Building on its successful Teaching Fellowship program, the Biomedical Informatics (BMI) Graduate Program at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is rolling out three additional student award programs in the new year.

The new BMI Travel Fellowship offers up to $1000 per student for travel to present at a conference. The BMI Rising Star Award offers a $2,500 grant to outstanding BMI PhD students. And, the BMI Creative Scholar Award provides up to $5,000 to support independent and innovative ideas that have the potential to significantly impact the field of biomedical informatics.

The BMI Teaching Fellowship, now in its second year, offers students $2500 for teaching assistantships.

To date, four students have received the Teaching Fellowship: Erica DePasquale (two-time recipient), PJ Van Camp, Smruti Deoghare, and Clair Kronk. Both DePasquale and Van Camp were first-year winners.

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To date, four students have won BMI Teaching Fellowships: Erica DePasquale, PJ Van Camp, Smruti Deoghare and Clair Kronk (clockwise from top left).

DePasquale served as a teaching assistant for the course Introduction to Functional Genomics. She liked the experience so much, she came back to serve as a teaching assistant again for the 2018-19 school year.

“One of the most rewarding experiences came at the end of the term, when a few students told me I was a key factor in their success,” she says. “That year, in addition to grading papers, I had the opportunity be involved in course direction decisions and even taught a few lectures myself, which is more freedom and responsibility than first-time teaching assistants normally have.”

“This experience has renewed my focus on teaching as part of my responsibilities and inspired me to apply for the Preparing Future Faculty certificate at the University of Cincinnati,” says DePasquale.

PJ Van Camp, another first-year teaching fellow, was already an active member and officer in the Graduate Association for Teaching Enhancement. “I saw this award as an encouragement by the department to pursue quality teaching experiences,” he says.

The Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program is offered in partnership with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. To learn more about its awards program, visit

Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program Rolls Out Three New Student Awards