Investing in the Next Generation
Some of the best ideas in cancer research come from students because they often think “outside the box,” but students have very little chance of obtaining grants to support their work. The Pelotonia Fellowship Program opens the door to funding for the next generation at all levels of student scholarship: undergraduate, graduate, medical school and postdoctoral fellows. The program awards grants to students in any discipline of study who want to conduct cancer research in the labs of faculty mentors at Ohio State.
The awards are made by a faculty committee that reviews the applications. Funding from the Pelotonia ride has to date provided $5 million for the Fellowship Program, which already has awarded 116 grants to 56 undergraduates, 32 grad students, two medical students and 26 postdoctoral fellows. These awards span multiple colleges and departments at Ohio State, bringing many disciplines together in the fight against cancer.
Pelotonia fellowship awardees represent eight colleges at Ohio State, including: Arts and Sciences; Dentistry; Education and Human Ecology; Engineering; Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Medicine; Pharmacy; and Veterinary Medicine.