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Shalin Liu IPE Scholarship

The Shalin Liu Interprofessional Education (IPE) Scholarship supports students who are interested in working with other health profession disciplines to improve quality of care.

Supported by the Shalin Liu Scholarship, students from different departments -- physical therapy, nursing, public health and biomedical and nutritional sciences -- participate in training simulations, competitions, the IPE club and projects that demonstrate how to work across majors to improve quality of care. 

The Shalin Liu IPE Fellowship Awardees include both undergraduate and graduate students.

2021-22 Awardees

  • Jonathan Casey, Undergraduate Clinical Lab Sciences
  • Abigail Severe, Undergraduate Nursing
  • Caroline Crompton, Graduate, Physical Therapy
  • Yonnie Collins, Graduate, Nursing
  • Benedicta Agyemang-Brantuo, Graduate, Public Health

2020-21 Awardees

  • Shaina Gedeon, Exercise Science
  • Asyhing Eng, Nursing
  • Rebecca Olivieri, Physical Therapy
  • Rabia Haider, Nutritional Science
  • Darshana Hari, Clinical Laboratory Sciences
Applications for the Shalin Liu Scholarship are due typically in spring. The awards are for $5,000 ($2,500 per semester). Students who receive the award, work together with students from other disciplines on projects such as training simulations and case competitions.
The Shalin Liu Fellowship awards are for $5,000 ($2,500 per semester, which will be applied directly to the student’s financial account). Reapplication is required annually. Students may serve as Shalin Liu Scholars for no more than four semesters total. The deadline date for applications is typically in April.
Interprofessional education (IPE) is defined as “occasions when two or more professions learn with, from, and about each other to improve collaboration and the quality of care.” [Center for the Advancement of Interprofessional Education, 2019]


  • Are you an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in the Zuckerberg College of Health Sciences?
  • For undergraduate applicants, have you completed at least 24 or more credits at the University of Massachusetts (freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior status) toward an undergraduate degree as of April 2021? (Please note: Incoming freshman students are not eligible.) 
  • For graduate applicants, have you completed at least 9 or more credits at the University of Massachusetts Lowell toward a graduate degree as of April 2021?
  • During the upcoming award year (2021-2022), will you be considered a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at the University of Massachusetts Lowell?
  • Do you have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 from University of Massachusetts Lowell courses?
  • Do you receive financial aid?
If you can answer ‘‘yes’’ to all of these questions, you are eligible for a Shalin Liu IPE Fellowship. Please complete the online application (see tab) and send your completed files to
Finalists will be selected by a committee. The fellowship will take effect for the first semester of the next academic year.

Please provide the following information:

Applications are typically due in April. The following information is required to apply.
  1. A brief essay (500 words or less, 12-point font, double spaced, 1” margins) addressing the following:
    a. Why are you interested in this IPE Fellowship?
    b. How will this IPE Fellowship contribute to your academic and/or professional growth?
  2. A 90-second video, describing your experiences with teamwork and collaborative learning and how this makes you an outstanding candidate for a Shalin Liu IPE Fellowship. (Brainshark is software you can use, and the Library also provides support for students.
  3. Your resume of education and work experiences
  4. Submit all that information via this application form.

Learning Outcomes:

Student will:
  1. Express the value of IPE through oral and written communication.
  2. Demonstrate leadership in an IPE activity (local, region, or national level).
  3. Demonstrate effective collaboration in teams.
  4. Demonstrate application of IPE to future professional practice.

Recipient will:

  1. Develop an action plan for an IPE project in consultation with a faculty mentor.
  2. Lead IPE Engagement Initiatives in ZCHS
    1. Attend IPE club meetings
    2. Participate in IPE case competitions
    3. Meet with Faculty mentor and other IPE Fellowship Recipients at least 2 times a month throughout the semester.
    4. IPE ambassador at ZCHS college events (Ex: Welcome day, Open House)
  3. Design and produce an IPE project
  • Production of a brochure or video
  • Writing of article, manual or grant
  • Survey development
  • Case Study Development
  • Curriculum Development
4. Present IPE project
  • UMass Student Symposium presentation
  • UMass Community Engagement Symposium
  • ZCHS College Meeting presentation
  • Poster presentation at appropriate professional meeting or event