PDEF - Advancing the Profession

The PDEF offers a variety of scholarships, programs and offerings that assist nuclear medicine technologists in advancing the field. Through professional development activities, the PDEF gives NMTs the training they need to advance in their career. The following programs are available through the PDEF.

Mickey Williams Minority Student Scholarships
This scholarship, established 2005, offers scholarship assistance for a minority student entering or enrolled in a nuclear medicine technology program. The scholarship honors the memory of Mickey Williams, who was President of the SNMMI-TS in 1991. 

Professional Development Scholarship ($5,000)
This scholarship assists nuclear medicine technologists in their pursuit of a Master's or Doctoral degree.

Leadership Academy
The Academy trains a select group of emerging young technologist professionals in an effort to develop future SNMMI-TS leaders at both Chapter and national levels. The academy is a two-day course, held in conjunction with the Mid-Winter Meeting, with an assemblage of current SNMMI-TS Leadership, key members of the SNMMI-TS, and SNMMI staff who have dedicated themselves to improving SNMMI-TS achievement in the Nuclear Medicine and related fields. Lectures will be complemented with team building exercises which will enhance networking opportunities. Each lecture will consider a different aspect of leadership and will be led by technologists or keynote speakers with an intimate knowledge of the subject. The overall goal is to assemble a group of SNMMI-TS Leaders who understand the crucial role of leadership development and who are eager to begin the path to SNMMI-TS Leadership and organizational success. For more information on the past Leadership Academies, please visit the Leadership Academy webpage.   
**Applications for the 2014 Academy will be available in May 2013.

Other SNMMI-TS Awards

The SNMMI-TS offers many grants and awards funded through various avenues, including the Professional Development and Education Fund (PDEF) and the Education and Research Foundation (ERF). For a complete listing of awards and information regarding the application process, please visit the SNMMI-TS Grants and Awards page on the SNMMI website.

How it All Began...

On February 25, 2005, SNMMI-TS reported that Said Diabes Figueroa, MS, CNMT, RT(N), of Columbia, MO, a 2nd-year doctoral student in the Nuclear Science and Engineering Institute at the University of Missouri–Columbia, had been named as the recipient of the first Professional Development Scholarship. Figueroa, who has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Puerto Rico, earned his nuclear medicine technology certificate and master’s degree in nuclear engineering/medical physics from the University of Missouri–Columbia. His doctoral research involving imaging and dosimetry related to new radiation-based therapeutic agents for treating cancer. The Professional Development Scholarship provides $5,000 to assist nuclear medicine technologists in pursuit of a master’s or doctoral degree through the PDEF Professional Development Award.

On the same day, the SNMMI-TS announced that Shree Taylor, an undergraduate student at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock, was the first recipient of the Mickey Williams Minority Student Scholarship. The scholarship provides $5,000 to a minority student entering or enrolled in a molecular/nuclear medicine technologist program. The scholarship is named in honor of Mickey Williams, who was the 1990 –1991 SNMMI-TS president.



From the Recipients...    

The PDEF Travel Awards offer technologist students a unique opportunity to present abstracts of their work and learn from field leaders at the SNMMI Annual Meeting.

“The PDEF allowed me to attend the Annual Meeting at which I attended a NMTCB preparation seminar and a mock exam, presented a research topic, and gained useful knowledge and experience in the world of nuclear medicine.”—2007 PDEF Student Travel Awardee

The Leadership Academy equips young technologists in order to grow the field through leadership training and mentoring.

PDEF Research Grants yields field-changing results and advances the careers of technologist researchers.

“The PDEF grant has been very helpful. From the work, I have been able to make presentations at the annual meetings of the Health Physics Society and SNM. I have also published findings in several peer-reviewed journals. The grant has strengthened [my career] in terms of developing a track record of funded and published work.”—2005 PDEF Research Grantee

As the field advances, research opportunities grow, and technologists implement the latest research and technology, which further reinforces the impact of PDEF programs.