Dr. Wallace is recognized for his scientific contributions in the field of Cellular Immunology as well as for his continuous efforts to promote the participation of minorities and non-traditional students in the sciences. The Wallace Scholarship Award honors both the man and his contributions.


Available to minority graduate students or post-doctoral fellows (US citizen or residents only) and include:

  • Registration fee waiver

  • $200 honorarium

  • Up to three nights lodging (room only) at the conference host hotel, while attending the conference

  • Invitation to a luncheon to meet current and past awardees


The Wallace Diversity Program honors the late Dr. John H Wallace, a co-founder of the AIC. Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 8 Mar 1925, he majored in zoology at Howard University, graduating with honors in 1947. Although accepted as a medical student at Meharry Medical College, a summer of research with Dr. Albert Sabin at Cincinnati Children's Hospital changed his life. John chose a career in Bacteriology, earning both MS and PhD degrees at Ohio State University. After postdoctoral training at the same institution, he worked as a Research Associate and a Bacteriologist at Harvard Medical School followed by a distinguished professional career, at Meharry Medical College, Tulane University, Ohio State University, and the University of Louisville, where he was chairman of the Department of Microbiology & Immunology from 1972-1990. He also served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Morehouse University. During his career, Dr. Wallace published over 130 manuscripts and abstracts and mentored more than thirty five graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. He had an extensive service record, serving on numerous scientific, academic, social and community organizations, boards and committees. Among his many distinguished accomplishments was his commitment to improve the education and participation of minority students in the sciences. He was also very active in promoting the interest of high school, middle school, and elementary students in scientific careers.


The number of awards is limited, only applicants presenting an abstract at the meeting will be considered for this award.

  • must be a graduate student or post-doctoral fellow

  • should belong to an NIH defined under-represented minority group

  • must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident


To apply, please complete the Wallace application and submit to Dr. Joseph Qualls by October 4, 2019. In addition, two letters of recommendation are required, one from your advisor and the other from another faculty member. For your convenience and that of your referees, we prefer electronic recommendations.

Joseph Qualls, PhD
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Cincinnati, OH
Dr. Joseph Qualls

AIC2018 John Wallace Scholars

  • Diana Contreas (Vanderbilt University)

  • Cori Fain (Mayo Clinic)

  • Samantha Freedman (University of Iowa)

  • Blake Heath (University of Michigan)

  • Jarren Oates (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center)