Departmental Graduate Scholarships and Awards

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Each fall, the Graduate Office will notify students when applications will be accepted for consideration. Award announcements will be made at the annual departmental awards ceremony.

The deadline for faculty nominations is September 21.

Applications will open September 1 with a September 30 deadline.

Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards

Graduate Student Publication
Menzel Fellowship (faculty nominated)
Thrower Scholarship (Graduate)

Research Support Awards

Godfrey Plant Science Scholarship
Gramling Marine Biology Award
Trott Scholarship (Graduate)

Travel Awards

Bennison Scholarship
Loftin Endowment
Short Fellowship in Zoology (Graduate)

Brenda Bennison Scholarship

Award: up to $750

The Brenda Weems Bennison Memorial Scholarship in Graduate Studies provides support for the awardee's participation in an off-campus training program specialized course or organized research experience.

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Robert Godfrey Scholarship

Award: up to $1,000

Nominations by Faculty.

Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled graduate students conducting research in plant science involving crucial field and/or herbarium study.

Application Items:

  • Nominated by faculty

  • Nominated student should submit an up-to-date CV

  • One-page description of research project with a statement on intended use of the award

  • a detailed budget


Robert K. Godfrey (1911–2000) pictured here carrying a plant press in a rain shower, Trinidad Hills at Mina Carlota, Cuba, 1940. Photo by Walter H. Hodge.




Graduate Student Publication Award

Award: $500

The Graduate Student Publication Award (Faculty Graduate Endowed Scholarship) has been established to recognize outstanding publications by graduate students. An award will be presented annually to a Department of Biological Science graduate student who is the first or sole author of an outstanding paper reporting research conducted at Florida State University. The objective of this award is to honor graduate students who produce outstanding papers and to encourage students to publish their work before completion of their degree. This award has been endowed with royalties received for departmental faculty publications.

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Jack Winn Gramling Award in Marine Biology

Award: up to $6000

Provide support for a year while the student is engaged in marine research or to defray expenses associated with that research.

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Horace Loftin Endowment

Award: up to $1000

The Horace Loftin Endowment was established to provide travel support to graduate students for their initial visit to the neotropical environment to conduct field research. Preference will be given to but not limited to travel to the Republic of Panama for fieldwork through the University's Panama facilities.

Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled graduate students.

Selection Criteria:

  • Preference will be given to but not limited to travel to the Republic of Panama for fieldwork through the University's Panama facilities.

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  • Brief statement summarizing research program and describing how this particular off-campus experience will contribute to your research and to your ultimate career goals

  • Letter from advisor detailing how participation in this field experience will contribute to the student's research program


Dr. Horace Loftin pinpoints Panama research station (1969).




Margaret Menzel Fellowship

Award: up to $1000

The award recognizes graduate students outstanding progress in their research. Recipients may use the award to attend a scientific meeting or for any other purpose that will advance their careers. Nominated by faculty.

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  • Advanced Biological Science doctoral students.

Selection Criteria:

  • The Menzel committee receives nominations from faculty and makes selection.

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  • Nominated by faculty. Nominated student should submit an up-to-date CV and a copy of their most recent or significant publication.

Dr. Margaret Menzel




Robert B. Short Fellowship in Zoology (Graduate)

Award: up to $1,000

The Robert B. Short Scholarship in Zoology will support the awardee's participation in an off-campus organized research experience or training program or specialized course of study such as are offered at the Duke University Marine Station the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory or the Mountain Lake Biological Station. Selection of the awardee is based on academic qualifications demonstrated interest in a career in zoology unmet expenses associated with participation in the program and the relevance of the proposed off-campus experience to the applicant's biological and career interests.

Eligibility:

  • Currently enrolled graduate students or advanced undergraduate majors in Biological Science who demonstrate an interest in zoology as a career.

Selection Criteria:

  • Academic performance including research. Evidence of aptitude and compete. Financial need. Relevance of the off-campus experience to applicant's career goals.

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  • Candidate's statement on academic and research interests and career plans

  • FSU transcript (undergraduates only)

  • Curriculum vita (graduate students only)

  • Statement of costs and financial resources

  • Description of off-campus program or short course

  • Letter of evaluation from faculty


Professor Robert B. Short and graduate assistant doing research in parasitic worms (1956).




Ben and Karen Thrower Scholarship

Award: $500

A scholarship of $500 will be awarded each fall term to provide support for a graduate student within the Department of Biological Science.

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Lamar and Edith Trott Scholarship

Award: up to $3,000

This scholarship provides up to $1000 for an undergraduate or up to $3000 for a graduate student to do research. The funds may be used for travel to a research site, supplies, data analysis or anything else needed for the student to conduct their research. Preference will be given to students who need the funds for the actual conduct of research rather than to attend a research-related workshop or training program.

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