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Dr. Alan J. Allery Health Research Award


This prestigious award is presented to two ambitious American Indian students, one graduate/medical and one undergraduate, in recognition of conducting research dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Native Americans throughout the country.

Alan J. Allery, MEd, MHA, PhD is a fallen member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. Prior to his passing, he was an Adjunct Clinical Assistant Professor at the Center for Rural Health, the Principal Investigator and Director of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, and the Director of Student Health Services at the University of North Dakota. His experience included 30 years of work with American Indian people (15 years with the Indian Health Service in various capacities and 15 years with UND developing numerous projects).

Eligibility Criteria

  • Current undergraduate, graduate, or medical school students are eligible.
  • Research may be published or unpublished, a single study or a body of work, the work of an individual or a team. The student’s work on a team project must be identified.
  • Time frame for when the research was conducted should be during the student’s higher educational experience.
  • Members of the Committee may make nominations. However, if they do so, they must abstain from the voting process related to any nominee for whom they have written a letter of support.

Nomination Instructions

Nominations should include and be limited to the following:

  • A nomination letter which discusses the nominee's involvement in health research, the significance of the nominee’s contributions and achievements as it relates to the health research.
  • No more than three supporting letters from others familiar with the nominee’s research experience (at least one from a faculty member).
  • The nominee’s vita (curriculum vitae, resume).

Selection Criteria

Each nomination will be evaluated on:

  • Quality of research
  • Significance of the research
  • Impact of the research
  • Types of research experience
  • Contribution to the research project(s) under consideration

In addition to having their names engraved on the permanent award displayed at the UND American Indian Center, each recipient will receive an individual award for display.