The Pelotonia Graduate Fellowship Program provides two-year research fellowships to the best and brightest Ohio State University graduate students who want to help cure cancer. Cancer is a complex disease, and curing it will take a multidisciplinary effort. So no matter what their field of study, from traditional scientific fields to fields such as business, history and engineering, all Ohio State graduate students may apply.
Graduate students do a significant amount of work in most labs. Ohio State has many graduate students who are working in the broad field of cancer research, but many of them are not working on independent research projects. Receiving a Pelotonia Graduate Fellowship gives these students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the field of cancer research, and to develop and work on their own independent projects.
To date, 77 graduate fellows have been funded. These students come from very diverse graduate programs—from Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry to Biomedical Engineering and Psychology—and are working on diverse projects, including development of new bioinformatics algorithms that predict treatment responses for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), to learning how black raspberries can impact and prevent prostate cancer.
Competition for Pelotonia Graduate Fellowships is fierce. Each year approximately 75 graduate applications are submitted. Each application is critically reviewed by members of the Pelotonia Fellowship Committee. Because of the prestigious nature of these awards, many students have reported that receiving a Pelotonia Fellowship has distinguished them from their peers when going on to do postdoctoral research or moving on to faculty positions.
Graduate Fellows are paid a competitive annual stipend (~$25K), and Ohio State’s Graduate School has generously agreed to pay their fees and tuition.
To be eligible, an applicant must:
- Be an outstanding Ohio State graduate student
- Have passed their candidacy exam before funding begins
- Propose a cancer-related project
- Participate in Pelotonia
Applications for the next Graduate Pelotonia Fellowships were due on January 15, 2015, and are scored on the following criteria:
- Applicant strengths and research potential
- Mentor/advisor qualifications and training record
- Innovativeness and impact of project to cancer research
2014 Graduate Student Pelotonia Fellows
Project – Influence of HAT1 in Protein Acetylation and Cell Metabolism
Project – Exposure to fine particulate matters (PM2.5) promotes vasculogenesis and tumor growth mediated by tumor-associated macrophages (TAMs) in an orthotopic lung tumor model
Project – Cognitive Function and Cardiorespiratory Fitness During Breast Cancer Survivorship
Project – The role of CTLA-4 in promoting leukemic cell survival in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Project – Regulation of the BLM Topoisomerase IIalpha interaction via BLM phosphorylation
Project – Fibroblast Specific Deletion of Smoothened Accelerates Kras-Driven Pancreatic Tumorigenesis
Project – Black Raspberry Bioactives and cancer: Novel Foods, Biodistribution, and Impact
Project – The Role of the Aryl Hydrocarbon Receptor in Natural Killer Cell Development
Project – Inhibiting CREB1/FoxA1 target gene-driven castration-resistant prostate cancer
Project – Examining the role of mir-125a in post-transcriptional regulation of the Notch pathway