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The Call Me Doctor Mission

The Call Me Doctor Fellows Program aims to partner underrepresented STEM doctoral fellows with education scholars, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs to bring cutting edge science/engineering concepts to the market, academic community, and into the K-12 classroom. The goal of the Call Me Doctor® program is to leverage the skills and interests of the fellows to excite and inform the public about cutting edge research while preparing them for dynamic careers and scholarship.

Call Me Doctor Benefits

Doctoral students selected as CMD Fellows will receive the following:

  • $30,000 stipend per year for the two-year fellowship period
  • $750 travel award for domestic travel per academic year*
  • $1000 travel award for international travel per academic year*
  • Graduate tuition remittance (fellow only responsible for paying semester fees)

* Fellows must be have an accepted abstract and research mentor approval to be eligible for travel support funds

Why We are Different

The Call Me Doctor Fellow experience is not an ordinary fellowship. The Fellow’s graduate studies are enriched in three areas, all of which work synergistically to mold the student into a well-rounded scholar. The three focus areas are:

  • Engaged Academic Advising: Each fellow is paired with a faculty academic advisor with a track-record and documented commitment to quality advising and graduation of doctoral students
  • Commitment to Service: Each fellow is required to complete a service/outreach based project geared toward the dissemination of research knowledge to the underrepresented minority public
  • Professional Development with a Plan: Each fellow will have the opportunity to declare a professional track. Tracks include: 1) Academia; 2) Research and Development Industry; and 3) Entrepreneurship. Each track features a series of individualized professional development experiences to accelerate the Fellow’s career after graduation.





Advisory Board

Jordon Gilmore

Jordon Gilmore, PhD

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering and graduate of the Call Me Doctor Program

Angela Alexander-Bryant

Angela Alexander-Bryant, PhD

Assistant Professor of Bioengineering

Delphine Dean

Delphine Dean, PhD

Gregg-Graniteville Associate Professor of Bioengineering

Julia Frugoli

Julia Frugoli, PhD

Alumni Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Inclusive Excellence and Graduate Education, College of Science/h3>

Larry Hodges

Larry Hodges, PhD

Professor of Human-Centered Computing in the School of Computing

How to


Applications for the Call Me Doctor® Fellowship for Fall 2020 enrollment are due March 13, 2020 by 5:00 pm EST. The availability and number of awards is subject to change each semester based on funding availability. Please click the link here for the current solicitation.




See what our students are saying

Student Manuel Gutierrez

Manuel Gutierrez

I’m from Houston, Texas. I got my BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston, where I also worked in a laboratory using advanced imaging technology to mechanically characterize biological tissue. I’m currently a part of Dr. Harman’s Re-MED lab located at the CUBEInC campus in Greenville where I will be developing computational models of orthopedic medical devices, participating in translational clinical research, and pursuing industrial projects related to reusable medical devices. After graduating, I plan on entering the medical device industry or involving myself in a non-profit organization, preferably specializing in low-resource settings.

Student Craig Miller

Craig Miller

Craig Miller is a native of Holly Hill, SC. He currently serves in the South Carolina National Guard as a Second Lieutenant Platoon Leader in the 151st Expeditionary Signal Battalion. He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The Citadel. His background is in power, electronics and network security. His past research experience consisted of a summer long project at the Medical University of South Carolina where he worked with the Epidemiology Department. They conducted a feasibility study on the use of Telemedicine to diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease in patients that were in rural South Carolina. He also did a small study on the properties of silicene crystal structures and how they interact with silver atoms with Dr. Lok C. Lew Yan Voon, Dean of College of Science and Mathematics at the University of West Georgia. Craig will be working diligently with Dr. Jordon Gilmore and his team to develop biosensors that enable quantification in chronic wounds and other applications.

Student Jillian Milanes

Jillian Milanes

After graduating from Clemson University in 2016 with a B.S. in Biochemistry, Jillian Milanes landed a job working as a lab manager for Dr. James Morris, a Genetics and Biochemistry professor here at Clemson. During this time, her responsibilities included testing panels of small molecule inhibitors against an important metabolic enzyme and performing viability assays against the parasite, Trypanosoma brucei. This experience was all she needed to appreciate how challenging – and fun – research can be. She developed a passion for drug discovery and decided to pursue her doctorate in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. She now works on the pathogen Naegleria fowleri, which is commonly known as the “brain-eating amoeba”. Her work will help the field gain insight into the cellular biology of this understudied organism. Failure is her fuel in the laboratory, as she is endlessly curious to understand “why” an experiment did not produce the expected results. After graduation, she hopes to work as a research scientist or project manager, where she can continue working on therapeutic development for infectious diseases. When she is not busy with experiments, Jillian enjoys running, hiking, and doing puzzles.


  • Jordon Gilmore (2011)
  • Divine Maloney (2017)
  • Carla Romero (2013)
  • Megan Casco (2014)


Call Me Doctor™ needs the help of private donors to maintain, grow, and support the research and outreach endeavors of our Fellows. Endowment funds, outright gifts, and/or the facilities or programs they support may bear the name of the donor or someone the donor chooses to honor.

Needs include:

  • Research Funds: to provide continuing seed funds for new research initiatives and clinical/industrial/regulatory internships in the scientific and engineering disciplines supported through CMD.
  • Travel Funds: to provide support for travel to scientific meetings and outreach events for Fellows and their faculty mentors
  • Professorships: to provide professional development funds for faculty mentors working with CMD to enhance outreach and dissemination efforts within their research lab.
  • Masters (M.S.) Student Support: to provide partial support for outstanding underrepresented students meeting all CMD criteria, but in pursuit of a Master of Science (M.S.) degree. We believe that gifts in this area can be used to encourage students to continue on to the Ph.D., while allowing for the personal and professional growth that a M.S. degree provides.

Please contact Dr. Jordon Gilmore for more information or to arrange your gift.
Email: jagilmo@clemson.edu | Office: 201-1 Rhodes Research Center | Phone: 864.656.4262