Scholarships and Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society

    Past Awards: 

    1993 - Kirk Smith
  • American Association of University Women Education Foundation

    One of the world's largest sources of funding exclusively for graduate women, the AAUW Educational Foundation supports women breaking through educational and economic barriers as aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented. 

    Past Awards: 

    1990 - Cheryl Ellis Vaiani

Distributions from this endowment provide annual academic scholarship awards and loans for student enrolled in any school of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston.  Selected recipients must be degree-seeking students of UTMB.  The award is $5,000. 

Past Awards: 

1997 - Jing-Bao Nie
2012 - Alina Bennett
2012 - Julie Kutac
2014 - Imanni Sheppard

  • Bohdan R. Nechay Scholarship

    Peter Nechay, MD, established the Bohdan R. Nechay Scholarship in honor of his father, a former member of the UTMB faculty.  The scholarship recognizes and rewards an outstanding student in the graduate school.  The award is $1000. 

    Past Awards: 

    1999 - Jing-Bao Nie
    2014 - Erica Fletcher
    2014 - Brenda Wilson
  • Chauncey and Elizabeth Leake Award

    Past Awards: 

    1993 - Mary White (Essay on the Humanities and Medicine) 
    1996 - Jing-Bao Nie
  • Chauncey Leake Dissertation Day

    The Chauncey Leake Dissertation Day was inaugurated by The Institute for the Medical Humanities in 1992. Handsome antique coins are provided by Chauncey Leake and then presented to IMH graduates to provide a tangible token of their achievements. 

    Past Awards: 

    2000 - Deborah Cummins 
    2006 - Joal Hill 
    2006 - Stacey Tovino

This endowment was created in 1999 by Faith Lagay, an alumna of the Institute of the Medical Humanities. Further contributions from alumni and friends made it possible to present this award for the first time in 2005.   The award is presented to an outstanding student enrolled in the Medical Humanities graduate program pays tribute to former faculty member Chester Burns, M.D., Ph.D.  Special preference will be given to applicants whose major interests are in the traditional humanities disciplines (including history, literature, philosophy, religious studies, and visual studies). The award is a plaque and a check for $4000. 

 Past awards: 

2005 - David Kozishek (Inaugural Recipient) 
2006 - Angela Scott 
2007 - Nobue Urushihara Urvil 
2008 - Krisann E. Muskievicz 
2009 - Margaret P. Wardlaw 
2010 - Andrew Childress
2011 - Alina Bennett
2012 - Rimma Osipov
2013 - Jonathan Banda
2013 - Julie Kutac
2013 - Nicole Piemonte
2014 - Imanni Sheppard
2015 - Heather Carson Pearcy
2016- Rebecca Waters
2017- Shannon Guillot-Wright
           Yekki Song

This award is presented to a full-time student in the Institute for the Medical Humanities who has demonstrated academic excellence and who has displayed self-knowledge and a commitment to moral and humanistic teaching, health care, and/or styles of institutional leadership. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have no other scholarship or stipend support, who are interested in humanistic dimensions of mental health, and who aspire to an academic career in health professions education. The selection of the award recipient will be made by an IMH committee. The award is a plaque and a check for $2000. 

Past Awards: 

2006 - John Caskey Inaugural Recipient 
2007 - John Ernest (Ernie) Aguilar 
2008 - Margaret P. Wardlaw 
2009 - Nobue Urushihara Urvil 
2010 - Alina Bennett
2011 - Rimma Osipov
2012 - Peggy Determeyer
2013 - Kenneth Alewine
2013 - Stephanie Darrow
2013 - Rachel Pearson
2014 - Erica Fletcher
2015 - Joseph Mandala
2015 - Rebecca A. Waters
2016-  Andrew Taylor
2017- Yekki Song

  • Dean's Award for Academic Excellence

    The Dean's Award for Academic Excellence is awarded each year to a graduating doctoral student who has achieved high standing in course work throughout his or her graduate studies. 

    Past Awards: 

    1982 - Johanna Schmid 
    1995 - Mary White 
    1998 - Cheryl Ellis Vaiani 
    1999 - Deborah Cummins 
    2005 - Amy McGuire 
    2006 - Stacey Tovino 
    2007 - Angela Lea Scott

This award recognizes a graduate faculty member for educational excellence in the Medical Humanities Graduate Program. 

