The Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC) is responsible for awarding departmental financial support, including assistantships and fellowships. The Training Grant Committee is responsible for appointments to the training grant. GAC also makes nominations for all university-wide awards. Each February, all students, regardless of their source of support, must submit a progress report in order to remain a student in good standing.

NIH Training Grant

All first-thru-third year doctoral students eligible for NIH training grant support should apply each year for continued or new support on this grant for the following year. Criteria appropriate to the stage of student training will be used in selection of trainees. These criteria will include class performance, research accomplishments (particularly as documented by publications and research presentations at meetings), teaching accomplishments, and overall participation in the graduate program of the department (e.g., attendance at seminars, participation in recruitment, and leadership).

Outside Fellowships and Awards

All graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply for stipend support from governmental and private organizations. Predoctoral fellowships are offered by the National Science Foundation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, the National Institutes of Health, and the Ford Foundtion. The Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid of Research program has smaller amounts of research money available.

Additionally, doctoral candidates in our department have done a great job in recent years landing NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants.

Alton and Bishop Fellowships

All doctoral candidates will be considered for support by the Kirby and Jan Alton Graduate Fellowship and the Linton and June Bishop Graduate Fellowship for the following year. Selection criteria will be based primarily on research accomplishments as documented by published papers, manuscripts submitted, research presentations, and research grants applied for and awarded.

Robin Hightower Genetics Graduate Support Fund

All graduate students are eligible to apply for support by the Robin Hightower Genetics Graduate Support Fund. This competitive award is based on a proposal for improving student research or dissemination of research. Support may include research, travel, field work, and other expenses. The recipient(s) shall be in good academic standing and have innovative ideas and a strong work ethic. A call for applications is made each spring by the graduate coordinator.

Mote Graduate Support Fund for Genetics / Medical Research

All doctoral candidates will be considered for support by the Mote Graduate Support Fund for Genetics / Medical Research for the following year. The Fund is to support a graduate student(s) in genetics/medical research. The recipient(s) shall be in good academic standing, have innovative ideas, a strong work ethic and a creative mind.

Mary E. Case Award for Excellence in Teaching

The Mary E. Case Award for Excellence in Teaching honors students who have made a substantial contribution to the education mission of the Genetics department. The award can be applied toward your research and/or professional development. A call for applications is made each spring by the graduate coordinator.

Dissertation Completion Award

Doctoral students in their final year of study are eligible for a Dissertation Completion Assistantship from the Graduate School, which provides financial support for the final 10 months of doctoral work. To be considered for nomination, a student's major professor must inform the Graduate Affairs Committee early in February. Successful nominees typically have already shown academic excellence, have published or received external awards, and are clearly close to completion. Keep in mind when you consider applying for this award that at the completion of the assistantship award, the student must have finished the dissertation and graduated.

Competitive Internal Research Awards

James L. Carmon Scholarship

A $4,000 academic year scholarship awarded each fall to a graduate student whose dissertation/thesis research reflects state-of-the-art utilization of computer and/or networking technology in the sciences or creative arts.

Graduate Student Excellence in Research Award

Administered by the Graduate School, this award recognizes the quality and significance of graduate student research. Five awards are given annually in the amount of $1,000.

Robert C. Anderson Memorial Award

For excellence in research to a recent graduate of the UGA Graduate School. Two awards of $1,000 are made annually, usually one in natural science, the other in any other field.