Celso Gonzalez/Lopo Family Medical Student Endowed Fellowship Fund
SOM- Student Affairs
Graduate Student Support
History and Purpose:
Dr. Alina Lopo was an Assistant Professor of Biomedical Sciences at UCR who taught Microanatomy from 1985 through 1990. Dr. Lopo was a popular professor with the students and, through her closeness with them, decided to continue on to medical school herself. Alina Lopo received her M.D. in May 1994 and currently enjoys a successful career in internal medicine.
The first award was made in June 1991. The award is to be given to an outstanding Latina or Black woman who has successfully completed the Fourth Year of the Biomedical Sciences Program, and who has made outstanding contributions in the areas of leadership and community service. The annual recipient is selected by a committee of UCR School of Medicine faculty in conjunction with Dr. Alina Lopo. The award will be made at the annual awards banquet in spring. A plaque listing recipients will be maintained in a display case outside the Divisional Office in the Statistics/Computer Building.
Dr. Alina Lopo established the Celso Gonzalez/Lopo Family Medical Student Endowed Fellowship to honor her grandfather and those family members who contributed to her education. When Dr. Lopo left her UCR faculty position teaching histology to attend medical school, she created the Gonzalez/Lopo Fellowship with the funds remaining in her research account.
Selection and Guidelines:
Student recipient must:
- Latina or African American woman
- Be completing her fourth year of the Biomedical Sciences Program
- Have a minimum GPA of 2.75.
- Have made outstanding contributions in leadership and community service
The selection committee is to be composed of three faculty of the Biomedical Sciences Program, who are members of the Academic Senate, plus one outside member. One member must have taught in a course in the Fall Quarter of Year Four Curriculum of the academic year during which the award is made, one member must have taught in a course in the Year Found Curriculum of the Winter Quarter of the academic year during which the award is made; and one member must be teaching in a course in the Spring Quarter of the Year Four Curriculum academic year during which the award is made. Dr. Lopo is the permanent outside member of the committee. If she cannot participate in the decision in a given year, she will designate a representative.
There is no application procedure for students. Personnel from the UCR School of Medicine will notify the student award recipient.
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