2011 Pelotonia Fellowships Support Student-Proposed Cancer Research at Ohio State

Grants fund research by undergraduate, graduate, medical and postdoctoral students

Each year, Pelotonia – a bicycling event that raises money for cancer research at The Ohio State University – funds fellowship grants for undergraduate, graduate, medical school and postdoctoral students who want to help cure cancer at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute. As of August 2011, more than $3 million raised through Pelotonia has been committed to fund fellowship grants.

2011 funding for the Pelotonia Fellowship Program is supporting 43 cancer research projects that range from biology and engineering physics to exercise science and mathematics.

“Last year’s second annual Pelotonia grassroots cycling tour raised $7.8 million, and those Pelotonia dollars are funding vital cancer research at Ohio State, helping our youngest and brightest cancer investigators to bridge the gap until they may qualify for federal research funding,” says Michael Caligiuri, MD, director of The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO of The James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute. “Student researchers play a crucial role in making new discoveries that may one day lead to a cancer-free world.”

Gustavo Leone, PhD, director of the Pelotonia Fellowship Program, adds that the program fosters collaboration between students and highly accomplished researchers at Ohio State.

In 2011, $2 million has been dedicated to the Pelotonia Fellowship Program. As of August, those funds are supporting four categories of grants, with additional categories to be announced this autumn:

  • 27 undergraduate fellowships, which provide up to $12,000 for projects that last up to one year.
  • 10 graduate fellowships for up to two years and pay a competitive annual stipend of up to $25,000 plus fees and tuition.
  • One one-year medical school fellowship, which pays a competitive annual stipend of $25,000.
  • Five postdoctoral fellowships, which pay a competitive annual stipend based on NIH guidelines for up to two years.

For more information about Pelotonia, visit http://www.pelotonia.org.

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