Travel Grant Program

The Center for Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation offers a unique competitive award program to help defray the cost of travel and registration fees for trainees (residents, fellows, pharmacy, social work, and others), nurses or other healthcare professionals who wish to present their healthcare delivery science research at a national meeting. All applicants must be affiliated with the University of Chicago or University of Chicago Medicine. Travel Grant recipients are awarded $1000 to offset the cost of registration and poster development. Awardees are acknowledged at the Center for Healthcare Delivery Science & Innovation’s “Quality & Safety Symposium” in the spring.

Application Review

Applications are reviewed by the Travel Grant Review Committee, a multidisciplinary team made up of HDSI members who take into consideration the rigor and impact of the research, the prominence of the meeting it will be presented at and the recommendation from the mentor.

Travel Grant Review Committee:
Jason Kane, MD, MS
Lisa Vinci, MD, MS
Nicole Pierce, PhD(c), MSN, RN


  • Any staff, student or trainee affiliated with University of Chicago or University of Chicago Medicine is eligible to apply for an award.
  • Project must be peer reviewed and accepted for a meeting
  • No awards will be given for presentations at past meetings.
  • Trainees may receive only one travel award during their career at University of Chicago.
  • Only complete applications will be considered. Without exception, applications received after 5:00 p.m. on the deadline day will not be reviewed.

Minimum Project Criteria

  • Must be a completed project
  • Contains a method to judge success of the project through metrics and outcomes
  • Ideally innovative in nature.

The Review Process

All applications will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • The impact of the research on improving quality, safety, experience and value in healthcare operations.
  • If the research has been completed and/or submitted for publication
  • The scientific rigor or quality of project
  • Degree of innovation
  • The strength of the mentor’s letter of recommendation.

If you have updated results not included in the abstract, send them for review by the Innovator Review Committee as soon as possible.

The Innovator Review Committee will base their decisions on the quality of the science and the impact on healthcare operations. Each applicant will get notified of the final award decisions by email.

Travel Grant winners must include the following statement on printed materials: This work is supported in part by a Travel Scholarship from the University of Chicago Medicine’s Center for Healthcare Delivery Science & Innovation.


Contact Kimisha Cassidy, Project Manager, Center for Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation.


Grants will be awarded three time a year. The November deadline is for conferences December through March, the March deadline is for conferences April through July and the July deadline is for conferences August through November.

The 2020-2021 deadlines are:

Friday, Nov 13, 2020

Friday, March 12, 2021

Friday, July 9, 2021

The Application Process

Fill out the online application.

You must upload the following 3 documents separately:

  • Recommendation from your faculty advisor or mentor on their stationary
  • Written confirmation of acceptance to the meeting
  • A copy of your CV

Travel Grant Awards

Application for Academic Year 2020-2021

Next deadline: November 13, 2020 – 5:00pm
No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

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Applicant Information

First Name
Last Name
Phone Number
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Mentor Information

First Name
Last Name
Campus Phone

Scientific Meeting Information

Meeting Name
Meeting Dates
Meeting Location
Registration Fee
Innovation theme of your research:
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Peer Reviewed?
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Is your abstract a poster presentation?
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Has your abstract been accepted?
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AbstractCopy-paste the abstract you submitted to the meeting.
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Describe the innovation of your work.

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The following are required to complete your application:

Upload faculty or staff recommendation on their stationary
Upload acceptance confirmation for the meeting
Upload your CV
Click the button below to submit your application. All materials listed above are required for submission.

2019 Winners

Vanessa Buie, MD
Resident, General Surgery
Improving Interprofessional Communication between Physicians and Nurses on an Academic General Surgery Service
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum
Orlando, FL: Dec. 9-11, 2019

Maggie Collison, MD
Fellow, Infectious Disease
Universal Screening for C. difficile at an Urban Academic Center: Impact on LabID Events and Lessons Learned
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
Boston, MA: April 24-26, 2019

Euphemia Connell, DNP, APRN, ACNS-BC
Clinical Nurse Specialist
CAUTI Reduction: An Interprofessional Project
National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) Annual Conference
Indianapolis, IN: March 10-13, 2020

Alison DeRemigis, MD
Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care
Implementation of an Extubation Readiness Protocol in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
Society of Critical Care Medicine Congress
Orlando, FL: February 16-19, 2020

Mary Ann Francisco, MSN, APN, ACGNS-BC, CCCRN-K
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Adult Inpatient Sepsis Screening
American Nurses Association Quality and Innovations Conference
Orlando, FL: April 23-26, 2019

Deirdre Gorman
Med Student, Pritzker School of Medicine
Reduction in Age-Related Disparities in Depression Screening Before and After Implementation of a Medical Assistant Screening Protocol
AcademyHealth Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation
Arlington, VA: December 4-6, 2019

Bernadette O’Neil, DO
Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care
Cost Reduction Opportunities in Interfacility Transfer Admissions to the PICU
Society of Critical Care Medicine Congress
Orlando, FL: February 16-19, 2020

Saieesh Rao
Med Student, Pritzker School of Medicine
Causes of Clinical Deterioration Among High-Risk Ward Patients
American Thoracic Society International Conference
Dallas, TX: May 17-22, 2019

Hanna Vollbrecht
Med Student, Pritzker School of Medicine
Lower eHealth Literacy Associated with Less Ownership and Use of Technology Devices
International Conference on Communication in Healthcare
San Diego, CA: October 27-30, 2019

2018 Winners

David Cook
Med Student, Pritzker School of Medicine
Development and Pilot of a Protocol to Reduce Unnecessary Monitoring and Improve Hospitalized Children’s Sleep
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum
Orlando, FL: December 10-12, 2018

