Our Scholars

Our #1 Goal: Funding Undergraduate Scientists in Women's Health Research

The Howell Foundation's most important goal is to fund undergraduate women's health research scholarships. The Howell Foundation has provided 252 scholarships and contributed over $725,225 towards boosting undergraduate student research efforts.

A strict protocol is followed in the choice of the students, including review of the students' scholarship applications, and quality of supervision during their research work. This supervision has become known as the "Mentor Program." It is the lifeline to the program's success. Each student must have a qualified mentor to direct and guide them.

The research subjects range from the most basic of life sciences such as cell biology to creating vaccines and testing altered immune reactions. Often the results of the student's research are presented at professional conferences or published in peer-reviewed journals. Thus, in addition to financial support, the student's education and career goals are enhanced, the cutting edge of scientific knowledge is advanced, and a positive contribution is made to the community and the future of the nation.

2019 Howell-CSUPERB Scholars

Double the Impact! CSUPERB (California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology) awards a new research grant for each full scholarship the Howell Foundation awards to a CSU undergraduate. Together the Howell Foundation and CSUPERB recognize that research experience is critical to recruiting, training and retaining students interested in careers in women's health. For more information on the Howell Foundation's partnership with CSUPERB CLICK HERE.  Awarded in January.

Rebeca Almeida (Public Health & Ethnic Studies, Cal Poly , San Luis Obispo)
“Mammographic Breast Density and Acculturation: Looking at Chinese Immigrants.”
Mentor: Marilyn Tseng, Kinesiology & Public Health

Autumn Barker (Biology, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo)
“Effect on Lactobacillus on Escherichia coli biofilm formation.”
Mentor: Alejandra Yep, Biological Sciences

Jan Cajulao (Microbiology, San Francisco State University)
“Friends or Foes - the Effect of Probiotic Microbiota on Group B Streptococcus.”
Mentor: Lily Chen, Biology

Samantha Crawford (Biochemistry, San Diego State University)
“Novel Detection of Biomarkers of Breast Cancer using Microfluidics and Nonlinear Multi-photon laser wave-mixing detection.”
Mentor: William Tong, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Martey Haw (Biology, San José State University)
“Molecular Analysis of Metastasis in Cancer Cells with Increased Intracellular pH.”
Mentor: Bree Grillo-Hill, Biological Sciences
Emmanuelle Issa (Mathematics, California State University, Fresno)
“MUC16 Specific Antibody Treatment of Ovarian Cancer.” 
Mentor: Cory Brooks, Chemistry

Katia Niño (Biology, California State University, Fullerton)
“Quantification and Dynamic Mapping of the Aminoglycoside Resistance Protein AAC(6')-Ib.”
Mentor: Marcelo Tolmasky, Biological Sciences

Danielle Reynolds (Biology, San Diego State University)
“The Protective Role of ATF6 Under Stress Conditions Caused by Pregnancy and Childbirth.”
Mentor: Chris Glembotski, Biology

Ashley Schwartz (Mathematics, San Diego State University)
“Mathematical and Computational Models Analyzing the Effect of Common Toxins on Embryonic Development in the Zebrafish Model.”
Mentor: Uduak George, Mathematics and Statistics

Khadija Shafiq (Biotechnology, Cal Poly, Pomona)
“Evaluating gD3pep Liposomal Vaccines Containing Different Adjuvants in an Intravaginal HSV-1 Mouse Model.”
Mentor: Jill Adler-Moore, Biology

Jennifer Sih (Biology, San Diego State University)
“Determining the Crystal Structure of two Human MYH7 Myosin Mutations causative of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy.”
Mentor: Sanford Bernstein, Biology

Kara Zeman (Biochemistry, California State University, Sacramento)
“Optimization of the Synthesis of Octavalent Glycodendrimers as Anti-HIV Agents.”
Mentor: Katherine McReynolds, Chemistry

2019 Howell-UCSD Scholars

The Howell Foundation's mission and vision are firmly rooted in our affiliation with UCSD's School of Medicine through the renowned pediatric hematologist/oncologist Doris A. Howell, M.D., in whose honor the organization was founded. Awarded in March.

Aditi Gnanasekar (Bioengineering, UCSD)
"Investigating the role of eRNAs on the immune landscape in HNSCC"
Mentor: Weg Ongkeko, Surgery

Anahid Foroughishafiei (Bioengineering, CUSD)
"Defining the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Differential Regulation of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) Upon Dynamic Stiffening”
Mentor: Jing Yang, Pediatrics

Kaitlyn Sung (Human Biology, UCSD)
Project: “In vitro validation of mutations in IGD patients”
Mentor: Pam Mellon, Reproductive Medicine and Neuroscience

Lindsay Wong (Molecular Biology, UCSD)
Project: “PTHLH Characterization in HPV-induced cancers”
Mentor: Weg Ongkeko, Surgery

2019 Howell-USD Nursing Scholars

In 2010, the Howell Foundation established the Cheryl A. Wilson Graduate Research Award in Nursing, in honor of long-time Howell Board member Cheryl A. Wilson, R.N., M.A. to fund USD's Hahn School of Nursing & Health Science Ph.D. candidate nursing students whose research emphasis is on women’s health. Awarded in August. 


  1. Providing grants for women's health research to promising undergraduates
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  2. Sponsoring symposia, learning luncheons and other educational outreach mechanisms concerning women's health and related issues.
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