Ernest Just-Percy Julian Fellows for 2017-18
By Linda Jones, Ph.D.
Doctoral students from a cross section of graduate programs were awarded the first Ernest Just-Percy Julian Fellowship. This competitive assistantship is named for two renowned scholars: Dr. Ernest Everett Just, a pioneering biologist, academic and science writer, and Dr. Percy Lavon Julian, a pioneering chemist and entrepreneur in the synthesis of medicinal drugs such as cortisone and steroids. The award program was created to assist graduate students in gaining research experience and developing research skills appropriate to their respective academic fields. Recipients may either work as a research assistant with a faculty mentor or pursue an independent project under the guidance of a faculty member. The awards are also intended to serve as a bridge to additional financial assistance from external sponsors.
The Just-Julian Scholars were selected on the basis of each applicant’s academic achievement and research interests and potential, and of the respective faculty member’s research accomplishments and past mentoring success. A total of 110 students, representing 28 graduate programs, submitted applications. The following recipients of this assistantship are provided support in the form of tuition remission and a stipend of $20,000 for one year to conduct research under the direction of their research mentors.
Applications for academic year 2018-2019 were due on February 23, 2018. They are currently being reviewed by evaluators. The awardees will be announced at the end of April 2018. For further information, please contact the Graduate School, 202-806-6800.
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