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2017 Mercer Scholars Geriatric Research Award


The 2017 Mercer Scholars Geriatric Research Award application is now open!

The application deadline for this award is March 12, 2017 at 11:59pm. 

Mercer Scholars Geriatric Research Award

One award of up to $1500 will be given to a student conducting research in Geriatrics.  The award funds are to be used for research-related supplies and services, conference fees and travel, publication fees/poster expenses for national/international conferences for which the awardee is listed as the first author. Award funds are not intended to be used for software or tuition support. Please see the application for more details. 

This award requires students to submit a research proposal and plan.  

Please see this link: Sample Proposal and Plan  for a sample research proposal and plan.

The application can be found at this link:  Mercer Geriatrics Research Scholar application 

Description of Award and Funds
The Barbara F. and Douglas K. Mercer Student Research Scholar Award in Geriatrics

Dr. Barbara Mercer was the first woman awarded a four year MD degree by the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine, and during her time as an undergraduate and graduate student benefited greatly from the generous support of others.  During her 37 year medical career, she practiced and taught Family Medicine and Geriatrics to students and residents throughout Michigan, emphasizing evidence-based medical research.  A donation to MSU by Dr. Mercer and her spouse, Rev. Dr. Douglas K. Mercer, is used for faculty mentored student research in the area of Geriatrics. This award will help support eager and talented young physicians to add to their knowledge base in geriatrics so future generations of aging Americans will be cared for in compassionate, caring and scientifically exceptional ways.