BLaST

BLaST Research Scholarship Application

 

BLaST Scholars-Orientation 2017
Pictured above: BLaST Scholars at Fall Orientation August 24, 2017, UAF - Fairbanks, AK

Applications for 2018-2019 BLaST Research Scholarships (new and renewal) are now being accepted!

Applications open: Dec. 11, 2017

Applications due: Feb. 11, 2018

Awardees notified: April 8, 2018 (date is approximate)


 Frequently Asked Questions about the BLaST Scholarship


I. BACKGROUND

The Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) program invites applications for BLaST Scholarships. The overarching goal of BLaST is to enhance undergraduate training and mentoring in biomedical research through increased diversity of students, increased integration of research and teaching, and enhanced integration of rural campuses into a cohesive biomedical community in Alaska. Approximately 30 scholarships will be funded through this solicitation.

BLaST is funded by the NIH and the NIH encourages institutions to enhance the participation of individuals from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, such as: 1) individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis [Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders]; 2) individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and 3) individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as (a) individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds periodically published at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml and (b) individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career. For a complete description of the NIH’s Interest in Diversity see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-053.html

II. ELIGIBILITY

Current and prospective UAF undergraduate students, from all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds are invited to apply. To be eligible for a BLaST Scholarship, students must:

  • have an interest in biomedical or One Health research;
  • be considering a career in healthcare, biomedicine, or research in life or social sciences;
  • have a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher;
  • enroll for 12 or more credits at UAF each semester of the 2018-2019 academic year;
  • be a US citizen, US non-citizen national or permanent resident;
  • be enrolled in an academic degree program in biomedical field at UAF in Fairbanks, Alaska.

III. AWARD AMOUNT

The BLaST Scholarships cover tuition + fees for fall and spring semesters (and summer session if the awardee is eligible and choses to enroll in summer) and receive a monthly stipend. Freshmen/sophomores will receive $749 a month, and juniors/seniors will receive $1,049 a month.

IV. APPLICATION FORMAT AND SUBMISSION PROCEDURES

New Applications:

Download the PDF version of the New BLaST Scholarship Application and prepare your essay answers prior to submitting the online BLaST New Research Scholarship Application.

Renewal Applications (for current BLaST Scholars only):

Download the PDF version of the Returning BLaST Scholarship Application and prepare your essay answers prior to submitting the online BLaST Renewal Research Scholarship Application.  

All applications (new and renewal) are due by 11:59pm on February 11, 2018. 

V. EVALUATION CRITERIA

An ad hoc BLaST Committee will review the applications. Applications will be evaluated based on the following:

BLaST New Research Scholar Evaluation Criteria:  

  1. Academic Experience 
  2. Research Interests 
  3. Diversity Statement
  4. Motivation
  5. Programmatic Fit 

BLaST Renewal Research Scholar Evaluation Criteria:

  1. Academic Experience
  2. Research Interests
  3. Motivation
  4. Programmatic Fit 

 VI. AWARD CONDITIONS

BLaST Scholars are required to actively participate in the BLaST learning community and its events which include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Attending BLaST Orientation in Fall of 2018;
  • Active participation in research and completion of required research hours;
  • Enrollment in BLaST-sponsored courses (1-2 credits each) for both semesters;
  • Participation in other BLaST-sponsored activities as requested (monthly gatherings, regular meetings with BLaST mentor, trainings, etc.)
  • Maintaining good academic standing - maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better and successful completion of 12 or more credits each semester;
  • Attending at least two BLaST supported trainings;
  • Attending the Biomedical One Health Seminars;
  • Providing information about specific projects and activities as requested.