Grants, Awards, and Scholarships

2012 Award Winners

2012 Award Winners

Funded by the Education and Research Foundation for SNM

2012 Paul Cole Scholarships ($1,000)
The Paul Cole Scholarship is named in memory of Paul Cole, CNMT, who served as President of the SNM Technologist Section (SNMTS) in 1986 and who was known as a champion of education for technologists. Fifteen $1,000 scholarships are awarded.

Bachelor Degree Program 
Samantha Benavidez – Baptist Health Schools Little Rock/University of Central Arkansas
Jennifer Berrios – Kent State University, Salem Campus
Jarin Bjerke – Mayo School of Health Sciences
Sydney Bryant – The Nuclear Medicine Institute at The University of Findlay
Patricia Buch – Georgia Health Sciences University
Sally Enriquez – University at Buffalo, SUNY
Teri Fuller – Virginia Commonwealth University
Rodney Hille – College of DuPage

Associate Degree Program 
Theresa Cole – Macomb Community College
Elizabeth Hall – The University at Buffalo
Rebecca Holstein - The Nuclear Medicine Institute at The University of Findlay

Certificate Program
Mark Barrington – St. Vincent’s School of Nuclear Medicine Technology
Laurel Campbell – Stonehill College
Jessica Cox - William Beaumont Hospital School of Allied Health
(Christopher) Bryce Gillman - British Columbia Institute of Technology
 

2012 SNM Travel Awards ($1,000)
The SNM Travel Awards are designed to support the attendance of students and postdoctoral or clinical trainees who present molecular imaging abstracts at the 59th SNM Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida, in June. 

Nuclear medicine technologists and nuclear medicine technology students are not eligible for this award. The SNMTS Travel and Student Travel Awards are available for Nuclear medicine technologists and nuclear medicine technology students (see below).

Twenty-two $1,000 awardees were selected. Selection of recipients was based upon the abstract ranking, number of abstracts accepted, method of presentation (oral presentations are preferred), as well as the membership status of the applicant & recommender (active membership status is preferred). 

Rianot Amzat, MD, MPH
Amit Bhoil, MD
Oscar Brouwer, MD
Chung Chan, PhD
Hongyoon Choi, MD
Robert Doot, PhD
Jordan P. Hall
Pedram Heidari, MD
Hao Hong, PhD
Gauri Khorjekar, MD
Arda Konik, PhD
 

Harshad Kulkarni, MD
Meena Kumar, MD
Zhaofei Liu, PhD
M Reza Mirbolooki, MD, PhD
Yen Ng, MS
Bosky Ravindranath, PhD
Sampath Santhosh, MD
Abdel Tahari, MD, PhD
Nerissa Viola-Villegas, PhD
Hyun Suk Yoon
Yin Zhang
Lauren Zollinger, MD, MPH

2012 SNMTS Travel and Student Travel Awards ($1,000)
The SNMTS Travel & Student Travel Awards are designed to help support registration, travel, and accommodations towards the attendance of nuclear medicine technologists and NMT students who present abstracts at the 59th SNM Annual Meeting in Miami Beach, Florida, in June.

Thirty $1,000 awardees were selected. Selection of recipients was based upon the abstract ranking given by the SNM Annual Meeting SNMTS Abstract Reviewers.

Technologists
Go Akamatsu
Tina Alden, B.Sc., RTNM
Jae Min Choi, KSNMT
Amanda Hayes, B.S., RT(R)(N)(CT), CNMT
Dawn Holley, CNMT, R.T.(N)(CT)
Gye Hwan Kim
Jung Soo Kim
Stephanie Krause, B.S., MPH, CNMT
Caroline Kuykendall, CNMT, PET
Kenta Miwa, MSC
Martin Schmitt, BS, CNMT, PET
Tanya Tupper, ARRT (N) CNMT PET

 

Students
Emam Albarnawi
Alexander Brock
Laurel Campbell
Justin B. Cole, CNMT
Kurt Hammann
Lindsay Henry, CNMT
Forest Hynes
Muhammed Jama
Allison Kluz
Kenni Chun Lai
Jonica Pape
Amber Parker, SNMT
Elise Piekrczyk
Allissa Rankin
Katelyn Schommer
Nicollette Stenzel, SNMT
Katie Tucker, ARRT(N), CNMT, PET

2012 SNMMI-TS Sue Weiss Clinical Advancement Scholarships ($500)
In honor of Susan C. Weiss, SNMMI-TS Past President and former Executive Director of the Education adn Research Foundation for SNMMI, this scholarship serves to support certified nuclear medicine technologists (CNMTs) who are pursuing clinical advancement through didactic educational programs. 
- Jerome Loichinger, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
- Jeffery Meden, BS, CNMT, NCT, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

2012 SNMMI-TS Bachelor’s Degree Completion Scholarships ($4,000)
This scholarship serves to support current nuclear medicine technologists who are pursuing a Bachelor's degree related to their nuclear medicine careers.
Scott McKee, Bachelor's of Science in Organization Management, Bethel College, Elkhart, Indiana
- Shannon Whitten, Bachelor's of Science in Medical Imaging, Mercy College of Ohio
- Arrol Wissel, Bachelor's of Science in Diagnostic Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapy, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, Arizona

