Kenzi Valentyn Vision Research Trainee Grants 2019

Applications are now available for the 2019 McPherson ERI vision research trainee grants, now renamed the Kenzi Valentyn Vision Research Trainee Grants.

Kenzi Valentyn was a courageous and upbeat young woman whose long battle against Kearns-Sayre syndrome, a degenerative disease with symptoms including vision loss, ended with her passing at age 30 in March 2017.  Her many friends and family members, including her parents Tim and Nancy,

Kenzi Valentyn with her family
Kenzi Valentyn with her family

brothers Brett and Connor, and sister-in-law Mackenzie, have ridden in Cycle for Sight as “Kenzi’s Team” since 2014.  With gratitude for Kenzi’s life and her family’s dedication to vision research, the Institute has renamed our vision research trainee grants in her honor.

Trainees invited to submit include graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and medical or veterinary students whose direct principal investigator mentors are members of the McPherson ERI at any Wisconsin institution.  The submission deadline for this year’s grants is April 5th, 2019.  Please see the application guidelines, application form, and compliance form for further information, and contact Gail Stirr with any questions.