Women's Early Research Career (WERC) Award

Women's Early Research Career (WERC) Award

Recognizing the difficulty of maintaining research productivity during early career stages when competing extra-professional responsibilities (including child-rearing) are common, the DOM has established the WERC Award. The purpose is to provide supplemental funding for women who are junior faculty to increase research productivity thereby increasing career advancement opportunities for women in academic medicine.

  • Provides junior faculty women funding to sustain research productivity during early stages of their careers
  • $50,000/year for two years in direct costs to supplement or complement current, funded research (total $100,000)
  • Letter of Intent form available here
  • Eligibility details and formal announcement available here

2017 Dates and Deadlines

Letter of Intent submission deadline: February 26, 2018
Notification of LOI acceptance/invitation to apply: March 12, 2018
Full application due: April 30, 2018
Notification of awards: June 4, 2018
Start date: July 1, 2018

2017 Award Recipients

Portrait of Anne Frosch

Dr. Anne Frosch is a faculty member in our Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine. She received the award for her project, Kinetics and Localization of Memory T Follicular Helper Cells During Vaccine Recall Immune Responses.

Anne Frosch's Full Bio

 Portrait of Shernan Holtan

Dr. Shernan Holtan is a faculty member in our Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation. She received the award for her project, Tissue Repair in Acute Graft-versus-Host Disease: A Functional Genomics Approach.

Shernan Holtan's Full Bio

2016 Award Recipients

Portrait of Alexa Pragman

Dr. Alexa Pragman is a faculty member at the VA in our Division of Infectious Disease and International Medicine. She received the award for her project, An Interim Analysis of the Relationship Between the Oral and Lung Microbiota and Inflammation in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

Alexa Pragman's full bio

 Portrait of Zohar Sachs

Dr. Zohar Sachs is a faculty member in our Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation. She received the award for her project, Molecular Mechanisms of NRAS-mediated Leukemia Stem Cell Self-Renewal.

Zohar Sach's full bio