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.


Application Opens April 4, 2023 and the Deadline is May 31, 2023 at 5:00pm
*  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 listing class rank 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, the applicant’s professional goals, and research paper meant the most and/or had the biggest impact and why (written by applicant)
*  Letter of recommendation from faculty research mentor
*  CV
*  Current photo

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2022 Founders' Research Award

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A recipient of the 2022 Founders’ Research Award is Hunter J. Meyers. Hunter developed a passion for research from several physician mentors. Specific research led to developing curriculum for HIV prophylaxis, which was published and was accepted to be presented at the American Public Health Association’s National Conference. As part of the Rural Renewal Initiative, he spent time researching implications of a rural hospital closing, with the findings being presented multiple times at congressional meetings. Hunter also worked with the Afghanistan refugees relocated to Oklahoma in outreach programming and plans to practice pediatrics in Oklahoma.

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A recipient of the 2022 Founders’ Research Award is Nicholas Sajjadi. Nicholas has a particular interest in research surrounding medical education and topics regarding the osteopathic profession. He has published over 21 manuscripts and several poster projects with conference presentations and has been published in the Journal of Osteopathic Medicine. Most notable is his research on the influence of social media on awareness of public health topics and alleged fertility issues related to COVID-19 vaccines. Nicholas plans to pursue a residency in orthopedic surgery where he can put his engineering background to use with evolving technological advancements in material science and surgical techniques.

Past Recipients

2021Austin L. Johnson

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