William E. Cunningham and Mark A. Etzel Scholarships

William E. Cunningham and Mark A. Etzel Scholarships

CHIPTS is pleased to announce that we are accepting nominations for our William E. Cunningham and Mark A. Etzel Scholarships.

The scholarships are awards to provide opportunities and support for early stage investigators, post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, and community researchers in efforts to promote science, foster networking, and support capacity building in HIV research. There is one award of $1,500 available for each scholarship. If you are interested in these scholarships or would like to nominate an early stage investigator, fellow, community researcher, or student who would benefit from these scholarships, please download the William E. Cunningham and Mark A. Etzel Scholarship Nomination Form

Themes for both scholarships focus on health disparities and inequities, social/structural determinants, medical mistrust, policy impact, structural factors, and/or implementation science.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Must be considered an early stage investigator (https://grants.nih.gov/policy/early-investigators/index.htm), post-doctoral fellow, graduate student, or a community researcher in the field of HIV.
  • Must be working in HIV research that addresses themes related to comorbidities to HIV, particularly health disparities and inequities, social/structural determinants, or medical mistrust and/or themes related to policy impact, structural factors or implementation science.
  • Must be linked to a CHIPTS faculty member to sponsor the application (If you do not have a CHIPTS faculty mentor, please contact Dallas Swendeman, PhD, Co-Director of the CHIPTS Development Core at DSwendeman@mednet.ucla.edu for assistance.)

Spending Criteria:

The scholarship covers research and career related activities including but not limited to:

  • Conference registration fees
  • Conference travel related expenses
  • Manuscript submission fees
  • Administrative expenses (such as professional development courses, supplies that may support their research work, transcription fees, and more. Please contact CHIPTS to confirm list of approved expenses.

Scholarship Requirements:

  • The funds must be spent by January 31, 2022. All spending is subject to federal restrictions.
  • A brief summary report will be requested within 60 days from funding end date.
  • Awardees are required to attend the virtual 2022 CHIPTS HIV Next Generation Conference on January 28, 2022 to be acknowledged
  • Awardees are asked to acknowledge support from CHIPTS (NIMH grant P30MH058107) in work that was supported by this scholarship. Ways that CHIPTS support can be acknowledged include: in oral or poster presentations if funds are used for conference registration or travel, and/or within publications, if funds are used to support journal publication fees.

Nomination deadline: Monday, December 6, 2021. Notice of awards will be sent by December 10, 2021.

Nomination form: William E. Cunningham and Mark A. Etzel Scholarship Nomination Form

Email completed form to Damilola Jolayemi at ojolayemi@mednet.ucla.edu

For more questions about the scholarship, contact Damilola Jolayemi at ojolayemi@mednet.ucla.edu.

This scholarship is supported by the Center for HIV Identification, Prevention, and Treatment Services (CHIPTS) NIMH grant P30MH058107.

The William E. Cunningham scholarship particularly focuses on research themes related to health disparities and inequities, social/structural determinants, and/or medical mistrust. Individuals who are interested in this scholarship or would like to nominate an early stage investigator, fellow, community researcher, or student who would benefit from this scholarship should download the William E. Cunningham and Mark A. Etzel Scholarship Nomination Form. Email completed form to Damilola Jolayemi at ojolayemi@mednet.ucla.edu

  • Award amount: $1500

The award will be provided to one recipient. Awards for this funding cycle must be spent by January 31, 2022.  All spending is subject to federal restrictions.
See eligibility criteria, spending criteria and award requirements above.

Deadline to nominate or self-nominate is December 6, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be notified by December 10, 2021.

The Mark A. Etzel Scholarship focused on research themes related to policy impact, structural factors or implementation science.

Individuals who are interested in this scholarship or would like to nominate an early stage investigator, fellow, community researcher, or student who would benefit from this scholarship should download the William E. Cunningham and Mark A. Etzel Scholarship Nomination Form Email completed form to Damilola Jolayemi at ojolayemi@mednet.ucla.edu

  • Award amount: $1500

The award will be provided to one recipient. Awards for this funding cycle must be spent by January 31, 2022.  All spending is subject to federal restrictions.
See eligibility criteria, spending criteria and award requirements above.

Deadline to nominate or self-nominate is December 6, 2021. Scholarship recipients will be notified by December 10. 2021.

Anne E. Fehrenbacher, PhD, MPH is a Research Scientist in the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at the David Geffen School of Medicine. Dr. Fehrenbacher is a social epidemiologist specializing in biobehavioral HIV prevention with sex workers and sexual and gender minority populations. Dr. Fehrenbacher received her PhD and MPH in Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and her BA in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Fehrenbacher completed postdoctoral training in HIV Combination Prevention at UCLA and a Fogarty GloCal Fellowship sponsored by the UC Global Health Institute with the Public Health Research Institute of India and Ashodaya Samithi in Mysore, Karnataka.

 

Cheldy Martinez, an MPH candidate at Charles R. Drew University. I am from Honduras and grew up in the South Los Angeles and Watts area. I attended the University of Southern California and graduated with a focus in Public Health and a minor in Gender Studies. Growing up in a predominantly brown and black community, sexual health and practice was often shamed or an embarrassing topic to discuss. Which is why I decided to focus on public health and educating my community and those around about sexual practice, disease, and infections. While the rate of increase in HIV/AIDS infections have decreased in some communities, those rates continue to rise at an alarming pace in low income and LGBTQ communities of color. Through my academic and professional journey, I have worked with justice involving women and low income individuals who are at high risk of HIV. I hope to convey a focus on women of color and HIV risk around the world.

 

Juan Solis, an MPH candidate at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in the department of Community Health Sciences. My research focuses on health access and HIV prevention among system impacted LGBTQ youth. My reason for getting involved in HIV work stems from my own lived experiences with sexual health. I am currently working with the UCLA Center for LGBTQ Advocacy, Research and Health (C-LARAH) on Project Impact to test the efficacy of psychosocial treatment for stimulant use disorder among gay and bisexual men who are sexual risk for HIV. As a first-generation student this scholarship is worth more than the monetary value, it is a form of mentorship that will allow me to grow and advance my skills as an emerging HIV researcher. The award will be used to purchase spring quarter books to support my education as I begin to take courses focused on HIV/AIDS. Some of my hobbies include hiking and trying new foods. I am currently taking a gymnastics class with the goal of learning how to do a backflip by the end of 2022

Sae Takada, MD, PhD, MHS, is an Assistant Professor in the Division of General Internal Medicine and Health Services Research, Department of Medicine, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She obtained her MHS in Global Health Policy and Planning at the University of Tokyo, and MDPhD in Health Policy at Harvard. She completed her Internal Medicine Primary Care residency and fellowship in the National Clinician Scholars Program at UCLA. Continue reading using link below.

William E. Cunningham Scholarship Awardee Spotlight: Sae Takada, MD, PhD, MHS – CHIPTS – Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (ucla.edu)

 

Joanna Barreras, PhD, MSW is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work at California State University, Long Beach and the Associate Director of Research and Evaluation at Bienestar Human Services, Inc. Her scholarly work focuses on addressing comorbidities and disparities linked to HIV among Latinx—as health inequities continue to affect Latinx communities. Continue reading using the link below.

Mark Etzel Scholarship Awardee Spotlight: Joanna Barreras, PhD, MSW – CHIPTS – Center for HIV Identification, Prevention and Treatment Services (ucla.edu)