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Merilyn Hester Scholarship requests applications

Apr. 18, 2013

Medical and doctoral students pursuing degrees in biomedical sciences with a demonstrated interest and potential for conducting pediatric hematology or oncology research are sought to submit applications to the IUSCC Merilyn Hester Scholarship program.

Successful applicants are students who have a strong academic record, have outstanding character and well-defined professional goals. Funding is up to $8,000 a year with the number of awardees determined by the quality of applications and available funds in a given year. Students who have received any other type of scholarship or grant for the upcoming academic year are not eligible.

M.D. students will receive up to $8,000, which must be applied toward tuition. Ph.D. students or M.D./Ph.D. students will receive up to $4,000 as a one-time pay increase in the stipend and up to $4,000 disbursed to the research lab ($2,000 for travel to attend scientific meetings and $2,000 for supplies to offset lab expenses). 

At the end of the year, awardees will be asked to submit a one-page summary documenting what the funding has meant to them, and signed by their mentor.

A faculty mentor is required to participate in this program. Students whose have already chosen a faculty mentor should confirm that their mention has read the position requirements and agreed to serve as your mentor. Students who wish to be matched with a faculty member as a mentor can indicate their area of interest in the application form. 

Applications materials include university (for Ph.D. students) or  medical school transcript (for M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. students); a curriculum vitae, including your college career, research work in the past and any publications or presentations; a list of references; and letters of recommendation. Transcripts do not need to be an official sealed copy. For more information, see the scholarship application.

Applications will be reviewed by Mark Kelley, M.D., Betty and Earl Herr Professor in Pediatric Oncology Research and Professor of Pediatrics and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Dr. Kelley also serves as associate director of the Herman B Wells Center for Pediatric Research, associate director of basic science research at the IU Simon Cancer Center and director of molecular Pediatric Oncology program at the IU School of Medicine.

Applications are due Saturday, June 1. All materials should be submitted to Julie Driscol at judrisco@iupui.edu.

The funding start date is Monday, July 1.



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