UB Medical Student Named a Sarnoff Fellow

Stephanie Solazzo.

2011-12 Sarnoff Scholar Stephanie Solazzo

Published March 28, 2011

Stephanie Solazzo, a third-year medical student from Liverpool, N.Y., has been awarded a scholarship from the Sarnoff Cardiovascular Research Foundation to conduct intensive work in a biomedical research laboratory in the United States.

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The mission of the Sarnoff Foundation is to engage medical students and young investigators in a personalized research experience with preeminent cardiovascular scientists and to foster the next generation of leaders in the field.

The recipients—who are referred to as Sarnoff Fellows by the foundation—are selected based on intellectual and academic achievement and leadership ability. They also submit an essay detailing how they would solve a specific problem.

Once selected, fellows choose a laboratory where they will spend the next year, based on their specific research interest in cardiovascular medicine. Solazzo’s goal is to pursue studies in angiogenesis.

The fellows receive a $28,500 stipend, up to $7,000 for travel to select a preceptor and fellowship laboratory, moving expenses, health insurance and computer equipment. In addition, they receive financial support to attend Sarnoff annual scientific meetings, American Heart Association scientific sessions, the American Society for Clinical Investigation annual meeting and the National Institutes of Health’s Clinical Investigator Student Trainee Forum.

At the end of their research year, fellows present the results of their research at two national conferences.

Lifelong Mentoring

A defining feature of the Sarnoff Fellowship is its focus on lifelong mentorship.

After completion of the research year, fellows are encouraged to remain involved in the Sarnoff community by participating in the annual scientific meetings and other Sarnoff-sponsored gatherings, where they can obtain career development advice from Sarnoff alumni and reconnect with colleagues.