February 10, 2006

Health research scholarship available

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- The Southern Illinois University Carbondale Women's Studies Program is accepting applications for the Marlene Rotbart Matten Academic Excellence in Health Research Award.

The award is in memory of Matten, who earned a master's degree and doctorate at SIUC while working full-time as a nurse and director of education at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale, and raising a family of four children.

The $1,000 award is open to women enrolled in a master's or doctoral program at SIUC as of summer 2006 with a minimum undergraduate grade point average of 3.0, based on all grades received from all undergraduate schools. Applicants also must register for the minimum number of hours to qualify as a graduate assistant, unless the student is in her last semester of the program. Recipients are not required to register for summer courses.

The program judges applicants on a variety of factors including their research in a broadly defined health field, the quality of the research proposal and the applicant's understanding of the details as reflected in the proposed research budget. Other factors include whether the award will contribute significantly toward achieving the goals of the applicant, the quality and significance of research as reflected in letters from the applicant's master's or doctoral committee chair and one other person and past academic performance as reflected in official transcripts.

To apply, applicants must send the following to M. Joan McDermott, director of Women's Studies Program at SIUC:

• Application letter outlining current research and scholarship interests.

• Official transcripts of graduate and undergraduate work.

• Two-page abstract of proposed research topic.

• Letters of recommendation from chair of applicant's master's or doctoral committee and one other person.

• Proposed detailed budget for research project.

Deadline for applications is Feb. 20.

Offering progressive graduate education is among the goals of Southern at 150: Building Excellence Through Commitment, the blueprint the University is following as it approaches its 150th anniversary in 2019.