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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.
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 a field of the medical humanities as part of their progress toward the M.D. degree. Selection criteria include:
•    the appropriateness and feasibility of the proposed research topic,
•    the student’s qualifications for carrying out the project,
•    and the identification and support of an appropriate faculty mentor.
The maximum available for the award in 2016 is $1,500. The Department of Humanities anticipates making two awards.
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.
K. Danner Clouser was University Professor of Humanities (Philosophy) at the Penn State University 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.

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 (C1743) no later than 5:00 p.m., March 18, 2016:
1.    Description (not to exceed 1000 words) of the proposed project and its  potential contribution to,
a) knowledge in the medical humanities, and
b) the student’s professional development.
2.    Statement of support from an appropriate faculty mentor.
3.    The student’s resume or CV.
4.    Budget and Budget Justification (breakdown of how the funds will be allocated).
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Recipients of the award will be notified by April 15.

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