Camarillo, Calif., Oct. 2, 2012 – CSU Channel Islands (CI) is pleased to announce the Doreen J. Putrah Cancer Research Foundation Conference Fellowship program.  The $10,000 award, made possible by an anonymous donor, sponsors up to 10 students each year at scientific conferences that relate to their collaborative faculty-student research at CI.

The fellowships are intended to inspire students to develop as scientists by providing the opportunity to travel to a national scientific conference to present their research, learn about the latest advances in their fields, and network with other students, scientists, potential graduate advisers, and future employers. Up to ten $1,000 fellowships will be awarded each year. The fellowships are open to all students in the Arts & Sciences division who are involved in faculty-student research in biology, biochemistry, biotechnology, and cancer-related sciences.

"This gift will make a big difference for some very deserving students," said Carrick DeHart, Director of Major Gifts at CI. "Community support enables our students to achieve greatness."

“This award will allow students to significantly broaden their understanding of science and scientific careers,” said Dr. Amy Denton, Associate Professor and Chair of the Biology Program and Director of the M.S. in Biotechnology and Bioinformatics Program.  “Scientific conferences are a vital part of the research experience, enabling students to share discoveries, make peer and professional connections, and see the scope and potential of their discipline beyond their undergraduate studies.”

Applications will be accepted online as long as funds are available.  For more information, visit, or contact Dr. Amy Denton at 805-437-8458 or

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