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, please contact Norma Firestone at

Targeted Research Training (TRT) Grant

 Program Director: Michael N. Bates 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.

Graduate students in the School of Public Health, UC Berkeley (UCB), and Schools of Medicine and Nursing, the UC San Francisco (UCSF) may apply for TRT Research Fellowships.

Llewellyn COEH 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.

Application Materials

Requests for Proposals (PDF)

Application (Word Doc)

Application (Editable PDF)


IRB Standards 

Past Projects

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

- Past Student winner

M. Donald Whorton Writing Award

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.

Students and recent alumni (within five 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.


  • A nominating cover letter should be submitted stating the 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.

  • Submissions are due to COEH Deputy Director, Carisa Harris by March 1.


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

Notification:  The winner will be announced in April.

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

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 untimely death in 2008.

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