The Importance of our Scholarships

Howell Foundation Scholarships - Mandy Butler of the Scholarships Committee

Mandy Butler, PhD,
Scholarships Review Committee Chair
Associate Professor of Teaching Emerita,
Division of Biological Sciences,
UC San Diego

“There are numerous studies that indicate that students who do research as undergrads gain both professional and personal skills such as problem solving, communication and teamwork. Research experience also helps students clarify their career goals and prepares them for success in their graduate school environments.  Many of our students would not be able to participate in research unless we provide them with financial support, thus by offering scholarships to deserving students, we are helping to foster the interest of students in research careers and improve their ability to succeed in any career.”

Scholarships at Work

Your Health: It all starts with research

In addition to addressing women’s health at its basic level –research—Dr. Howell’s vision was to get students excited about pursuing a career in women’s health.

We know research requires a constant infusion of talent to serve the community and society at large. For this reason, the primary goal of the Howell Foundation is to influence students to pursue careers impacting women’s health and to develop financial support, through our scholarships and grants, that will accelerate solutions to women’s health problems.

We are unique in awarding undergraduate research scholarships to UCSD and California State University students through C-SUPERB.  In addition, we support graduate nursing students at USD. In over two decades we have funded more than 200 exceptional scholars doing women’s health research.

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 by a mentor scientist, who specifically guides the student.  The objective is to propel the student’s knowledge and skills in ways that couldn’t be done in a classroom setting. It is the lifeline to the program’s success.

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.  It is inspirational to see their passion and their growth. After all, they are the embodiment of the promise of “Keeping the Women We Love Healthy.”

Meet our Academc Partners

The Howell Foundation- The California State University Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) undergraduate application for California State Universities is managed by CSUPERB on their website.  Please visit CSUPERB’s website for the current RFA.

The Howell Foundation participates in UCSD’s undergraduate research scholarship (URS) program application. For more information on applying, please visit their website.

USD Hahn School of Nursing. For more information on Howell’s graduate nursing scholarships to USD’s Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, please see the current application.

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(Scholarship awarded in January)
Howell Foundation CSUPERB Scholarships recipients

CSUPERB believes the best way to engage and help all students embark on life sciences careers is to invest in and provide access to experiential learning opportunities in biotechnology research and entrepreneurship.

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. 

The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research and CSUPERB have partnered recognize that research experience is critical to engaging and graduating students interested in careers in women’s health. In fact, the great majority of Howell-CSUPERB scholars go on to apply successfully for graduate degree programs and industry jobs.

Read about our scholars in our blog

Meet the 2020 Howell Scholars!

Meet the 2020 Howell Scholars!

Play Video The ability to keep up with the recipients of our scholarships is always encouraging, even if it is…
The results are in!  How the Howell Foundation’s partnership with the California State University Program for Education and Research - CSUPERB Scholarships Advances women’s health.

The results are in! How the Howell Foundation’s partnership with the California State University Program for Education and Research - CSUPERB Scholarships Advances women’s health.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of a partnership that was only logical:  two great organizations aligned to advance women’s…

2020 CSUPERB Scholars

(CSU, Long Beach)
“HDL Nanodiscs as Platforms for Cellular Delivery of Luteolin, an Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Agent”

Mentor: Vasanthy Narayanaswami

(San Francisco State University)
“Association between Expression of Telomerase and CXCR7/ACKR3 in Breast Cancer Cells”

Mentor: Nicole Velmeshev

(CSU, Fresno)

“Understanding the Biological Mechanisms behind PM2.5 Induced Oxidative Stress”

Mentor: Laurent Dejean

(CSU, San Luis Obispo)

“Evaluation of Women & Infants’ Mobile Health Unit”

Mentor: Suzanne Phelan

(CSU, Long Beach)

“To study the effect of cyclin dependent kinase 5 on survival and migration of HeLa, a cervical cancer cell line”

Mentor: Deepali Bhandari

(CSU, San Luis Obispo)

“Assessment of Biomarkers for the Prediction of Gestational Diabetes Occurrence”

Mentor: Michael La Frano


“Assessment of developmental toxicity from embryonic exposures to the emerging contaminant TCPMOH”

Mentor: Kari Sant

(CSU, Los Angeles)

“Synergistic effects of pyrvinium pamoate and fluconazole against Candida albicans biofilms”

Mentor: Hyunsook Park

(San Jose State University)
“Investigating the role of sirtuin 4 in ovarian function”

Mentor: Frank Huynh

(CSU, Chico)
“Comparative Study of Biomechanosensitive Gene Activity during Embryogenesis of the…”

Mentor: Kristen Gorman

(CSU, Fresno)
“Examining Biomarkers in Aggressive Tumor Types of Thyroid Cancer”

Mentor: Jason Bush

“Bacteriophages as therapeutic option for antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli causing sepsis during childbirth”

Mentor: Dwayne Roach

2019 CSUPERB Scholars

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

Mentor: Marilyn Tseng, Kinesiology & Public Health

(Biology, Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo)
“Effect on Lactobacillus on Escherichia coli biofilm formation.”

