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SUNY Downstate Medical Center

Alumni Association College of Medicine


Alumni Fund – Support for Students Presenting at Conferences

The student's research work and presentation must be supervised by a sponsor on the Downstate faculty, or a comparable biomedical institution.

The work must be accepted for a poster or platform presentation at the meeting, and abstracted in the journal or other proceeding of the sponsoring organization.

The reimbursement of up to $1,000 may go toward economical transportation, hotel accommodations for one night, food (up to $70 a day), and conference registration fees, but not toward the cost of preparing the poster. Receipts are required for all expenses to receive full reimbursement.

Students should address a cover letter to Dr. Richard Sadovsky and email it to The cover letter must include the student's name, name of meeting, date, location and name of the paper/abstract. The application must be submitted at least four weeks prior to attending the conference. Students receive their reimbursement after the conference.

Funds are limited, and awarded competitively. When travel arrangements leave no alternative, up to two nights of hotel stay may be covered. When possible, international travel may be permitted. Because the grant is meant to help students present their own original research, it is generally allocated to only one student per presentation.

The request application should include:

  • Cover letter.
  • Statement of purpose for attending the meeting.
  • Details of the meeting and sponsorship.
  • Letter of support from a SUNY Downstate faculty member who actually mentored the project, or who is in an appropriate specialty to comment on the validity and potential impact of the research. A letter of support from a SUNY Downstate faculty member is essential even if the research was done outside of Downstate.
  • Copy of abstract.
  • Copy of the program page with the student's presentation highlighted.
  • Itemized budget, including price quotes and copies of expenses.
  • List of other support the student is seeking or has secured.

The presentation must include an acknowledgement of the support of the Alumni Association – SUNY Downstate College of Medicine. A follow-up report of the meeting to the Alumni Association must include a copy of the program with the student's presentation highlighted. The Alumni Association would also appreciate a photo of the student presentation.

Students who receive Alumni Association funding for their research presentation are encouraged to present their work by poster at the annual SUNY Downstate Research Day. The presentations should note the funded presentation date and meeting, and acknowledgement of alumni support.