Student Research Grants Program

The Student Research Grants Program (SRGP) was initiated to give graduate students an opportunity to conduct small, independent research projects and to give graduate students an opportunity to write and review grants. Applicants must have an active representative in MCGSO to be eligible for SRGP.

  1. Grant Officers     
  2. Full Instructions   
  3. Terms    
  4. Eligibility    
  5. Deadlines    
  6. Forms
  7. Renewal/Resubmission    
  8. Previous Recipients

If you are interested in reviewing grants for this or future cycles, please contact your Grant Officer (see Instructions below).

Grant Officers

  • Patrick McDeed –

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Full Instructions

About the Award:

The SRGP is an annual grant meant to fund student-initiated projects that one’s mentor cannot otherwise fund.  Please note that projects must be independent.  This means that the project must be conceived of, initiated, and developed by the student, not the mentor.  An SRGP project may be related to the student’s thesis, but must have a component of new training/experience that the student would not otherwise get (this could be technical or theoretical).

      • For examples of appropriate projects, please see the full instructions.

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        1. Any Ph.D. candidate currently enrolled in a Biomedical Graduate Program
          1. Eligible Programs: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Biostatistics, Cell Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Tumor Biology
          2. The above eligible programs must have an active student representative in MCGSO for students from that program to apply for SRGP funding.  An active representative is defined as a student who attends each monthly MCGSO meeting.  If the representative cannot be present at a meeting, a valid excuse for his or her absence must be communicated to the MCGSO president.
        2. Applicant must have passed required qualifying exams by the time funding begins (Anticipated funding date: July 1, 2023).
        3. Applicant must be in good academic standing with their graduate program.
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          • Submission Opens: March 14, 2023
          • Submission Closes: April 28, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
          • Review Panel Meeting: May 2023
          • Notification of Award: June 2023
          • Funds Available: July 2023
          • Progress Report: February 7, 2024
          • Final Report: June 1, 2024

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Please submit your full application as one document in PDF format to your grant officer and MCGSO via email before the submission deadline (April 28th, 2023 at 5pm).

Previous Recipients


Ismary Blanco – IPN – MMP-9 inhibition modulates SWR abundance and working memory in zebrafish in a developmental specific way

Daniel Chapman – IPN – Mapping spatial and cell-type bias in the dentate gyrus engram

Bryce Jones -Pharmacology & Physiology – Developing a novel method to study the kidney

Plamen Nikolov – IPN – Investigating the neural architecture of speech perception and production pathways


Plamen Nikolov – IPN – Investigating the neural architecture of speech perception and production pathways

Tahiyana Khan – IPN – Elucidating the gene expression profiles of senescence phenotypes following epileptogenesis

Jerry Xiao – Tumor Biology – Isolating and growing circulating tumor cells from patients diagnosed with cholangiocarcinoma

Seyedehfatemeh Razavipour – Tumor Biology – C-terminally phosphorylated p27 modulates chromatin remodeling in breast cancer


Plamen Nikolov – IPN – Investigating the neural basis of internal models during speech production

Ismary Blanco – IPN – Perineuronal nets modify bran-wide neuronal population activity after exposure to chronic stress in zebrafish

Andrew Speidell – IPN – The role of dendritically-localized BDNF in structural plasticity within the amygdala

Katherine O’Connell – IPN – Evaluating the impact of a social meditation training on pain tolerance

Bonnie Carney – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – A characterization of dyschromic hypertrophic scar: an observational clinical trial

Deran Erdengiz – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – Calmodulin agonists as novel Parkinson’s Disease therapeutics

Reham Ajina – Tumor Biology – Pancreatic cancer cells upregulate STAT1 signaling to foster immune suppression

Garrett Graham – Tumor Biology – Investigating RNA content of membraneless nuclear bodies associated with EWS-FLI1 in Ewing sarcoma

Mondona McCann – IPN – Polychlorinated biphenyls and synuclein as a ‘dual hit’ model of astrocytic dysfunction

Katherine O’ConnellIPN- Evaluating the impact of a social meditation training on pain tolerance

Laya Rajan – IPN – The impact of metabolic dysregulation on neural inflammation in frontal lobe

