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Awa​rds


Arnold K​​ent Balls Award

This award was established in 1969 to honor the memory of Professor A.K. Balls (1891-1966) whose scientific achievements and personal virtues have made biochemistry a richer discipline.  

Eligibility:

  • Faculty nomination
  • BCHM graduate student within 12 months of completion of program

 Application criteria:

  • A current C.V. (including a complete list of publications, with journal impact factor and your role in the study)
  • An electronic copy of each published paper or submitted manuscript (if not yet published)
  •  A one-page narrative describing the significance of your scientific contributions to your field and to the broader scientific community.
  •  All documents combined into one pdf and uploaded here: AK Balls Upload

If selected:

  • Cash award
  • Student name engraved on plaque in BCHM 101
  • Recipient may be asked to present a talk at the BCHM research retreat in August
  • Recognition at BCHM Award Reception

Application deadline: 


Beac​h Travel Award

Established in 2006 from the Beach Family Endowment. The award is given twice a year to a graduate student to help defray the costs of attending a scientific meeting.

Eligibility:

  • All BCHM graduate students (regardless of program affiliation)
  • Student must present research at a national meeting
  • Past winners may apply more than once. ​Higher priority will be given to applicants who have submitted or published papers since coming to Purdue and students who have passed their preliminary exam.

 Application criteria:

  • Cover page located here: Beach Cover Page
  • Application approval by major professor
  • An essay of 200 words or less explaining the significance of your work to the participants of this conference and the goals you hope to achieve by attending the meeting
  • The meeting abstract including all authors in the official order 
  •  A current C.V. (not the annual graduate student progress report)​
  •  All documents combined into one pdf and uploaded here: Beach Travel Upload

If selected:

  • Cash award to defray the costs of attending a scientific conference that requires registration between January and June
  • Recognition at BCHM Award Reception

Application deadline:


Bilsl​and Dissertation Fellowship

The College of Agriculture in conjunction with the Graduate School provides Bilsland Dissertation Fellowships to assist graduate students who are within the final year of completing their Ph.D. degree.

Eligibility:

  • BCHM grad student whose research has resulted in scholarly contributions to their respective fields in the form of one or more publications or manuscripts in press
  • BCHM graduate student within 12 months of completion of program

 Application criteria:

  • Cover sheet located here: Bilsland Cover Page
  • Faculty nomination
  • Purdue graduate transcript
  • Current formal C.V. (not your progress report) that includes research publications, teaching activities (formal and informal), service and leadership, honors and awards and a short summary of research progress (250-300 words)
  •  A brief statement addressing the need for the award.
  • Nomination letter from your major professor addressing your academic and scholarly achievements:​Include an explanation for any U and/or I grade received, student’s performance over the duration of their grad career, student’s potential, need for the funding and indicate that student will attain degree at the end of the fellowship period
  • All documents combined into one pdf and uploaded here: Bilsland Upload

If selected:

  • The award provides funds for graduate support to be used in fall, spring or summer semesters
  • Recognition at BCHM Award Reception

Application deadline:

 

​Bird S​tair

The purpose of Bird Stair Fellowships in the Department of Biochemistry is to promote the research success of students in the department.

Eligibility:

Bird Stair Support Fellowships* Students in labs without federal support may apply for these fellowships on a semi-annual basis. Qualifying students will be awarded a Bird Stair Fellowship in the amount of up to $4000 per six month period (subject to annual review by the Head of the Department of Biochemistry).

Bird Stair Research Fellowships* Students or student teams may apply for these fellowships on a semi-annual basis. Qualifying students or teams will be awarded a Bird Stair Fellowship in the amount of up to $5,000 per student (subject to annual review by the Head of the Department of Biochemistry) to pursue independent or collaborative research opportunities.

  • Past winners may apply again
  • For all BCHM graduate students regardless of program affiliation

Application criteria:

  • Cover sheet located here: Bird Stair Cover Page
  •  Applications must be approved by your major professor and department head
  • A current C.V. (not the annual graduate student progress report)
  •  A one-page synopsis of your current research (for Bird Stair Support Fellowships) or a 2 page research proposal outlining your current research and how this fellowship would accelerate your research or allow you to take it in a different and perhaps collaborative direction (for Bird Stair Research Fellowship)
  • All documents combined into one pdf and uploaded here: Bird Stair Upload

If selected:

Students who are awarded Bird Stair Fellowships will be allocated funds to be used to support their graduate research. Such funds will be held in an account by the Business Office of the Department of Biochemistry to pay for supplies and expenses (S&E) incurred in the course of the student’s research.

Application deadline: ​​


Don​ Carlson Award

This award was established in 2011 and is made annually to a postdoctoral fellow, research associate or staff scientist who has recently made a significant contribution to a laboratory.