Past Awards: 

2005 - Anne Hudson Jones, Ph.D. 
2006 - Anne Hudson Jones, Ph.D. 
2007 - Ronald A. Carson, Ph.D. 
2008 - No award given due to Hurricane Ike 
2009 - No award given due to Hurricane Ike recovery 
2010 - Laura Hermer, J.D., LL.M.
2011 - Anne Hudson Jones, Ph.D.
2012 - Mark Clark, Ph.D.
2013 - Jason E. Glenn, Ph.D.

  • GSBS Associates Scholarship Award

    GSBS Associates Scholarships–These scholarships recruit outstanding Ph.D. candidates to UTMB or recognize students of exceptional merit early in their career (usually 1st or 2nd year). Two awards of $1000 each are given. 

    Past Awards: 

    2001 - Craig Klugman 
    2005 - Stacey Tovino 
    2010 - Margaret Wardlaw
    2014 - Shannon Guillot-Wright
  • GSBS Associates Travel Award present in Memory of Christina Fleischmann

The GSBS Associates proudly present this travel award in memory of Christina Fleischmann, PhD, a 1992 alumna of the Microbiology and Immunology Graduate Program.  The Fleishmann Family Fund provides this annual support for students to present their research at national and international meetings. The award is $1,000.

Past Awards:

2012 - Sheena Eagan Chamberlin
2014 - Rebecca A. Waters

  • Anne and John Hamilton Endowed Scholarship

Mr. and Mrs. John Hamilton established this schoarship in support of the UTMB Timeless Values Pioneering Solutions fundraising campaign and to recognize an outstanding graduate student.  The recipient is chosen based on distinguished academic performance.

Past Awards:

2015 - Rimma Osipov 
The Harry Huntt Ransom Fellowship in the Institute for the Medical Humanities was established in 1993 to provide financial support for Dissertation Fellows in the Institute for the Medical Humanities.  Those selected for this award must demonstrate (1) outstanding academic and professional credentials in the medical humanities, (2) superior research aptitude skills in the medical humanities, (3) outstanding professional and personal leadership among his or her peers, and (4) have successfully completed their written and oral qualifying examinations.  Students would remain eligible through the year they complete their dissertation.  The Harry Huntt Ransom Fellowship is in the amount of $2000 and will be offered annually to IMH graduate students while they complete their dissertation.  Eligible students participate in a departmental selection process.

Past Awards: 

1998 - Deborah Cummins 
2004 - Michael Bevins 
2005 - Amy McGuire 
2006 - Stacey Tovino 
2007 - John Caskey 
2010 - Daniel Goldberg 
2011 - Nobue Urushihara Urvil
2012 - Margaret Wardlaw
2013 - Andrew Childress
2013 - Merle Lenihan
2014 - Erica Fletcher
2014 - Nicole Piemonte
2014 - Alina Bennett 
2015 - Rimma Osipov
2015 - Imanni Sheppard
2015 - Brenda Wilson
2016- Heather Carson
2017- Shannon Guillot-Wright
  • James E. Beall II Memorial Scholarship

    This scholarship is available for a student who is enrolled as a regular, full-time Ph.D. degree-seeking student based on academic qualifications including GRE scores, TOEFL or IELTS scores (where required), grade point average, advanced degrees, research experience, and motivation and dedication to a career in biomedical research. The award is $1000. 

    Past Awards: 

    1990 - Patricia Jakobi 
    1997 - Kayhan Parsi
  • Jason E. Perlman Research Award

Elsie Perlman, former employee of UTMB, established the Jason E. Perlman Research Award in memory of her son.  This award was established to recognize a student who has made a significant contribution toward the advancement of knowledge in the area of behavioral sciences or the humanities. The award is a plaque and $900. 

