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May 2019

Reducing Mental Health Disparities Through Sustaining and
Strengthening Healthy Communities: Increasing Knowledge through Research, Education and Practice


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – Greenville, South Carolina is a non-profit, grass-roots organization, dedicated to building better lives for individuals affected by mental illness. Given the challenges to better understand mental illness, find treatment and therapies for psychiatric disorders, NAMI-Greenville aims to encourage medical and research students to direct their efforts toward basic and translational science. The organization encourages and supports the research of emerging leaders in the field.

Each year, in collaboration with the Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health, NAMI Greenville will recognize and honor an outstanding medical and/or research student in the area of mental illness.


The purpose of this Health Professional Student award is to recognize students interested in bridging the gap from biomedical research and clinically-relevant findings to optimal treatments, diagnoses and prevention.


Applicants must be MD, DO, PhD, NP, Masters level or combined degree students in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education within the participating States of the Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health.

Selection Criteria:

Applications will be evaluated by the Southeastern Symposium Award Committee on the basis of:

  • Letter of recommendation from designated mentor, professor and/or research supervisor
  • A letter of reference from academic faculty stating the qualifications and ability of the applicant, as demonstrated by academic performance, statement of purpose, and area of research novelty
  • Strong interest in psychiatry and/ or mental health research
  • Likelihood that research will advance the applicant’s interest and career in mental health

Application Procedures:

The deadline of the award and supporting materials is April 15th of each year. Please upload your supporting materials to the Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health website submission portal. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The Southeastern Symposium Award Committee will review the nominations and select a recipient.

The Recipient Will:

  • Be required to submit an abstract of 250 words based on their research to present at the Annual Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health Conference.
  • Be acknowledged by NAMI at the Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health Annual Conference
  • Receive a monetary award and plaque
  • Receive complimentary registration for the Symposium for the next calendar year


The award recipient will be notified on or around April 24th of each year and recipient of this award is expected to attend the Annual Southeastern Symposium on Mental Health.

Nomination Application:


Health Sciences Center Partners