The Stafford Fellowship Endowment

The Stafford Fellowship was established by then board chair, Constance Stafford Constantine, as part of Hauptman-Woodward's plan to support young scientists. Mrs. Constantine is the granddaughter of Helen Woodward Rivas, Hauptman-Woodward's founding benefactor.  The fellowship was funded by the Constance W. Stafford Trust (trustees: Walter F. Stafford III, Reid W. Stafford, Constance S. Constantine and Robert Plache), Walter & Sue Stafford, William and Margaret Constantine, and Walter and Constance Constantine.

The seed funding is intended to provide support for graduate student fellow(s) using the earnings from the endowed fund.  The Staffords and Constantines have been lifelong supporters of HWI’s research and active participants in the business of running HWI. In fact, Connie Constantine served for many years on HWI’s board in various capacities including a term as Chairman of the Board. Walter Stafford, who is a retired scientist from the Boston Biomedical Research Institute, currently is a member of HWI’s Board of Scientific Advisors.

Donors who provide funds for endowments such as the Stafford Fellow Program receive satisfaction from the knowledge that their funds live on by providing ongoing funding to help support educating future scientists. At the present time, the Stafford Endowed Fund provides partial support for HWI graduate student Brad Miller. When he completes his educational career at HWI, other graduate students will be chosen as Stafford fellows.

The Stafford Fellowship is a permanent endowment. For more information on how you can partner with this fund and support graduate education at HWI, please call Jill Szczesek at 716-898-8597 or email:


About the Stafford Fellow:

Brad Miller
Brad Miller holds a B.S. in biology from Lycoming College, Williamsport, PA. Working in Dr. Andrew Gulick’s laboratory, Brad is concentrating on the structural and functional studies of Non-Ribosomal Peptide Synthetases. Specifically, his research is directed to understand how each domain of these multi-domain, assembly line-like proteins interact in order to produce natural products that play important roles in bacterial signaling and virulence.

Former Stafford Fellows:
Name Degree Graduation Date HWI Mentor
Robert Huether PhD 2011 William Duax, PhD
Kevin Maharaj PhD 2012 Daniel Gewirth, PhD
Carter Mitchell PhD 2013 Andrew Gulick, PhD
Kristin Sutton PhD 2013 Edward Snell, PhD
Paul Seidler PhD 2014 Daniel Gewirth, PhD
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