The academic field of medicine is not technically a college major. Instead, med school is something you attend after you've obtained your undergraduate degree. If you are planning on going to med school, you can major in anything that interest you at the bachelor's level.
Of course, some majors make more sense than others if you're planning on attending med school. Any field of study that encourages critical reading, thinking and writing skills would be good. There are courses that you'll need to apply to med school, including biology, chemistry, physics, math and English. And there's the traditional premedicine degree path.
Premed is not essential to getting into med school. But some students find it advantageous in that it provides you with an exposure to the math and science courses that you'll need to continue your studies. Another advantage to premed is that you'll meet teachers who can then function as advisers for you on the med school selection and application process.
If you are planning on studying medicine, be prepared for a long and challenging experience. All of the process is competitive, even the admission process. But, if you're committed and passionate about medicine, then the career can be very fulfilling. It offers opportunities for actually making a difference that can be found in few other disciplines.
Medical school degree programs come in all sorts of formats. There are 7-year programs that combine bachelor's level study with a med school program. A larger number of programs are of the 4-year variety and require a bachelor's degree to apply. You'll also need letters of recommendation and competitive scores on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT).
Not all of the scholarships listed here are for individuals attending med school. There are also scholarship opportunities for technical fields, such as medical office computer specialist or medical radiologic technician. Some scholarships may be open to applicants from a wide range of medical fields, including nursing.
The career outlook for physicians and surgeons is quite strong. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that career opportunities for these professions is expected to increase by 24% over the coming decade. This is much faster than the average for all occupations. This increase will be fueled, in part, by the growing percentage of the elderly portion of the population.
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This grant is designed to support highly promising beginning scientists in their progress toward independence; bridges the gap between completion of research training and readiness for competition as an independent investigator. - 4-year project and salary support for MD's, PhD's, DO's or persons with equivalent doctoral degrees - U.S. citizen or permanent resident - $65,000 annually for salary, fringe benefits, indirect costs, and project costs (at least $35,000 for project support) - Applications may be submitted for reveiw in final year of postdoctoral research fellowship or in initial years of first faculty appointment - Applicants cannot hold or have held any other national award
This program was designed to encourage and fund the most innovative and meritorious research projects from independent investigators; eligiblity is not restricted by seniority or academic rank. - 3-year project support for MD's, PhD's, DO's or persons with equivalent doctoral degrees - U.S. citizen, permanent resident or foreign national holding H1, H1B or J1, TC, TN, 01 immigrant status - $55,000 yearly maximum including 10% indirect costs - Applications should describe projects that are clearly distinct from ongoing research activities
This grant was designed to support the career development of highly promising clinician-scientists and PhD's who have recently acquired independent status by funding high quality, innovative research projects for which no previous financial support has been obtained from other granting agencies. - 4-year project and salary support for MD's, PhD's, DO's or persons with equivalent doctoral degrees - U.S. citizen or permanent resident - $75,000 annually for salary, fringe benefits, indirect costs, and project costs (at least $40,000 for project support) - 4 to 9 years since applicant's first faculty appointment (at time of award activation) - Applicants who have completed or currently hold an equivalent award are not eligible
R&D Systems is proud to support education in science with a scholarship program established to students who are pursuing a degree in a science related field.
The R&D Systems Scholarship Program will be awarded to students pursuing a degree in a science related field. A $1500 (or international currency equivalent) scholarship will be awarded twice a year for one student in the fall semester and one student in the spring semester.
Research is a critical component for the development and advancement in the life science community. We want to further scientific achievement by helping students who are interested in developing a career in science.
The Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program is awarded to students pursuing a degree in a science related field twice a year. A $1500 (or international currency equivalent) scholarship will be awarded to one student for the fall and spring semesters.
The American Lung Association offers the Career Investigator Award to researchers working in fields relevant to the conquest of lung disease and the promotion of lung health. The award is available to established investigators who are making the transition form junior to mid-level faculty. The award is not available to individuals who are full professors or who have more than 8 years of faculty experience. Qualifications: Education and Experience At the time of application, an applicant must have a doctoral degree, faculty appointment at the level of assistant or associate professor, and be undertaking a project related to lung disease. Citizenship An applicant must be a: a. United States citizen training in U.S. or Canadian institution or b. Canadian citizen or permanent resident of the United States training in a U.S. institution. Noncitizens must submit a notarized statement as proof of legal right to stay or work permanently in the United States. Factors considered when selecting awardees are: 1. Merit of the research proposal. 2. The applicant's education, experience, future plans, publications, letters of recommendation, and potential for making a signifcant contribution to pulmonary research. 3. The research environment.
The objective of the Biomedical Research Grant is to provide seed monies to junior investigators researching the mechanisms of lung disease and general lung biology. We invite the best and brightest basic science researchers to submit an application for the grant cycle and join us in our mission to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
Education and Experience
At the time of application, an applicant must hold a doctoral degree and have a faculty appointment or equivalent with demonstrated institutional commitment (salary support, research space). Fellows are eligible to apply only if their Department Chair can assure a promotion to faculty status by the start of the award. An applicant must have completed two years of post-doctoral research training by the start of the award. Grantee organizations must be recognized academic or other non-profit research entities.
Medical residents, those presently enrolled in a degree program (e.g., graduate students), and established investigators are not eligible to apply. Factors that are considered indicative of established investigatorship include, but are not limited to, academic rank of professor or associate professor, awards of established investigatorship or large grants (e.g., NIH-R01 Awards, Veterans Administration Merit Review Awards), an extensive bibliography, or a national reputation as an
investigator in the field of pulmonary disease and critical care medicine.
