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SRNT 2018 Travel Scholarship Application

Click here for the Travel Scholarship Application. **DEADLINE OCT. 8th, 2018**

Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco
2019 SRNT 25th Annual Meeting
February 20-23, 2019, Hilton San Francisco
San Francisco, CA


The Health Disparities Network of the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco (SRNT) has established as one of its goals to increase the diversity of its membership. Another key goal of the Health Disparities Network is to broadly support the conduct of nicotine and tobacco research with minority and underserved populations. Therefore, SRNT is committed to increasing both the diversity of researchers who help to stimulate and generate new knowledge concerning nicotine in all its manifestations, and to facilitating research with minority and underserved populations -- from the molecular to the societal level. The purpose of the Travel Scholarship program is to promote leadership development, diversity, and inclusivity among investigators interested in disparities research, by:

  • Providing travel support to attend the 2019 Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco 25th Annual Meeting
  • Promoting collaboration and intergenerational and interdisciplinary networking at SRNT and throughout the year

We are currently working with sponsors of previous years (Truth Initiative, California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program, Clearway Minnesota, Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center), and the Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco to secure financial support for the scholarship. While the number of awards remains to be determined, we would like to solicit Travel Scholarship applications from those who have submitted an abstract to present at SRNT in San Francisco, given that having an accepted abstract is a requirement for all Travel Scholars. The scholarship will continue to be administered by the SRNT Health Disparities Network. Preference will be given to applicants from minority racial/ethnic groups; with disabilities; from sexual and gender minority populations; or from a disadvantaged group. U.S. minority racial/ethnic groups are defined as American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American/Pacific Islander, Black/African American, or Latino/Hispanic.


Eligibility Criteria

We offer two scholarship categories:

  1. New Scholar:   
    Eligibilty & Expectations:
    • Have an interest in nicotine and tobacco research and be committed to the mission of SRNT from an underrepresented/disadvantaged group;

      Conduct health disparities research (including researchers from non-disadvantaged backgrounds);

    • Hold junior faculty (assistant professor, instructor, or equivalent), post-doctoral trainee, or graduate student rank at a United States-based academic institution.  Due to the legal restrictions of the scholarship funds, only trainees or junior faculty from a United States-based academic institution are eligible. 

    • Be able to attend at least one Health Disparities Network event held at SRNT 25th annual meeting.

    • Be able to complete SRNT membership application (first-time SRNT members may be eligible for complimentary membership in 2019).

    • Live at least 50 miles outside of the San Francisco area.

    • Cannot be former Travel Scholarship recipients within the past three years (if you are, see below)

    • Have an abstracted accepted for the 2019 SRNT 25th Annual Meeting. (Note: Because the application deadline is prior to the abstract acceptance notification deadline, you are welcome to apply if you have submitted an abstract.)

  2. Returning Scholar: We will award a limited number of scholarships to past Travel Scholarship recipients (only within the past three years) who have continued to be engaged in SRNT (as defined by consistent membership in SRNT and submission of an abstract to SRNT 2019). Indicate on the application if you have received the Travel Scholarship between 2015 and 2018. The same eligibility criteria for new Travel Scholars apply to Returning Scholars. Returning Scholars will need to pay for their membership fees.

Receipt of Travel Scholarship

The goal is for the scholarship to completely cover airfare and hotel costs. Terms of the scholarship include:  

Airfare: All travelers must make reservations in advance of the meeting.

Hotel: We strongly recommend travelers to stay at the Hilton San Francisco Hotel.

Conference Registration:  SRNT will either waive the registration fee, or the scholarship will cover it.

SRNT Membership: For new scholars, SRNT may waive the membership fee or the scholarship will cover it. Returning scholars will be responsible for paying the cost of the SRNT membership fee.

Network events:  There will be Health Disparities Network events during the SRNT 25th Annual Meeting. Time and dates will be announced at a future date.  All scholarship recipients (new and returning) are expected to attend the Health Disparities Network Meeting and the Health Disparities Network Breakfast. All scholarship recipients are also required to participate in the It’s Just Coffee networking event, where scholarship recipients will meet with a senior investigator in tobacco research at the conference. These events will provide opportunities for scholars to network with other colleagues and meet mentors who can answer questions about research goals and interests.   

Application Components


Personal Statement

Please prepare a brief 300 word statement which describes 1) the main research question that you would like to explore or are exploring and 2) career goals related to your research question. Please put your name on your statement. 


Resume/Curriculum Vitae/Biosketch

Please forward your resume or curriculum vitae or biosketch along with your application form.



Please provide the name and contact information for one mentor or advisor.


