Founders’ Research Award

The purpose of this award is to recognize, honor, and encourage medical students who contribute to scholarly work through research and publication or presentation.  An annual award will be presented to one student researcher who has demonstrated a commitment to clinical or basic science research pertaining to osteopathic medicine or public health and who exhibits the foundational research skills that will serve the osteopathic profession.

In recognition of the importance of medical student participation in research, this $3,000 scholarship, to be used during the recipient’s fourth year of study, will annually recognize one student researcher for the quality and significance of his/her publication, presentation, or ongoing work.


Deadline May 31, 2022
*  Rising fourth year student (DO/PhD students are not eligible for this award)
*  Enrolled and in good standing at the OSU College of Osteopathic Medicine (Certification of Enrollment from the OSU-CHS Office of the Registrar)
*  Demonstrated excellence in academic achievement (transcript required; an unofficial current transcript is acceptable)
*  Statement discussing the value of the applicant’s research to the osteopathic medical profession, public health, and the applicant’s professional goals (written by applicant)
*  Letter of recommendation from faculty research mentor

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2021 Founders' Research Award

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The winner of the 2021 Founders’ Research Award is Austin L. Johnson. Austin graduated from Brigham Young University – Idaho. He has received a National SOMA Research Spotlight Award and has served as a student representative for the Regents’ Distinguished Research Award Review and Selection Committee. With an interest in otolaryngology, he became a leader in the National Otolaryngology Interest Group to conduct research analyzing specific barriers faced by medical students when pursuing a career in the field. He has also participated in the research and writing for multiple grants.

Past Recipients

2021Austin L. Johnson

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