Graduate Student Grants and Awards

Grant Submissions

Please email your completed applications as an attachment to UFbiologyawards@gmail.com. Name your file, “name of grant_your full name” (e.g. Davis_Jane Doe or Riewald_John Doe). Awardees will be selected by the Biology Department Awards Committee and will be announced during the Biology recruitment weekend, February 5th – 7th.

Awards

All award nominations are due each year on the Friday before Thanksgiving by 5:00pm (e.g. Nov. 17, 2017, Nov. 16, 2018, etc.).
All award applications are due each year on the last Friday of the Fall semester during Final Exams week by 5:00pm (e.g. Dec. 15, 2017, Dec. 14, 2018, etc.).


GRANTS

Mildred Mason Griffith Botany Grant

Purpose:

This fund is intended to support teaching, research and programs in Botany.

Eligibility and Criteria:

Department of Biology graduate students studying botany are eligible.

Funding Information:

One award of $1000 will be awarded every other year in odd numbered award years (i.e. 2014-15, 2016-17, 2018-19, etc.)

This fund was established by the estate of Mildred Mason Griffith in 2008. Mildred Griffith was a professor in the Department of Botany whose specialty was plant anatomy. She was the first female professor in either Botany or Zoology.

Application Instructions:

In your application, please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover page (Download here)
  • A 2 page research proposal (maximum of 500 words, not including the literature cited and budget sections).
  • A budget detailing how the funds will be used.

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Michael L. May Interdisciplinary Grant

Purpose

The purpose of this research grant is to encourage interdisciplinary projects among graduate students.

Eligibility and Criteria

Applications must involve students from at least two different labs at University of Florida, proposing to conduct collaborative research. Preference will be given to applications from Biology Department students in at least two different sub-disciplines of biology. The grant shall be used to cover research costs (e.g., equipment, analyses, etc., excluding publication costs and travel). Applications will be judged on novelty, feasibility, and the potential for the interdisciplinary collaboration to contribute to either or both fields.

Funding Information

One award of $1000 will be awarded from the Michael L. May Fund for Graduate Student Research.

This fund was established by Professor Michael May (PhD 1974 in Zoology Department) in honor of Dr. Brian McNab and in memory of Dr. Minter Westfall, both of whom were big influences for Dr. May.

This research grant will be offered during the academic years 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15.

Application Instructions

In your application, please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover page (Download here)
  • Project description (1000 word limit; preferred formatting: Times New Roman, 12 point font, and 1 inch margins). The 1000 word limit does not include literature cited. Please address the research problem and proposed objectives and methods. Also describe the contribution of each member as well as how this project is collaborative and interdisciplinary.
  • Budget for total project, indicating what the requested funds will cover.
  • A CV for each applicant, no more than two pages each.

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Michael L. May Research Grants

Purpose

This funding is intended to support graduate student research.

Funding Information

This fund was established by Professor Michael May (Ph.D. 1974 in Zoology Department) in honor of Dr. Brian McNab and in memory of Dr. Minter Westfall, both of whom were big influences for Dr. May.

Grants for up to $300 will be awarded. This research grant will be offered during the academic years 2012-13, 2013-14, and 2014-15.

Eligibility and Criteria

Michael L. May Research Grants are open to all graduate students of the Department of Biology. Projects will be selected based on the merit of the proposal and the extent to which the award would contribute to the success of the project. Priority will be given to those students who have not received an award from these funds in the past, do not have extensive funding, and are requesting funds for their main project, not a side project.

Application Instructions

Please note that application requirements (including the cover page) are the SAME for the May, Olowo, and Riewald Research Grants. If you are interested in applying for more than one of these, please submit only ONE application.

In your application, please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover page (Download here)
  • Project description (500 word limit; preferred formatting: Times New Roman, 12 point font, and 1 inch margins). The 500 word limit does not include literature cited.
  • Budget for total project, indicating what the requested funds will cover.

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John Paul Olowo Memorial Fund Research Grants

Purpose

The John Paul Olowo Memorial Fund was established in 2004 to also support graduate student research.

Funding Information

Grants for up to $300 will be awarded. Funds are provided by the Biology Graduate Student Association.

Eligibility and Criteria

The Olowo Memorial Fund Research Grants are open to all graduate students of the Department of Biology. Projects will be selected based on the merit of the proposal and the extent to which the award would contribute to the success of the project. Priority will be given to those students who have not received an award from these funds in the past, do not have extensive funding, and are requesting funds for their main project, not a side project.

