Curci Foundation scholarship holders 2022-2023 – @theU

The University of Utah Graduate School is proud to announce the first 2022-2023 Curci Foundation Scholars! The seven students are the first cohort to receive support from a $1.75 million major gift from the Shurl and Kay Curci Foundation Doctoral Fellowship Initiative, a program that will fund two years of graduate study to new students pursuing doctoral studies in the life sciences, prioritizing two groups historically excluded from funding: women and international students. The scholarships include full tuition fees, stipends and scholarship holder benefits.

The U is one of six prestigious universities chosen to host the Curci Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, an organization which, according to its website, “supports scientific research striving to advance a healthy and sustainable future for humans”. Other Curci Foundation institutions include UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UC San Francisco, University of Washington, and University of Colorado-Boulder.

“Our partnership with the Curci Foundation greatly expands the opportunities for women and international students to earn a PhD in the life sciences at a leading research institute,” said Dave Kieda, Dean of the Graduate School. “Our graduate research programs span a wide range of disciplines across the School of Medicine and the Colleges of Science, Pharmacy, and Engineering. Our graduates are consistently ranked among the best programs in the world, and the Curci scholarship will increase the diversity and international profile of these programs.

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