Kevin's Fellows



The Kevin’s Fellow award is a way for donors to recognize and fund young researchers working in the field of epilepsy. Each year, a donor may select a fellow from our Next Generation Scientist Program, support their research grant, and track the progress of the investigator throughout their career. Kevin’s Fellows are named after Kevin Andrew Mateczun, a young man who struggled with epilepsy, and lost his life in an epilepsy-related accident. The Epilepsy Foundation is leading the fight to stop seizures, find cures, and help others overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.

The Epilepsy Foundation, founded in 1968, has a strong track record of funding new scientists. Many top epilepsy researchers working today received an Epilepsy Foundation grant early in their careers, and the Epilepsy Foundation and the American Epilepsy Society are continuing this legacy today. We are proud to partner with the American Epilepsy Society in this endeavor through our Next Generation Scientist Program.

For those looking to make a significant impact through the funding of a fellow, please read more about how to make that happen on the Support our Reseach page.

Kevin’s Pyramids

You can support epilepsy research and also learn more about Trish’s healing journey through art by ordering a copy of the book.  All profits from the sale of Kevin's Pyramids will benefit the Epilepsy Foundation's work with research. This high-quality, beautifully printed art/photography book is priced at $75.  We are all so grateful for your donation!

Kevin's Fellow

For the donor looking to make significant inroads into epilepsy research, we ask for a $50,000 donation, which funds a Kevin’s Fellow for a year.  This generous donor not only has the choice of what research and fellow he or she would like to support, but also, has the choice of one of the original pyramids for their art collection. For further information, please contact us at 301.918.3753 or email

Kevin's Story: This program creates a legacy to Kevin's memory. 

Kevin’s Pyramids: Learn more and see the amazing artwork that helped launch this initiative.

Last Pyramid: Watch the award-winning documentary of Trish Barnes and her son Kevin.

The Significance of Kevin’s Fellows: Read about the Epilepsy Foundation’s special commitment to Next Generation Scientists

Kevin's Fellows, Past and Present: Saluting the scientists who have been named Kevin’s Fellows

Joyful Remembrance: Trish's new pyramid will honor the memory of loved ones lost to epilepsy

Next Generation Scientists: An overview of the program that Kevin’s Fellows supports


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