The Importance of our Scholarships

                                         Your health 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.

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 Scholars wouldn’t be able to participate in research unless we provide them with financial support, thus by offering scholarship grants to deserving students, we are helping to foster the interest of students in research careers and improve their ability to succeed in any career.

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 issues.

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 Academic 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.

Meet our Scholars

Inspiring Careers: Howell Foundation Announces 2022 CSUPERB Awards

Inspiring Careers: Howell Foundation Announces 2022 CSUPERB Awards

Inspiring careers for the next scientific breakthrough as the cornerstone of women’s health. Topics of research include depression, monoclonal antibody…

2021 CSUPERB Scholars

(Cal State Northridge)
“Investigating the role of Nrf2 and DJ-1 in response to Glo 1 inhibition in breast, prostate and ovarian cancer cells”

Mentor: Daniel Tamae

(San Diego State University)
“Expression of the LAG-3 checkpoint inhibitor receptor in insect cells for structural studies”

Mentor: Tom Huxford

(Cal State University, Chico)
“Investigating microRNA-375 in Pancreatic β-cells as a Potential Regulator of Proliferation and Apoptosis ”

Mentor: David Keller

(Cal State University, San Luis Obispo)
“Impact of Pre-pregnancy Lifestyle Intervention on Gestational Diabetes Prevention via Improvement of Metabolic Markers”

Mentor: Michael La Frano

(Cal State University, Long Beach
“Dopamine-progesterone interactions in the regulation of positive feedback for ovulation”

Mentor: Kevin Sinchak

(San Diego State University)
“Using Mathematical Modeling and Three-Dimensional Reconstruction to Predict Pulmonary Function in Cystic Fibrosis Lungs”

Mentor: Uduak George

(California State University, Pomona)
“Investigating the role of CD64 in the Neutrophil mediated killing of Trichomonas vaginalis via trogocytosis”

Mentor: Frances Mercer

(Cal State University, Fresno)
“Development of Licochalcone Analogues for Triple Negative Breast Cancer”

Mentor: Qiao-Hong Chen

(Cal State University, Long Beach)
“Regulation of ovarian metabolism during photostimulated gonadal recrudescence”

Mentor: Kelly Young

(Cal State University, San Luis Obispo)
“Studying the effect of embedding knowledge while training neural networks to predict breast cancer subtypes”

Mentor: Jean Davidson

(Cal State University, Long Beach)
“A Step Towards Organic is a Step Towards a Healthier Lifestyle”

Mentor: Daniel Whisler

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

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

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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.

Meet our Scholars

2021 Howell-UCSD Scholars: Reproductive Health as Main Area of Research

2021 Howell-UCSD Scholars: Reproductive Health as Main Area of Research

The 2021 Howell-UCSD Scholars will research reproductive health in women.  We know research requires a constant infusion of talent to…

2021 UCSD Scholars

“A new Kiss1hrGFP x Sun1GFP crossed transcriptomic mouse model to analyze Kisspeptin Neurons”

Mentor: Kellie Breen Church, Reproductive Medicine

“The Effects of ZIC1 mutations on Kisspeptin and GnRH Expression in the HPG Axis”

Mentor: Pamela Mellon, Reproductive Medicine

“Deciphering Mechanisms of Global Transcription”

Mentor: Heidi Cook-Anderson, Reproductive Medicine

“Understanding how the RGA-3 GAP localizes to the cortex during cytokinesis”

Mentor: Karen Oegema, Biological Sciences

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

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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

Howell Foundation Announces the 2021 USD-Cheryl Wilson Awards in Nursing

Howell Foundation Announces the 2021 USD-Cheryl Wilson Awards in Nursing

Partner Violence in the Latino Community and Meditation for Post-Partum Depression as the 2021 fields of research. Howell Foundation’s Research…

2021 USD Scholars

“Latinas Lived Experience of Intimate Partner Violence Amidst the CVID-19 Global Pandemic” 
Mentor: Cynthia Connelly, PhD, RN, FAAN
“Mantram Repetition for Postpartum Women” 
Mentor: Dr. Mary Berger

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
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