The Ireland research travel awards are strategically targeted to provide students with unique and valuable opportunities, says Engler. “The research travel scholarship, which awards a maximum of $1,000, is not designed to send someone to a professional meeting; it’s designed to enable a student to capture an educational opportunity that doesn’t exist here at UAB. These travel scholarships are highly competitive, and [this year] students applied for everything from a trip to the Library of Congress to study historic documents to taking a course on Neuroimmunological Diseases at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole. These travel awards provide elite educational experiences that enrich not only our students, but UAB as a whole.” 

This award is funded by an endowment established at UAB by Caroline Ireland and the late Charles W. Ireland, and by new resources allocated to the Graduate School from the Provost’s office. 

Interested students should contact their graduate program directors, who are responsible for making nominations, says Engler. Students are encouraged to check this link or the Graduate Student tab of BlazerNET for the announcement of the next competition, which will be held in March, 2015.

2013 Ireland Award Scholarship Recipients

Beth (Susan E) Hunter History
Kathryn Doornbos Microbiology
Chelsea McCoy Pathobiology & Molecular Med
Himel Mallick Biostatistics
Harsh Patel Biomedical Engineering
Nathan Hutcheson Neuroscience
Jennifer Rowland Microbiology
Evelyn C Interis Health Care Organization & Policy
Yogasudha Veturi Biostatistics
Modupeoluwa Durojaiye Health Care Organization & Policy
Jay Manoj Bhatt Neuroscience
Michelle S Williams Health Behavior
Kenan Matterson Biology
Joanna Wilson Art History
Christina H. Jagielski Psychology
Cecilia (CJ) Brothers Biology
Angela May Art History
Ruth McDowell Biology

2012 Ireland Award Scholarship Recipients

Beth (Susan E) Hunter History
Shashank Godbole Dental Biomaterials
Kelsey Frady Art History
David Scott Pathology
Gregory Hoeker Biomedical Engineering
Donna Murdaugh Psychology
Abena N. Afriyie Public Health
Lesley McCollum Neuroscience
Jennifer Hadley MD/PHD/BME