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The Ferdinand C. Valentine Medical Student Research Grants in Urology

Now Accepting Applications - Deadline January 15, 2016

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The New York Academy of Medicine is pleased to announce the competition for The Ferdinand C. Valentine Medical Student Research Grants in Urology.

Eligibility Requirements

Competition is open to M.D. candidates attending medical school or conducting research in the greater New York area (New York City, Long Island, Westchester County, or New Jersey). Funding will be provided for research projects lasting between ten (10) and twelve (12) weeks in the summer of the upcoming year, preferably between the first and second years of medical school, but medical students in any year of their education may apply. Students are encouraged to pursue research projects that extend beyond the startup period. Students enrolled in combined MD/PhD programs are not eligible for this program. Additionally, eligible candidates are required to be a US citizen, permanent resident of the US, or authorized to work in the US for the period of time covered by this proposed award.

Application Process

Applicants must provide the following as part of their application:
1) Completed Application Cover Page
2) Research proposal not to exceed 1 page which should include project title, applicant’s name, faculty mentor’s name, and research site. The font used should be Arial with a minimum 11 point type size.
3) Biographical sketch of the student, including research background, career goals and immediate goals for the research project.
4) Signed letter of support from faculty mentor, including the role of the student, a plan for the mentor’s direct supervision of the student’s research activities, and a plan for the student’s career development. Mentors are discouraged from sponsoring more than one student per award cycle.
5) NIH biosketch of faculty mentor. (Sample at
6) Listing of the laboratory's current sources of grant support.
7) Documentation of mentor’s IRB or IACUC protocol approval or submission (if applicable) or waiver. The complete protocol is not required, only the appropriate approval or submission cover page. Approvals for pending protocols must be in place by the start of the grant. In the case of animal research, include a copy of the institution's current HHS Animal Welfare Assurance approval or renewal letter, or a letter from the institution's research administration office affirming that the animal facility complies with all federal standards and has been so certified.
8) Completed and signed signature pages 1 & 2.

To begin the application process, click on the link below.


Award Information

Up to three grants will be awarded with a stipend of $4,000 for students pursuing a clinical or basic science research project in the field of Urology in the summer of the upcoming year. The stipend will be paid directly to the sponsoring institution in two equal installments (at the beginning and end of grant period). The second payment will be contingent upon the submission of a written report on the project. Announcement of the successful applicants for the Ferdinand C. Valentine Grants will be made in time for a summer research project to commence. Student grantees are additionally expected to present their research findings at NYAM's annual Medical Student Forum in September following the summer of their project, to an audience of NYAM Fellows, faculty mentors, research colleagues and fellow student grant awardees.


Contact information

Office of Trustees & Fellowship Affairs
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029-5202
Tel: 212-419-3544
Fax: 212-419-3615

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