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Vahlteich Research Award
History of the Award
The Vahlteich Research Awards in the UIC College of Pharmacy are funded by the income generated by the Hans and Ella McCollum Vahlteich Endowment Fund. This fund was created from the estates of the Drs. Vahlteich following their death and totaled nearly $1.4 million. Hans, who earned his Graduate in Pharmacy (PhG) and Pharmaceutical Chemist (PhC) degrees from the college in 1917 and 1918, respectively, died in August 1989; Ella, who earned her Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree from Columbia University, died in November of 1984. To date, the award has provided over 1.5 million dollars for research. Ms. Beverley DeLaney, Hans and Ella’s daughter (pictured in the center with former Vahlteich recipients), maintains active interest in the program.
Vahlteich Award has been used to support research by early career faculty members in the College of Pharmacy via competitive internal grants. These grants encourage preliminary studies and innovative research and lead to the development of continuing research programs. Former Vahlteich recipients continue to succeed, with 90% of Scholars securing NIH grants among other sources of their funding.
Dr. Micheal Federle discusses the impact the Vahlteich Award had on his lab and continues to have on the UIC College of Pharmacy in general in this video.
Congratulations to 2018 Vahlteich Award Recipient
Vahlteich Chair Grag Thatcher presented the 2018 Award to Dr. Laura Sanchez during the Research Day Award Ceremony on February 9, 2018. Her project is titled "Dissecting host-microbe chemical communication in pathogenic relationships".