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Student Grants & Writing Awards

Unless otherwise stated, the following writing and research awards are available to graduate students enrolled in any of the COEH Academic Programs.

 

For more information or help with the application process, please contact COEH at coehce@berkeley.edu.

Current Award Opportunities: 

  • Health Equity in the Workplace Research Award

  • Llewellyn Student Project Award

  • M. Donald Whorton Writing Award

  • Targeted Research Training Grant

Health Equity in the Workplace Research Award 

Up to $5,000 for a Student Project

Description

Workplace health is public health. This research to practice award is designed to highlight the role of work as a social determinant of health, and to support research and drive action to improve health outcomes in cooperation with vulnerable or marginalized populations.

Projects can include, but are not limited to: qualitative and quantitative needs assessments and structured interviews, documenting the impact of health and safety hazards, developing proactive practices and policy solutions, unpaid research/internships with a non-profit and/or community organization, designing/delivering a community intervention, or evaluating the effectiveness of interventions. 

The purpose of this award is to encourage students to think creatively about how to advance workplace equity, build the capacity of workers and community groups to take action, and enhance interdisciplinary collaboration and communication skills. This award is offered by the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Continuing Education Program. 

Eligibility

Funding is available for matriculated public health students at UCB, UCD, and UCSF. Student stipends can be used for equipment, supplies, and participant compensation. University overhead, mentor support, or tuition support are ineligible expenses.
 

Expected Outcomes

The award recipient will be expected to author a final report, and to present your research/project at COEH's Increasing Diversity in Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Symposium and via a one-hour, online webinar. 

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted via Google Form. Applicants will need to prepare the following materials to apply: 

  • Background (3 paragraphs - write the problem statement)

  • Research Aims (1-3 research objectives/aims)

  • Methods (2 paragraphs - describe your research approach)

  • Personal Reflection (How will this research support your personal development?)

  • EHS Affiliation (Identify an Eligible Academic Program or Mentor)

  • Reference List (Names, Titles, Relationship, and Emails for 2-4 Professional / Academic references)

  • Timeline and Milestones (Provide an overview of proposed research timeline prepared with dated bullet points)

  • Budget + Budget Justification (How will you plan to spend the $5000 and why these expenses are necessary) 

Applications are due Friday, August 6, 2021

Llewellyn Student Project Award

Program funding for projects in 2020-2021

Up to $5,000 for a Student Project!

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health (COEH) invites applications from UCB and UCSF graduate students and medical residents wishing to conduct a multidisciplinary research project in occupational or environmental health. Teaching, service, community intervention, and policy projects will also be considered. The purpose is to encourage students to work in teams with students from other disciplines in order to better address real-world problems.

 

Eligibility

Any currently enrolled COEH Program student, resident, or trainee working on an OEHS (occupational/environmental health & safety) or vulnerable population project. One of the students’ faculty advisors must be affiliated with COEH. Students are expected to meet with their faculty advisors on a regular basis to obtain input and keep them informed of their progress. Faculty advisors are expected to actively mentor the project and approve the final report. 

"It was a GREAT experience…we were able to make a difference. We would apply again!"

- Past Student Winner

Allowable Expenses 
The award may apply to stand-alone or bigger project support. Project costs may include equipment, supplies, and travel. This award may not be used for faculty / mentor support, tuition payment, or university overhead. 

 

Review Criteria
Research projects will be judged on scientific merit. Teaching, service, community intervention, and policy projects will be judged on their impact on the target audience.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted via Google Form. Applicants will need to prepare the following materials to apply: 

  • Background (3 paragraphs - write the problem statement)

  • Research Aims (1-3 research objectives/aims)

  • Methods (2 paragraphs - describe your research approach)

  • Personal Reflection (How will this support your learning and development as a student?)

  • COEH Affiliation (Identify Eligible COEH Faculty Advisor / Mentor)

  • Reference List (Names, Titles, Relationship, and Emails for 2-4 Professional / Academic references)

  • Timeline and Milestones (Provide an overview of proposed research timeline prepared with dated bullet points)

  • Budget + Budget Justification (How will you plan to spend the $5000 and why these expenses are necessary) 

Applications are due Friday, August 6, 2021

M. Donald Whorton Writing Award

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In Honor of Dr. M. Donald Whorton

Don Whorton was an internationally-recognized occupational health physician and workplace epidemiologist, with long ties to COEH. He graduated with honors from the University of New Mexico School of Medicine's first graduating class in 1968 and went on to receive his masters degree in public health with a focus in environmental medicine from Johns Hopkins University. He completed his internship in internal medicine at Harvard Service Boston City Hospital and his residency in internal medicine at Baltimore City Hospital. He was board certified in occupational and internal medicine, an elected member of the National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology and the American College of Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

Don Whorton advanced the field of occupational medicine through epidemiological studies that led to a greater understanding of workplace exposure. Notably, he discovered the link between workplace exposure to the nematocide DBCP and male infertility. He was the founding director of the COEH’s Labor Occupational Health Program (LOHP) at U.C. Berkeley, where he worked until he went into private consulting in 1978.  Don continued his involvement with COEH, through teaching and serving on the COEH Advisory committee.

Don continued his important work in occupational and environmental health until his death in 2008.

The M. Donald Whorton Writing Award is offered by the Northern California Center for Occupational and Environmental Health. The award program strives to honor the late Dr. Whorton by encouraging and recognizing important new voices in occupational and environmental research.

