The Lou and Nancy Grasmick Scholarship

Purpose and Research Objectives

The purpose of this award is to recruit and train exceptional physician-scientists from the Osler Medical Residency and the Bayview Internal Medicine Residency Program and to encourage them to remain at Johns Hopkins for fellowship training. The Lou and Nancy Grasmick Scholarship provides up to $50,000 of research support over two years housestaff who remain at Johns Hopkins for fellowship training and are involved in laboratory-based scientific investigation. Funding may be used for research supplies, small equipment (less than $10,000), publication costs and travel for the scholar. This award is NOT to be used to support the salary of the scholar but may be used to support a technician or graduate student to work with the scholar.


  • Must be an Osler Medical Resident or Bayview Internal Medicine Resident planning to start a Johns Hopkins fellowship
  • Must have a letter of intent to recruit applicant from Johns Hopkins fellowship director that is NOT contingent upon receiving this award
  • Letter of recommendation and commitment from research mentor briefly describing potential research project and applicants potential for laboratory-based investigation
  • Must have more than 80 percent protected research time during the duration of their award. In fellowship programs with primarily clinical responsibilities in year one, the award can be deferred until year two.
  • Prior laboratory-based research is encouraged but not required

2021-2022 Grasmick Scholar

Mari Nakazawa, MD, MHS

Mari was raised in Kobe, Japan and moved to Baltimore, MD for college at the age of 18. She studied Chemical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University and attended medical school at the University of Kentucky. She is interested in medical oncology, with a research interest in castration resistant prostate cancer and the development of therapeutic resistance. Mari played soccer and softball growing up and enjoys staying active (she recently started learning to play golf). Her other interests include travel and food. Mari is thrilled to be back in Baltimore to join the Osler Residency and is honored to be training with co-residents who are passionate about medicine and patient care. Her favorite part about Baltimore is the food scene (some favorites include Blue Moon Cafe, Sotto Sopra, and Thames Street Oyster House).

Mari Nakazawa

2020-2021 Grasmick Scholar

Hannah Kaizer

Hannah was born in Baltimore, MD, and was raised in Baltimore her entire life. She attended Bucknell University, where she earned a BA in philosophy with a minor in mathematics. She then attended Columbia University’s postbaccalaureate premedical program before attending University of Maryland for medical school. Outside of medicine, Hannah enjoys cooking, playing tennis, trying new restaurants, and spending time with her husband and two French bulldogs. Hannah is grateful for all she has learned while in the Osler Medical Residency, and especially loves the dedication to clinical excellence and supportive learning environment. Some of Hannah’s favorite things to do in Baltimore are getting tacos from Clavel and walking with her dogs.

Hannah Kaizer

2019-2020 Grasmick Scholar

Kristi Briggs

Kristi was born in Silver Spring, Maryland. She studied bioengineering at the University of Pennsylvania where she spent five years researching breast cancer metastasis and recurrence using mouse models of hormone responsive breast cancers. She then went to the University of Maryland to earn her MD and PhD. For her PhD, she worked in Stuart Martin’s lab studying the cytoskeleton of circulating tumor cells in breast cancer. Kristi plans to pursue a fellowship in gastroenterology to focus her research in the field of tumor immunology understanding the effects of checkpoint blockade inhibitors in GI malignancies.

Kristi Briggs