College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Awards and Scholarships

Biology Department Travel Awards

Eligibility:

  1. Any graduate student with an advisor in the Department of Biology may apply. The graduate program of the student is irrelevant.
  2. Funds may be requested for travel to present research results at a national or international meeting. Alternatively, when properly justified, funds may be awarded to take special courses or workshops that provide training that is not available on campus or in the immediate vicinity.

Details of the Competition:

  1. Students should apply before attending a conference. Those wishing to travel between October and March should apply to the fall competition, while those planning to go to a meeting between April and September should apply to the spring competition.
  2. Each award will be limited to a maximum of $500 (but can be matched with grant or other funds). Awards can only be used for travel, accommodation, or registration fees.
  3. In the event of insufficient funds to support all applications, the following factors will be used in selecting recipients.
    a) Value of attendance for career advancement
    b) Degree sought (PhD has priority)
    c) Seniority in program
    d) Receipt of previous travel awards

Application Requirements:

  1. Download and complete a Travel Award Application form available on the Biology web site (under 'Graduate' and 'Resources') and submit it by the fall or spring deadline to Jerry Wilkinson at wilkinso@umd.edu. The justification should explain how presenting research findings at this particular conference will help your career goals. If the proposal is for a course, justification for taking the course must be provided.
  2. The applicant should indicate if matching funds are available from the advisor(s) or other sources.
  3. All previous travel awards from campus sources must be listed, including the amount received.
  4. The entire application must be in single PDF file, either signed electronically by the advisor or signed by hand and then scanned into a PDF file. All applications must be submitted electronically.
  5. If awarded, a travel request must be submitted to the business office prior to travel commencing in order to be eligible for receipt of travel funds. Original receipts are required to obtain expense reimbursement.

Deadline: October 1, 2014 and Marc 1, 2015

Jane Prichard Teaching Award

Purpose: teaching award to graduate student in a 100- or 200-level BSCI course.

Eligibility: graduate students can be in any graduate program but the student must have taught in an introductory level biology course. Preference is given to students whose primary advisor holds their primary appointment in the Department of Biology.

To Apply: A letter of nomination from the faculty member overseeing the graduate student's teaching duties should be submitted to the Director of the Biological Sciences Program.

Awards: Winners will have their names permanently inscribed in the awards plaques displayed prominently in the Department. Recipient of the award will receive $200.

Deadline: April 1.

Biology Department Teaching Award

Purpose: recognize the best teaching assistant in the Department each year.

Eligibility: graduate students can be in any graduate program but the student's primary advisor must have their primary appointment in Department of Biology.

To Apply: A letter of nomination from the faculty member overseeing the graduate student's teaching duties should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies.

Awards: Winners will have their names permanently inscribed in the awards plaques displayed prominently in the Department. Recipient of the award will receive $500.

Deadline: April 1.

Biology Department Research Award

Purpose: recognize the best graduate student researcher in the Department each year.

Eligibility: graduate students can be in any graduate program but the student's primary advisor must have their primary appointment in Department of Biology.

To Apply: A letter of nomination from the primary advisor and the student's CV should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies.

Awards: Winners will have their names permanently inscribed in the awards plaques displayed prominently in the Department. Recipient of the award will receive $500.

Deadline: April 1.

Eugenie Clark Scholarship

Purpose: Provide summer support for graduate students doing research with faculty in the Department of Biology.

Eligibility:

  1. Academic interest in a research career in the biological sciences (preferably organismic biology and/or marine biology).
  2. The applicant must be a student whose primary advisor is a faculty member with their primary appointment in the Department of Biology.
  3. The applicant must have no other source of summer support.
  4. The applicant will spend full time doing research in the upcoming summer.
  5. The advisor must provide an equal match.
  6. The student must be in good standing after the spring review.

To Apply:

  1. A letter from the student explaining the research to be done in the summer.
  2. A letter of recommendation from the advisor that also provides account information for providing matching funds. 
  3. A current CV, which includes a list of awards received and their date.

Awards: Scholarships provide 3 months of summer support for students on 9-month appointments. (Approximately $2,500)

Deadlines: April 1.

Read more about Dr. Eugenie Clark

Devra Kleiman Scholarship

Purpose: An award established by Dr. Kleiman's mother Molly in honor of Devra's memory. Provide support for graduate students whose work aligns with Dr. Kleiman's illustrious career in conservation biology.

Eligibility: The award is given in alternate years to a student in the CONS program (the 2013-14 award) and a student in BEES. Students should have GPA of 3.5 or better, and be doing work related to international conservation and programming. Students with links to Smithsonian Institution research(ers) will be given special consideration.

To Apply: A letter from the student explaining their qualifications and plans for the funding, a nomination letter from the primary advisor, and the student's CV should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies.

Award: Recipient of the award will receive $5,000.

Deadline: April 1.

Read more about Dr. Devra Kleiman