UCSF Department of Surgery Tom K Hunt Memorial Yearlong Research in General Surgery and Surgical Oncology Fellowship (UCSF-HUNT)

The UCSF Tom K Hunt Memorial Grant (UCSF-HUNT) fellowship was established to support the Department of Surgery's goal of increasing the number of diverse and excellent academic surgeons in general surgery and surgical oncology. UCSF has a long tradition of training academic surgeons. Participating in a full year of research at UCSF guided by expert mentors provides medical students with the opportunity to experience first-hand this environment of academic excellence, collaboration, inquiry, and investigation.

This funding opportunity is intended to support and offset part of the cost of living for a medical student interested in a career in surgery for a one-year research time with a UCSF Department of Surgery Division of General Surgery or Surgical Oncology mentor/PI, focused on a broad range of topics, including clinical, basic or translational science, disparities, health services, education, quality, or preventative aspects of surgical disease.  Applications in any topic and methodology of research will be considered.

The award will be supported by the Department of Surgery and School of Medicine Inquiry Funding Office. Along with $34,800, UC Health insurance is provided if needed, Loan capitalization payment is provided if applicable, and acceptance of the grant includes graduation with Distinction.

There will be one award per year. The award is to help enable the student to spend the year dedicated to surgical research at UCSF. This is a one-time award, and is not renewable. A progress report is required midway in the award and at the end of the funding period, identifying the work completed to date, resulting publications and/or presentations. Publications must directly acknowledge the funding: “This research was supported by the UCSF Tom K Hunt Memorial Undergraduate Research Grant funded by the Division of General Surgery in the UCSF Department of Surgery.”

Criteria for Review/Evaluation of Applications
Proposals will be evaluated via the centralized review process of the Inquiry Funding Office based on the quality of the proposed scientific investigation, the quality and promise of the applicant, their personal commitment to diversity, and the research team indicating dedicated mentorship. The applicant must demonstrate a clear dedication to a career in surgery, preferably desiring to remain at UCSF for residency training. A personal statement from the applicant demonstrating their commitment to diversity, and surgery will be necessary, along with the research proposal (see below).

Pilot projects that involve human subjects will require Institutional Review Board approval before the award funds will be released.

up to $37,440

Who's Eligible
Third-year medical students in good standing at UCSF School of Medicine may apply. The Department welcomes and encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds. Eligibility requirements need to be met as of date of submission, no waivers will be accepted.

Who's Not Eligible
Faculty, residents, fellows, and postdocs are not eligible.

12 Months

This is a UCSF Funding Source dispersed by the Inquiry Funding Office.

To apply, begin by verifying deadlines and process for Yearlong Research by downloading the “Yearlong Research Quickguide.

A sample list of potential mentors in the Department of Surgery is found here.

Funding decisions are made based on several factors – scientific review score, demonstrated dedication of the student to a career in surgery, a holistic review of the student’s background, track record of the PI in successful mentoring. One or two members of the Department of Surgery will be participating in the larger review group and the selection of the awardee. This fellowship will be awarded to the best surgical student proposal in general surgery submitted to the IFO. This award will not limit the number of funded surgical projects awarded normally by the IFO.

Funding Sources
Funding Type
Yearlong Research