Scholarships and Awards

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GDCB recognizes the achievements of graduate students in the GDCB home department through scholarship and awards.  Visit the GDCB Scholarships and Awards web page for a complete list of graduate students recognized at the annual spring GDCB Luncheon.

GDCB Graduate Students
2013 Travel Awardees Recognized at GDCB
Spring 2013 Recognition Luncheon

David Gladson Scholarship

The endowed scholarship was established in memory of David Gladson, who battled Multiple Sclerosis most of his life, and the scholarship supports studies that are potentially applicable to cures for existing neurological disorders. To learn more about David Gladson and this scholarship see the article excerpted here from the GDCB Newsletter (Vol. 2, No. 1, Spring 2006).

George Knaphus College Teaching Fellowship

Purpose:  The departments of GDCB and EEOB, with financial support from the Knaphus family, jointly offer a summer teaching fellowship commemorating one of our finest-ever biology teachers, Dr. George Knaphus.  The intent of this fellowship is to aid in the development of excellent college biology teachers by providing an in-depth mentored teaching experience at the college level.

Eligibility:  Applicants for this fellowship must be current graduate students in either GDCB or EEOB.  Preference will be given to individuals in Ph.D. programs, to individuals participating in the Preparing Future Faculty program, and to individuals nearing completion of their Ph.D. studies.
Nature of Award: The successful applicant will be provided with two months (~ 15 May to 15 July) salary.
Application and Deadline: During spring semester. Recipient announced in early April.

Sui Tong Chan Fung Fund Travel Award

(see Helpful Links for details)

Purpose:  Award competition to encourage GDCB graduate students to attend and present their research results at scientific meetings
Eligibility:  GDCB graduate student studying genetics
Nature of Award:  $500 reimbursement for travel expenses
Number of Awards:  varies – given in fall and spring semester
Criteria: Research matches donor requirements; quality of research presented; national as opposed to regional meeting; progress in graduate program; number of previous departmental travel awards received.

Dale W. Young and W.E. Loomis Fund Travel Award

(see Helpful Links for details)

Purpose: award competition to encourage GDCB graduate students to attend and present their research results at scientific meetings
Eligibility:  GDCB graduate student studying plant physiology
Nature of Award:  $500 reimbursement for travel expenses
Number of Awards:  varies – given in fall and spring semester
Criteria: Research matches donor requirements; quality of research presented; national as opposed to regional meeting; progress in graduate program; number of previous departmental travel awards received.

Other Scholarship Opportunities Inside and Outside Iowa State University

Biotechnology Fellowship

Graduate College Awards Programs

GDCB TEX/REX Nomination Form

Graduate Minority Assistantships (GMAP)

Professional Advancement Grants (PAG).  For travel to scientific meetings.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Scholarships

CELT Preparing Future Faculty Program

The PFF program supplements departmental graduate preparation by offering new teaching, mentoring, and learning possibilities, which give postdoctoral fellows, Ph.D. students, and master’s students further credentialing for a competitive academic job market.

The Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program.  The Department of Defense’s National Defense Education Program SMART Scholarship Program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Brain and Cognitive Sciences, and Mathematics.

All graduate students are encouraged to seek graduate fellowships from federal agencies such as the National Research Council of the National Academies, National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health. Grants Net Is a one-stop resource to find funds for research and training in the sciences. This service is completely free. Research support is also available from most professional societies and sources such as the Sigma Xi. Scholarship Help provides general discussion of scholarships and the application process.