Created by the Board of Estimate of the City of New York in 1955 to honor the City College graduate who developed the first anti-polio vaccine, the Jonas Salk scholarships are awarded annually to eight graduates of the CUNY senior colleges. The scholarships are awarded to students who have been accepted to a U.S. medical school and have performed scientific research as an undergraduate.The student’s research papers are reviewed and recipients are selected for their potential to make significant contributions to medical research. Read More

The winners receive a total of $8,000 ($2,000 per year for four-year medical schools to help defray the cost for the M.D., Ph.D. or D.Sc in Biomedical Sciences or D.O. degree. Two paid summer internships at the Salk Institute for Biomedical Studies in La Jolla, California may also be available to recipients of the Salk Scholarship. Students must apply for the scholarship through their campus pre-medical office.

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2017 Jonas E. Salk Scholars

2017 Salk Scholars

From left to right: Christopher Reid, Olayinka Oladipupo, Anika Nabila, Marisol Cortes, Ma Su Su Aung, Larisa Shagabayeva, Violeta Contreras Ramirez, Keegan R. Fernandez

One – a former Army medic who lost his father on 9/11 – saved a severely injured fellow medic in Afghanistan. Others were inspired to pursue studies in medicine and research when stroke, diabetes and infection struck close to home. All but one are immigrants, from countries including Bangladesh, Kuwait, Mexico, Myanmar, Nigeria and Russia.

These are the eight winners of the City University of New York’s prestigious 2017 Jonas E. Salk Scholarships for the study of medicine and biomedical sciences. The award recognizes the winners for their outstanding scholarship and research in fields including neuroscience and molecular biology. The awards, to be presented May 10 at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, provide $8,000 to each student to defray the cost of their medical and graduate studies. >>

Spring 2017 Update

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The City University of New York has awarded its prestigious Jonas E. Salk Scholarships for medical study to eight graduates in recognition of their outstanding scholarship and research on subjects including neuroscience, cancer, genetics and molecular biology. >>

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