Alaska Kidney Foundation Research Award

Purpose: To provide support for an incentive to student to study kidney disease treatment and prevention.

Award Amount: The specific award amounts will be based on the actual project need but are capped at $2,000. Awards may include a student stipend(s) in addition to project costs.

Process: The awards will be distributed in a competitive proposal process administered by the College of Health's Associate Dean for Research and will be available to students at all levels: Associate, Bachelors, and Masters Degree students. Each student project will require a faculty mentor, clear project proposal and budget, and will be rigorously valuated by an interdisciplinary faculty team.

Possible Topics: The AKF Research Award will support student research projects that explore how to best achieve one or more of the following seven goals of the Alaska Kidney Foundation:

  1. Alaskans will be educated on the importance of preventing kidney disease.
  2. Alaskans at risk of kidney disease will have early health screenings.
  3. Alaskans with kidney disease will be knowledgeable and empowered health care consumers.
  4. Alaskan kidney health care providers will be educated and skilled professionals.
  5. Alaskans with kidney disease will have emergency relief for basic human needs.
  6. Alaskans will have timely kidney transplants and donations for all organs will be increased.
  7. Alaskans will benefit from research for the prevention, treatment and cure of kidney disease.

AKF recognizes that the most significant precursors to kidney disease are obesity, heat disease and diabetes. Therefore, prevention activities may focus on preventing these precursors, particularly in high-risk populations.

Examples of student research projects might include:

  • A nursing project in outreach into at-risk communities to educate them about the risk of kidney disease and how to prevent it.
  • Nursing research project on the prevalence of kidney disease in Alaska and appropriate interventions.
  • Public health project evaluating kidney patients in Alaska to determine which Alaskan communities are at the highest risk for developing kidney disease.
  • Public health project assessing the most effective way to talk to at-risk populations about the prevention of kidney disease and its precursors.
  • Epidemiological research into the social and environmental determinants of kidney disease in Alaska populations.
  • Formative research into the obstacles and facilitators to kidney disease screening and awareness

However, specific proposal concepts should be developed using student ingenuity and faculty guidance.

Applications/inquiries should be directed to Dr. David Driscoll, Associate Dean for Research.

Dr. David Driscoll, PhD, MPH, MA
Associate Dean for Research, UAA College of Health
Phone: (907) 786-6581
Fax: (907) 786-6576