Two Scholarship Opportunities

Posted March 25, 2009

For application forms and more details:

Debbie Whittemore Memorial Scholarship Award - Deadline April 10, 2009

This scholarship is presented by Stony Brook University in memory of Debbie Whittemore, former Athletic Training Student and Intramural Program Employee. She was an exceptional student during her college years, 1987 to 1994, as well as a committed intramural employee and dedicated student athletic trainer. Tragically, we lost Debbie during the summer of 1994 in a senseless car crash, as she was yet another victim of a drunken driver. She has left us far too soon. For those of us that knew her, it is an inconceivable and devastating loss. Just two days before her death, she began her career as a nurse at Stony Brook University Hospital. She would have been a wonderful nurse because of her selflessness and concern for others. Although Debbie is no longer with us in body, she will forever be with us in spirit and memory. In order to honor her and never let her be forgotten, we have established the Debbie Whittemore Endowed Scholarship Fund. It is exactly what she would have wanted, to provide opportunities for students to receive an education and go on to lead productive and fulfilling lives. The Debbie Whittemore Scholarship will be awarded annually to two (2) Undergraduate Students who display outstanding academic excellence and have made significant contributions to student life and athletics on the campus and within the community.

Christopher Samaria Memorial Scholarship - Deadline April 13, 2009

The Christopher Samaria Memorial Scholarship was established in 2005, in honor of Christopher Samaria, an undergraduate student recognized for his outstanding academic ability and exceptional leadership skills. Christopher lost his life in a tragic automobile accident in 2005. The Christopher Samaria Memorial Scholarship has been created in his name to acknowledge exceptional undergraduate students who excel in their studies while actively advocating for the South Asian community; display their interest and commitment by participating, organizing and coordinating a variety of extracurricular and community outreach or organizing activities; demonstrate leadership qualities and make contributions to diversity related programs on the Stony Brook University campus or in their local communities. Outstanding freshmen, sophomores or juniors with majors in the College of Arts and Sciences, interested in pursuing a career in the medical profession are encouraged to apply. Applicants must meet the above criteria and must demonstrate financial need, have a minimum GPA 3.0 and have full-time status the year the award is given. Preference in selecting the recipient will be given to those who provide service to the South Asian community on the Stony Brook campus.

National Science Foundation: Scholarships for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics


Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form on file with the Stony Brook Office of Financial Aid Eligible for financial aid as determined by FAFSA Cumulative GPA of at least 2.80

Enrolled in one of the following majors:

Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences

|Astronomy | Biochemistry | Biology Chemistry, | Earth and Space Sciences | |Environmental Studies| Geology| Marine Sciences | Marine Vertebrate Biology | |Mathematics, | Pharmacology| Physics |

Application Requirements

The completed application form On a separate piece of paper a typed 250-500 word essay describing your career goals Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended (unofficial accepted) A letter of recommendation from a science, engineering, math instructor, or an advisor (submit with application in a sealed envelope signed across the flap by your recommender) All four above items must be received on or before May 1, 2009 by: Mr. Paul Siegel 356 Harriman Hall Department of Technology and Society Stony Brook University Stony Brook, New York 11794-3760

Websites of Interest to check-out:

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Med Prep Program @ Columbia University

The Northeast Regional Alliance (NERA) MedPrep Scholars Program is a partnership between Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New Jersey Medical School, Mount Sinai School of Medicine Center for Multicultural and Community Affairs, and the Manhattan Staten Island Area Health Education Center.

The Program uniquely builds on the collective expertise of four outstanding institutions to expand health careers preparation for minority and disadvantaged students with the goal of increasing competitiveness for medical school. Ultimately, we expect that scholars will have the humanism, professionalism and interpersonal skills required of a future physician caring for a diverse population.

The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons MedPrep Program will focus on building the academic, experiential, and communication skills requisite to becoming a competitive applicant to medical school. Scholars selected for this highly competitive, non-residential program will be expected to complete MedPrep 1, 2, and 3. Upon completion of the 3 phases, a composite letter of recommendation will be sent to the undergraduate institution.

During the first summer, June 2009, the scholar will be immersed in an intensive academic program consisting of the development of verbal reasoning skills, biological & physical sciences, study strategies and communication skills.

MedPrep 1 encompasses:Biological and Physical Sciences, Academic Skills Program, Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)

During phase 2, the scholar will have an opportunity to experience the clinical setting and complete an intensive MCAT prep course designed to maximize performance.

MedPrep 2 encompasses: MCAT Prep Course, Clinical Experience, Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)

During Phase 3, scholars will gain an understanding of how research impacts medical care.

MedPrep 3 encompasses: Research Component, Getting Ready for Medical School, Individualized Educational Plan (IEP)

To be eligible for the Columbia NERA MEDPREP Program, an applicant must:

be a resident of one of the five boroughs of New York and be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident;

be a college freshman;

have a minimum GPA of 3.00, or equivalent academic credentials

Students can obtain additional information about MedPrep at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and download an application at:

Complete applications should be mailed to:


Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Office of Diversity 630 W 168th

Street Suite 3-401 New York, NY 10032

Please note the application deadline is: April 1, 2009. Students are admitted on a rolling basis. Students must also provide proof of health insurance once admitted to the program.

University at Albany Summer Research Program (UASRP) is now accepting applications for the Summer of 2009.

UASRP Program Dates: June 7, 2009 -July 31, 2009

Deadline: March 13, 2009

  • Application Process
  • Application
  • Contract
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • Transcripts from every university you have attended

Program Requirements

  • 2.8 GPA
  • Must be from a traditional underrepresented minority group or economically disadvantage
  • At least a Sophomore
  • ( we usually accept students who are science majors or who have completed a full year of chemistry and biology)

Program Incentives

  • Free room on campus
  • Free meal plan $2500 stipend for the summer
  • Present your research at the UB McNair Conference
  • Kaplan preparatory course
  • Work with Professors on campus doing upper level research
  • Looks great for Medical school applications

Links to the fact sheet, brochure, and application:


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