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Joseph and Mary Caputo Alzheimer’s Research Award

The Joseph and Mary Caputo Alzheimer’s Research Award is designed to support research by Penn State Hershey medical students, mentored by Penn State faculty, in the field of humanistic care for Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia patients.  Joseph V. Caputo, Sr., lived in Dover, Delaware and died from Alzheimer’s Disease in 1996 at the age of 80. Mary, his wife of forty-six years, cared for him with love, dedication, and fortitude during the ten long years of his illness. Together, they were true examples of dignity and devotion at a time of great personal and family difficulty.  The effect of Alzheimer’s Disease is profound for both patients and caregivers, as well as family and friends. With this in mind, Joe and Mary’s children – Rosemarie, Janet, Joe, Greg, and Karen – created the fund which supports this award.

The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at Penn State Hershey was established to enhance treatment that is both compassionate and technically excellent, emphasizing each patient’s individual needs. Out of the Center grew a mission to support, facilitate, and initiate education and research to foster compassionate, humane, and patient- and family-centered care. Given the like-minded intentions of the Caputo Alzheimer’s Research Fund organizers and the aims of the Kienle Center, the Kienle Center will manage the oversight of this award, including the selection of awardees and the distribution of funds supporting the awards.

Consideration for the Joseph and Mary Caputo Alzheimer’s Research Award will be given to full-time students at Penn State Hershey who propose to carry out a research project with a focus on humanistic care for dementia patients. Recipients of the award are selected by a Kienle Center-designed committee composed of Penn State University faculty who are familiar with the needs relevant to dementia research and patient care. Selection criteria include the appropriateness and feasibility of the proposed research project topic, the student’s qualifications for carrying out the project, and the availability of an appropriate faculty mentor.

Proposals for the Joseph and Mary Caputo Alzheimer’s Research Award should be accompanied by a detailed budget. In general, awards of $1,000.00 will be offered; however, the number of awards made and the amount of each award remains at the discretion of the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine.  Each award shall be for one academic year and is offered in accordance with and in conformation to existing Penn State University endowment spending policy. This money may be paid directly to a student or may be used to supplement a 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 a Joseph and Mary Caputo Alzheimer’s Research Award should submit the following information to the Director of the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine:

1. Description of the proposed project and its potential contribution to improve humanistic care for patients with dementia.
2. Statement of support from an appropriate Penn State faculty member.
3. The student’s resume or cv.
4. A detailed budget.

Philip K. Wilson, Ph.D.
The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine
Penn State College of Medicine
Department of Humanities, MC: H134   Room: C1743
500 University Drive
Hershey, PA 17033

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