Mentor: Alejandra Yep, Biological Sciences

(Microbiology, San Francisco State University)
“Friends or Foes – the Effect of Probiotic Microbiota on Group B Streptococcus.”

Mentor: Lily Chen, Biology

(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

(Biology, San José State University)
“Molecular Analysis of Metastasis in Cancer Cells with Increased Intracellular pH.”

Mentor: Bree Grillo-Hill, Biological Sciences

(Mathematics, California State University, Fresno)“MUC16 Specific Antibody Treatment of Ovarian Cancer.”

Mentor: Cory Brooks, Chemistry

(Biology, California State University, Fullerton)
“Quantification and Dynamic Mapping of the Aminoglycoside Resistance Protein AAC(6′)-Ib.”

Mentor: Marcelo Tolmasky, Biological Sciences

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

Mentor: Chris Glembotski, Biology

(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

(Biotechnology, Cal Poly, Pomona)
“Evaluating gD3pep Liposomal Vaccines Containing Different Adjuvants in an Intravaginal HSV-1 Mouse Model.”

Mentor: Jill Adler-Moore, Biology

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

Mentor: Sanford Bernstein, Biology

(Biochemistry, California State University, Sacramento)
“Optimization of the Synthesis of Octavalent Glycodendrimers as Anti-HIV Agents.”

Mentor: Katherine McReynolds, Chemistry

The profile of our scholars says it all: strengthening women’s health through research!

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(Scholarship awarded in May)
Howell Foundation 2019 Scholarships Recipients promoting Women's Health Research

With the scholarships awarded in March of each year, 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.

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Congratulations to the 2018 Howell UCSD Scholars!

Congratulations to the 2018 Howell UCSD Scholars!

One of the cornerstones of the Foundation is to award scholarships to those who are interested in pursuing a career…

2020 UCSD Scholars

“Global profiling of microbiome composition and investigation of microbes’ role on immune landscape of breast cancer”

Mentor: Weg Ongkeko, Surgery

“Androgen mediated effects on ovarian morphology in an AMH-induced mouse model of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)”

Mentor: Pamela Mellon, Reproductive Medicine

“The Role of the Urocortin-CRHR2 Pathway in Kiss1 neurons in Stress Induced Suppression of Reproduction”

Mentor: Kellie Breen, Reproductive Medicine


“The Role of Neuronal Precursor Cell-expressed Developmentally Downregulated 4 (Nedd4) in Cardiac Development”

Mentor: Ju Chen, Dept of Medicine

2019 UCSD Scholars

“Investigating the role of eRNAs on the immune landscape in HNSCC”

Mentor: Weg Ongkeko, Surgery
“Defining the Molecular Mechanisms Underlying Differential Regulation of Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition (EMT) Upon Dynamic Stiffening”

Mentor: Jing Yang, Pediatrics
Project: “In vitro validation of mutations in IGD patients”

Mentor: Pam Mellon, Reproductive Medicine and Neuroscience
Project: “PTHLH Characterization in HPV-induced cancers”

Mentor: Weg Ongkeko, Surgery
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Hahn School of Nursing

(Scholarship awarded in August)
Ph.D. Candidates presenting substance abuse in women during pregnancy
Substance abuse at the center of the 2019 Cheryl A. WIlson Graduate Research Awardees in Nursing

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.

Read about our scholars in our blog

Substance abuse in women during pregnancy at the center of research  of the 2019 post graduate nursing researchers

Substance abuse in women during pregnancy at the center of research of the 2019 post graduate nursing researchers

The Doris A. Howell Foundation for Women’s Health Research established the Cheryl A. Wilson Graduate Research Award in Nursing in…

2020 USD Scholars

“The Relationship of Metabolic Syndrome and Health Behaviors among Hispanic Women” 
Mentor: Dr. Mary Barger
“Online Nutritional Counseling on Gestational Weight Gain for Obese Pregnant Women“ 
Mentor: Dr. Mary Barger

2019 USD Scholars

“Recovery from Pernatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders in an Intensive Outpatient Program” 
Mentor: Cynthia Connelly, PhD, RN, FAAN
“Determining Promoters and Barriers of Treatment Utilization among Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders “ 
Mentor: Cynthia Connelly, Ph.D. RN FAAN
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