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The Robert F. Furchgott Society

Award Descriptions

The Robert F. Furchgott Scholar

The program provides awards to selected postdoctoral fellows, residents, and clinical fellows to supplement their research, providing additional funds to support travel, and obtain supplies and equipment. The award will be given in the form of a grant of up to $10,000 to be used at the scholar's discretion to support research related activities. The recipients will be asked to present their research at a center-wide seminar within a year of receiving the award.

Who is eligible?
To qualify for this award, applications must have an MD, a PhD, or the foreign equivalent of these degrees; they must currently have a non-tenure track appointment and be actively engaged in post-graduate or fellowship-level training at SUNY Downstate Medical Center at the time of the award.

Application process
Nominations must be submitted on behalf of the applicant by the applicant's research advisor. A letter of nomination from the research advisor will include a statement of the applicant's role in designing, executing and interpreting the results of the project, as well as a statement about the significance of the work. The nomination package should also include the applicant's curriculum vitae and supporting documentation, including but not limited to, published or accepted manuscripts related to the research. Selected applicants will be required to give a 15 minute oral presentation before members the Robert F. Furchgott Review Committee in March 2011. The Robert F. Furchgott Scholars will be announced in April 2011 at the annual Robert F. Furchgott Visiting Professorship Lecture.

The Robert F. Furchgott Scholar
The Robert F. Furchgott Scholar will have signatory control over a grant with an established account administered by with the Research Foundation of SUNY. This grant should be used within one year (with the possibility of a six month no-cost extension). The Scholar will be presented with a plaque at the Annual Robert F. Furchgott Visiting Professorship Lecture, and will attend a members-only dinner at The Brooklyn Museum in April 2011.

The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, February 25, 2011.
If you have further questions, contact Rose Jackman at ext. 4786 or email her at RFFS@downstate.edu.


Robert F. Furchgott Award for Excellence in Research

The Committee of the Faculty of the School of Graduate Studies has recommended that the School of Graduate Studies initiate an award to honor each year the graduate student whose research, as represented by the thesis document, is considered most outstanding among the cohort of graduating students. All students who have submitted a completed thesis between the deadline for graduation of the previous year and the deadline for graduation of the current year will be eligible for the award. The nominee must be nominated by his/her thesis committee and the nomination must be accompanied by a letter from the thesis sponsor that includes a statement of the studentÕs role in designing, executing and interpreting the results of the thesis as well as a statement about the importance of the work described in the thesis.A committee of three faculty members (one from each graduate program) selected by the program executive committee shall read the abstracts of theses of all nominees. After selecting 3 to 5 (or more) theses to be considered, the committee will read these in their entirety and select the student with the thesis deemed most deserving of the award.

The process by which the awardee is selected begins with a nomination from the student's thesis committee comprising at least four graduate faculty not including the thesis advisor. The faculty will have carefully read and critiqued the written document and evaluated the substance and creativity of the studentÕs research as well as its contribution to the field of science. Nomination is followed by a letter of support from the thesis advisor. In that letter the advisor is asked the following: to describe the studentÕs precise role in designing and performing the project, to document the studentÕs research achievements, and to confirm the novel contributions of the thesis research to the body of science. The thesis abstracts of all student nominees, the letters of support and the theses are then read by a committee of the graduate faculty selected for expertise by the executive committees of each PhD program.

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Mark Steward at extension 1155 or email him at mark.stewwart@downstate.edu

Deadline: February 26, 2010


The Robert F. Furchgott Medical Student Award

To qualify for this award, applicants must have conducted research while a medical student at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The award recipient will be selected on the basis of the scientific merit of their research, as determined by the reviewing members of the Robert F. Furchgott Medical Student Award Committee.
The nomination package should include the applicant's resume or curriculum vitae, an abstract describing the research in 350 words or less, double spaced, Arial font, Size 11, a letter of nomination from the research advisor that includes a statement of the medical student's role in designing, executing and interpreting the results of the project as well as a statement about the importance and clinical significance of the work. Applicants must also include any supporting documentation, including, but not limited to copies of the applicant's publications including abstracts and manuscripts relating to the research. Finalists will be asked to give an oral presentation of their research findings before the committee and a final decision will be made April, 2009.

rose_jackman@downstate.edu

Deadline: February 26, 2010