Please check back in September 2016 for details regarding the next application cycle.

Background

The New York Academy of Medicine is pleased to announce the competition for The Ferdinand C. Valentine Medical Student Research Grants in Urology. The grants are awarded to MD candidates who are either enrolled in a New York-area medical school or plan to conduct research at a New York-area institution, to pursue 10-12 week mentored summer research projects in urology.

Eligibility Requirements

Competition is open to MD 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 http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/biosketchsample.doc)
  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 (patent policy available online for download).

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

CLICK HERE TO APPLY ONLINE

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 the Academy's annual Medical Student Forum in September following the summer of their project, to an audience of Academy Fellows, faculty mentors, research colleagues and fellow student grant awardees.

Contact information

Office of Trustee & Fellowship Affairs
The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10029-5202
Tel: 212-419-3544
Fax: 212-419-3615
email: fellows@nyam.org


Current & Previous Recipients
2015 

Danny Lascano

Is Fibroblast Growth Factor-23, A Marker of Medical Chronic Kidney Disease, Elevated In Cases of De-Novo Surgical Chronic Kidney Disease?

Columbia University

Neil Mendhiratta

Informing Prostate Biopsy Strategies for Men with Previous Negative Biopsies

New York University School of Medicine

Ifeanyi Onyeji

Investigation of Nab-Rapamycin for Bacillus Calmette-Guerin Refractory Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer

Columbia University

2014 

Christopher Ryan

Retrospective Evaluation of Role of Hormonal Manipulation on Bone Age in Children and Adolescents with Klinefelter Syndrome

Research conducted at Weill Cornell Medical College

Michael Goltzman

TERT Promoter Mutations as Putative Biomarkers of Urothelial Carcinoma

Research conducted at New York Medical College

Sarah Abramson

Facilitators and Barriers to Treating Locally Advanced Prostate Cancer - Frontline Urologists’ Views

Research conducted at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

2013 

Ashley Kalor

Development of PCA-III Nomograms in the repeat Prostrate Biopsy Setting

Research conducted at New York Medical College

2012 

Neeti Bagadiya

Outcome analysis of post transrectal ultrasound guided prostate biopsy complications: Predictive factors of sepsis

Research conducted at Hofstra North Shore-Long Island Jewish School of Medicine/ Feinstein Institute of Medical Research

Joseph Crivelli

Targeting Bladder Cancer with Nanoparticle-mediated Microwave Thermotherapy

Research conducted at Weill Cornell Medical College

2010 

Stefan Karagiannopolos-Flores

Analysis of the Micro-Architecture of the Yunica Albuginea: Exploring the Link Between Peyronie’s Disease and Radical Prostatectomy

Research Conducted at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Wei Yang

Development of New Compounds Specifically Targeting Prostate Cancer Bone Metastases

Research Conducted at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

2009 

Joseph Ricci

Successful Fertility Treatment for Men with Klinefelter Syndrome: Pre-operative Management and Predictive Factors

Research Conducted at Weill Cornell Medical College

2008 

Zahir Imtiaz Basrai

Clinical Presentation of Prostate Cancer in the Medically Underrepresented Community

Research Conducted at New York Medical College

Benita Tien-ping Liao

PSA Volatility Index (PVI): A new method to quantitate PSA variability and the risk of prostate cancer

Research Conducted at New York Medical College

Mark Vicente Silva

Calculating Tension in the DaVinci Robotic System with a Computerized Tensometer

Research Conducted at Stony Brook University

Jonathan Zagzag

Kidney Fibrosis: The role of hypoxia and epithelial to mesenchymal transformation in chronic renal disease

Research Conducted at New York University

2007 

Carolyn Chang

Superficial Bladder Cancer: Role of Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (FISH) in Diagnosis, and Efficacy of Intravesical BCG with Interferon Alpha Therapy

Research Conducted at New York Medical College

Angela L. Roberts

Effect of a Novel Pressure System on Urothelial Cell Nitric Oxide Synthase

Research Conducted at Weill Medical College of Cornell University - Institute for Pediatric Urology

2006 

Michelle Diana Wilson

Steroid Hormone Effects on Prostate Epithelial Cell Differentiation

Research Conducted at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Stephen David Marshall

Enhancement of Transplant Tolerance by Dendritic Cells

Research Conducted at UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School

Stuart Lance Cohen 

An Algorithm for Content Correction of Mixed Cellular Microarray Expression Data for Prostate Cancer and Other Epithelial Tumors

Research Conducted at New York University School of Medicine

2005 

Sophie Chheang

The Prognostic Value of Pretreatment PSA and Posttreatment Nadir PSA Levels in Patients with Locally Aggressive Cancer

Research Conducted at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute

Trushar Patel

The Relationship of High Grade Prostatic Intraepithelial Neoplasia (HGPIN) and High Grade Prostate Cancer

Research Conducted at New York University School of Medicine

Ranjith Ramasamy

To Determine If Breast Feeding During Infancy Protects Against Bedwetting During Childhood

Research Conducted at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey

2004 

Yana Basis

Age-Associate Changes in the Rat Prostate Proteome

Research Conducted at New York Medical College

Stella Kijung Maeng

Characterization of the Effect of Pressure on NO Production by Urothelial Cells

Research Conducted at Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Sarju S. Patel

Exploration of VSV Expressing Fusigenic Glycoproteins for the Treatment of Prostate Cancer

Research Conducted at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

2003 

Sherman Chan

The Role of Hypogonadism in Erectile Dysfunction in Diabetic Men

Research Conducted at Brooklyn Veterans Administration Medical Center

Clinton Lund Christensen

Further Data Analysis of Pediatric Trauma Patients with Urologic Injury

Research Conducted at New York Medical College

Steven Gregory Kikolski

Investigation of the Interaction of the Androgen Receptor with Growth Factor Receptor Signaling Pathways

Research Conducted at New York University School of Medicine

2002 

Clinton Lind Christensen

Data Analysis of Trauma Patients with Urologic Injury

Research Conducted at New York Medical College

Kelly Marie Maxwell

Examining the Potential Role of a Novel Androgen Receptor Coactivator ART-27 in Genetic Susceptibility to Prostate Cancer

Research Conducted at New York University School of Medicine

Greg T. Sherr

Effect of a High Beef Fat Diet on Gene Expression in the Rat Prostate

Research Conducted at New York Medical College

2001 

Steven A. Ugras

Investigation of the Presence of Green Tea and the Prostate

Research Conducted at Robert Wood Johnson Medical Center

Amy Melina Dosoretz

PGE2 Effects on HIF and VEGF Protein Levels in Prostate Cancer Cells Are Mediated Via Activation on the Akt Pathway

Research Conducted at Mount Sinai School of Medicine

Katherine Nmn Rodriguez

Poration of Malignant Tumors with Microwave Pulses

Research Conducted at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/ Montefiore Medical Center

Nachum Burt Stollman

Role of Gap Junction Protein Cx43 in Detrusor Muscle Contraction

Research Conducted at Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Kavita Mukund Patel

The Effect of HIV Infection on Serum Prostate Specific Antigen Levels

Research Conducted at SUNY-Health Science Center-Downstate Medical College