Self Graduate Fellows are selected for their vision, career goals, and achievements. They are able to set and attain goals, show leadership potential and motivation, and possess a strong work ethic. Self Graduate Fellows also demonstrate initiative, passion for achievement and lifelong learning, and make a commitment to participate in the Fellow Development Program. Students who receive the award receive annual support for four years through appointment as a graduate research assistant or a graduate teaching assistant. The fellowship offers a special opportunity for U.S. citizens seeking a Ph.D. in one of the biomedical science programs at KUMC.
All fellows must actively participate in the Fellow Development program. The Fellow Development Program provides general education and training in communication, management, and leadership to assist Self Graduate Fellows in preparation for future leadership roles, complementing the specialized education and training provided in the Ph.D. programs. Fellows interact with nationally prominent experts to gain broad knowledge of public policy issues. A capstone of the development program is an intensive public policy seminar held in Washington, D.C.KUMC Self Fellows include Diana Acevedo (Pathology and Laboratory Medicine), Ashley Archer (Molecular and Integrative Physiology), Michael A. Cooper (Neurosciences), Max Fairlamb (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Andrea Freemyer (Neurosciences), Alexandra Machen (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Matthew Schaich (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology), Stephen Shannon (Anatomy and Cell Biology), Alex VonSchulze (Molecular and Integrative Physiology), and Ian Weidling (Neurosciences). For more information, please visit the Madison & Lila Self Graduate Fellowship website.