Past Awards: 

1997 - Kirk Smith
2008 - Daniel Goldberg
2010 - Margaret Wardlaw
2014 - Nicole Piemonte
2015 - Rebecca A. Waters
  • Jeane B. Kempner Scholar Award

    The Jeane B. Kempner Scholar Award was established in the will of Daniel W. Kempner, for the purpose of giving financial aid to exceptionally brilliant students attending the Medical Branch of the University of Texas at Galveston, to assist and encourage them in pursing advanced studies in any area of medicine, such assistance to be given following the student's normal undergraduate years of study.  Candidates have received their PhD or MD degree from UTMB within the past five (5) years and have strong backgrounds in research with the ability to work independently.  Candidates have achieved academic excellence during their graduate career.  A Kempner fellowship supports research at UTMB or any other accredited national or international institution.  This award is a one year stipend (currently $28,000 per year).

Past IMH Awards:

2014 - Erica Fletcher
2016- Brenda K. Wilson
  • The John D. and Mary Ann Stobo Award

This award is endowed through a personal gift by the university’s president emeritus and his wife, this award was established to encourage future health professionals who embody the principles of humane, competent, patient-centered care. Read more here:

Past IMH Awards:

2005 - David Kozishek
2009 - Julie Kutac
2013 - Nicole Piemonte
  • Curtis W. Lambert Scholarship

 The Curtis W. Lambert Scholarship Fund was established by four close friends and hundreds of contributions by family and friends of Mr. lambert, former director of development, administrator par excellence and a benefactor of students.  Mr. Lambert was described as an excellent administrator, a great volunteer, a wonderful storyteller and humorist, but first and foremost, as a friend to the student and this university.  The scholarship recognizes a medical and a graduate student.

Past Awards:

2015 - Imanni Sheppard

  • Leroy Olson, Ph.D. Endowed Scholarship Award

    This scholarship is presented to a student based on merit and high academic standards. This award is $1,000. 

    Past Awards: 

    2008 - Nobue Urushihara Urvil 
    2010 - Nobue Urushihara Urvil
  • Margaret Saunders Travel Award

    In memory of his wife, Margaret Saunders, Dr. J. Palmer Saunders established an award to supplement PhD candidates' travel to present their work at national and international meetings.  This award is $1,000. 

    Past Awards: 

    2014 - Kenneth Alewine
  • McLaughlin Award for Best Poster in Immunology/Infectious Diseases at MSSRP

    2000 - Michael Bevins

The endowed scholarship for the Institute for the Medical Humanities is given annually at the beginning of each academic year to students pursuing a degree in the Medical Humanities who has demonstrated financial need and/or distinguished academic achievement. Currently, the award is $1000. 

Past Awards: 

1993 - Anne Marie Kearney Giessel 
1994 - Kristi Schrode 
1995 - Faith McLellan 
1996 - Jing Bao Nie 
2001 - Amy McGuire 
2003 - Amy McGuire 
2004 - John Caskey 
2005 - Daniel Bustillos 
2006 - Nobue Urushihara Urvil 
2007 - Krisann Muskievicz 
2008 - Jiin-yu Chen 
2009 - Sheena Eagan 
2010 - Sheena Eagan
2011 - Alina Bennett
2012 - Julie Kutac
2013 - Peggy Determeyer
2013 - Erica Fletcher
2014 - Jonathan Banda
2015 - Rimma Osipov
2015 - Rebecca A. Waters
2016- Heather Carson
          Andrew Taylor
2017- Yekki Song

  • National Student Research Forum

    The primary purpose of the NSRF is to provide a national scientific assembly, planned and managed by students for presentation of research by medical students, interns and residents, and graduate students in the health sciences. The Forum recognized excellence in research by means of awards, based upon the judgment of a panel of scientists selected from the UTMB faculty and campuses across the United States. 

    The NSRF originated in 1960 at UTMB, and the first Forum had participants from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, and Tennessee. This year approximately 100 students from 38 medical schools, graduate schools, and hospitals throughout the United States, Canada, and India presented their work. 

    Past Awards: 

    1994 - Kirk Smith (Chauncey Leake History of Medicine Prize for best original paper in the History of Medicine entitled "Galen's Defense of Phlebotomy.") 

    1996 - Jing-Bao Nie (Chauncey Leake History of Medicine Prize for best original paper in the History of Medicine.) 

