof, PhD)
These fellowships are funded through a generous $10.5 million endowment established by alumnus John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., and his wife, Charlene.
The Dr. John J. Kopchick Fellowships are awarded to students who demonstrate exceptional character, extracurricular leadership, research excellence and scholarly merit. Each fellowship provides $7,500 directly to the student and an additional $7,500 to support their research and training. These fellowships may be renewed for a total award period of up to two years.
The Charlene Kopchick Fellowship is awarded to a GSBS student who demonstrates unique characteristics beyond merit and financial need. Such characteristics may include but are not be limited to first-generation college graduates entering graduate research; students who exhibit exemplary personal character; uniqueness of background and culture; strong work ethic; perceived leadership qualities and an enthusiastic scientific curiosity. These fellowships provide $8,250 of direct aid to the student and an additional $8,250 to support the student’s research and training. This is a one-time award to the student and is not renewable.
The Dr. John J. Kopchick Research Award is an award given to a GSBS student and their GSBS advisor. It supports 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.