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Clouser Award

The K. Danner Clouser Student Research Endowment is designed to provide financial assistance to medical students while they are engaged in a research project in the medical humanities. K. Danner Clouser was University Professor of Humanities (Philosophy) at the Penn State College of Medicine, where he taught medical ethics and philosophy of medicine from 1968 until his retirement in 1996. Dr. Clouser was instrumental in building the first humanities department ever established at any medical school, and was a pioneer in the newly emerging field of bioethics. After his retirement, despite his battle with cancer, Dr. Clouser continued to write and inspire others. The Department of Humanities suffered a great loss when Dr. Clouser passed away August 14, 2000.

Consideration for an award from the Clouser Student Research Endowment will be given to full-time students at the Penn State College of Medicine who propose to carry out a research project within the fields of the medical humanities as part of their progress toward the M.D. degree. Recipients of the award are selected by a committee made up of the faculty in the Department of Humanities. Selection criteria include the appropriateness and feasibility of the proposed research topic, the student’s qualifications for carrying out the project, and the availability of an appropriate faculty mentor.

Proposals for the Clouser Student Research Award should be accompanied by a budget and budget justification. The maximum available for the award in 2010 is $1500. This money may be paid directly to a student or may be used as the department’s contribution to a Work Study allocation for the summer. Funds may be used for living expenses or for expenses incurred as part of the student’s research.

How to Apply:

Students wishing to be considered for an award from the Clouser Student Research Endowment should submit the following to the Department of Humanities (C-1743) no later than 5:00 p.m., March 14 of each calendar year:

1. Description of the proposed project and its potential contribution to
a) knowledge in the medical humanities, and
b) the student’s professional development (not to exceed 1000 words).

2. Statement of support from an appropriate faculty mentor.

3. The student’s resume or CV.

4. Budget and Budget Justification.

Recipients of the award will be notified by April 15.

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