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Fellowships and Awards

Fellowships

Frederick J. Bollum Award

The Frederick J. Bollum Award is given annually to a graduate student whose thesis research focuses on molecular biology. This award is administered by the Minnesota Medical Foundation, is open to any BMBB graduate student but is designed to recognize particularly noteworthy findings concerning the biology of nucleic acid structure, function, regulation or any aspect of gene expression.

Charles Carr / William Peterson Award

The Carr-Peterson Award is presented to a BMBB graduate student whose research emphasizes metabolism and regulation. This award is administered by the Minnesota Medical Foundation and is in recognition of the careers of BMBB emeritus faculty member Charles Carr and his student William Peterson. Applicants should submit a statement no longer than one page describing their thesis work.

Ross A. Gortner Award

The Ross A. Gortner Award is given to an advanced graduate student in recognition of high quality scholarly contributions. The award sponsored by the University of Minnesota Foundation, emphasizes the areas of enzymology and/or protein chemistry and is given to a BMBB graduate student in recognition of consistent, high quality research as measured by their publication record. Applicants should submit a one-page synopsis of their thesis research.  

Thomas Reid Award

The Thomas Reid Award is given to recognize novelty and innovation in graduate research. Reid initiated life science research and development at 3M and an alumnus of the University of Minnesota. He was presented with the Alumni Society Outstanding Achievement Award in 1998. The Thomas Reid Award is administered by the University of Minnesota Foundation and is open to any BMBB graduate student. The award will recognize original or groundbreaking work and also can be applied to a research contribution that focuses on techniques or methodologies that are particularly new or likely to lead to significant changes in how research in a particular field is conducted. Applicants should submit a copy of a published or "in press" manuscript considered particularly significant along with a one-page cover letter describing their research and how it has, or will, impact their field.

Armstrong-Pothapragada Graduate Fellowship

The Armstrong-Pothapragada Graduate Fellowship is supported through the generous contributions of Dr. Venkateswarlu Pothapragada. This fellowship will be given to a full-time BMBB graduate student who is in good standing and shows potential in their chosen field. The fellowship is aimed at promoting a diverse student body, and preference will be given to students with a strong interest in and connection to the country of India.

Victor Bloomfield Graduate Fellowship in Molecular Biophysics

The Bloomfield Graduate Fellowship in Molecular Biophysics has been established through the generous contribution of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics Professor Victor Bloomfield. This endowed fund shall be used to attract and retain highly talented students in the BMBB graduate program who are conducting research in Structural Biology or Biophysics. The fellowship may be used as an incentive package to a highly desirable student. In addition to the standard nomination materials, submit a research profile of the applicant along with an additional letter of support from a BMBB faculty member.

Arnold H. Johnson Fellowship

The Arnold H. Johnson Fellowship honors Dr. Arnold Johnson one of the country's outstanding contributors to the fields of nutrition and food technology. The purposes of this fellowship is to provide an independent source of funds to investigate new ideas and establish new ground for important work rather than supplementing already well-funded areas. An award will be given to a BMBB graduate student pursuing innovative research in the areas of nutrition and food technology. Applicants should submit a one-page description of their thesis research and additional letter of support from a BMBB faculty member.

Huber Warner Fellowship in Molecular Biology

The Huber Warner Fellowship in Molecular Biology is supported by the generous contribution of Professor Huber Warner who is a former faculty member in biochemistry and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Biological Sciences. This fellowship will be given to a student in the BMBB graduate program who works in the area of molecular biology. Preference will be given to a student working on mechanisms of aging. The applicant should submit a one-page statement describing their thesis work.

Cyrus Barnum Teaching Awards

Award will be given to BMBB graduate student in the name of Cyrus Barnum in recognition of excellence in teaching. The award may be for any aspect of the teaching experience including tutorials, lab classes or traditional classroom activities but may not be awarded to individuals for mentoring undergraduates in research within a faculty member's laboratory. The application materials must include a letter of nomination by the faculty member in charge of the course and be accompanied by course evaluations or student-derived commentary on the performance of the nominee as a teaching assistant.

Postdoctoral Fellow Awards

Paul D. Boyer-James B. Peter Award

The Boyer-Peter Award is given to a postdoctoral fellow (up to 5 years post-Ph.D.) who has made significant research contributions in any area of biochemistry under the direction of a BMBB faculty member. The award is funded by an endowment established by Nobel Prize winner and former faculty member, Paul D. Boyer, as well as his postdoctoral fellow, James B. Peter, in recognition of the many contributions postdoctoral fellows made to his research career. The recipient will present a departmental seminar to the faculty, staff and students as well as invited guests.

Please contact your program coordinator or DGS to learn more about BMBB fellowships and awards.