Hiramoto HeaderDr. Hiramoto and his wife Nancy, 1999

An endowment fund has been established to honor the memory of Dr. Ray Hiramoto, a noted immunologist and faculty member in the UAB Department of Microbiology until his death on June 14, 2002.

Hiramoto Travel Award Details

Interest income from this endowment will be used to support travel awards for Microbiology graduate students to attend meetings, workshops, and advanced courses offered by scientific societies and other organizations such as the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. We anticipate awarding approximately eight stipends annually of up to $1,200 each to help defray the cost of attending these events.


All Microbiology graduate students, defined as PhD students with a primary Microbiology faculty member as a dissertation mentor, in good standing are eligible to apply for a Hiramoto travel award.

Application Procedure

There are four application deadlines each year: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1. The application must be completed online, and all application materials must be submitted in electronic format to Pete Burrows  no later than midnight of the deadline date. The application packet submitted as a single PDF will consist of: 1. Curriculum vitae, 2. Recommendation/approval memo from your mentor that also specifies how attending the meeting or course would benefit your career/research, 3. Your meeting abstract or, if attending a course, a description of the course indicating how attending it would benefit your career/research, 4. The completed application form.

Award Criteria

Applications will be evaluated by an ad hoc committee. Awards will be based on the student's research accomplishments or potential for research. Preference will be given to students with oral or poster presentations at meetings. Award recipients will be announced within three weeks of the deadline dates. Students not funded will be allowed to reapply for the next award cycle.

Apply For Award

Application Dates: February 1 •  May 1 •  August 1 •  November 1