Amarachi Erondu
Med Student, Pritzker School of Medicine
CHaracterizing Pediatric Inpatient Sleep Duration and Disruptions
Pediatric Academic Societies
Toronto, Canada: My 5-8, 2018

Teresa Jiang
Med Student, Pritzker School of Medicine
Impact of Physician Workload on Risk of ICU Readmission and Accuracy of Predicting Bouncebacks
American Thoracic Society
San Diego, CA: May 18-23, 2018

Stephanie Meletis, DNP, BSN, RN
Clinical Nurse Educator
Nurse-Driven Bedside Swallow Screen Facilitates Identification of Dysphagia in Stroke Patients and Reduces Aspiration Pneumonia
American Heart Association International Stroke Conference and Nursing Symposium
Honolulu, HI: February 5-8, 2019

Margaret Newman, MD
Fellow, Medicine – Infectious Disease
The GI mPCR Panel: Finding More Bugs Leading to Inappropriate Drugs?
Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) Annual Meeting
Portland, OR: April 18-20, 2018

Namrata Patel, MD, MPH
Resident, Pediatrics
Resident-Led Standardization of Lab Ordering Decreases Costs and Transfusions
Children’s Hospital Association 2018 Annual Leadership Conference
San Antonio, TX: November 5-7, 2018

Veena Patel, MD
Fellow, Medicine – Rheumatology
Improving the Clinical Utility of Antinuclear Antibody Consults at the University of Chicago
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) National Forum
Orlando, FL: December 9-12, 2018

Sean Pirkle
Med Student, Pritzker School of Medicine
Is There a Role for DVT Chemoprophylaxis after Elective SPing Surgery? An Analysis of Bleeding and Clotting Complications in 81,045 Patients
Cervical Spine Research Society Annual Meeting
Scottsdale, AZ: December 5-8, 2018

Elizabeth Poli, MD, MS
Resident, Surgery
Bundled Care to Reduce Surgical Site Infections after Cytoreductive Surgery and HIPEC
International Workshop on Peritoneal Surface Malignancy
Paris, France: September 9-11, 2018

Natalie Tapaskar, MD
Resident, Internal Medicine
Evaluation of Resident-Led Initiative to Reduce Phlebotomy and Improve Sleep Friendly Labs: Order SMARTT Labs
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Scientific Symposium
Orlando, FL: December 9-12, 2018

Amber Turi, RN, MSN
Assistant Patient Care Manager
A Mission to Improve Hand Hygiene Compliance
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Annual Patient Safety Congress
Boston, MA: May 23-25, 2018

Mayya Volodarskaya
Med Student, Pritzker School of Medicine
Implementation and Utilization of Preoperative, Non-Opioid, Multi-Modal Analgesics Via an EMR-Embedded Order-Set
World Congress on Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
New York, NY: APril 19-21, 2018

Carlen Yuen, MD
Resident, Neurology
Scaling Back on the Million Dollar Workup: Sometimes Less is More – How Framing the Problem Affects Vertigo
High Value Practice Academic Alliance Future Leaders Program
Baltimore, MD: September 20-23, 2018

2017 Winners

Jaime Braverman, MD
Fellow, Pediatric Critical Care
Morbidity and Risk Factors of Central Line-Associated Deep Venous Thrombosis in the Pediatric ICU
Society of Critical Care Medicine
San Antonio, TX: February 25-28, 2018

Claudia Calvillo, BSN, RN
Registered Nurse – Neurological Intensive Care
Stroke: Identifying the Educational Gap for Nurses in Argentina
International Stroke Conference
Los Angeles, CA: January 24-26, 2018

Maureen Canellas, MD
Resident, Emergency Medicine
Granular ED Throughput Data: Encouraging Agency and Anti-Batching in Process Improvement
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Scientific Symposium
Orlando, FL: December 11, 2017

Anisha Chandiramani, MD
Resident, Internal Medicine
First Contact Provider (FCP): Improving Inpatient Critical Results Reporting
iHealth Clinical Informatics Conference
Philadelphia, PA: May 2-4, 2017

Donna Lemmenes, MSN, APN, CPNP, RCN-NIC
Neonatal Outreach Educator, Perinatal Center
Does Race Impact Nurses’ Perception of Ethical Climate?
National Nursing Ethics Conference
Los Angeles, CA: March 23-24, 2017

Alexa Minc
Research Assistant, General Internal Medicine
Validation of a Computerized Adaptive Test for Depression and Anxiety inn Primary Care
Society of General Internal Medicine Annual Meeting
Washington, DC: April 19-22, 2017

Jennifer Rowley
Research Coordinator, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Developing a Mobile Game to Promote HIV Testing among Young Black and Latino Men Who Have Sex with Men: The Test
American Public Health Association Annual Meeting
Atlanta, GA: November 4-8, 2017

Cindy Yuan, MD, PhD
Resident, Radiology
Real-World Clinical Outcomes of Ruptured Intracranial Arterial Aneurysms Treatment
International Stroke Conference
Los Angeles, CA: January 24-26, 2018

2016 Winners

Erin Staab, MPH
Research Specialist II, Medicine
Measuring Provider- and Staff-Perceived Level of Integration during Implementation of a Primary Care Behavioral Medicine Clinic
Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation
Washington, DC: December 14-15, 2016

Rachel Ridgway, MSN
PICU Staff Nurse
IGNITE (Improving GME Interprofessional Nursing Team Experiences) Change
Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Annual Educational Conference
Orlando, FL: March 9-12, 2017

Ajanta Patel, MD, MPH
Fellow, Pediatrics
The New Asthma Care Guideline: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Inpatient Management
Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
Orlando, FL: December 4-7, 2016