KHS doctoral student received a Southern Regional Education Board Doctoral Scholar Program Institutional Award

April 16, 2021

Domenico Chavez, M.S., a 1st year doctoral student in the Cardio-Renal Physiology Lab at KHS (Director: Dr. Danielle Kirkman), has been selected as a Southern Regional Educaiton Board Doctoral Scholars Programs at VCU. Nico will be awarded a 3-year graduate assistanship, funded in partership between the College of Humanities & Scineces and the Graduate School at VCU. 

As a SREB Doctoral Scholar, Nico will receive:
  • All expenses paid to attend the annual Compact for Faculty Diversity Institute on Teaching and Mentoring for 3-years.  His faculty mentor, Dr. Danielle Kirkman, is supported to attend the Institute for 1-year.
  • Access to professional development funds provided by SREB to help enhance his professional development as a doctoral scholar for 3-years.
  • Participation in an online Scholar Directory, a database provided by SREB, used by scholars for networking and by institutions for recruitment and other activities.
Nico works in the Cardio-Renal Physiology Lab at KHS, where his research interests are focused on the prevalence and pathophysiology of cardiovascular disease in individuals with kidney diseases.  He is currently initiating an intervention study aimed at investigating the effects of exercise on vascular function and the subsequent benefits on cognitive function and quality of life in patients receiving hemodialysis. 
The SREB Doctoral Scholars Program has a primary goal of increasing minority Ph.D students who seek careers as faculty on college campuses.  Since 1993, over 1,800 scholars have been supported and 91% of SREB graduates are currently employed in higher education.
More information about the SREB can be found from here.