Each year, AΩA grants more than $1.75 million in the form of 12 national programs to medical students, residents, fellows, mid-career physicians, and faculty for awards, projects, and prizes that recognize outstanding commitment and dedication to caring for others and providing high quality health care. Students do not need to be AOA members to apply or receive the awards.

For more information, including due dates, regarding these programs and the other programs AΩA offers, visit the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society website.

Fellowships and Programs

Programs relevant to medical students include the following:

Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship

To promote basic and clinical research in medical fields, social science, or health services, AΩA awards up to fifty $5,000 fellowships each year to medical students at schools with active AΩA chapters.

Because only one candidate from each chapter may apply annually, there is a VTCSOM internal application process that can be found in the Research Domain on Blackboard, or detailed in this downloadable attachment.

Helen H. Glaser Student Essay Award

To encourage scholarly writing, this awards offers prizes for essays on nontechnical medical topics. Winning essays are published in The Pharos.

Medical Student Service Leadership Project Grant

Each chapter may submit one proposal for a project funded for three years at $5,000 for the first year, $3,000 for the second, and $1,000 for the third.

Robert H. Moser Essay Award

A $4,500 writing prize to honor one of the great leaders in American medicine, the late Robert H. Moser, MD (AΩA, Georgetown University, 1969). This prize will be awarded to an original, outstanding essay that celebrates the life of a physician like Dr. Moser who has enriched the world through his/her careers within, related to, and/or outside of medicine.

The Pharos Poetry Award

To encourage students to write effective poetry. Winning poems are published in The Pharos.