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WCM Grants, Awards and Lectureships

Kellen Junior Faculty Fellowship

The Junior Faculty Fellowship Fund, which provides $50,000 in research support to exceptional junior faculty who are juggling basic or clinical research with childcare responsibilities, recently made awards to five Weill Cornell Medicine scientists and physicians.

Now in its second year, the grant was established in 2015 with a $1.25 million gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation. The goal is to provide junior faculty with funding so that they can establish a scientific track record, succeed in research, and ultimately, be promoted to a higher rank while raising their children. While both men and women are eligible for the fellowship, women are disproportionately underrepresented in senior positions in academic medicine, according to the American Association of Medical Colleges.


Dr. Laurie Glimcher Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women Faculty

The Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D. Award for Excellence in Mentoring Women Faculty in recognition of outstanding contributions to furthering the careers of women in medicine. The award was established by Dr. Glimcher, former dean of Weill Cornell Medicine, to address the under-representation of women in leadership positions in medicine. In May, 2017 the award was endowed by Chairman of the Board of Overseers Jessica Bibliowicz and her husband Natan.

Previous award recipients include:

  • 2016 Dr. Daniel Fitzgerald, Co-Director WCM Center for Global Health 
  • 2017 Dr. Elizabeth Kagan Arleo, Associate Professor of Radiology


President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW)

The President's Council of Cornell Women(PCCW), a group of highly accomplished alumnae, works to enhance the involvement of female faculty as leaders within Cornell University and supports the completion of research leading to promotion and tenure. Since its inception in 1992, grants from this organization have awarded more than $462,000 to 151 women and programs at Cornell, including several at WCM.  The PCCW held its 25th membership anniversary meeting at WCM in 2014 and plan another annual meeting at WCM April 14th 2018.

Previous WCM Grant Recipients:

  • Jennifer Downs (Medicine) Cervical Immune Cell Populations and HIV Susceptibility in Women with Schistosomiasis   $8,885
  • Karin Hochrainer (Brain and Mind Research Institute)  Role of Ubiquitination in the Outcome of Cerebral Ischemia   $6,340
  • Tracy-Ann Moo (Surgery) Identification and targeting of cancer testis antigen MAGE-A in triple negative breast cancers   $9,500
  • Mirella Salvatore (Public Health)  Integrase-Defective Lentiviral - Based Influenza Vaccine expressing NP. Role of NP-specific antibody and CD4+/CD8+T cell subsets in protection   $8,875
  • Lia Logio and Johanna Martinez (Medicine) Initiative for Advancing Women Faculty at WCMC   $10,000

Cyma Rubin Women in Science Lectureship

The Cyma Rubin Women in Science Lectureship was created in 2015 to highlight the accomplishments of distinguished women in the field, and to encourage, inspire and educate women scientists. Lecturers also meet with female students in an intimate setting to discuss their careers and provide mentorship.
Lecturers for this series since its initiation have been:
  • 2015 – Susan Lindquist  (inaugural recipient) – “Adventures in Protein Folding, from Basic Science to Human Diseases”, deceased, former Director of the Whitehead Institute, MIT
  • 2016 – Titia DeLange - “How Telomeres Solve the End-Protection Problem”, Leon Hess Professor, Laboratory of Cell Biology and Genetics, the Rockefeller University
  • 2017 – Elaine Fuchs – “Pursuit of a Passion for Science and Education”, Head of the Laboratory of Mammalian Cell Biology and Development at The Rockefeller University

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