Jaime Wong receives 3-year fellowship from the Graduate College

Jaime Wong, an incoming Master’s student for Fall 2016 who will be working in the Exercise Oncology Laboratory (EOL) under the direction of Dr. Linda Trinh, has received a 3-year fellowship from the Graduate College.  The Graduate College's Illinois Distinguished Fellowship Program is intended to improve the ability of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign departments to recruit exceptional applicants by providing funds to match or exceed multi-year financial aid packages offered by other institutions. Only students of the highest quality who represent extraordinary recruitment opportunities will receive these fellowships.
 
The fellowship provides $25,000 per 12-month year for three years and includes a waiver of full tuition, service fee, AFMFA fee, and Library/IT fee. The award offers flexibility in that fellows can defer two years of the fellowship funding during the five-year period that begins with the 2016-17 academic year and ends with the 2020-21 academic year. In other words, students have a five-year window in which to use the three years of funding.
 
In addition, Jaime has also accepted the Summer Pre-doctoral Institute (SPI) from the Graduate College, which is a 9-week course that acclimatizes students to graduate school.  In this program, Jaime will receive a $3,500 stipend, along with room and board.  The purpose of the Summer Pre-Doctoral Institute (SPI) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Illinois) is to provide incoming graduate students from U.S. populations underrepresented in graduate programs on our campus with an early introduction to graduate study at Illinois and an opportunity to work with a summer research advisor in their department. SPI will assist participants in becoming socialized into the departmental culture, as well as afford them an opportunity to prepare for the rigors of their graduate program.
 
During the nine-week summer session, each participant will enroll in an independent study course directed by their advisor and fulfill a lab rotation (for students in the sciences and engineering). Students will participate in a series of seminars on research writing, and grad school culture, which will respectively provide a foundation for dissertation research and enable the student to become acquainted with the expectations of their graduate program.
 
Congratulations, Jaime, on this outstanding honor!

Jaime Wong