Mao lab Ph.D. student Natalie K. Livingston received an NIH Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Grant Award (F31) for her work in the development of T cell-based cancer immunotherapies.
The purpose of the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Individual Predoctoral Fellowship (F31) award is to enable promising predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training from outstanding faculty sponsors while conducting dissertation research in scientific health-related fields relevant to the missions of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers. The proposed mentored research training must reflect the applicant’s dissertation research project and is expected to clearly enhance the individual’s potential to develop into a productive, independent research scientist. (source: National Institutes of Health)
The F31 application process is highly competitive and seeks to fund high quality candidates with excellent academic records and research experience in order to facilitate their development as independent and productive researchers.