Quarterly News

September 2018: Vol 1, Issue 4

Happy Fall from
Source Research Foundation!

Fall has quickly arrived and we have been super busy unveiling our inaugural year grant recipients and working to develop our board of directors and plans for 2019! We are so excited to connect with everyone and provide an update on all that we have been up to! In this issue of our quarterly update, we announce the four incredible students who we have awarded a 2018 SRF grant, announce our new board of directors appointment, and discuss our plans for the coming quarter. 

Establishing Source Research Foundation

We formally submitted our Schedule H application to the Internal Revenue Service. This application, once approved, will officially give us permission to disburse funds to our current and future grant recipients.

2018 Grant Cycle News

We were very fortunate to receive a HUGE turnout in our inaugural grant cycle. Four outstanding students have been selected to receive an award. We are delighted to announce them and provide a little information about their projects.

Lucia Terpak:
Congrats to Lucia Terpak, who was recently selected for a 2018 SRF Source Award! Lucia has a bachelor’s degree from Wake Forest University and is currently in a master’s program in medical anthropology at the University of Colorado at Denver. Her project involves an investigation of the phenomenology of ibogaine-assisted addiction therapy, examining the role of visions, beliefs and rituals in healing. Congrats Lucia!

Gabby Agin-Liebes:
Congrats to Gabrielle Agin-Liebes, who was recently selected for a 2018 SRF Connection Award! Gabrielle has a bachelor’s degree from New York University and is currently in a doctoral program in clinical psychology at Palo Alto University. Her project involves work that she is completing along with an investigator from NYU. She is conducting a long-term follow-up examination of outcomes associated with psilocybin-assisted psychotherapy on anxiety and psychosocial distress in cancer patients. Congrats Gabby!

Brandon Weiss:
Congrats to Brandon Weiss, who was recently selected for a 2018 SRF Connection Award! Brandon has a master’s degree from Wake Forest University and is currently in a doctoral program in clinical psychology at the University of Georgia. His project involves a prospective examination of the ceremonial use of Ayahuasca and its effects on personality. He is also investigating whether there are process-level psychological mechanisms that underlie such personality changes. Congrats Brandon!

Olivia Marcus:
Congrats to Olivia Marcus, who was recently selected for a 2018 SRF Connection Award! Olivia has a master’s in public health degree from Columbia University and is currently in a doctoral program in applied medical anthropology at the University of Connecticut. Her project involves an investigation of Ayahuasca-assisted therapies for mental health in the Peruvian amazon. She is also examining different components of this question through both provider level and patient level experiences and beliefs. Congrats Olivia!

We will be following this work as they complete their studies and provide updates along the way!

If you are interested in applying for a grant in our 2019 cycle, keep in mind that applications will be due in June. It is never to late to get started preparing! We will be making a few changes to our grant application and will make sure that we post the updated 2019 application form in early spring.

Welcome New Board Member!

We are excited to announce the newest member of the SRF board of directors! Ms. Lauren Padgett is an organizer and activist who has been involved in the drug policy reform movement since 2013. She is the Development Director at Students for Sensible Drug Policy, a nonprofit organization that mobilizes 5,000 students in 33 countries to change harmful and punitive drug policies, especially those that directly harm students and young people. Lauren joined the SSDP team in 2014 and has been with the organization through its largest period of growth. At 29, she became the youngest Development Director ever to work in drug policy. She is primarily responsible for major donor stewardship, grant writing, and crafting and executing SSDP’s annual strategic fundraising plan.
Lauren studied psychology at Northeastern University and spent her early career in Boston counseling and supporting adults and youth living with mental illness. She became active in the drug policy reform movement because of her experience using medical cannabis to manage chronic pain related to autoimmune disease. She got her start by stuffing envelopes at Marijuana Policy Project and later joined the membership team in a full-time role before later joining the SSDP staff. In 2014, she testified before the DC Council and the DC Department of Health in favor of a physician-controlled conditions list for the medical cannabis program, which was unanimously adopted by the DC Council through emergency legislation.
Lauren is passionate about grassroots fundraising and believes that it plays a crucial role in movement building and fosters community and accountability among organizations and their supporters. She especially enjoys training and mentoring new fundraisers. Lauren is a founding board member of the nonprofit harm reduction website DrugStory.

Lauren will spearhead our fundraising and development program in order to help us secure financial viability in the coming years.

Stay Tuned!

This fall we will begin working with our Board of Directors to develop a plan for fundraising and expanding our grant programs. We hope to unveil a community grants program in the coming years and expand the student grants program as well. We look forward to sharing our progress with you in the winter newsletter. Until then, be well!

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