Anita Payne Scholarship

Anita Payne Scholarship

The Anita Payne Scholarship was established in 2012 to help support the cost of travel and participation in the Frontiers in Reproduction (FIR) program. Supported by a grant from the Anita Payne Endowment Fund, the award has a value of $5,000 to help support the cost of travel and participation in the FIR program.

FIR is an intensive, six-week laboratory and lecture course for scientists-in-training who seek to improve their knowledge and experimental skills in order to pursue a career in the Reproductive Sciences. FIR is held each summer at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, a world-famous training ground for Experimental Biologists. Twenty participants are selected each year from a competitive admissions pool that includes graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty.


To be a qualified applicant, you must be:

  1. a current Trainee Member of SSR (dues are paid and mentor's signature is on file in the SSR Business Office by the deadline for FIR applications—January 16, 2020 , and
  2. accepted to participate in the FIR program.

Award Criteria

The Anita Payne Scholarship is awarded to the highest-ranking applicant admitted to FIR who is also an SSR Trainee Member.


No separate application is required for the Anita Payne Scholarship. Trainees can indicate their interest in applying for this award while completing the required supporting information for the FIR application.

Past Recipients

2019: Christian Andersen, B.S., University of Georgia
2018:Heather Talbott, PhD, Oregon Health and Sciences University
2017: Andrew Kelleher, B.S., University of Missouri
2016: Sophea Heng. Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia
2015: Alisa A. Suen. NIEHS, Durham, North Carolina, USA.
2014: Rasmani Hazra. University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
2013: Raquel Gonzalez-Herrero, D.V.M., Ph.D. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
2012: Yosi Aizen, Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, Port Aransas, Texas, USA.