Catherine Sevigny–  Tumor Biology- Characterization of cellular metabolism in endocrine therapy resistance


Chinyere Agbaebu  – IPN – PRG-3 modulates CSPG and Nogo-6 inhibition of neurite outgrowth through the RhoA-ROCK pathway

Nathanael Lee – IPN – Investigating the role of fibrinogen in inflammatory demyelination

Jay Patel – Tumor Biology – Repurposing the anti-fungal agent itraconazole to target drug resistant cancer cells

Evan Wicker –  Pharmocology – The role of the nucleus reticularis of the thalamus during epileptogenesis


Lorenzo BozzelliIPN-In vivo investigations into the role of matrix metalloproteinases in impaired waste clearance in HIV

Max Kushner-Tumor Bio-Identification and characterization of novel regulators of Yes-associated protein in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma

Sara Maimouni-Biochemistry/Cellular Biology-Characterization of RARRES1 and its role in intermediary metabolism

Amrita Pai-Biochemistry/Cellular Biology-The role of NO in the inflammation associated with hypertension in ovariectomized female Dahl salt sensitive rats


Brittany Aguilar – IPN – Contributions of Intermediate and Deep Layers of the Superior Colliculus to PTSD Behavior

Erika Raven – IPN – Investigating the Relationship of Total Body Iron to Brain Iron in Adolescents

Deanna Tiek – Tumor Biology – Parsing out the Function of ESRRB Splice Variants in the Progression of Glioblastoma Multiforme

Xiyuan Zhang – Tumor Biology – Maternal high-fat diet changes gene expression profile in offspring’s mammary gland that potentiates tamoxifen resistance


Alexei Medvedev – Microbiology & Immunology – Initiation Mechanism of Norovirus Subgenomic RNA Synthesis

Kyle Shattuck – IPN – Cholinergic Regulation of Attention: a Functional Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Study

Sweta Batni – Global Infectious Diseases – Using SPR to identify potential novel chemotherapeutics targeting methyltransferase in Giardia lamblia

Carrie Leonard – IPN – Analysis of endogenous EphA7 protein using a novel transgenic knock-in mouse

Heidi Coia – Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – A novel 3D model to study mechanisms in the progression of obesity related hepatocellular carcinoma


Valerie Darcey – IPN – Vitamin B12 Status and the Neural Bases of Implicit Memory in Healthy Aging

Alexei Medvedev – Microbiology & Immunology – Initiation of Positive Strand Synthesis in Norovirus

Christine Hercik – Global Infectious Disease – Emerging Infectious Disease Surveillance in a Global Disease Hotspot—Moshi, Tanzania

Jared May – Microbiology & Immunology – Importance of human norovirus polyprotein processing


Lee Campbell – Pharmacology – The chemokine CCL5 as a neuromodulator of morphine tolerance

Adam Oaks – Biochemistry -Involvement of the proteosome in synuclein modulation of the dopamine transporter

Brittany Griffin – Global Infectious Disease – Assembly of Hepatitis Delta Virus Ribonucleoprotein complexes

Jared May – Microbiology & Immunology – Human Norovirus ORF-1 processing kinetics by Pro and dProPol


Teal Connor – IPN – The role of interactions between fyn and apoER2 in the reelin pathway

Rachel Wurzman – IPN – A role for ehprin-A2, A3, and 5 in excitatory synaptic development and function within the striatum

Dawn Beraud – IPN – Toll-like receptor 2 involvement in alpha-synuclein-directed microglial activation

Nuo Sun – Microbiology & Immunology – Investigate the mechanisms of action of proflavin, a poten inhibitor against multidrug resistant fungal pathogens


Lauren Ullrich – Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience (IPN) – MCI and memory processes

Nick Fingland – Biochemistry – Ice core samples and bacterial endospore viability

Meredith Clifford – IPN – EphA7 and somatosensory cortex

Patty Washington – IPN – TBI and A-beta species

Arianne Motter – Pharmacology – TrpA1 and docosahexaenoic acid

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2 Replies to “Student Research Grants Program”

    1. Hi Patricia,

      For some of the forms you will have to either download or open in Firefox (not Chrome). If you still have problems, please let us know.

      All the best,

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