Established in 2020, the Department of Medicine Diversity Academic Development Scholar Awards (DADSA) were developed to promote and foster the transition of meritorious URM trainees to the roles of junior faculty and principal investigator. 

“These awards are intended to fill a funding gap from the T-32/F-award to career development awards and will help us retain outstanding URM fellows and junior faculty interested in academic careers,” said Dr. W. Conrad Liles, associate chair for research. 

One of these awards, the WRF-DADSA award, is supported by generous funding from the Washington Research Foundation (WRF).

“These awards also demonstrate significant departmental and institutional commitment to awardees at NIH study sections and other funding organizations,” said Department Chair Dr. Barbara Jung.

Demonstrating our strong commitment to departmental DEI efforts, the inaugural awards were presented to five recipients:

Dr. Crystal Brown

Dr. Chase Cannon

Dr. Erik Kimble

Dr. Helen Stanklewicz Karita

Dr. Kennedy Ukadike