    2006 - Marissa Gostanian (Medical Humanities Award. The award was $200 and a plaque. Marissa's presentation was titled “Physician Heal Thyself: Desire and Impairment in Abraham Verghese's The Tennis Partner.” In the Public Health Forum, Marissa spoke along with students from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Washington, the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, the Brown Medical School, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the University of Maryland School of Medicine.) 

    2008 - Nobue Urushihara Urvil received the National Student Research Forum (NSRF) Medical Humanities Award at the 49th Annual National Student Research Forum, which was held on April 24-25, 2008 at UTMB. The award is $200 and a plaque. Nobue's presentation was titled “Quest of Light: Narratives of Retardation by Oe Kenzaburo.” Her paper was a shorter version of the paper she presented at the March 2008 IMH Student Colloquium.
  • Peyton and Lydia Schapper Endowed Scholarship (School of Allied Health Sciences)

    These scholarships recognize an accepted degree seeking graduate student who has an expressed interest in the area of gerontology and health promotion, and who has demonstrated outstanding professional and personal leadership among his/her peers. Two awards of $1300 each. 

    Past Awards: 

    2004 - Jason Morrow 
    2007 - Julie Kutac 
    2008 - Julie Kutac
  • Robert Bennett Tuition Scholarship Award

    This scholarship recognizes an outstanding student enrolled in the GSBS. The award is $1,000. 

    Past Awards

    2007 - Daniel Bustillos
    2013 - Jonathan Banda

  • Robert Harrison, MD, Memorial MD/PhD Endowment

    Robert Harrison, M.D. Memorial M.D./Ph.D. Scholarship - The scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled in the M.D./Ph.D. Combined Degree Program and is based on outstanding academic performance and credentials, superior medical aptitude and plans for a career in academic medicine, and demonstrated leadership among peers. The award is $1000. 

    Past Awards

    2013 - Rachel Pearson
  • Shirley and Albert E. Sanders, MD Presidential Scholarship Fund

This scholarship fund was created for the benefit of the UTMB School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences by Shirley and Albert Sanders.  Funds distributed from the endowment shall be used to award scholarships each year for outstanding students in the School of Medicine and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, alternately.         

Past Awards

2011 - Jiin-Yu Chen
2011 - Krisann Muskievicz
2013 - Rimma Osipov

The Sjoerd Stuenebrink Scholarship Endowment was established in 1999, through the estate of Sjoerd Steunebrink.  Dr. Steunebrink immigrated to the United States from Holland in 1956.  He completed his internship and residency in West Virginia, practiced anesthesia in Houston for 23 years.  He believed strongly in pursuing his dream and wanted to help others pursue their dream as well. 

Past Awards: 

2011 - Julie Kutac

  • The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi

    The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is the only all-discipline honor society at UTMB. This chapter is the first and only one at an academic health sciences center. Its mission is to encourage, recognize, and promote superior scholarship. 

    The standards for election to Phi Kappa Phi are higher than those of most other honorary societies. The Society elects to membership undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, professional staff, and alumni. Students are selected from the upper 10 percent of the senior class, the upper 7.5 percent of juniors who have completed at least 72 hours or the equivalent, and the upper 10 percent of graduate and professional students. 

    Graduate students are congratulated on achieving this high level of excellence in the medical humanities academic program. 

    Past Awards: 

    2005 - Dan Bustillos 
    2005 - John Caskey 
    2005 - Joal Hill 
    2005 - David Kozishek 
    2005 - Merle Lenihan 
    2005 - Alison Rutledge 
    2005 - Angela Scott 
    2005 - Robin Solomon 
    2005 - Stacey Tovino 
    2006 - Julie Kutac 
    2006 - Krisann Muskievicz 
    2007 - Daniel Goldberg
  • The John P. McGovern Student Scholarship in Oslerian Medicine

    The John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine Student Scholarship (SOM) was established in 2003 by an anonymous contributor, this scholarship provides an award for a student who has demonstrated a commitment to humanistic medicine and compassionate patient care. The recipient is selected by members of the John P. McGovern Academy of Oslerian Medicine. 

    These awards provide monetary support for the education of medical students whose performance and conduct exemplify those ideals of medical practice as promulgated by Sir William Osler. The fundamental principles of Oslerian medicine include: (1.) Compassionate, personalized medical care that emphasizes the doctor/patient relationship; (2.) Incorporation of a sound scientific basis for optimal patient care; and (3.) Professional behavior at all times. 