Application Instructions

Please note that application requirements (including the cover page) are the SAME for the May, Olowo, and Riewald Research Grants. If you are interested in applying for more than one of these, please submit only ONE application.

In your application, please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover page (Download here)
  • Project description (500 word limit; preferred formatting: Times New Roman, 12 point font, and 1 inch margins). The 500 word limit does not include literature cited.
  • Budget for total project, indicating what the requested funds will cover.

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Brian Riewald Memorial Fund Research Grant

Purpose

The Brian Riewald Memorial Fund was established in 2002 to honor the memory of Brian Riewald, a student in Dr. Karen Bjorndal’s lab. Brian was killed in a bicycle accident in October 2001 while a graduate student in the Department of Zoology. The purpose of the fund is to provide research grants to graduate students in Zoology with deserving projects and inadequate funding. Funding may be used for supplies and other research related expenses.

Funding Information

Grants for up to $300 will be awarded. Funds were provided by Brian’s family and friends.

Eligibility and Criteria

Students conducting zoological research are eligible to apply. Projects will be selected based on the merit of the proposal and the extent to which the award would contribute to the success of the project. Priority will be given to those students who have not received an award from these funds in the past, do not have extensive funding, and are requesting funds for their main project, not a side project.

Application Instructions

Please note that application requirements (including the cover page) are the SAME for the May, Olowo, and Riewald Research Grants. If you are interested in applying for more than one of these, please submit only ONE application.

In your application, please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover page (Download here)
  • Project description (500 word limit; preferred formatting: Times New Roman, 12 point font, and 1 inch margins). The 500 word limit does not include literature cited.
  • Budget for total project, indicating what the requested funds will cover.

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Carrie Lynn Yoder Scholarship for Plant Ecology and Conservation Research in Florida

Purpose

In her short life of 26 years, Carrie Lynn Yoder left a lasting legacy in the field of coastal wetland ecology. Carrie received BS in Botany at the University of Florida in 1997. Much before Hurricane Katrina shed light on the vulnerability of coastal land to catastrophic flooding, she hypothesized that human alterations of coastal habitats intensifies disturbances by hurricane, fire, and rising sea levels. She started research on this topic at Weeks Bay National Estuary Research Reserve, Louisiana, as a Ph.D. student at the Louisiana State University. In 2003, after three years of field research, Carrie fell victim to a serial killer. Carrie’s family and friends strongly wish that the legacy of her research to be remembered by generation of students in ecology.

Funding Information

Two scholarships will be awarded, each worth $500. The funds are provided by Carrie’s friends and family.

Eligibility and Criteria

Scholarships will be awarded to graduate or advanced undergraduate students at the University of Florida for research on plant ecology. Projects related to coastal ecosystems and conservation will be given preference.

Application Instructions

In your application, please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover page (Download here)
  • A 2 page research proposal (maximum of 500 words, not including the literature cited and budget sections).
  • A budget detailing how the funds will be used. Funds may be used for field expenses, including travel to field sites, materials and supplies, and field equipment.

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H. Jane Brockmann Graduate Research Award

Purpose

This award is intended to be a stipend that will allow a Biology graduate student to conduct independent, summer field research on animal behavior.

Funding Information

One grant of $1750 will be awarded.

Eligibility and Criteria

Biology graduate students conducting summer field research on animal behavior. Grants will be awarded based on the merit of the proposal. Priority for this award will be given to students who are starting a new project and who otherwise do not have summer funding that would allow them to conduct field research.

Application Instructions

In your application, please include the following in a single document:

  • Applicants should submit a 3-4 page DDIG format proposal which includes the research question, the methodology, and a short statement on the broader impacts of the research.
  • A letter of support from the major advisor is required.

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Davis Graduate Fellowship in Botany

Purpose

This award supports a graduate student(s) conducting field work in botany or plant ecology. The fellowship may be used to support travel by students presenting the findings of their field work at a conference and/or symposium.

Funding Information

Grants for up to $300 will be awarded. This fund was established in 2012 in honor of John Henry Davis, a former professor in the Botany department.

Eligibility and Criteria

Graduate students conducting field work in botany or plant ecology are eligible.

Application Instructions

In your application, please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover page (Download here)
  • Project description (500 word limit; preferred formatting: Times New Roman, 12 point font, and 1 inch margins). The 500-word limit does not include literature cited.
  • Budget for total project, indicating what the requested funds will cover.

