Predoctoral Awards

The UF Health Cancer Center is seeking applications for the UFHCC Predoctoral Awards, awarded annually to up to five graduate students. These awards are intended to recognize and support outstanding predoctoral candidates who are conducting innovative cancer research.


The award allots a total of $10,000 to the recipient for a one-year period: $8,000 for lab supplies and $2,000 for travel expenses for the student. 

Applications are due by Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. After this deadline, a committee of Cancer Center faculty will select the award winners. The awardees will be notified in December 2022.  Awardees will be asked to give a three-minute thesis presentation at the UF Health Cancer Center Research Day 2023

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  • Applicants must have passed the Ph.D. qualifying exam within the last 15 months
  • Applicant’s mentor must be a member of the UF Health Cancer Center and hold cancer-focused extramural funding
  • Applicants must be in a UF graduate program with a project clearly focused on cancer


To apply, applicants are required to submit the following:

  • NIH Fellowship-format biosketch
  • UF graduate school transcript
  • Research Project Title, Ph.D. qualifying exam proposal and qualifying exam chair summary
  • Letter of support from mentor (this may be emailed separately by mentor)
  • Mentor’s NIH biosketch, including research support (this may be emailed separately by mentor)
  • Essay (one page maximum) should cover the following:
    • Summary of how applicant became involved in cancer research as well as future plans
    • Synopsis of applicant’s thesis work
    • Significance, impact and relevance of applicant’s work to cancer 

Applications are now closed. Thanks to all who applied.

Predoctoral Awards

Congratulations to our 2021 Predoctoral Awardees!

Natalie Atyeo, B.A.
DMD-PhD Program
Mentor: Bernadett Papp, Ph.D.
Forkhead factor regulation in oral oncovirus infection

Charlotte Kaestner, B.S.
Biomedical Sciences Program – Cancer Biology
Mentor: Jonathan Licht, M.D.
Identifying Molecular Targets to Overcome Brain Infiltration in Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Rachel Newsome, B.S.
Biomedical Sciences Program – Cancer Biology
Mentor: Christian Jobin, Ph.D.
The role of the gut microbiome in cancer immunotherapy

Daniel Stribling, B.S.
Genetics & Genomics Program
Mentor: Rolf Renne, Ph.D.
Integrated Deep Neural Network and Experimental Approaches to Uncover the Role of Noncanonical miRNA Targeting in KSHV-Driven Tumorigenesis

Xin Zhou, M.S.
Biomedical Sciences Program – Cancer Biology
Mentor: Lizi Wu, Ph.D.
Aberrant CRTC signaling in LKB1-inactivated lung cancers

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