Dual-degree student awarded over $350K through F30 training grant
June 11, 2021
Meilinn Tram, a rising fourth-year graduate student, received notification from The National Institute of General Medical Sciences that she has been awarded The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) F30 training grant.
Over $350K will be funded over five years to support Tram’s research leading to her doctorate degree which she is pursuing in pharmacology and physiology. Tram’s research is conducted in the lab of Ken Hargreaves, DDS, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Endodontics, where she studies how a diet high in omega-6 fatty acids may trigger an increased risk of pain in the body, specifically orofacial pain.
These findings won her the Data Blitz Speaker Selection Award
at the Texas Pain Research Consortium in April. The same month, she was named the Student Government Association representative of the year
NRSA F30 awards are highly competitive predoctoral grants funded to a select and limited few applicants each year.
“This is an amazing accomplishment,” Dr. Hargreaves said. “Made even more so by her receiving funding on the very first submission, a fairly uncommon feat.”
The application reviewers were struck by Tram’s work. One reviewer stated that, “there is a clear commitment and motivation to progress to an independent research career,” while another reviewer praised her future as a dental clinician scientist.
Tram will be completing a large part of her thesis research in the approaching academic year and will prepare to begin her dental training in the summer of 2022.
To learn more about the NRSA predoctoral dual-degree training grant, visit NIH.gov