At the time of application, candidates must be United States citizens or foreign nationals holding one of
the following visa immigration statuses: permanent resident (Green Card), exchange visitor (J-1).
The objective of the Research Training Fellowship Award is to train scientific investigators in the field of adult and pediatric pulmonary medicine and lung biology. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate a program of training that will enable them to pursue an academic career. Qualifications Education and Experience At the time of application, an applicant must hold an M.D., Ph.D. or comparable qualifications. The applicants should have completed their clinical training, have some research experience and be seeking their fourth or fifth year of fellowship training. PhD applicants who are beyond the third postdoctoral year are not eligible. Citizenship An applicant must be a: a. United States citizen training in U.S. or Canadian institutions or b. Canadian citizen or permanent resident of the United States training in a U.S. institution. Noncitizens must submit a notarized statement as proof of legal right to stay or work permanently in the United States. Sponsorship The sponsor or scientific mentor should be a recognized authority in the applicant's field of research and possess the necessary laboratory and training resources. Factors considered when selecting awardees are: 1. The applicant's education, experience, future plans, publications, and letters of reference. 2. The sponsor's program, including its record of training academic scientists, the research productivity of the faculty, and the quality of the research training program proposed for the applicant. 3. The applicant's research proposal.
The objective of the Lung Health Research Dissertation Grant is to support pre-doctoral dissertation
research in the various disciplines of social science examining risk factors affecting lung health including:
Psychosocial lung health research
Behavioral lung health research
Health services and health policy research
Epidemiological/Biostatistical lung health research
Public Health education research
Education and Experience
At the time of application, the applicant must be a matriculating student in good standing in a full-time academic program leading to a doctoral degree in one of the above-mentioned fields. Nurses pursuing a doctoral degree in any field are eligible. Individuals with an MD degree who wish to acquire a PhD or those conducting bench research not involving patients or patient data are not eligible to apply.
At the time of application, candidates must be United States citizens or foreign nationals holding one of the
following visa immigration statuses: permanent resident (Green Card), exchange visitor (J-1), temporary worker
in a specialty occupation (H-1B), Canadian or Mexican citizen engaging in professional activities (TN), Australians
in Specialty Occupation (E-3 visa) or temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences (O-1). Lung
Health Dissertation applicants may hold a student (F-1) visa. At the time of application and throughout the
award, an applicant must be employed by a U.S. institution.
Applicants are required to submit one signed original plus two copies of all application materials to:
American Lung Association
21 W. 38th Street, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10018
ATTN: Research Division
The Dalsemer Research Scholar Award is an endowment by the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Wheelabrator Foundation, and Mr. Leonard Dalsemer, which supports through the American Lung Association research in interstitial lung disease. Education and Experience At the time of application, an applicant must hold a doctoral degree and faculty appointment with an academic institution, and have completed two years of research training. Residents, interns, fellows or those who are presently enrolled in a degree progrm (e.g. graduate students, and established investigators) are not eligible. Factors that are considered indicative of being an established investigator in this context include but are not limited to: academic rank of professor or associate professor, awards of established investigatorship or large grants (e.g., NIH-R01 Awards, Veterans Administration Merit Review Awards, and FIRST Awards), an extensive bibliography, or a national reputation as an investigator in the field of pulmonary disease. Dalsemer applicants who are approved for but do not receive funding will be considered eligible for a Research Grant. Citizenship An applicant must be a United States citizen, Canadian citizen, or permanent resident of the United States training in a U.S. institution. Noncitizens must submit a notarized statement as proof of legal right to stay or work permanently in the United States.
You are eligible to apply for this scholarship at a school that participates in the Scholarships for Disadvantaged Students program if you are
From a disadvantaged background as defined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
An individual from a disadvantaged background is defined as one who comes from an environment that has inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skill, and abilities required to enroll in and graduate from a health professions school, or from a program providing education or training in an allied health profession; or comes from a family with an annual income below a level based on low income thresholds according to family size published by the U.S. Bureau of Census, adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index, and adjusted by the Secretary, HHS, for use in health professions and nursing programs.
A citizen, national, or a lawful permanent resident of the United States or the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico or the Marianas Islands, the Virgin Islands, Guam, the American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Republic of Palau, the Republic of the Marshall Islands and the Federated State of Micronesia.
Under this program, funds are awarded to accredited schools of
nursing (associate, diploma, baccalaureate and graduate degree)
allied health (baccalaureate or graduate degree programs of dental hygiene, medical laboratory technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, radiologic technology, speech pathology, audiology, and registered dietitians)
graduate programs in behavioral and mental health practice (includes clinical psychology, clinical social work, professional counseling, or marriage and family therapy)
programs providing training of physician assistants
The Paul W. Ruckes Scholarship provides one (1) grant of $1,000 to an undergraduate or graduate student who is blind or visually impaired pursuing a degree in engineering, computer, physical, or life sciences. To be eligible, the applicant must be a United States citizen and submit: 1. Written documentation of a visual impairment from an ophtalmologist or optometrist. Applicant need not be legally blind. 2. Official transcript(s) of grades 3. Proof of acceptance at a college or university 4. Three letters of recommendation 5. A typewritten statement of no more than three double-spaced pages describing educational and personal goals, work experience, extra-curricular activities, and how scholarship monies will be used.
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