2019-20 Award Recipients


Cassandra Crucetti, Biology; Psychology, Neuroscience & Chemistry minors ‘21

“One of the few aspects of my life that has remained certain is my intrinsic drive to make a positive difference in the world. From a very young age, I have always known I wanted to practice medicine.”


Lily DiMartino, Biology; Anthropology minor ‘21

“Beyond medical school, residency, and fellowships, my career vision includes working in the Doctor without Borders program and/or as a rural doctor in the US, as I think it would be a unique, fulfilling, and life-changing opportunity that would combine my love for medicine, anthropology, and service. I would love to dedicate my career as a doctor to providing those underserved communities with access to resources and services regardless of race, income, or location.”

An award is granted each ACADEMIC YEAR by the Health Professions Advisory Committee.

2019-20 DEADLINE = June 12  

The $500 award is to be used for assistance with preparation for the required standardized exams associated with admittance to graduate health programs such as: MCAT, DAT,  OAT, GRE

Application Procedures (submit form below):

  • Students submit a 500 word essay on their career goals and motivation towards that goal
  •  Resume (include any appropriate shadowing or other health-related experiences)
  •  Students must indicate how the award money will be used (commercial prep courses, prep materials, registration fees, etc.) and when they will be taking the exams
  •  Students must submit a copy of their most recent transcript (unofficial copies are acceptable)

Criteria for award:

  • Clear indication of career goals and reasons for pursuing those goals
  • Clear indication of how the money will be used to prepare for the exams
  • Record of academic performance that is competitive for admission to the indicated graduate program


In order to be considered, you MUST:

  • Submit the information listed below.

APPLY by June 12

To apply  , send an email to npierce@ithaca.edu with the subject "Kastenbaum Award Application for FIRSTNAME LASTNAME".

To this email, attach the following documents:

1) Transcript (unofficial is fine)

2) Resumé or CV

3) A 200-250 word document outlining your future career plans, and how you would spend the Award money.

If you have questions, please let me know.


-Ian Woods