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SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University

Alfred Stracher Memorial Fund

The Alfred Stracher Student Research Presentation Award

The Alfred Stracher Student Research Presentation Award was established to acknowledge students whose research, conducted at SUNY Health Sciences University and presented at Annual Research Day, translates to the improvement of human health. 

Dr. Alfred Stracher, a SUNY Distinguished Professor, was a biochemist who developed molecules for the treatment of neuroinflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases.  This award is intended to recognize the importance of basic research as a critical step in the development of diagnostic and therapeutic tools to improve human health.  The award will be given to a student conducting basic research which has the potential for translation to human subjects but is not ready for a clinical trial.  Residents, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty are not eligible.

Each year, one student will be selected from the students presenting at Annual Research Day to receive a monetary award ($500) and plaque. 

Submission requirements

  1. Research project must be basic research (not related to a clinical trial) that is presented as a poster or platform presentation at Annual Research Day. 
  2. During abstract submission for Annual Research Day, if you believe your research qualifies for consideration, select the “Consider me for the Stracher Student Research Presentation Award,” and complete the 200 word (1500 character maximum) brief essay on the potential translational impact of your research.
  3. Be present for the judging of your work at Annual Research Day.
  4. Finalists may be asked to submit a PDF copy of their poster or platform slides.

The Alfred Stracher Student Research Presentation Award will be based on the highest combined scores from the judges’ reviews of the Annual Research Day presentations along with  faculty review of the brief essays.