Terms of Accepting the Travel Scholarship

Acceptance of a HD Travel Scholarship is contingent on the recipient completing a SRNT membership application and agreeing to attend at least one Health Disparities event held at the SRNT 25th Annual Meeting.


Please forward an electronic copy of your application to Ms. Samantha Cwalina (, HD Network Scholarship and Development Subcommittee Operations Coordinator.

Important Dates

  • Applications due October 8th, 2018 at 5pm, Pacific Time.
  • Scholarship recipients will be notified by December 3, 2018.
  • Recipients must confirm their acceptance of the scholarship by December 7, 2018.
  • Recipients must make flight arrangements by January 18th, 2019.


Questions, please contact:


Jennifer Unger, PhD

Co-chair, Scholarship Subcommittee

SRNT Health Disparities Network


Raul Mejia, PhD

Co-chair, Scholarship Subcommittee

SRNT Health Disparities Network

Jennifer Vidrine, PhD

Co-chair, Scholarship Subcommittee

SRNT Health Disparities Network


Samantha Cwalina

Operations Coordinator

SRNT Health Disparities Network – Scholarship and Development Subcommittee



Scholarship Recipients


Adam Alexander

Jessica Barrington-Trimis

Michael Dunbar

Patrick Hammett

Pratibha Nayak

Jimmy Manyanga

Basil Mathews

Latrice Montgomery

Ojo-Fati Olamide

Jaime Perales

Sabrina Smiley

Andy Tan

Kelly Young-Wolff


Christian Cerrada

Jin Kim

Dale Maglalang

Nicole Lee-Sparks

Angelica Rendon

Lori Sakoda

Jazzmyna Sutton

Filmer Yu


Chaya Bhuvaneswaran

Joanna Burtner

Sarah Dermody

Sherece Fields

Kentya Ford

Li-Ling Huang

Ming-Ching Liang

Eddah Mburu

Mary Modayil

Motohiro Nakajima

Gladys Pachas

Erica Payton

Giselle Perez

Erika Pinsker

Danielle Ramo

Erik Rodriguez


Surendra Bir Adhikari

Melissa Duong

Winta Ghidei

Jolomi Ikomi

Sydney Martinez

Charlotte McCloskey 

Marica McNutt 

Chantal Nez 

Olufunke Ogunfoalmi

Nicholas Orozco

Devan Romero

Barrett Sewali

Kawkab Shishani

Sneha Thamotharan

Azure Buni Rae Thompson

Kellie Watkins

Thomas White



Alicia Allen

Angie León Salas

Anton Jerome Dawson

Babita Das

Cendrine Robinson

Christie Flanagan

Chunrong Jia

Denise Rodríguez de Ybarra

Gideon St. Helen

Jack Tsa

Jessica Burris

Kiran Sagoo

Larita Webb

Mia H. Zimmermann

Pallav Pokhrel

Rebecca Ashare

Ruiling Liu

Taneisha Buchanan

Teresa M. Leyro



Virmarie Correa Fernández

John R. Blosnich

Nan Jiang

Jose L. Moreno

James Butler

Damiya Whitaker

Sam Seung-Hoon Oh

Guy-Lucien Whembolua

Marcel Alejandro de Dios

Tiffany Edwards

Youn Ok Lee

Elizabeth Ann Baker

Yu Shi

Nicole S. Marquinez



Daniel Rodriguez

Nina S. Wampler

Carrie Anne Bronars

Kia Janelle Jackson

Nia J. Thompson

Yessenia Castro

Grace Kong

Vance Rabius

Kate R. Goldade

Karin Riggs

Stephen J. Wilson

Tung-Sung Tseng

Mignonne Catherine Guy

Narine K. Movsisyan

Marty Otañez

Adebola Odunlami

Jasmin M. Dao

Joann Lee

Justin White



Alton Hart Jr.

Craig S. Fryer

Jennifer R. Warren

Ana-Paula Cupertino

Shadi Nahvi

Angela U. Sy

Yan Wang

Rashelle E. Brown

Carlos F. Ríos-Bedoya

Norval J. Hickman III

Babaloa Faseru

Valerie S. Eschiti

Tywanda L. McLaurin-Jones

Nadine Lai-Sin Chan

David Hui Woong Chae

Gabriel James Macasiray Garcia

Kevin D. Kelley

Daniel L. Dickerson



Tammy Peacock

Charlotte Jones-Burton

Tamika Gilreath 

Rodney C. Haring 

Antoniette M. Maldonado

ManSoo Yu

Jesse L. Mason, Jr.

Athena Ramos

Ernesto Marcelo Sebrié

Shaohua Hu

Megan A. Sheffer

Stephen Wilson

Valerie B. Yerger

Patricia Nez Henderson


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