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Research Track Funding Opportunities

Schweppe Scholars (Top Scholars) 

The Schweppe Scholars Program, funded by the Schweppe foundation, is designed to support two outstanding medical students in the research track. Unlike the other Research Track subtracks, the applying student may identify as their mentor any University of Colorado full-time academic faculty member from the University of Colorado Anshultz Medical Campus or from any of the primary affiliates (Denver VA, Denver Health, Childrens Hospital Colorado, University, and National Jewish). The application process is the same as for all other subtracks; the top applications as judged by the Research Track Advisory Committee will be identified as Schweppe Scholars. Up to two students will be identified.

Substance Use Disorders

The Substance Use Disorder Research Scholars Program, funded through a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, supports at a maximum of two outstanding medical students per class.

Potential mentors focus on a broad range of potential research areas including but not limited to:

    • Clinical trials focused on drug addiction and commonly co-morbid conditions
    • Neuroimaging of addiction
    • Large-scale behavioral genetic studies of substance use disorders and related phenotypes
    • Prevention, harm reduction and street outreach
    • Substance abuse prevention and treatment in special populations (e.g. American Indian and Alaskan Natives)

Given the high prevalence of substance use disorders, the strong link between substance use and other health conditions, and the strong contribution of substance use to preventable death, programs are needed to provide trainees with the skills to conduct research that helps more effectively prevent and treat substance use disorders. Physician scientists bring a unique perspective to substance use research and we believe are a critical component to future advances in this area.

Students accepted into the Substance Use Disorder Research Scholars Program participate in all required activities of the Research Track. The program provides support for both research work between phase I and II and during phase IV and provides opportunities to attend and present their research work at national meetings.

Participating faculty and approved projects can be identified by searching by funding source, listed under Quick Links to the left. Interested students may also contact Dr. Sakai for additional information at​.

Other Supporting Departments and Centers

Research Scholars apply and participate in all required activities of the Research Track. Support for participation comes via Departments, Centers, and Programs. The following Departments, Centers, and Programs have committed to funding at least one student from the class of 2016 for working with mentors approved by the funding source.



Participating faculty and approved projects can be identified by searching by Department/program, listed under Available Projects to the left.