UTMB Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences

Jeane B. Kempner Postdoctoral and Predoctoral Scholar Awards 2015

Application Requirements - Eligibility 

Candidates for a Postdoctoral Fellowship must have received their PhD or MD degree from UTMB within the past five (5) years to be eligible and should have strong backgrounds in research and be able to work independently. Those students who are in their last year of graduate studies are also eligible to apply for a Postdoctoral Fellowship, provided that they will have completed their graduate education and be ready to initiate postdoctoral training by the time the fellowship starts (usually September 1st).

Candidates for a Pre-doctoral Research Fellowship must be graduate students (enrolled in either a PhD or MD/PhD program) who have successfully entered candidacy or medical students who have completed their second year of medical school. Student applicants must be currently enrolled at UTMB and be in good academic standing. All candidates should have achieved academic excellence during their undergraduate and graduate career. Individuals holding a non-resident visa to the United States who are not US citizens are eligible but should inform the Fellowship Committee of their visa status so that appropriate action can be taken on their behalf should a fellowship be granted to them. Postdoctoral research projects under the Kempner Fellowship can be conducted at UTMB or any other accredited national or international academic institution. Pre-doctoral research projects must be conducted at UTMB.


The applications are available at this link: http://gsbs.utmb.edu/kempner/default.asp
JBK Scholars Application Page: http://gsbs.utmb.edu/Students/Kempner/Default.aspx

and should be submitted online without exception. Deadline for receipt is by 5 p.m. April 15, 2015.  Awards will cover salary and fringe for one year, and will  be announced in June 2015. Completed reference letters and transcripts may be forwarded to Angelina Tropea, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Suite 3.316 Levin Hall, Route 1041, Galveston, Texas 77555-1050.

Deadline: April 15, 2015
Any questions concerning the application process should be directed to: Angelina Tropea at atropea@utmb.edu

GSBS Student Spotlight

Matt HuanteMatt Huante

ASM Fellowship Award Winner

GSBS student Matt Huante was recently awarded one of nine Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowships by the American Society for Microbiology (ASM).

The Watkins award is a three-year fellowship, aimed at increasing the number of graduate students from underrepresented groups seeking doctoral degrees in the microbiological sciences.

Matt will have an opportunity to present his research, “Microphage facilitated inflammation in HIV/TB co-infection” at the ASM General Meeting each year of his fellowship.

In addition to the Watkins award, Matt is also the 2014 recipient of the Stephen C. Silverthorne Memorial Scholarship Award. Dr. Janice Endsley, Assistant Professor in the Dept. of Microbiology & Immunology, is Matt’s mentor.

Julia GersonJulia Gerson

Research featured on NPR

Julia Gerson, GSBS student in the Neuroscience Department, was recently featured in an NPR story about her research topic – tau – specifically toxic tau.

Jula was interviewed in the context of her research presentation at the Society for Neuroscience meeting held in Washington DC. Click here to listen to the story.

Julia’s work focuses on a tau oligomer that occurs in Alzheimer’s patients and people with traumatic brain injury. At the recent GSBS Awards Luncheon Julia was named the winner of the George Sealy Award, the James E. Beall Award in Anatomy & Neuroscience and the Zelda Zinn Casper Scholarship Award.

Dr. Rakez Kayed, Associate Professor in the Department of Neurology, Mitchell Center for Neurodegenerative Disorders, is Julia’s mentor.

GSBS Mission

The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Medical Branch advances human understanding and knowledge in health-related disciplines through scholarly teaching and research in the biomedical sciences, promoting excellence in academic pursuits and activities, and developing individual leadership, communication, motivation, and scholarship in all students.

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