College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences

Awards and Scholarships

Howard J. Brinkley Travel Award

Purpose: support graduate student travel.

Eligibility: Student must provide evidence that they will be presenting work at a national or international meeting. Graduate students can be in any graduate program but the student's primary advisor must have their primary appointment in the Department of Biology.

To Apply: A letter of application from the student and the student's CV submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies.
Awards: Recipient can request up to $200.

Deadline: April 15

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 15.

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 15.

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 15.

Biology Department Travel Awards

Purpose: to subsidize expenses of graduate students travelling to professional meetings (transportation, registration, housing, etc.) or for research-related travel.

Eligibility: graduate students can be in any graduate program but the student's primary advisor must have their primary appointment in Department of Biology. The advisor must provide an equal match. Preference for travel funds for meetings will be given to those making presentations.

To Apply: A letter of nomination from the primary advisor (also indicating the source of the matching funds) and the student's CV should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies. You MUST have submitted a travel approval form prior to taking your trip, but can apply for retroactive funding.

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

Deadlines: 1 December, April 15.

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: 1 December and April 15.

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 15.

Read more about Dr. Devra Kleiman