Department of Integrative Biology Funding

General Departmental Funds

Deadlines

  • March 1st: Last day to request departmental funds 
  • June 30th: Last day for expenditure of awarded funds, unless special arrangements are made (e.g., fall professional meetings)

Purpose

General departmental funds to support research and professional development. The Department of Integrative Biology has a small pool for funds to support Ph.D. and Plan A Master's students' professional development and research. Most awards are $200.

Eligibility

Students are eligible to apply for these general department funds twice during their time in the Department of Integrative Biology. Priority is given to support travel to scientific meetings to present research results.

Guidelines for Requesting Departmental Support

  1. Submit a one-page cover letter to the current Director of Graduate Studies describing the research you are currently pursuing, and how you intend to utilize funds awarded. Please do not submit requests directly to the department chairperson. 
  2. A summary budget and a brief justification of major budget items. 
  3. If you will seek funds to attend a professional meeting, you should attach an abstract of the paper you will present there, as well as a photocopy of the meeting announcement, stating dates, location, etc. 
  4. All University business related travel (seminars, conferences, field research, etc.) must be authorized in advance of departure. Contact Sue Platte before travel at 432-9817 or by email at plattes@msu.edu

After supplies have been received or travel has been completed, give all receipts and used air tickets directly to Sue Platte in 203 Natural Science.

 

George J. Wallace and Martha C. Wallace Endowed Scholarship Award

George J. Wallace Photo

Background

Learn more about George J. Wallace.

Deadline

Applications must be submitted by the second Monday in February by 5 p.m. (new deadline as of 2015).

Purpose

For graduate students working with birds.

Eligibility

This award is intended to encourage students who have demonstrated:

  • The capacity to achieve educational and professional goals.
  • The motivation to achieve these goals.
  • The initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.

The applicants should be graduate level students (in exceptional cases, advanced undergraduate students will be considered), have an exceptional academic record, and be pursuing a Master's or Doctoral program in avian research. Preference will be given to specialties in behavioral, ecological or systematic research on birds.

How to Apply

Application information and materials available for download (updated Dec 22, 2014):

For questions regarding this form, contact:

Dr. Fred C. Dyer
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Integrative Biology
 203 Natural Science Building
 (517) 432-9818
 fcdyer@msu.edu

Past Winners

The 2017 George J. Wallace and Martha C. Wallace Endowed Scholarship Award winner is Randy Knapik. View the complete list of Wallace winners.

 

Dr. Marvin Hensley Endowed Scholarship in Zoology

Dr. Marvin Hensley Photo

Deadline

Application for the scholarship is during the spring semester.

Purpose 

The scholarship was established to further the disciplines of zoological and biological science. Its goal is to provide financial support for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing an education in vertebrate zoology with emphasis on field study. One undergraduate and one graduate scholarship are awarded each year. Selection of the recipient(s) will be made in the spring of each year with the award being paid for the upcoming Fall. The amount of the graduate student award in 2009 was $8,900. The scholarship is administered by the Department of Integrative Biology.

Eligibility

Graduate recipients shall be chosen on the following basis:

  • Enrolled in graduate studies in the Department of Integrative Biology, and maintain graduate standing consistent with college requirements throughout the proposed project period.
  • An outstanding academic record. 
  • Studying a topic related to vertebrate biology with emphasis on field research. 
  • Financial needs will be considered. 
  • Renewable for up to three years on advisor's view of satisfactory progress. 

How to Apply

Application packet should include:

  • Copies of all university transcripts.
  • Description of the research project (include the duration of project). This document should be limited to two double-spaced pages. 
  • Letter of recommendation from your advisor. 
  • Copy of the projected budget (include such requests as travel, equipment, lodging, service costs, software, etc.). 
Applications should be submitted to:

Dr. Fred C. Dyer
Director of Graduate Studies
Department of Integrative Biology
 203 Natural Science Building
 (517) 432-9818
 fcdyer@msu.edu

Past Winners

The 2017 Dr. Marvin Hensley Endowed Scholarship in Zoology (graduate student) winner is Tracy Montgomery. View the complete list of Hensley (Graduate) winners.

 

John R. Shaver, Ph.D. Graduate Student Fund in Zoology

    Dr. John Shaver Photo

    Deadline

    Announced in March or early April.

    Purpose

    John R. Shaver, who served on the faculty of our department from 1956 to 1981, created this endowment to express his support for a strong graduate program in Zoology. These funds can be used for (but are not limited to) supplementary or summer stipends, research-related travel, and research supplies. We expect to make three to four merit-based awards each spring in amounts ranging from $1000-2000.

    Eligibility

    Graduate students in the Department of Integrative Biology seeking financial support for their dissertation research.

    How to Apply

    Required application materials:

    • A project description not to exceed two double-spaced pages (references may appear on additional pages) of 12-point font. 
    • A budget and budget justification. 
    • A curriculum vitae. 
    • A brief letter of endorsement from the major professor.

    Submit all application materials to Lisa Craft (craftl@msu.edu) before the deadline.

    For questions regarding applying, contact:
     
    Dr. Fred C. Dyer
    Director of Graduate Studies
    Department of Integrative Biology
     203 Natural Science Building
     (517) 432-9818
     fcdyer@msu.edu

    Past Winners

    The 2017 John R. Shaver, Ph.D. Graduate Student Fund in Zoology winners are Savvas Constantinou, Lauren Koenig, Abhijna Parigi, and Patric Vaelli. View the complete list of Shaver winners.