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Due to Covid-19 this fellowship program has been postponed until further notice. Please check back for updated information about the program and application process.

Statement of Purpose and Description of Fellowship

The Robert L. Mayock Student Research Fellowship will provide opportunities for medical students and undergraduate students in their senior year of college to work full-time for eight to 10 weeks during the summer/fall in one of the research laboratories of the Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care Division of the University of Pennsylvania. Students from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as from other institutions are eligible to apply. The fellowship experience will also include attendance at the daily clinical and research conferences of the Division and presentation of the candidate’s work to a Division research conference. Accepted applicants will receive a stipend of $3500 and will be reimbursed up to $1500 to cover travel-related expenses to attend a scientific meeting to present their research. Applications for 2020 will be accepted from January 1st to March 6th of 2020.

This fellowship honors The “Father of Pulmonary Medicine at PENN”, Robert L. Mayock, MD, who founded the division in 1955, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, one of the first in the nation. Dr. Mayock trained more than 180 pulmonary physicians during his career, many of which are today’s leaders in the field of academic and clinical pulmonary medicine and was recognized as the prototypical gentleman’s physician – caring, dedicated and compassionate. His professional colleagues recognized him as a trailblazer in chest medicine and for all who trained under him, Dr. Mayock taught them the character of a good physician- to always respect patients and to consider the whole person and not just the symptoms that made the patient ill. Through the generosity of an anonymous donor the Robert L. Mayock Student Research Fellowship was established to preserve his legacy and recognize his many contributions to pulmonary medicine as an innovator, clinician, mentor and teacher. Through this program exceptional students will be encouraged to pursue a career in teaching, research and/or patient care modeled after the life and work of Dr. Mayock.

Operation of the Robert L. Mayock Student Research Fellowship

Eligibility Criteria:

  • University undergraduate seniors or medical students
  • Interest in pulmonary research/lung biology

Selection of Candidates

The oversight committee will meet in March of each year to review and decide on the most qualified applicant(s).

Criteria for the selection of the fellows include:

  • Previous research experience
  • Previous academic success
  • The enthusiasm of the candidate for the fellowship as reflected in the application and the strength of the letter of recommendation

E-mail notification of the decisions will be sent to the applicants by April 1st of each year and the selected fellow(s) will be presented annually to the Division Awards Committee.

Fellowship Requirements

  • Preparation of a two to three page research plan/proposal before the start of the fellowship. (The format to be is below)
  • Participation in research for 10 weeks continuously, June – September. (Accommodations will be made for 3rd and 4th year students using the fellowship to fulfill their scholarly pursuit to do their research in the fall)
  • Research to be conducted in one of the research laboratories of the Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division
  • Attendance at pulmonary clinical and research conferences
  • Presentation of research at a Division research conference


A stipend of $3500 will be provided.

Laboratory Requirements

On a rotating basis, specific labs will be designated each year to host the students. The laboratory experiences that will be available are the following:

  • Epithelial Biology (Beers)
  • Laboratory of Rare Lung Diseases (Krymskaya)
  • Acute Lung Injury and Pulmonary Vascular Biology (Mangalmurti, DeLisser, Vaughan)
  • Thoracic Malignancies (Albelda, Moon)
  • Developmental Biology (Morrisey)
  • HIV Biology/Pulmonary Microbiome (Collman)
  • Translational Research (Christie, Meyer, Reilly)
  • Sepsis (Meyer, Reilly, Mangalmurti)

Once selected, the student will meet with the faculty supervisor (two to three months before the start date) to design a meaningful, independent research experience. The research plan will be submitted to the director of the fellowship for review before the start of the research.

Promotion of the Fellowship

Information about the fellowship will be posted at the Perelman School of Medicine and Lung Center web sites. The fellowship will also be promoted to the first year students in the fall and to the second year students during their respiratory course.

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