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.


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.