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 241 scholarships and contributed over $680,725 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.

2018 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.

Analine Aguayo (CSU, Northridge)
“Premetastatic Niche Cell Responses to Breast Cancer Cells.”
Mentor: Jonathan Kelber, Biology

Micah Feri (CSU, Long Beach)
“Progesterone signaling regulating female reproduction ismediated by progesterone receptor, Src kinase and Dopamine receptor (D1) interactions.”
Mentor: Kevin Sinchak, Biological Sciences 

Selina Gonzales (CSU, San Marcos)
“Hair cortisol during pregnancy, homeostatic dysregulation and risk for gestational diabetes.”
Mentor: Kimberly D'Anna-Hernandez, Psychology

Stacy Guzman (CSU, Fullerton)
“Elucidating the Effects of Novel Small Molecules on the Wnt/ß-catenin Pathway.”
Mentor: Peter de Lijser, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Kathryn Johnston (CSU, Bakersfield)
“Cell Viability Studies of Breast Cancer Cells Using Lysyl Oxidase Inhibitors.”
Mentor: Karlo Lopez, Chemistry and Biochemistry

Elyssa Lawrence (CSU, Long Beach)
“Orthopedic Implant Behavior in Osteoporotic Bones Under Impact.”
Mentor: Daniel Whisler, Mechanical and Aerospace 

Maizie Lee (CSU, Fresno)
“Curcumin-quercetin hybrid molecules as potential chemotherapeutics for triple negative breast cancer.”
Mentor: Qiao-Hong Chen, Chemistry

Nicole Lukasko (CSU, San Luis Obispo)
“Investigation of Antimicrobial Compounds in Umbellularia californica extracts.”
Mentor: Alejandra Yep, Biological Sciences

Addie Norgaard (CSU, San Luis Obispo)
“The Effect of Glucuronated Hormonal Contraceptives on Glucuronidase Activity and Uropathogenicity in Escherichia coli.”
Mentor: Christopher Kitts, Biological Sciences

Javier Rodriguez (CSU, Long Beach)
“Electromyographic suit to assess hormone replacement therapy/high-impact physical exercise on skeletal muscles in post-menopausal women.”
Mentor: Emel Demircan, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Bobby Teng (CSU, Northridge)
“Role of Interleukin-6 expression in Maternal gut bacteria and the alternation of mouse offspring brain development.”
Mentor: Lisa Banner, Biology

Grace Yomogida (CSU, Long Beach)
“Structural and Functional Analysis of Myeloperoxidaseoxidized Apolipoprotein E3.”
Mentor: Vasanthy Narayanaswami, Chemistry and Biochemistry

2018 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.

Annie Chen (UCSD)
"Exploring the Effects of Prolonged Letrozole Treatment on Metabolic Dysfunction in a PCOS Mouse Model"
Mentor: Varykina Thackray, Reproductive Medicine

Hoejeong Kim (UCSD)             
"Characterization of Ly6A+ trophoblast cells in the mouse placenta"
Mentor: David Natale, Reproductive Medicine
Allison Kramer (UCSD)
"Intervening on cancer genetic counseling in young breast cancer survivors"
Mentor: Irene Su, Reproductive Medicine    

Rachel Sebastian (UCSD)       
"Using Placental Explants to Examine Alterations in exRNAs to varying glucose levels"
Mentor: Louise Laurent, Reproductive Medicine      

2018 Howell-USD Nursing Scholars

In 2010, the Howell Foundation established the Cheryl A. Wilson Nursing Scholarship, 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. 

Ellen Fleischman (USD)
"Perinatal Mood and Anxeity Disorders: Impact Of Stigma and Social Support on Treatment-Seeking"
Mentor: Mary Barger

Michelle Lee (USD)
"The effects of galactogues usage on breastfeeding self-efficacy"
Mentor: Cynthia Connelly


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