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Full Year Research Scholarship

Since 2002, the Alumni Fund of the Alumni Association-College of Medicine has been offering a scholarship to support full-time research for medical students. This scholarship provides $36,000 for a student(s) to conduct full-time research for one academic year. The Alumni Association of SUNY-Downstate Medical College offers funds to support one or more medical students who are planning a year of full-time research during the academic year 2024-2025. Priority is given to projects that are planned to occur at SUNY-Downstate or an affiliate, but all applications will be carefully reviewed. 

Applications for the Alumni Fund Research Grant need to include the following:

  1. Completed application form (click here to download)

  2. Original copy of a transcript of a medical school record

  3. Description of the research project.

  4. Letter from the research sponsor endorsing the proposed study and offering to support the research project, and a letter from the faculty advisor, if applicable, about the research project.


The research sponsor is the laboratory director where the project will be done.  That may be the same person as the faculty advisor.  However, for off-campus projects at another university or research center, a SUNY Downstate faculty advisor is also required. A report to the Alumni Fund, including copies of publications, is to be made mid-year and at the conclusion of the scholarship year.

Please contact if you need guidance.

Application Deadline: March 28, 2024

2023-2024 Awardees

  • Leon Kamen - "Rhesus Ocular Changes"

  • Alex Liu - "CR Cancer Drug"

  • Jennifer Wang - "Psoriasis Drug (NIR-DNA)"

Past Recipients 

  • Patryk Krzesaj - "Membrane-Expressed HDM-2 as a Marker for Malignancy in Liquid PAP Smear and Fine Needle Aspirate Samples" (2022-2023)

  • Perri Vingan - "Textured Implant Management" (2022-2023)

  • Joanna Tabor - "Relationship Between Meningioma Genomics and Their Clinical Characteristics and Outcomes"(2022-2023)

  • Ryan Bender – "Towards Personalized Breast Cancer Care: A Vascularized, Three- Dimensional Biometric Platform for Patient Specific, Ex Vivio Studies of Breast Cancer " (2020-2021)

  • Natasha Masub - "Blue Light Photodynamic Therapy as a Modulator of Gene Expression in Squamous Cell Carcinoma" (2019-2020)

  • Nadlie Toussaint - "Overcoming Chemoresistance in Pancreatic Cancer by Blockade of EXTL3" (2019-2020)

  • Jin Kyun Oh - "Outcome Measurements of RHO Retinopathy to Monitor the Efficacy of Ablate and Replace Gene Therapy" (2019-2020)

  • Eric Schoenfeld - "Early Life Stress (ELS) and Serotonin-Transporter Gene (STG) Polymorphism Interactions: Impact on Hippocampal Volume Asymmetry" (2019-2020)

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