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Student Awards & Scholarships


The Founders’ Fund Research Endowment was established in honor of the Department of Biomedical Informatics’ three founders, T. Allan Pryor, Reed M. Gardner, and Homer Warner. The Founders’ Fund Research Fund provides $2,000 in supplementary funding for exemplary and innovative student research.

Joyce A. Mitchell, PhD Endowed Scholarship

This endowment celebrates Dr. Mitchell’s legacy by providing travel assistance to deserving Biomedical Informatics students who have been accepted to present at a meeting or have been invited to participate at a meeting or other scholarly activity.

Rolland H. Reiter Scholarship

The Rolland H. Reiter Scholarship in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah is awarded to a student chosen based on their interest and contributions to clinical application of biomedical informatics with an emphasis on enhancing the quality and/or reducing waste in medicine. The award will go towards their tuition up to $6,000.

The Bruce A. Houtchens, MD Award Student Paper Competition

The award and prize of $2,000 is given to the winner of a paper competition. Students are invited to submit papers expressing original ideas and reasonably complete research or development efforts in the areas of biomedical informatics, health informatics or telemedicine, which is broadly defined as the application of computer, communication, or information technology to health care. The papers must have been submitted to journals and other entities. Any student attending the University of Utah is eligible to apply.

John D. Morgan, PhD Award

The John D. Morgan Award is a $5,000 cash award presented each year to an outstanding PhD student in the Department of Biomedical Informatics. The awards committee will make the award based on the study of the following materials: student’s transcripts, NIH bio sketch, recommendations by the applicants' supervisory committees and manuscripts submitted by the student. The student must also be approved as a PhD candidate by passing the qualifying examination following completion of the first year of Biomedical Informatics class work. 

Dr. T. Allan Pryor Endowed Scholarship

The Dr. T. Allan Pryor Endowed Scholarship was established in memory of Allan Pryor, PhD. The funds are designated to support an outstanding PhD student’s training who are National Library of Medicine fellows in the Department of Biomedical Informatics.