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BMB Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Scholar Awards Applications

Contact information for questions:

BMB Awards Committee Chair Kristin Parent kparent@msu.edu
BMB Academic Program Coordinator Jessica Lawrence jesslaw@msu.edu

BMB offers five graduate student awards and two postdoctoral scholar awards.  All are faculty-nominated awards. Eligibility requirements are provided in each of the award descriptions. Applications for these awards are also provided below.


Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Outstanding Graduate Student Research Award
Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award
Jack Throck Watson Graduate Fellowship
Dr. Richard U. and Claire M. Byerrum Endowed Fellowship


Oustanding Postdoctoral Scholar Award

Clarence Suelter Endowed Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

New in 2022, this award is open to any postdoctoral researcher (received PhD within the last five years) working in a BMB faculty member's laboratory. The award will recognize outstanding postdoctoral accomplishments and also encourage and support career development. In addition to a $3,000 award to the recipient, up to $5,000 will be made available for a career development opportunity. Career development activities may include: intensive training courses, workshops on teaching, career coaching fees, and other opportunities that a PI would not be expected to fund.

The application process for the Clarence Suelter Award is:
Prepare a CV along with an essay describing how the selected opportunity will advance your career goals. A single pdf should be submitted to the awards chair, kparent@msu.edu by Friday, February 23, 2024.

Once a recipient is selected for the award, the PI of the postdoctoral fellow must sign an acknowledgement stating the additional career development will be supported, as it will take time away from the postdoctoral fellow’s main lab duties. It is a good idea to discuss this ahead of time with your PI.


Notice: The application period for these awards will open on February 1, 2024 and will remain open until 5 pm on Friday, February 23, 2024.

BMB Graduate Student Award Application Spring 2024

BMB Postdoctoral Scholar Award Application Spring 2024