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Zucker School of Medicine student receives distinguished research award

Zucker School of Medicine AOA Councilor, Dr. Jose Prince, with medical student, Cassandra Gross, a recipient of a $2,500 research scholarship from the AOA.
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Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell student, Cassandra Gross, is a recipient of the 2018 AOA (Alpha Omega Alpha) Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship for an investigation that focused on distinguishing regions of interest in the aged human brainstem based on our understanding of animal gait circuits and pathways. Gross is entering her second year at the Zucker School of Medicine, a participating chapter of the AOA.

The purpose of the fellowship award is to foster the development of the next generation of medical researchers. The fellowship is open to first, second and third-year students with active AOA chapters. Gross’s mentor for the project is Veronique VanderHorst, MD, PhD, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. Jose Prince, MD, Zucker School of Medicine AOA Councilor and associate professor of surgery, provided assistance to Gross in the research fellowship application process.

The AOA is a professional medical organization that recognizes and advocates for excellence in scholarship and the highest ideals in the profession of medicine. Each chapter can nominate up to one-sixth of their fourth-year class for membership. To date, the Zucker School of Medicine has inducted 43 students, ten residents, and 11 faculty.

For more information about the AOA at the Zucker School of Medicine, visit


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Adrienne Stoller is communications manager at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. For more information about news items or media inquiries, please send a message to or call 516-463-7585.

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