Eligibility:
  • All postdoctoral fellows, research associates, and staff scientists including Academic Professional staff
  • Contributions to scientific research papers can only be considered once a manuscript has been accepted for publication by a peer-reviewed journal. 
  • Factors that will be taken into account when selecting an awardee based upon authorship of a paper will include to what extent the nominee has contributed to the work and how significant the findings of the paper are to the field of scientific study. 
          Additional factors that will be taken into account when selecting an awardee will include 
                  1) evidence of impact of mentoring of grad/undergraduate students who contribute to a manuscript/poster
                  2) contribution to the instructional mission of the department 
                  3) service to the department

Application criteria:
  • Letter of recommendation
  • A current C.V. (not the annual graduate student progress report)
  • Supporting material (papers, abstracts, reports, manuscripts, etc)
  • All documents combined into one pdf and uploaded here:​ Don Carlson Upload
If selected:
  • Cash award
  • Name engraved on plaque in BCHM foyer
  • Recognition at BCHM Award Reception
Application deadline: ​​


Henry M​oses Award​

Established in 2008 by Dr. Bradley Sheares and his wife Adrienne Simmons to honor fellow Purdue Department of Biochemistry alumnus Dr. Henry Moses for his contributions to research, education and service. This award is given annually to a graduate student in the Department of Biochemistry based on a scientific paper that the applicant has authored that demonstrates his/her productivity and excellence in scientific research.

Eligibility:

  • Scientific research papers are eligible once they have been accepted for publication by a peer-reviewed journal. The considerations that will be taken into account when selecting an awardee are:
            1) ​how early the student has published the paper during his/her doctoral training
            2) to what extent the student has contributed to the work
            3) how significant the findings of the paper are to the specific field of scientific study and to society at large
  • The basis of this award is to recognize a student for an early publication. Therefore, strong preference will be given to students who have published a paper in the early stages of their graduate careers and are first or co-first author.
  • It is expected that a student submit an application within one year following the date that a paper becomes eligible.
  • Once a student has been given this award, they are no longer eligible to apply. However, a student who submitted an application, but was not awarded may reapply once (the following year) with the same publication.
  • Please note that a student entering a nomination for the Henry Moses Award cannot be considered for the A.K. Balls award simultaneously. In addition, a student previously awarded the Balls Award will not be eligible for the Moses Award. Awards will only be given in years when a suitable applicant is identified.

 Application criteria:

  • Copy of the published paper or paper in press
  • A current C.V. (not the annual graduate student progress report)
  • One-page statement that documents your contribution to the work as well as the significance of the findings. (In this statement, you should be certain to indicate your degree of involvement in the design of experiments, in the production of reagents and materials, in the generation of data used to produce the figures and tables, in the analysis of the data and in the writing of the manuscript.)
  • Please also include whether or not you have previously applied, but not received the award
  •  All documents combined into one pdf and uploaded here: Henry Moses Upload

If selected:

  • Cash award
  • Student name engraved on plaque in BCHM 101
  • Recipient may be asked to present a talk at the research retreat in August
  • Recognition at BCHM Award Reception​

Application deadline:

 

​Purd​ue Research Foundation Research Grant (PRF)

The College of Agriculture in conjunction with the Office of the Vice President for Research provides the Purdue Research Foundation (PRF) Research Grant to the Department of Biochemistry. For each grant, successful candidates will have shown excellence in research, but one of the grants will go to a student who has also demonstrated commitment to teaching through service as a departmental teaching assistant.

Eligibility:

Graduate students who are appointed as a PRF Research Assistant must be in good standing (minimum GPA=3.0) and be actively working on their Ph. D. research (e.g. registered for credit in a departmental 699 graduate research course) and have passed their prelim. The PRF Research Grant is established with an initial June 1 - May 31 project period. An alternate start date can be requested, but it may not be earlier than June 1 and no later than September 1.

 Application criteria:

  • Cover sheet located here: PRF Cover Page​
  • A current C.V. (not the annual grad student progress report)
  •  A one page statement of teaching philosophy that describes your teaching experience as well as your strategies for effectively engaging students in learning. (This is optional for the award based only on research.)
  •  A one page research statement that briefly details your research accomplishments to date and what you plan to accomplish during the one year period of this award. As part of this statement, the significance of the research should be addressed. If you were previously awarded a PRF, please indicate what was accomplished during the last award period.
  •  A statement of whether or not you have applied for a PRF (or SIRG) through any other department.
  • Documents should have 1in margins/Arial 12pt font and be combined in one pdf and uploaded here: PRF Upload​

If selected:

  • Each grant is a 7-month award that provides the salary for a grad student and funds to cover fringe benefits. The student who receives a grant will receive a remission of all tuition and fees except for the grad appointment and the repair & rehabilitation fees. The student is also eligible to participate in the grad staff insurance program. 
  • Recognition at BCHM Award Reception​
Application deadline: 

 

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Weine​r Travel Award

Established in 2012 from the Weiner Family EndowmentThe award is given twice a year to a graduate student to help defray the costs of attending a scientific meeting.​

Eligibility:

  • All BCHM graduate students (regardless of program affiliation) and BCHM Postdocs
  • Student must present research at a national or international meeting either as an oral presentation or poster
  • Past winners may apply
  • Higher priority will be given to applicants who have submitted or published papers since coming to Purdue and students who have passed their preliminary exam. Applicants who have not fulfilled these criteria are welcome to apply and could be selected depending upon the depth of the applicant pool.​

 Application criteria:

  • Cover page located here: Weiner Cover Page​
  •  Application approval by major professor
  • An essay of 200 words or less explaining the significance of your work to the participants of this conference and the goals you hope to achieve by attending the meeting
  • The meeting abstract including all authors in the official order 
  •  A current C.V. (not the annual graduate student progress report)​
  •  All documents combined into one pdf and uploaded here: Weiner Travel Upload

If selected:

  • Cash award to defray the costs of attending a scientific conference that requires registration between January and June
  • Recognition at BCHM Award Reception

Application deadline:

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