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Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship Opportunity

This is a national award and students do not have to be a member of Alpha Omega Alpha to receive the award. Annually the application deadline (all materials to the respective Chapter Councilor) is December 31, with the full application due to the national office by January 31.

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To foster the development of the next generation of medical researchers.

The Opportunity

Financial support for research to be conducted either during a continual period of a minimum of eight to ten weeks; 30 hours or more per week, or an average of four hours per week for 12 months over a period of one to two years, for clinical investigation, basic laboratory research, epidemiology, social science/health services research, leadership, or professionalism. Funds from the fellowship are expected to be the major source of support for the student. Only one candidate from each school may be nominated. A student may only receive one fellowship during medical school. This fellowship program honors Carolyn L. Kuckein, long-time administrator of AΩA and an honorary member of the society, who died in 2004.

The Award

$5,000, one-half paid on announcement of the award, and one-half on receipt and approval by AΩA of a final research report.

In addition, up to $1,000 can be reimbursed for travel to present Fellowship research results at a national meeting within one year of distribution of the final award check. Reimbursement forms must be submitted within 60 days after travel is incurred.


First-, second-, and third-year medical students from schools with active AΩA chapters, or associations, are eligible. M.D./Ph.D. holders are not eligible for this fellowship, but are encouraged to apply for the Post Graduate Award.

Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship Winners at Saint Louis University

Recipient: Betty Chen (Class of 2017) "Knowledge of HPV-Associated Oropharyngeal Cancer and Barriers to HPV Vaccination among Adolescents,
Parental Guardians, and School Staff in St. Louis Schools"

Research Mentor: Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters, BDS, MPH, CHES
Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery