Grants, Awards, and Scholarships

2013 Award Winners

2013 Award Winners

Funded by the Professional Development & Education Fund (PDEF) of SNMMI

2013 Mickey Williams Minority Technologist Scholarship ($2,500)
The Mickey Williams Minority Scholarship is honors the memory of Mickey Williams, a past SNMMI-TS President who immigrated to the United States from Jamaica.  
- Jamesetta Giko - University of Findlay, Nuclear Medicine Institute
- An Di Nguyen - Advanced Medical Imaging Technology, College of Allied Health Sciences - University of Cincinnati 

2013 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.
- Jeffery J. Meden, BS, CNMT, NCT, CCRP - University of Michigan

2013 SNMMI-TS Leadership Academy
The academy is a two-day course held at the Mid-Winter Meeting with an assemblage of current SNMMI-TS Leadership, key members of the SNMMI-TS, and SNMMI Staff who have dedicated themselves to improving SNMMI-TS achievement in the Nuclear Medicine and related fields. The overall goal is to assemble a group of SNMMI-TS Leaders who understand the crucial role of leadership development and who are eager to begin the path to SNMMITS Leadership and organizational success.

Taibah ALAhmad - Member-at-Large (International)
Christina Araujo - Missouri Valley Chapter
Cynthia Brodnax – Southeastern Chapter
James Crowley - Mid-Eastern Chapter
Dawne Dodson – Southeastern Chapter
Westley Evans - New England Chapter
Michelle Falance - Greater New York Chapter
Charlie Flores - Member-at-Large (Puerto Rico)
William Huskey – Southeastern Chapter
Patrick Jackson – Southeastern Chapter
Julie Lentz-Koehn – Southwestern Chapter
Laurie Mixon - Mid-Eastern Chapter
Tricia Peters - Pacific Southwest Chapter
Dean Rice – Southwestern Chapter
Jason Smith - New England Chapter
Janice VanDolsen - Greater New York Chapter

Funded by the Education and Research Foundation for Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging


Robert E. Henkin Government Relations Fellowship ($1,000 plus expenses)
This fellowship is designed to provide young professionals in nuclear medicine and molecular imaging direct personal exposure to the government relations activities of SNMMI as well as the state and federal legislative and regulatory processes as related to health policy and policy development.
- Marques Bradshaw, MD, Department of Radiology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC
- Erica J. Cohen, DO, MPH, Nuclear Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, IL

2012 - 2013 Mitzi & William Blahd, MD, Pilot Research Grant ($25,000 over one year)
This pilot research grant is designed to help a basic or clinical scientist in the early stages of his/her career conduct research that may lead to further funding.
- Joyita Dutta, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital
- Jeff Klenc, PhD, Emory University

2013 Paul Cole Technologist Scholarship ($1000)

The Paul Cole Scholarship is named in memory of Paul Cole, CNMT, who served as President of the SNMMI Technologist Section (SNMMI-TS) in 1986 and who was known as a champion of education for technologists. 

Bachelor Degree Program    
Kristine Aspenson – Froedtert Hospital Nuclear Medicine Technology Program
Ashley Chambers – Beaumont Hospital School of Nuclear Medicine Technology
David Chin – Nuclear Medicine Technology, Regis College
Jamesetta Giko – Nuclear Medicine Institute, University of Findlay
Kimberly Halbert – Nuclear Medicine Technology, Georgia Regents University
Sarah Hoban – Nuclear Medicine, Lancaster General College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Deana McGowen – Nuclear Medicine Technology, Baptist College of Health Sciences
Shannon Standsh – Nuclear Medicine Institute, University of Findlay
Elizabeth Stassi – Nuclear Medicine Technology, Mayo School of Health Sciences
Katie Ulm – Advanced Medical Imaging Technology, University of Cincinnati
Miriam Van Dyke – Nuclear Medicine Technology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

Associate Degree Program 
Natalia Bryant – Nuclear Medicine Technology, Bellevue College

Rebecca Hunt – Nuclear Medicine Technology, Santa Fe College
Nicole Oliver – Nuclear Medicine Technology, Bellevue College

Certificate Program
Jessie Berger – School of Nuclear Medicine, Research Medical Center

2013 SNMMI Travel Award ($1,000)
The SNMMI Travel Awards are designed to support the attendance of students and postdoctoral or clinical trainees who present molecular imaging abstracts at the SNMMI Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, June. 

Mark A. Ahlman, MD
Hongyoon Choi, MD
Karel Deprez, MSc
Elisabeth Eppard, Dipl.chem.
Shadi A. Esfahani, MD, MPH
Aron Gould-Simon, MD
Yeon-Hee Han, MD
Pedram Heidari, MD
Hao Hong, PhD
Jae Ho Jung
Joong Hyun Kim, PhD
Do-Hoon Kim, MD
Eun-jung Kong, MD
Guoquan Li, MD, PhD
Su-Tang Lo, MS
Byung Seok Moon, PhD
Joo Hyun O, MD
Jihyun Park, MD
Yoann Petibon
Yothin Rakvongthai, PhD
Punit Sharma, MD
Seung Hyun Son, MD
Bhavay Sonik, MD
Yin Zhang, MS

2013 SNMMI-TS Travel and Student Travel Award ($1,000)    
The SNMMI-TS 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 SNMMI Annual Meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, in June.

Technologist Travel Awards
Go Akamatsu, MS
Jinwook Choi
Daisuke Kidera, BS
Stephanie J. Krause, BS, MPH, CNMT
Julie Kulm, CNMT, RT(N) (CT) (ARRT)
Shouhei Mikasa, BS
Jozef Nycz
Celia O’Meara, BSc
Brooke Peters, CNMT
Royce L. Ruter, CNMT, CIIP
Alan Stuckey, BA, CNMT
Takafumi Taniguchi, BS
Shelley Wilson, RT(R), CNMT

Student Travel Awards
Lucas J. Bartlett
Jordyn DeSantis
Nathan Erickson
Meagan Harrington
Dina Helina
Milan Jhaveri, CNMT, RT(N) ARRT
Leah B. Kaufman
Jordan B. Kozelka
Maggie Michenfelder
Joshua Mootz
Eric Phillips, BS
Lejla Sarajlic
Julia-Ann Scotton, BS
Rebecca Stinnett
Megan K. Sullivan, BA
Leif Sundberg
Joseph Tocchio
Lady T. Torres Gonzalez, BS, CNMT
Miriam Van Dyke, BS
Kathleen Yoder

2013-2014 Post-Doctoral Molecular Imaging Scholar Program ($60,000 over 2 yrs)
This program supports a two-year research endeavor that promotes integration of molecular imaging into the career of the trainee.
- Bernadette Marquez, PhD, Washington University, "Development of a Radiolabeled Irreversible Peptide (RIP) as a PET Imaging Agent for Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor"

2013-2014 Molecular Imaging Research Grant for Junior Medical Faculty ($100,000 over 2 yrs)
The objective of this program is to provide salary support for one junior faculty member in an academic/research setting to enable them to engage in Molecular Imaging research related to diagnostic or therapeutic applications.
- Ming-Kai Chen, MD, PhD, Yale University School of Medicine, "Molecular Imaging for Quantification of Demyelination, Glial Activation, and Amyloid in Multiple Sclerosis Patients with Cognitive Deficits"

2013 Susan C. Weiss Clinical Advancement Scholarship ($500)
In honor of Susan C. Weiss, SNMMI-TS Past-President and former Executive Director of the Education and Research Foundation for SNMMI, the SNMMI-TS Susan C. Weiss Clinical Advancement Scholarships serve to support certified nuclear medicine technologists (CNMTs) who are pursuing clinical advancement through didactic educational programs.
- Shannon Whitten, Mercy College of Ohio, Toledo, OH

2013 SNMMI-TS Bachelor’s Degree Completion Scholarship ($4,000)
The SNMMI-TS Bachelor’s Degree Completion Scholarship serves to support current nuclear medicine technologists who are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree completion program related to their nuclear medicine careers.

-Dennis Abuya, Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS
-Matthew Goss, Ferris State University, Big Rapids, MI

2013 SNMMI-TS Advanced Practitioner Program Scholarship ($5,000)
The SNMMI-TS Advanced Practitioner Program Scholarship serves to support a student who is pursuing an advanced practitioner program to advance his/her career in nuclear medicine through the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences system.
-Teresa Buckley, Nuclear Medicine Advanced Associate Degree Program

Funded by Nihon-Medi-Physics Company, LTD

2013-2015 Wagner/Torizuka Fellowship ($48,000 over two years)
This two-year fellowship is designed to provide extensive training and experience in the fields of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging for Japanese physicians in the early stages of their careers.
- Kenji Hirata, MD, PhD, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California
- Masamichi Ikawa, MD, PhD, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland
- Ryogo Minamimoto, MD, Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, California