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Lewis and Varina Vaughn Fellowship in Orchid Biology

Purpose

This fellowship is named in honor of Lewis and Varnia Vaughn in recognition of their long devotion to the specialized study of orchids. The fellowship’s purpose is to provide for the continuity of purpose required to raise the apprentice botanist to the level of professional competency.

Funding Information

The fellowship provides support of up to $1,500. The Vaughn-Jordan Foundation, located in West Palm Beach, Fla., is a private foundation that supports educational, scientific and charitable purposes. Founded by Lewis C. Vaughn, Varina Webb Vaughn, and Winona W. Jordan, the foundation focuses on the horticultural and botanical sciences.

Eligibility and Criteria

Graduate students with at least one year of standing research in some aspect of orchid biology; must have a minimum GPA of 3.5 in science courses and 3.0 in non-science courses.

Application Instructions

In your application, please include the following in a single document:

  • Cover page (Download here)
  • Project description (500 word limit; preferred formatting: Times New Roman, 12 point font, and 1 inch margins). The 500-word limit does not include literature cited. The description should focus on how your research fits within the field of orchid biology.

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AWARDS

Winona Jordan Undergraduate Botany Award

Purpose

The Winona Jordan Undergraduate Botany Award recognizes an undergraduate student who has written a outstanding undergrad thesis.

Funding Information

The award provides up to two $500 prizes to deserving undergraduates each year.

Nomination Instructions

Students may be nominated by faculty or the undergraduate coordinator. To nominate a student please include the following in your nomination letter:

  • Cover page (Download here)
  • Letter of nomination describing your relationship with the nominee and why they should be considered for this award.

Please submit your nomination letter to the Awards Committee by uploading it to the departmental share drive’s awards submissions folder. Addresses for the share drive are provided below:

Nomination Deadline

All nominations are due by 5 pm on Nov 17, 2017. The Biology Graduate Awards Committee will solicit further information from the nominee. Awardees will be selected by the Biology Department Awards Committee and will be announced during the Biology recruitment weekend, February 5th – 7th.

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Department of Biology Graduate Student Paper Award

Purpose

This award recognizes the scientific contributions of graduate students in the Department of Biology by honoring the most significant work published over the past calendar year. The name of the selected individual will be engraved on a plaque that is on display in the Biology office. If funding is available, a small monetary award will also be included.

Eligibility and Criteria

Nominations will be accepted of a current or recent Biology graduate student (someone who defended within the past two years) who is first author on a single paper on which the nomination is based. The research on which the paper is based must have been conducted while the nominee was a graduate student at the University of Florida. Eligible papers include any manuscript that is “in press” or was “published” during the previous year.

Only one paper will be reviewed per nominee. If a student is nominated for more than one paper, the student must choose the paper on which the nomination package will be developed.

Application package instructions

The nominee must include the following in his/her award application package and send it via email to the Awards Committee (UFbiologyawards@gmail.com):

  • The manuscript or publication (can be photocopy, pdf, or original)
  • If the paper is “in press”, a letter from the journal editor/publisher attesting to that fact
  • a list of other publications of the nominee
  • a letter from the nominee, explaining the significance of the work and stating why the work qualifies for consideration
  • a second letter of recommendation, solicited by the nominee, from a faculty member (may be from another institution) who is qualified to evaluate the scientific merit of the paper, to be sent directly to the Awards Committee via email (UFbiologyawards@gmail.com).
Who may nominate:
  • A Biology faculty member
  • A Biology graduate student
  • The nominee her/himself
How to nominate:

Send a letter of nomination by e-mail to the Biology Awards Committee (UFbiologyawards@gmail.com), along with the nominator’s contact information. The Awards Committee will then solicit further information from the nominee.

Elements that should be addressed in the letter of nomination include:

  • impact on field, importance
  • theoretical motivation
  • creativity, originality
  • clarity/writing
  • study design and approach
  • demonstration of scholarship (including statement of the literature and state of the field)
  • quality of journal (e.g., impact factor)
Deadlines
  • The deadline to submit nominations is November 17, 2017.
  • The deadline to submit the application package is December 15, 2017.

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Department of Biology Graduate Student Teaching Award

Purpose

This award recognizes graduate students in the Department of Biology who excel in their teaching. The name of the selected individual will be engraved on a plaque that is on display in the Biology office. If funding is available, a small monetary award will also be included.

Who may nominate:
  • A Biology faculty member
  • A Biology graduate student
  • An undergraduate graduate student
  • The nominee her/himself
How to nominate:

Send a letter of nomination by e-mail to the Awards Committee (UFbiologyawards@gmail.com). Include the course number and term and detail the basis on which nomination is being made. The Biology Graduate Awards Committee will then solicit further information from the nominee.

