Scott Callahan, a second-year student studying in the laboratories of Lorenz Studer in the Developmental Biology Program and Richard M. White in the Cancer Biology and Genetics Program, was awarded a $10,000 melanoma research grant by the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation (JMNMF). One of five nationally competitive Research Scholar Awards, the grant supports exceptional melanoma research by graduate students and also provides distinction to lab directors, universities, and cancer research institutions across the United States.
The 2014 award applicant pool included 45 of the country’s most promising young melanoma researchers and 27 prominent cancer research centers. To date, 198 students and 56 cancer centers are actively involved in this nationally recognized program.
“Our foundation’s Research Scholar Awards are invaluable at the grassroots level, to specifically grow interest in melanoma research at leading cancer research centers nationwide,” says Regina Shannon Bodnar, JMNMF Chair. “If we can attract the brightest young minds that are considering — or are already within — the nation’s cancer research pipelines to pursue careers in melanoma research, we’re that much closer to better understanding the disease, identifying the means for effective treatments, and, most importantly, finding a cure for this deadly and increasingly prevalent cancer.”