Applications deadline is Friday, May 10, 2019, 5 p.m. ET.

The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center is accepting applications for the 2019 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.

Marci Kramish Campbell, PhD
Dr. Marci Kramish Campbell

This award honors Dr. Marci Kramish Campbell, 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.

Graduate students in any of the population disciplines (epidemiology, nutrition, behavioral sciences, health services and outcomes research, psychology, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Candidates should be in their final year with a dissertation defense that will occur in the 2019-20 academic year (i.e., between June 1, 2019, and May 31, 2020). The faculty sponsor must be a cancer center member.

Previous award winners include:

2012: Carmina G. Valle, MPH, PhD
2013: Shellie Ellis, MA, PhD and Shelley Golden, PhD
2014: Leanne Kaye, MPH, PhD
2015: Marissa Hall, MSPH, PhD and Yunro Chung, MS, PhD
2016: Lynn Hinton, MSPH, PhD and Humberto Parada, MPH, PhD
2017: Alyssa Cozzo, PhD
2018: Jennifer Spencer, MSPH

The application packagemust include: a curriculum vitae; a one- to two-page, (single-spaced) research description; and at least two letters of support: one from the Cancer Center member faculty sponsor and at least one from another academic reference. One reference should be the chair of the student’s dissertation committee and that letter should state that the student will defend his/her thesis in the appropriate time frame.

The application should be submitted as a single PDF.

Selection will be based on academic record, quality of the research, and supporting letters. The deadline for application is Friday, May 10, 2019, 5 p.m.. Email the application to ( Please also mail or deliver a hard copy to: Hannah Prentice-Dunn, project manager for Cancer Prevention and Control, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, CB #7424, 200 N. Greensboro Street, Carrboro, NC 27599-7294.

An early July award date is anticipated.

To learn more about Dr. Campbell, visit the UNC Lineberger memorial page.