Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society

Student Research Fellowship

Dr. Morton Smith(L), AΩA Councilor at the Alpha Missouri Chapter at Washington University in Saint Louis,
presenting the award check to Alexandra Keane, 2016 Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship recipient,
alongside research mentor, Dr. Alison Snyder-Warwick(R).

Past Recipients & Research Abstracts:

2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010
2015 Recipient Thank You Letters

2017 Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship

Download the announcement and checklist

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
$5,000, one-half paid on announcement of the award, and one-half on recreipt and approval by AΩA of a final report of the research.
Up to $1,000 can be reimbursed for travel to present Fellowship research results at a national meeting within one year of distribution of the final award check.

First-, second-, and third-year medical students from schools with active AΩA chapters, or associations, are eligible. MD/PhD holders are not eligible for this fellowship, but are encouraged to apply for the Post Graduate Award.
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.
Only one fellowship can be awarded during medical school.

Dates for Application
Proposals must be submitted to the Councilor before December 31, 2016.
The final application must be received by the National Office no later than 11:59 PM, January 31, 2017, PST.

Application to the Councilor
The Councilor and his/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). Checklist may be more than one page.
  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.
  8. All members of the application packet who are AΩA members, must have active status.

Application to the National Office
Submissions must be sent to the AΩA National Office by e-mail as PDF(s), and must include, in addition to the items included in the submission to the Councilor:

  1. A letter of endorsement from the AΩA Councilor.
  2. A Dean’s endorsement that should comment on the student’s achievements and potential, and the suitability of the faculty sponsor for mentoring.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
Applications should be e-mailed to Dee Martinez at

The Review Process
A committee will evaluate each proposal, and may ask for additional information.

Date of Award Announcement
Winning awards will be announced April 17, 2017.

Other Important Information

  1. Approval of clinical or animal projects by the local medical center IRB or IACUC must be received before accepted applications can be funded.
  2. No later than June 30, 2018, the student must submit a report of the research to the National Office, detailing methods, results and discussion, and an abstract of fewer than 300 words that may be published on the AΩA website. Completion of the project is not required.
  3. 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.
  4. Alpha Omega Alpha is committed to upholding a high standard of professionalism, compassion and humanism in medicine. Patients should be treated with dignity and their privacy respected. We will not accept submissions to any of our programs that conflict with these values, or contain bigotry, or highly politicized content.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I find out who my school's AΩA councilor is?
Go to Chapters or Associations

Is the deadline for submitting my application to my school's AΩA councilor midnight on December 31?
Contact the councilor to find out.

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 Dee Martinez at (650) 329-0291 or

Updated on January 30, 2017.

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