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Student Research Fellowship

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2015 Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship

The Opportunity
Research support for a continual period of a minimum of 8 to 10 weeks, 30 hours or more per week, or an average of 4 hours per week for 12 months over 1 to 2 years, for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, social science/health services research, leadership, or professionalism. Funds from the fellowship are expected to be the major source of support for the student. Only one candidate from each school may be nominated. A student may only receive one fellowship during medical school. The name of the fellowship program honors Carolyn L. Kuckein, long-time administrator of AΩA and an honorary member of the society, who died in 2004.

The Awards
$5000, one-half paid on announcement of the award, and one-half on approval by AΩA of a final report of the research. Up to $1000 will be reimbursed for travel to present research results at a national meeting.

Eligibility
First-, second-, and third-year medical students from schools with active AΩA chapters or associations are eligible. PhDs and candidates for PhD or MD/PhD are not eligible.

Dates for Application

  1. Proposals must be submitted to the councilor before December 31, 2014.
  2. The final application to the national office must be received no later than midnight January 31, 2015, PST.

Application to the Councilor
Chapter Councilor List
The councilor and his or her selection committee will choose the proposal judged to be the most promising and with a high probability of completion during the next year. The proposal must include:

  1. The completed checklist (download the checklist)
  2. A four-page summary of the research project written by the applicant, single-spaced, in 12-point type with 1- inch margins, as follows: title, hypothesis, rationale, background information, methods and sample size, plan for data analysis, potential significance, role of the student in preparation and execution of the project, an estimate of the number of weeks that the student will devote to the project, and an acronym definition list.
  3. The project bibliography.
  4. If required for the project, proof of IRB or IACUC approval or submission for approval.
  5. The student's CV.
  6. A letter of support from the mentor/research supervisor indicating his or her commitment of time and interest to the project and student.
  7. The mentor/research supervisor’s biographical sketch (3-4 pages). Do not send the mentor's complete CV.

Application to the National Office
The proposal selected by the councilor's selection committee must be sent to the national office, and must include, in addition to the items included in the submission to the councilor:

  1. A letter of endorsement from the AΩA councilor; and
  2. A dean's endorsement that should comment upon the student's achievements and potential and the suitability of the faculty sponsor for mentoring.

All materials must be submitted as either a single PDF or a set of PDFs in the format listed on the checklist; incomplete applications will be rejected.

E-mail the application to Debbie Lancaster by midnight January 31, 2015, PST.

The Review Process
A committee of physician scientists and AΩA's Board of Directors will evaluate each proposal. Additional information or clarification may be requested.

Date of Award Announcement
On or about April 15, 2015.

Other Important Information

  1. Approval of clinical or animal projects by the local medical center IRB or IACUC will be necessary before accepted applications can be funded.
  2. No later than June 30, 2015, the student must submit a report of the research to the Menlo Park office, detailing methods, results and discussion, and an abstract of fewer than 300 words that may be published on the AΩA web site if not already published. Completion of the project is not required; the student needs only to fulfill the 8-10 weeks research requirements. Any publication of the AΩA- supported research project must contain the following acknowledgment: Supported in part by an Alpha Omega Alpha Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship.

Frequently Asked Questions
How many fellowships are awarded each year?
AΩA allocates funds for about 50 awards each year.

Are there restrictions how the award money should be used?
No. How the money is used is entirely at the recipient's discretion.

Is a student restricted to doing the research project in the summer months?
No. It is up to the student and the school's scheduling. Originally this was intended as a summer program, a student may do the project at whatever time convenient. In many cases, it is part of an on-going project. However the student is required to complete the project and submit a final report to the national office by June 30 of the following year.

Does the student applying for the research fellowship have to complete the research at the same institution?
No. The research can be done at any institution as long as the student has a specific mentor there who is willing to support him/her.

If a school has two outstanding candidates, can the councilor submit both?
No. Only one candidate from each school may be nominated.

If a student has completed his/her third year, but plans to take a year off to do research. Is the student eligible for an award?
Yes, if the student does not anticipate graduating in the same year that the fellowship is awarded and is enrolled at the medical school.

Can a student accept additional funding from another organization on the same project?
Yes, if AΩA funds are the major source of support of the student.

More Information
Contact Debbie Lancaster at (650) 329-0291 or d.lancaster@alphaomegaalpha.org.

Download the announcement and checklist


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