Eligibility and Criteria

All Biology graduate students who taught during spring, summer, or fall of the current year (2015) are eligible.

Application package instructions

The Teaching Award package should include the following and be sent to the awards committee via email (UFbiologyawards@gmail.com):

  • Teaching evaluation summary (summaries) for the appropriate course/s and semester (photocopies are acceptable).
  • A list of all courses taught while a graduate student at UF (include course number and term taught).
  • A statement by the nominee of her/his teaching philosophy.
  • A second letter (solicited by the nominee) supporting the nomination. This letter should be from a faculty member familiar with the teaching of the nominee. If the original nomination does not come from the faculty member in charge of the course, this second letter must come from that person and must include a detailed evaluation of the performance of the nominee in the course. This letter should be sent directly to the Awards Committee chair (UFbiologyawards@gmail.com).
Deadlines
  • The deadline to submit nominations is November 17, 2017.
  • The deadline to submit the application package is December 15, 2017.

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Department of Biology Graduate Student Service Award

This award honors a Biology graduate student who, over the past year, gave noteworthy and extraordinary service to the Department or University. Nominees may be students in officially recognized positions, committee members who have gone above and beyond their job descriptions, students who have volunteered significant time and energy to activities unacknowledged by a specific job title, (e.g., event organizers, dedicated participants of curricular and extracurricular Department functions), or students who shared unique skills/training for the betterment of the Department and its members. The name of the selected individual will be engraved on a plaque that is on display in the Biology office. If funding is available, a small monetary award will also be included.

Eligibility and Criteria

Biology graduate students whose service activities took place while a graduate student in the Department of Biology at University of Florida are eligible.

Application package instructions

The nominee must include the following in his/her application package. Submit the package to the awards committee via email (UFbiologyawards@gmail.com):

  • Supporting letters. If the original nomination is not from a faculty member at least one supporting letter must be from a faculty member. These letters should be from individuals who are qualified to evaluate the service contributions of the nominee. The letters are to be solicited by the nominee. Have the writers send the letters to the Awards Committee chair (UFbiologyawards@gmail.com).
  • A statement by the nominee regarding her/his motivation for service activities, and particularly those for which the nomination was made.
  • A list of other service activities in which the nominee has participated while a graduate student at University of Florida.
  • Service activities to be considered include all of those that the candidate has engaged in while a graduate student in the Department of Biology at UF.
Who may nominate:
  • A Biology faculty member
  • A graduate student
  • An undergraduate student
  • The nominee her/himself
How to nominate:

Send a letter of nomination by e-mail to the Biology Awards Committee (UFbiologyawards@gmail.com), along with the nominator’s contact information. The Awards Committee will solicit further information from the nominee.

Deadlines
  • The deadline to submit nominations is November 17, 2017.
  • The deadline to submit the application package is December 15, 2017.

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Department of Biology Graduate Student Mentoring Award

This award honors a Biology graduate student who, over the past year, was an extraordinary mentor to any student conducting research. The name of the selected individual will be engraved on a plaque that is on display in the Biology office. If funding is available, a small monetary award will also be included.

Eligibility and Criteria

Biology graduate students whose period of mentoring took place while a graduate student in the Department of Biology at University of Florida are eligible.

Application package instructions

The nominee must include the following in his/her application package. Submit the package to the awards committee via email (UFbiologyawards@gmail.com):

  • Supporting letters. If the original nomination is not from a faculty member at least one supporting letter must be from a faculty member. These letters should be from individuals who are qualified to evaluate the mentoring contribution of the nominee. The letters are to be solicited by the nominee. Have the writers send the letters to the Awards Committee chair (UFbiologyawards@gmail.com).
  • A statement by the nominee regarding her/his motivation for mentoring students.
  • A statement by the nominee regarding her/his philosophy on mentoring.
  • A list of other mentoring positions in which the nominee has participated while a graduate student at University of Florida.
  • The periods of mentoring to be considered include all of those that the candidate has engaged in while a graduate student in the Department of Biology at UF.
Who may nominate:
  • A Biology faculty member
  • A graduate student
  • An undergraduate student
  • The nominee her/himself
How to nominate:

Send a letter of nomination by e-mail to the Biology Awards Committee (UFbiologyawards@gmail.com), along with the nominator’s contact information. The Awards Committee will solicit further information from the nominee.

Deadlines:
  • The deadline to submit nominations is November 17, 2017.
  • The deadline to submit the application package is December 15, 2017.

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