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NREF Awards 2020 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships

The Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF) is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the NREF Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships. The NREF awarded 20 fellowships this year with ongoing support from Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD, FAANS.

The program offers fellowships to medical students who have completed one or more years of medical school, and wish to spend a summer working in a neurosurgical laboratory, mentored by a neurosurgical investigator sponsor who is a member of the AANS.

2020 NREF Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Recipients

  • Seth Stravers Tigchelaar, PhD, Stanford University
  • Emily Fellows, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • Steven Willden, Barrow Neurological Institute
  • Oliver Young Tang, University of Pennsylvania
  • Olgert Bardhi, University of Florida
  • Meghan Price, Duke University
  • Adrian Rodrigues, Stanford University
  • Manish Paranjpe, BA, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Stephen Ward, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Nimay Kulkarni, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School
  • John “Jack” Butterfield, University of Minnesota
  • Kristie Liu, BS, MS, Keck School of Medicine - University of Southern California
  • Emre Kiziltug, Yale School of Medicine
  • Stephanie Casillo, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh
  • Nicholas J. Contillo, Wake Forest School of Medicine

2020 Aaron Cohen-Gadol Medical Student Summer Research Fellowship Recipients

  • Andrew Scott Emmert, BS, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Ashley Dunbar, Yale University
  • Timothy Yushin Kim, BS, The Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • Phillip Kubica, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health
  • Sakibul Huq, BS, Johns Hopkins University

The application for the 2021 Medical Student Summer Research Fellowships will be available through the NREF Online Grant Portal beginning November 1, 2020. For information about grant and fellowship programs, contact the NREF at 847.378.0500 or