National Project
2017-2018 Research Grants

At the 2017 National Convention held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the membership voted to give a total of $499,749.00 to nine (9) grant recipients for the fiscal year 2017-2018.   Six doctors each received $54,125.00 for a total of $324,750.00, and three doctors each received a one-time only grant of $58,333.00 for a total of $175,000.00.  The nine doctors are listed below. 

Each request for funding is reviewed and evaluated by a volunteer Medical Advisory Board, consisting of five (5) leading researchers at major research institutions across the country.  After their rating of each proposal, the Phi Beta Psi Board of Directors makes the final decision of which grants will be presented to the membership for approval.

All researchers who are approved for funding must submit a progress report at the end of the fiscal year.  They must explain how and where the money was spent, and the results that occurred.  Their grants will be extended for a second year if the Medical Advisory Board feels that progress is being made. Click here to learn how to apply for a research grant.

Keyue Shen, Ph.D. 

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Project: Cancer Metabolism at Tumor-Stroma Interface


Kevin Cheung, M.D.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Project: Breast Cancer


Lorenzo Sempere, Ph.D

Van Andel Research Institure

Project: Pancreatic Cancer

Joseph Barbi, Ph.D.

Roswell Park Cancer Institute

Project: Ovarian Cancer


David Waning, M.D., Ph.D

Penn State College of Medicine

Project: Breast Cancer


Qi-En Wang, M.D., Ph.D

The Ohio State University

Project: Lung Cancer


ONE-Time Only Grant Recipients

Akash Patnaik, Ph.D., M.D.

University of Chicago

Project: Prostate Cancer 


Wei Zhang, Ph.D. 

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Project: Brain Cancer


Mara Steinkamp, Ph.D. 

University of New Mexico

Project: Ovarian Cancer