The Joseph and Mary Caputo Research Award is designed to support research by Penn State Hershey medical students, residents and fellows mentored by Penn State faculty or staff with expertise, focused on improving the delivery of humanistic care. Joseph V. Caputo, Sr., lived in Dover, Delaware and died from Alzheimer’s Disease in 1996 at the age of 80. Mary, his wife of forty-six years, cared for him with love, dedication, and fortitude during the ten long years of his illness. Together, they were true examples of dignity and devotion at a time of great personal and family difficulty. The effect of dementia and other chronic diseases is profound for both patients and caregivers, as well as family and friends. Compassion, effective communication, and dedication are vital for patient and care givers. With this in mind, Joe and Mary’s children – Rosemarie, Janet, Joe, Greg, and Karen – created the fund which supports this award.
The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine at Penn State Hershey was established to enhance treatment that is both compassionate and technically excellent, emphasizing each patient’s individual needs. Out of the Center grew a mission to develop and support people, projects, and programs that promote respect, dignity, equity, and compassion in health care settings. Given the like-minded intentions of the Caputo Alzheimer’s Research Fund organizers and the aims of the Kienle Center, the Kienle Center manages the oversight of this award, including the selection of awardees and the distribution of funds supporting the awards.
Consideration for the Joseph and Mary Caputo Research Award will be given to full-time students, residents and fellows at Penn State Hershey who propose to carry out a research project with a focus on humanistic care. Recipients of the award are selected by a Kienle Center-appointed committee. Selection criteria include the appropriateness and feasibility of the proposed research project topic, the candidate’s qualifications for carrying out the project, and the availability of an appropriate mentor.
Proposals for the Joseph and Mary Caputo Research Award should be accompanied by a detailed budget. In general, awards of $1,000.00 will be offered; however, the number of awards made and the amount of each award remains at the discretion of the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine. Each award shall be for one academic year and is offered in accordance with and in conformation to existing Penn State University endowment spending policy. In the case of students, this money may be paid directly to the student or may be used to supplement a department’s contribution to a Work Study allocation for the summer. Funds may be used for expenses incurred as part of the research and for presentation of the research at a national or international conference.
How to Apply:
To be considered for a Joseph and Mary Caputo Alzheimer’s Research Award, please submit the following information to Claire de Boer, Director of the Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine:
1. Description of the proposed project and its potential contribution to improve humanistic care for patients.
2. Statement of support from an appropriate Penn State faculty member.
3. The student’s resume or cv.
4. A detailed budget.