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Application deadline is Sunday, May 7, 2023 by 5 p.m. EST.

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is accepting applications for the Marci Kramish Campbell Dissertation Award, a competitive $3,000 award to recognize excellence in dissertation research focused on cancer and the population sciences. This cash award goes directly to the recipient and can be used for any purpose.

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Marci Kramish Campbell, PhD

This award honors Marci Kramish Campbell, PhD, a leader in cancer prevention and control, disparities and survivorship research at UNC-Chapel Hill and across the nation. Marci died much too soon from colon cancer in December 2011. She was an exceptional mentor and believed producing the next generation of researchers was one of our most important aims. Visit the Marci Campbell memorial page to learn more.

Graduate students in any of the population disciplines (epidemiology, nutrition, behavioral sciences, health services and outcomes research, psychology, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Candidates who have graduated with their doctorate in the 2022-2023 academic year OR plan to graduate in the 2023-2024 academic year are eligible to apply (i.e., graduation with doctorate that occurs at any time between June 1, 2022-May 31, 2024). The faculty sponsor must be a Cancer Center member. An early July award date is anticipated.


Please send the following application items as a single PDF file:

  • Application package checklist (download using the link below)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Abstract of the dissertation: a succinct description of the proposed work understandable to a scientific audience (30 lines or less).
  • Specific Aims: A one-page explanation of the research that demonstrates the research problem and suggested solution, project milestones, hypothesis, and the approach. The Specific Aims should be understandable to a broad audience. For more information and examples, please see NIH guidance on Specific Aims.
  • Two letters of support:
    • One letter of support from the Center member faculty sponsor.
    • One letter of support from the chair of the student’s dissertation committee, which should state that the student will defend his/her thesis in the appropriate time frame. Note: If the dissertation chair is also the Center sponsor, please include another academic reference for a total of two letters of support.

Selection will be based on academic record, quality of the research, and supporting letters. The application deadline is Sunday, May 7, 2023 by 5 p.m. EST.

Note: Reviewers will be faculty members of the Cancer Prevention and Control program and work in a variety of disciplines.

How to submit your application

Submit the application as a single PDF using the application portal; you can also copy and paste this URL into your internet browser to access the application portal:

Previous award winners include:

2022: Emilie Duchesneau, MSPH, and Wendi Elkins, PhD
2021: Alina Hamilton, MS
2020: Meghan O’Leary, MA
: Jessica Islam, MPH
2018: Jennifer Spencer, MSPH
2017: Alyssa Cozzo, PhD
2016: Lynn Hinton, MSPH, PhD, and Humberto Parada, MPH, PhD
2015: Marissa Hall, MSPH, PhD, and Yunro Chung, MS, PhD
2014: Leanne Kaye, MPH, PhD
2013: Shellie Ellis, MA, PhD, and Shelley Golden, PhD
2012: Carmina G. Valle, MPH, PhD