Eligibility

Students and recent alumni (within two years of graduation) from any of the COEH-affiliated programs are eligible to submit a manuscript for consideration for the M. Don Whorton Writing Award. Papers may be co-authored; however the student/alumnus must be first or senior author. To be considered, papers must be recently published or accepted for publication.

AWARD: $500.00, recognition in the COEH newsletter, and an invitation to present at a COEH event.

ELIGIBILITY: COEH Program students, residents, trainees, and recent alumni

Submission:

  • Title, name of author(s) and author contact information

  • Both self-nominations and nominations by others will be accepted.

  • An electronic copy of the paper must be attached.

  • COEH Affiliation - Identify Eligible COEH Faculty Advisor / Mentor

 

Process for Review
The paper will be evaluated by a review panel designated by COEH. The papers will be judged based on the following criteria:

 

A. Addresses a significant issue/problem in the field of occupational and environmental health (20 points

     The significance should be illustrated by one or more of the following:

  1. Originality

  2. Public health significance

  3. Severity of the hazard addressed

  4. Contribution to understanding and addressing health disparities

  5. Sheds light on an under appreciated problem or emerging issue in occupational or environmental health

B. Strength of findings (30 points)

  1. Quality of research design or approach

  2. Quality of data

  3. Quality of interpretation of results

C. Analysis by author makes a significant contribution to the field of occupational and environmental health, indicated by at least one of the following: (25 points)

  1. ​Provides new insights

  2. Suggests new strategies for prevention of occupational and environmental injuries, illnesses, and/or hazardous exposures

D. Quality of writing (25 points)

  1. Well-organized

  2. Use of clear, concise writing style

Applications are due Friday, August 6, 2021

Targeted Research Training (TRT) Grant

 Program Director: Sadie Costello, PhD

​The Targeted Research Training Fellowships are intended to promote interdisciplinary research training in occupational health and safety. The application process is competitive, but trainees receive a contribution to their research costs, as well as a stipend for living expenses and in-state tuition and fees.  They are expected to attend a monthly training seminar which alternates between sessions where they discuss their research progress and any problems experienced and sessions involving practical research training, of a type not usually received during academic classes.  Before applying to the TRT, applicants should be accepted into their program by one of the other ERC Program Directors.

Eligibility

Graduate students in the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley (UCB), and Schools of Medicine and Nursing, the UC San Francisco (UCSF), and UC Davis (UCD) may apply for TRT Research Fellowships. These opportunities are funded by an award from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), Northern California Education and Research Center (NorCal ERC), and are intended to promote interdisciplinary research training in occupational health and safety. 

Participation in the seminar series and application to the fellowship is available to all applicants who are accepted into or accepted as being eligible for, one of the NorCal ERC programs by the Director of that program. Preference for the fellowship will be given to doctoral students and medical residents who are part of the Northern California COEH NIOSH ERC Training Programs.

 

The Program Directors are:

  • Occupational Epidemiology—Prof. Ellen Eisen (UCB)

  • Occupational and Environmental Medicine—Prof. Paul Blanc (UCSF)

  • Occupational and Environmental Health Nursing—Prof. OiSaeng Hong (UCSF)

  • Industrial Hygiene—Prof. Katharine Hammond (UCB)

  • Ergonomics—Prof. Carisa Harris-Adamson (UCB)

  • Agricultural Safety & Health - Prof. Fadi Fathallah (UCD)

 

 

 

Seminars:

Participation in monthly seminars from guest speakers on a range of occupational health research topics. Seminars will be at 10am on the first Friday of the month. Seminars will be a mix of in-person (if feasible and safe) and virtual to accommodate out-of-town guest speakers and trainees who can not travel to UC Berkeley for the seminars. PH298 credit available (1 unit per semester).

 

Potential topics include:

  • Introduction to applying to NIH grants Manuscript writing tips and tricks

  • Communicating scientific results (research-to-practice)

  • How to navigate the IRB application process

  • Scientific conferences: selecting, submitting, and presenting

  • Submitting your manuscript: impact factors, formatting & cover letters

  • An intuitive approach to statistical power and sample size calculations

  • Collaborating with community partners for public health research Managing research projects overseas

  • Basic principles of qualitative research Introduction to the use of Qualtrics survey software

  • Questionnaire design Data management and data cleaning

Fellowship:

  1. Participation in the seminars (if a seminar is a repeat experience, the requirement to participate can be waived with prior approval from Dr. Costello)

  2. Participation in a small, interdisciplinary, group of trainees who will meet every month with Dr. Costello to discuss research progress, potential collaborations, and practice oral presentations. Groups will be in-person (if feasible and safe). Schedule will be set based on participant availability.

  3. Additional one-on-one mentoring meetings with Dr. Costello are also available, regularly, or ad hoc, depending on student needs. Mentoring meetings can be in-person or virtual.

  4. Subject to a satisfactory proposal, including a budget and budget justification, administrative research funds up to $2,000 [Note: the research funds are available only for first-time TRT awardees, not applicants awarded subsequent years of TRT funding].

  5. A partial stipend to cover living expenses based on NIH guidelines and/or partial or full in-state tuition and fees. Stipend, tuition and fees will be awarded based on needs, other types of income (i.e. GSI etc.) and availability of funds.

 

Receipt Date for 2021/22 Applications:

Applications should be received by 5 pm (PST), Thursday, July 1, 2021.
They should be emailed as a single .pdf file to Dr. Sadie Costello (sadie@berkeley.edu).

Trainees may:

1) Sign up to take the seminars for 1 unit of Independent Research

-OR-

2) Apply for the fellowship (which includes the seminars

Applications are due Thursday, July 1, 2021
Full details included in the application link