Autism Science Foundation Announces Undergraduate Summer Research Grant Recipients

Autism Science Foundation Announces Undergraduate Summer Research Grant Recipients
Nine students to receive funds

(May 1, 2014 — New York, NY)– The Autism Science Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to funding autism research, today announced the recipients of its first undergraduate summer research grants. Nine grants will be awarded to highly-accomplished undergraduate student/mentor teams conducting research in autism genetics, animal models, language development, vocational training evaluation, imaging, and treatment disparity.

“It’s critically important to develop the next generation of autism scientists and to provide early training to highly promising young scientists” said ASF president Alison Singer. “This was an extremely impressive group of applicants and we are proud to be able to support so many outstanding young researchers.”

“We developed this new funding mechanism so that ASF could help encourage the brightest young scientists to pursue a career in autism research” said ASF co-founder Karen London. “These students are paired with well-established mentors and will work on promising projects that will give them exceptional ‘hands-on’ experience and pave the way to their own autism research careers.”

In its five years of operations, the Autism Science Foundation has funded over $1.6 million in grants including pre and postdoctoral fellowships, medical school gap year research fellowships, 3-year early career awards, treatment grants, undergraduate summer research funding, research enhancement mini-grants and travel scholarships to enable stakeholders to attend the annual International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR)

The following students were selected for summer 2014 funding:

Student: University: Mentor:
Andrea Chu Boston University Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg
Jordan Doman University of Pittsburgh Dr. Carla Mazefsky
Molly Johnson University of Pennsylvania Dr. David Mandell
Veronica Kang University of Washington, Seattle Dr. Sara Jane Webb
Cynthia Peng Rutgers University Dr. Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom
Jonathan Raduazzo Harvard University Dr. Christopher Cowan
Nicholas Ray Univ. of California at San Diego Dr. Inna Fishman
Sam Tomlinson Yale University Dr. James McPartland
Michelle Won University of Notre Dame Dr. Joshua Diehl

The Autism Science Foundation (ASF) is a 501(c) (3) public charity. Its mission is to support autism research by providing funding to scientists and organizations conducting autism research. ASF also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism. To learn more about the Autism Science Foundation or to make a donation visit


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Casey Gold
Operations Manager
Autism Science Foundation