Murray J. Ettinger Student Emergency Fund

Murray Ettinger, PhD

Murray Ettinger with graduates.

Described as a “titan of biomedical education”, Dr. Ettinger was one of the first to introduce, student-driven, problem-based learning approaches to medical education.  

This fund honors Murray J. Ettinger's, PhD, selfless dedication to students over 48 years of devoted service to teaching and research at the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

This fund is available to students who are experiencing an unexpected hardship that could impact their ability to remain enrolled in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

Hardships may include, but are not limited to:

  • sudden medical expense
  • illness or death in the family that requires unplanned transportation
  • theft of personal items

Funding is intended to provide short term relief to the student.

Award Amount

Award amount varies depending on the student's unique situation and the severity of the emergency. Generally, approvals will be given for awards between $100-$600 (to cover an emergency flight home, for example). Students must state the specific award amount they are requesting on the application.


All students enrolled in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, who are in good standing with the University, are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to first and second year medical students and undergraduate seniors majoring in biochemistry.

Funding Selection

Students awards are based on the availability of funds and the strength of the student's application. The Office of Student and Academic Affairs will notify students of the award decision.

Application Process

Please download and complete the application.

Submit Your Application


Contact Information

If you have any questions about the Ettinger Student Emergency Fund, please contact:

Kimberly S. Zosh.

Kimberly S. Zosh

Office of Student and Academic Affairs

955 Main Street, Room 1201, Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: (716) 829-2802; Fax: (716) 829-2798