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Seven High School Students Receive Opportunity to Conduct Digestive Disease Research

This award has been made possible by a grant from The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

Bethesda, MD, Aug. 7, 2014—The American Gastroenterological Association (AGA) Research Foundation has announced the 2014 AGA-Eli and Edythe Broad Student Research Fellowship Award recipients. This award stimulates interest in digestive disease research among high school students by supporting budding scientists’ research projects.

“We are honored that these students have chosen to advance the understanding of digestive diseases through research,” said Martin Brotman, MD, AGAF, chair of the AGA Research Foundation. “The AGA Research Foundation funds gifted students to help them to start their careers in research. This year we had an increase in applicants, all with great talents and remarkable ideas to better the industry. We are looking forward to seeing what these students accomplish through research projects.”

Funded by The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the high school recipients are given up to $2,500 each to support their research projects for a minimum of 10 weeks. This year’s Broad Scholars are:

Anjali Shankar, Sayre School, Lexington, KY
Chiara Cominelli, Hawken School, Gates Mill, OH
Kumaran Rajendran, Cheshire High School, Cheshire, CT
Medha Venkat-Ramani, Walsh Jesuit High School, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
Samuel Chaneles, Ransom Everglades Upper School, Miami, FL
Shantanu Biswas, Long Reach High School, Columbia, MD
William Xin, University School, Hunting Valley, OH

The AGA-Eli and Edythe Broad Student Research Fellowship Awards are part of AGA’s student research fellowship awards program, designed to stimulate interest in gastroenterological research careers in high school, college and medical students. Selected through a rigorous national application process, the students have participated in research at such distinguished institutions as Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN; University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; Harvard Medical School, Cambridge, MA; Mayo Clinic Medical School, Rochester, MN; and others.

To see the complete list of 2014 AGA student research fellowship awardees, visit the AGA website.
About the AGA Research Foundation

The AGA Research Foundation, formerly known as the Foundation for Digestive Health and Nutrition, is the cornerstone of AGA’s effort to expand digestive disease research funding. Since 1984, the AGA, through its foundations, has provided more than $43 million in research grants to more than 780 scientists. The AGA Research Foundation serves as a bridge to the future of research in gastroenterology and Hepatology by providing critical funding to advance the careers of young researchers between the end of training and the establishment of credentials that earn National Institutes of Health grants. Learn more about the AGA Research Foundation or make a contribution at

About the AGA Institute
The American Gastroenterological Association is the trusted voice of the GI community. Founded in 1897, the AGA has grown to include 17,000 members from around the globe who are involved in all aspects of the science, practice and advancement of gastroenterology. The AGA Institute administers the practice, research and educational programs of the organization. Follow us on Twitter @AmerGastroAssn. Become an AGA fan on Facebook.

About The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation is a national venture philanthropy established by entrepreneur Eli Broad to advance entrepreneurship for the public good in education, science and the arts. The Broad Foundation invests in scientific and medical research in the areas of human genomics, stem cell research and inflammatory bowel diseases.

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