    Each award will be for $10,000 per year and will continue until the expected date of graduation. In 2006, awards will be presented to four students: two rising sophomores and two to those entering the second, third, or fourth years that are in good standing in the UTMB School of Medicine (SOM). 

    Past Awards: 

    2004 - S. Ryan Gregory (Inaugural Award) 
  • Truman Graves Blocker, Jr. Research Scholars

    Past Awards: 

    2000 - Michael Bevins (Minnie & Ward Savage Student Fellowship) 
    2003 - Michael Bevins ( Carl J. Herzog Student Fellowship)
  • University Federal Credit Union Scholarship

    This scholarship is provided through the University Federal Credit Union and designated for a student enrolled in the Biomedical Sciences who demonstrates outstanding performance in all areas of academic life at UTMB.  The award is $1,000.

    Past Awards: 

    2012 - Julie Kutac
    2013 - Julie Kutac
    2014 - Nicole Piemonte 

Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges

Each year, nominees are selected for Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges. Criteria considered are: Scholastic ability, participation and leadership in academic and extracurricular activities, citizenship and services to the school, and potential for future achievement. 

Past Awards: 
    • 1993-1994 - Kirk Smith 
    • 1994-1995 - Martha Holstein 
    • 1994-1995 - Faith Lagay 
    • 1999-2000 - Michael Bevins 
    • 1999-2000 - Joal Hill 
    • 2000-2001 - S. Ryan Gregory 
    • 2002-2003 - Michael Bevins 
    • 2003-2004 - Jason Morrow 
    • 2004-2005 - John Caskey 
    • 2004-2005 - David Kozishek 
    • 2004-2005 - Angela Scott 
    • 2004-2005 - Robin Solomon 
    • 2005-2006 - Ernie Aguilar 
    • 2005-2006 - Daniel Bustillos 
    • 2005-2006 - Merle Lenihan 
    • 2005-2006 - Bernadette McKinney 
    • 2006-2007 - Julie Kutac 
    • 2006-2007 - Krisann Muskievicz 
    • 2006-2007 - Susan Night 
    • 2007-2008 - Jiin-Yu Chen 
    • 2007-2008 - Margaret Wardlaw
    • 2008-2009 - John Paul (Paulie) Gaido
    • 2009-2010 - Sheena Eagan Chamberlin
    • 2011-2012 - Alina Bennett
    • 2011-2012 - Rimma Osipov
    • 2012-2013 - Nicole Piemonte
    • 2014-2015 - Erica Fletcher
    • 2014-2015 - Ariel Ludwig
    • 2015-2016-  Peggy Determeyer
  • William Bennett Bean Scholarship in the Medical Humanities

This scholarship is awarded to a degree-seeking graduate student pursuing a career in the Medical Humanities. The student must demonstrate distinguished academic achievement. The award is $1,000. 

Past Awards: 

1997 - Joal M. Hill 
1998 - Michael B. Bevins 
1999 - Toni Schossler 
2000 - Craig Klugman 
2001 - Jason D. Morrow 
2002 - Jason D. Morrow 
2003 - Michael B. Bevins 
2004 - Amy McGuire 
2005 - John Caskey 
2006 - Julie Kutac 
2007 - John Ernest (Ernie) Aguilar 
2008 - Susan Night 
2009 - Jiin-Yu Chen 
2010 - Jiin-Yu Chen
2011 - Andrew Childress
2012 - Nicole Piemonte
2013 - Alina Bennett
2014 - Peggy Determeyer
2015 - Peggy Determeyer
2016-  Rebecca Waters
2017- Yekki Song

A partial stipend plus a travel award is available to an outstanding student showing superior accomplishments and promise for achieving excellent dissertation research. The student must be a U.S. citizen and may receive this scholarship only once. The award is $27,000 (stipend + fringe) plus a $1000 travel award. 

Past Awards: 

1994 - Martha Holstein 
2000 - Craig Klugman
2008 - Jiin-yu Chen (Stipend + fringe)
2008 - Daniel Goldberg (Travel Award)
2012 - Nicole Piemonte
2013 - Alina Bennett

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