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Alfred Stracher Memorial Fund

The Alfred Stracher Student Author Research Award

The Alfred Stracher Student Author Research Award was established to acknowledge students who are actively engaged in research in any masters or doctoral program at SUNY Health Sciences University whose research translates to the improvement of human health.

To qualify for this award, the applicant must be: (1) a current masters or doctoral student in the College of Medicine, College of Nursing, School of Public Health, School of Graduate Studies, or School of Health Professions, and (2) the sole author or a co-author on a complete publishable or published manuscript (include full citation or notice of acceptance) within the year prior to the application deadline.

The award recipient will be selected on the basis of (1) the scientific merit of their research, (2) the student's contribution to and understanding of the project, and (3) the potential translational impact of the work as described by the student. Selection of the strongest applications will be made by the group of Deans of the Colleges/School or their designees.>

Each year, three students will be selected to receive a monetary award and plaque. The top prize will be $1000. Second and third prizes will be $500 each.

Submission requirements

  1. Complete the application form to include in your submission (this will include a brief description of your research and will detail your specific role in the project).
  2. Enclose a full copy of the research manuscript that is the motivation for your application.
  3. Write an essay (1,000 words or less) describing your view of the significance and translational impact of the work. Support your arguments with evidence where possible.
  4. Submit an up-to-date curriculum vitae.


Merge all 4 documents into a single PDF file and send to by Friday, March 13, 2020 by 5:00 p.m. Incomplete submission packages or packages submitted after the deadline will not be considered for review in this cycle.

For further information or if you have further questions, please contact us at extension 4786.