Carnegie Mellon University

Departmental Awards

Margaret Carver Research Enrichment Award

This award of $5,000 for research enrichment will be presented to one Biological Sciences Ph.D. student or postdoctoral fellow annually. Funds will be used to enhance the awardee's research through activities such as buying time on instrumentation, attending advanced courses, traveling to collaborator's labs or other activities that can be demonstrated to enhance research that would otherwise not be possible. Applicants should provide a one-page description of the proposed activities and a short explanation of how these activities will positively impact their research. A current CV should also be included. The awardees will be selected based on their record of research accomplishment and the projected research impact of their use of the award funds.

Download Research Enrichment Award Application (.pdf)

Stupakoff Graduate Student Research Enrichment Award

This award of $5,000 for research enrichment will be presented to one Biological Sciences Ph.D. student annually. Funds will be used to enhance the awardee's research through activities such as buying time on instrumentation, attending advanced courses, traveling to collaborator's labs or other activities that can be demonstrated to enhance research that would otherwise not be possible. Applicants should provide a one-page description of the proposed activities and a short explanation of how these activities will positively impact their research. A current CV should also be included. The awardees will be selected based on their record of research accomplishment and the projected research impact of their use of the award funds.

Download Research Enrichment Award Application (.pdf)

Margaret Carver Award for Enhancing Diversity, Equitability and Inclusion

This award of $5,000 for enhancing diversity, equitability and inclusion will be presented to one Biological Sciences Ph.D. student or postdoctoral fellow annually. Funds will be used for any activity that is viewed to enhance diversity, equitability and inclusion in the department, CMU, Pittsburgh or the wider community. These activities could include workshops, symposia, social events, outreach with local students, website development, social media and/or resource development. Funds may be used to supplement activities undertaken for NSF fellowships or similar other awards. Applicants should provide a one-page description of the proposed activities and how they might enhance diversity, equitability and inclusion.

Download Award for Enhancing Diversity, Equitability and Inclusion Application (.pdf)

Stupakoff Outstanding Research Paper Award

This award of $1,000 will be presented to each of two Biological Sciences Ph.D. students annually who are judged to have the best research paper. Students should self-nominate by providing a copy of the submitted, accepted and/or published manuscripts to Ena Miceli. A short description of the student's role as an author on the paper and their CV should be included.

Download Outstanding Research Paper Award Application (.pdf)

Margaret Carver Outstanding Research Paper Award

This award of $1,000 will be presented to one Biological Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow annually who are judged to have the best research paper. Postdocs should self-nominate by providing a copy of the submitted, accepted and/or published manuscripts to Ena Miceli. A short description of the postdoc's role as an author on the paper and their CV should be included.

Download Outstanding Research Paper Award Application (.pdf)

Margaret Carver Travel Award

Ph.D. students and postdoctoral fellows may request travel funds for professional reasons, including conference attendance, working with a collaborator, etc. Students and/or postdocs should return form and their CV for an application to be considered complete. Application of funds should be done at least one month prior to proposed dates of travel. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Download Margaret Carver Travel Award Application (.pdf)

Department of Biological Sciences Teaching Award

This award of $400 will be presented to one Biological Sciences Ph.D. student annually. Faculty members may nominate students based on the following criteria: preparation and knowledge of material, dedication and responsiveness to students and instructor, initiative, general work ethic including attendance in class and office hours. A committee of three faculty members will vote on the award. The committee will be comprised of faculty who do not submit nominations.

Department of Biological Sciences Leadership Award

This award of $400 will be presented to one Biological Sciences Ph.D. student annually. Fellow Ph.D. students may nominate their peers for this award based on their positive contributions for the best interests of their fellow graduate students, community and/or department. To nominate a fellow student, a short paragraph should be included on how they have demonstrated outstanding leadership. Examples of leadership commitment include: evidence of leadership on university, department or graduate student committees, leadership in student organizations or activities supporting current graduate student interests on campus or in the community, activities advancing an inclusive environment.