AcademyHealth is pleased to offer the Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship which provides free registrations to the Annual Research Meeting (ARM) for two selected applicant. The scholarship is designed to encourage professional and educational development in health services research and policy among student members.

This scholarship commemorates the dedication of Alice S. Hersh, the founding executive director of the Association for Health Services Research (AHSR), to supporting the next generation of health services researcher.

Applications for 2023 are closed.

Scholarship Criteria

Eligibility Requirements:

  • I am a current student member of AcademyHealth. (Join here.)
  • I am enrolled full-time in a masters or doctoral program at the time of application.
  • I am not a past recipient of the AcademyHealth Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship, the Public Health Systems Research Interest Group Student Scholarship, Diversity Scholars Program, or the Aetna Foundation Minority Scholars Program.

Application Instructions:

To apply, applicants must upload and submit a completed online application form, including in the submission:

  • Current Résumé or Curriculum Vitae
  • Signed letter of recommendation from your faculty advisor or work supervisor on official letterhead

Letter of recommendation prompts:

  • Describe the applicant's potential to contribute to the field of health services research or health policy.
  • Describe the applicant's demonstrated commitment to their focus, or to the field of health services research or health policy.

Scholarship Fund Drive

The Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship Fund Drive is now open! Contributions to the Hersh Fund ensure future generations have the exposure and opportunities to launch their careers in health services research. Donations to the fund reinforce the commitment of our members to building a diverse, well-trained workforce to tackle some of the most challenging issues in health care delivery and health policy.

Extend your legacy as a leader in the field with a contribution to the 2022-2023 Alice S. Hersh Scholarship Fund drive.

Here is what past Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship recipients have said about their experience:

“I received the Alice S. Hersh Scholarship to attend the 2021 Health Datapalooza...I was thrilled and honored to receive the support to attend a truly interdisciplinary conference that necessarily focused on overcoming challenges that the COVID-19 pandemic created and exacerbated, particularly our unfinished work on achieving health equity and health justice. My attendance...reiterated the importance of the research I was doing in health equity and value assessments, and it was the affirmation I needed while finishing my dissertation.”

- Anton L.V. Avanceña, Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin College of Pharmacy
2021 Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship Recipient

“The Alice S. Hersh scholarship was a tremendous opportunity for me. With the financial support of the scholarship, I was able to attend my first in-person conference at the 2022 Health Datapalooza...Throughout the conference, I made personal connections with researchers and health policy professionals at networking events and poster presentations, several whom I've maintained contact with and have reached out to with questions regarding my own career.”

- Zoe Lindenfeld, New York University School of Global Public Health
2022 Alice S. Hersh Student Scholarship Recipient

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2022 Annual Research Meeting Scholarship Recipients

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Xin Hu, M.S.H.C.M.

Ph.D. Candidate - Emory University

Xin Hu is a PhD candidate in Health Services Research and Health Policy (Health Economics Track) at Emory University. She obtained her bachelor's degree in Public Service Administration from Fudan University, and master's degree in Health Policy and Management from Emory University. Read Bio

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Stephanie Loo, M.Sc.

Doctoral Candidate - Boston University

Stephanie Loo is a doctoral candidate in Health Services Research at Boston University School of Public Health. She received her BS in Anthropology and Human Biology from Emory University and MSc in Global Health and Population from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Read Bio

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Tianyue Mi, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate - University of South Carolina

Tianyue Mi is a Ph.D. Candidate in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior (HPEB) at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina (UofSC), and a pre-doctoral research trainee at the South Carolina SmartState Center for Healthcare Quality (CHQ). Read Bio

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Wenbo Wu, M.A.

Ph.D. Candidate - University of Michigan

Wenbo Wu is a Ph.D. candidate in Biostatistics and Scientific Computing in the Department of Biostatistics and the Michigan Institute for Computational Discovery & Engineering at the University of Michigan. Read Bio

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