2012 SNMMI-TS Advanced Practitioner Program Scholarships ($5,000)
This scholarship serves to support a student who is pursuing an advanced practitioner program to advance his/her career in nuclear medicine.
- Scott Degenhardt, CNMT, BS, ARRRT(N), Bachelor's of Radiation Science (Nuclear Medicine), University of Nebraska Medical Center

2012 Mitzi & William Blahd, MD Pilot Research Grant ($25,000)
This pilot research grant is designed to help a basic or clinical scientist in the early stages of their career conduct research that may lead to further funding.
- Joyita Dutta, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Jeff Klenc, PhD, Emory University, Dept of Radiology and Imaging Sciences

2012-2013 Predoctoral Molecular Imaging Scholar Grant ($40,000 over 2 years)
The predoctoral program supports a research scholar in an established molecular imaging lab that will apply molecular imaging approaches (including tool development) to investigate biological pathways in disease models.
- David Hoffman, PhD candidate, Virginia Commonwealth University
- Reed McDonagh, MD/PhD candidate, Virginia Commonwealth University

2012 Bradley-Alavi Student Fellowships ($3,000 each)
The SNMMI Student Fellowships are designed to stimulate students’ interest in molecular imaging/nuclear medicine by supporting their full-time participation in clinical and basic research activities for three months (or less).
- Francis Deng - Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA
- Kristian Myhre - University of Washington, Seattle, WA
- Jordan Hall - MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC
- Hans Kim - State University of New York Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY
- Yin Zhang - University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2012 SNMTS Outstanding Educator ($750)
The purpose of this award is to recognize an SNMTS member who has demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to the field of nuclear medicine technology. The winner receives $750 along with a plaque to be presented at the SNM Annual Meeting.
- C. David Gilmore, MS, CNMT, RT(N), FSNMTS

2012 SNMTS Outstanding Technologist ($750)
The purpose of this award is to recognize an SNMTS member who has demonstrated outstanding service and dedication to the field of nuclear medicine technology. The winner receives $750 along with a plaque to be presented at the SNM Annual Meeting.
- Elizabeth Hackett, RT(N), PET, RT(CT) 

2012 Paul C. Aebersold Award (Plaque)
Every year the SNM Awards Committee selects an individual as the recipient of the Paul C. Aebersold Award for Outstanding Achievement in Basic Science applied to Nuclear Medicine. The Aebersold Award is named for Paul C. Aebersold, a pioneer in the biologic and medical application of radioactive materials and the first director of the Atomic Energy Commission's Division of Isotopes Development at Oak Ridge. It was first awarded in 1973 and honors outstanding achievement in basic science applied to nuclear medicine. The award is presented at the SNM Annual Meeting in June each year.
- Mark M. Goodman, PhD
Endowed Chair for Imaging Sciences
Professor, Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Psychiatry and Hematology and Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Center for Systems Imaging
Wesley Woods Health Centers 

2012 CMIIT Laboratory Professional Awards ($1,500)
This award is designed to recognize innovative/novel and high-impact tools, techniques, and practices in molecular imaging developed by non-PhD laboratory professionals. This award is distinct from the CMIIT Young Investigator Award (YIA) presented during the SNM annual meeting and is specifically created for non-PhD lab professionals. Publication of the work is not a requirement and larger bodies of work may be better suited for submission for the YIA, especially if the emphasis is upon research results as opposed to the development of new tools and techniques.

The Lab Professionals Contribution Award is presented annually. Its purpose is to promote the innovative efforts and exemplary accomplishments by individuals in the lab who may not have the opportunity to receive recognition in other arenas. Nominations should focus on achievements in innovation with emphasis on how the achievement has advanced an area of molecular imaging.
- Tamara Anderson
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Jesse Parry
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Mrudula Pullambhatla
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Samir Saleh


Funded by the Professional Development and Education Fund (PDEF)

2012 Mickey Williams Minority Scholarships ($2,500)

The Mickey Williams Minority Scholarship is honors the memory of Mickey Williams, a past SNMTS President who immigrated to the United States from Jamaica.  
- Sydney Bryant, Nuclear Medicine Institute at the University of Findlay, Ohio
- Cristina Gallardo-Perez, Nuclear Medicine Technology, Ferris State University, Michigan


2012 SNMTS PDEF Professional Development Scholarship ($5,000)
This scholarship serves to support a student who is employed as a technologist and is actively pursuing an advanced degree related to his/her nuclear medicine career.  Funding is made possible by the Education and Research Foundation for SNMMI. 
- Scott Degenhardt, CNMT, BS, ARRRT(N),
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


Funded by Nihon Medi-Physics, LLC

2013 Wagner-Torizuka Fellowship Program
Each year, a small number of young, Japanese physicians are selected for a one or two-year fellowship in the United States and Canada. The purpose of the program is to provide experience and training in nuclear medicine/molecular imaging modalities in the areas of cardiology, neurology, and oncology.
- Kenji Hirata, MD, PhD - Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
- Masamichi Ikawa, MD, PhD - Molecular Imaging Branch, NIMH / NIH, Bethesda, MD
- Ryogo Minamimoto, MD - Stanford School of Medicine, Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, Palo Alto, CA