Prospective Students

Society for Research Scholars

Foundation of UMDNJ
Society of Research Scholars

Definition:  The Foundation of UMDNJ Society of Research Scholars consists of UMDNJ-GSBS doctoral students with the highest academic credentials who have been accepted to UMDNJ.

Eligibility: Students must have demonstrated excellence in undergraduate courses as well as prior research experience, the likelihood to obtain external funding and high potential for future academic excellence.  Nominations will be made by a GSBS faculty committee within each division i.e., NJMS, RWJMS and SOM and will be approved by the Dean of the GSBS.  The number of nominations accepted from each division will be predetermined based on average class size of the GSBS division, although the demonstrated excellence of the applicant will be the primary criteria for acceptance. 

Scholarships – Each scholarship will provide one year of stipend support as well as a $5,000 educational allowance that can be used to support the student’s research activities (reagents, supplies, conference related travel expenses, etc.) in their chosen thesis laboratory.  In general the research allowance will be provided by The Foundation of UMDNJ in the second year, after the student has chosen their thesis laboratory.

Research Scholars

  Fall 2011
GSBS at NJMS           Sushil Kumar
GSBS at NJMS           Alexandra Pallottie
GSBS at NJMS           Zakiya Qualls
GSBS at NJMS           Stephanie Veerasammy
Fall 2010
GSBS at NJMS           Jennifer DeCotiis
GSBS at NJMS           Nora Ko
GSBS at NJMS           Lauren Mursch
GSBS at NJMS           Andrew Tanner
  Fall 2009
GSBS at NJMS           Samantha Cote
GSBS at NJMS           Matthew Gielow (student status: inactive)
GSBS at NJMS           Meghan Davis
GSBS at NJMS           Vanessa Espinosa
Fall 2008
GSBS at NJMS           Stacey Cifelli
GSBS at NJMS           Caroline Palavicino-Maggio
GSBS at NJMS           Lauren Rota
GSBS at NJMS           Michelle Wasserman (student status: she graduated w/ a Masters)
  Fall 2007
GSBS at NJMS           Temitayo Awoyomi
GSBS at NJMS           Mario Giron (student status: inactive)
GSBS at NJMS           Jessica Mann
GSBS at NJMS           Khanh Quynh Nguyen


Responsibility of Student/Mentor - Each student, with the support of their thesis mentor, will be expected to:

1. Apply for external fellowship support for their graduate research efforts within the first 2 years after matriculation to GSBS;

2. Provide an annual report on their research activities;

3. Acknowledge the support of The Foundation in oral and printed publications of their research

The student will be apprised of these requirements when the scholarship is offered and the mentor will be apprised of these requirements upon accepting the student into his/her laboratory.

Responsibility of GSBS – GSBS will ensure the integrity of the selection process, monitor the training of Society Scholars and work with The Foundation to coordinate activities to promote the Society and its successes.


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