Capstone Grants

The 2019 Capstone Grant Awardees have been announced! 

Click here to see the 2019 Awardees.

The purpose of the Histochemical Society’s Capstone Research Grant is to provide assistance to further the research projects of undergraduate students who propose to use immunohistochemistry or other histochemical techniques in their projects.  We aim to encourage undergraduate students to effectively utilize histochemistry as an analytical method for biological research. The Histochemical Society will award $1000 to successful applicants.  Recipients will be given approximately one year to perform the research.  Grant recipients will be required to report their findings to the Histochemical Society Education Committee upon the completion of the project.

Applicant Requirements:  Applicants must be undergraduates and current members of the Histochemical Society.  Ideally, applicants will have conducted research previously and this award will be used to help the students to collect remaining data to prepare the project for publication or presentation.  

Evaluation: Applications will be evaluated on the effective and necessary use of immunohistochemistry or other histochemical techniques toward completion of the project.  Likelihood of successful completion of the project (based on availability of appropriate laboratory space, equipment and institutional support) and significance of the question being addressed will also be considered.

Reporting: Successful applicants should submit a summary of their project in the form of a scientific manuscript.  This should be submitted within 2 months of the project’s completion date

March 1 to JUNE 1: Application site open
June: Applications reviewed
Mid-June: Applicants notified; Funds disbursed
August of following year: Project completion
October of following year: Report submitted to the HCS Education Committee 

Acceptance of funding: 
The Histochemical Society will work with awardees and their institution to determine the best mechanism for delivering the funds.  The HCS reserves the right to publish names and photographs of the awardees on the HCS website and other informational forums, including social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter. Funds will only be disbursed to HCS members in good standing.

Contact Information:
Please contact Education Committee Chair, Scott Tanner ([email protected] or 864.656.3826) or HCS Executive Director, Kendra LaDuca ([email protected]) regarding any questions.

Research Plan
To apply, you will be asked to submit a Research Plan (3page limit).  Please include the following:

  1. Hypothesis

  2. Rationale, including why IHC techniques are necessary for project

  3. Previous/Supporting Data

  4. Methods, including use of IHC techniques

  5. References

  6. Submission Guidelines

    1. 3 Page Limit, excluding references
    2. Margins should be no smaller than 1”
    3. Font should be 10pt. Arial or Times New Roman
    4. 1 Figure may be included
    5. Submit in PDF format

To apply you must submit your Research Plan (outlined above), CV, mentor's biosketch, and a letter of support. Applications for the 2019 Capstone Grant cycle are no longer being accepted. The 2020 application process will open in early 2020.