Scholarships for Biology Graduate Students

The Department of Biology administers endowed awards that are exclusively for graduate students in the M.S. Program in Biology as well as the Patrick Doyle Memorial Graduate Student Research Fund.  These awards are intended to support thesis research and travel to and from field sites or scientific meetings and summer stipends.  For a description of each award, see below.

Graduate Scholarships

How to apply:  To apply for one or more merit-based Biology Graduate Student endowed scholarships, you must complete this applicationOnly one application is required, regardless of the funding request.

Sarah F. Barlow Scholarship – Awarded to a graduate teaching assistant who plans to teach at the secondary or college level. Must have one semester of experience.  Past recipients

Mary C. Dunn Honorarium – Awarded to a biology graduate student. Past recipients

Charles Holland Memorial Scholarship – Awarded to a senior continuing in the Graduate School at MTSU.  Past recipients

Padgett Kelly Research Scholarship – Awarded to student to support summer studies or field research in ecology or conservation biology.  Past recipients

Brian Miller Graduate – Awarded to a second-year graduate student to support research conducting field studies on Herpetology or Biospeleology in Tennessee.  Past recipients

Dennis Mullen Vertebrate Biology/Aquatic Ecology – Awarded to graduate student engaged in research in the fields of Vertebrate Biology or Aquatic Ecology for the purchase of equipment, supplies and in support of travel to and from research sites.  Past recipients

John A. Patten Biological Field Station – Awarded to a biology major of sophomore or above standing to support summer study.  Past recipients

Stephen M. Wright Research – Awarded to student associated with research in microbiology or biotechnology.  Past recipients


The Patrick Doyle Memorial Graduate Student Research Fund

Dr. Patrick Doyle joined the Biology Department in 1966 and retired in 2002.  During his teaching career, Patrick received many honors, including MTSU Outstanding Teacher Award, MTSU Outstanding Public Service Award, and the Tennessee Lifetime Achievement Award.  He initiated the recycling program at MTSU in 1972 with the proceeds establishing numerous scholarships.  Countless students have benefited from the scholarships, which fund student travel, research, participation in summer field station programs, and meritorious achievement in the classroom.  In 1999, he was awarded the Points of Light and was honored at the White House in 2000 where he received the highest public service award our nation bestows on an individual which was presented by President Clinton.  He had served as a Trustee of the MTSU Foundation and had been honored as an MTSU Distinguished Alumni.

How to apply:  The following awards are available through this fund.  Requests will require a curriculum vita, research proposal, a letter of recommendation from a faculty mentor and the name of a specific award that best applies to the request.

Kurt Blum – Awarded to a biology major of sophomore or above standing with an interest in botany.  Past recipients

William H. Butler, Jr. Graduate – Awarded to provide support for expenses associated with thesis research.  Past recipients

George Davis – Awarded to a non-traditional biology major of sophomore standing or above.  Must have been out of college for at least four years.  Past recipients

John DuBois – Awarded to provide student travel support for paper presentations at scientific meetings.  Past recipients

J. L. Fletcher Graduate – Awarded to a beginning biology graduate student.  Past recipients

Thomas Hemmerly Graduate – Awarded to provide financial assistance to biology graduate students to defray costs associated with their research.  Past recipients

Charles R. McGhee – Awarded to a biology major of junior, senior or graduate standing seeking licensure to teach science in secondary education.  Past recipients

George G. Murphy – Awarded to students to purchase supplies or support travel associated with research projects.  Past recipients

J. Gerald Parchment Biological Field Station – Awarded to biology major of sophomore or above standing for summer study at any field station.  Past recipients

Marion Wells – Awarded to a graduate student to provide support for thesis research conducted during summer months.  Past recipients

John Zamora – Awarded to support graduate students with expenses associated with their thesis work.  Past recipients


MS Biology Summer Awards

Information on how/when students apply and what they will need to submit along with the application.

The Biology Department funded stipends for four graduate students to support summer research.

Cynthia Chappell Graduate Stipend for Summer Support – Awarded to provide a summer research stipend for one graduate student in the first year of the Biology master’s program.