The Graduate Affairs Committee (GAC) is responsible for awarding departmental financial support, including Traineeships, Research/Teaching Assistantships and Fellowships. GAC also makes nominations for all University-wide fellowships. 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 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

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.

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 for support by the Robin Hightower Genetics Graduate Support Fund. The purpose of the Fund is to provide support for graduate students within the Department. 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.

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.