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Awards for Graduate Students

The department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology has awards available to graduate students in the department. Some are specific to each graduate programs but others are open to all students in a Microbiology and Plant Pathology department lab. See the descriptions below for award criteria and application instructions.

Further awards and funding opportunities for graduate students can be found on the Graduate Division website.

 

Edmond C. Calavan Memorial Scholarship Award

History: The Calavan award was established in memory of Dr. Edmond Calavan, who was among the most influential scientist to the citrus industry worldwide. Dr. Calavan pioneered the establishment of the first citrus germplasm program in the world (UCR's Citrus Clonal Protection Program) and conducted transformative research in the citrus pathology field.

The scholarship is awarded annually to one meritorious graduate student in the Plant Pathology Graduate Program at the University of California, Riverside.

Award: The prize consists of a cash award of $1,000, an engraved plaque and a certificate signed by the department chair. 

Eligibility: All graduate students currently enrolled and in good standing in the Plant Pathology Ph.D. program. A research focus on citrus pathology is preferred, but is not a requirement. Students may only win the award once.

Application Process: Application Due December 10th, 2018.

1) A cover letter, co-signed by the major professor and the student applying for the award.

2) A research statement that describes the student's dissertation project( 3 page limit).

3) List of publications and presentations

Submit all documents as a single PDF by the deadline to caroline.roper@ucr.edu, and a copy to cheryl.gerry@ucr.edu.


Microbiology Departmental Graduate Student Scholarship Award

History: The Microbiology and Plant Pathology (MPP) Department is, by nature, interdisciplinary in its research pursuits. This award was established by the MPP department to highlight this diversity and to recognize excellence in student research as a major contributor to the interdisciplinary strengths of the department. The Microbiology Scholarship will be awarded annually to one meritorious graduate student in the laboratory of a Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology (MPP) faculty member at the University of California, Riverside. A faculty committee will identify an applicant that has demonstrated excellence in research and creative forward-thinking in their dissertation research.

Award: The prize consists of a cash award of $1000, an engraved plaque and a certificate signed by the Department Chair.

Eligibility: All graduate students currently enrolled and in good standing in an interdepartmental Ph.D. program and with their Major Professor in the MPP Department. The student can be a member of any interdepartmental graduate program as long as their Major Professor is a faculty member belonging to the MPP Department. The student’s research focus can be broad and focus on some aspect of Microbiology. Students may only receive this award once and are only eligible for one MPP departmental award per year.

Application Process: Application Due December 10th, 2018.

1) A cover letter, co-signed by the major professor and the student applying for the award.

2) A research statement that describes the student's dissertation project (3 page limit).

3) List of publications, presentations, and awards

Submit all documents as a single PDF by the deadline to caroline.roper@ucr.edu, and a copy to cheryl.gerry@ucr.edu, and margarita.flores@ucr.edu.


Peter and Pamela Tsao Endowed Graduate Student Scholarship Award

History: The Peter and Pamela Tsao Endowed Graduate Student Scholarship Award was established on behalf of Drs. Peter and Pamela Tsao, who began their research careers at UC-Riverside in 1956. Dr. Peter Tsao is an authority on the biology, ecology, and pathology of species in the genus Phytophthora and on the biological and cultural control of soil-borne diseases of citrus and avocado caused by Phytophthora spp.Dr. Pamela Tsao’s research formed critical contributions towards an improved understanding of pear decline, insect vectors of plant pathogens, and the development of fungal species in three phyla that could be used as biocontrol agents for mosquitos.

The Peter and Pamela Tsao Scholarship will be awarded annually to one meritorious graduate student in the Department of Microbiology and Plant Pathology (MPP) at the University of California, Riverside. A faculty committee will identify an applicant that has demonstrated excellence in research and creative forward-thinking in her or his dissertation research.

Award: The prize consists of a $1,000 cash award, an engraved plaque and an engraved certificate signed by the Department Chair.

Eligibility: All graduate students currently enrolled in good standing in a Ph.D program in the MPP department. The student can be a member of any graduate program as long as she or he is working in the laboratory of a faculty member belonging to the MPP department. The student's research focus should be on soil-borne diseases of plants caused by fungi or oomycetes. Students may only receive this award once and are only eligible for one departmental award per year.

Application Process: Application Due by November 15th, 2018

1) A cover page including the title of the dissertation project, the name of the student applying for the award, and co-signatures of the student and the major professor.

2) A research statement that describes the student's dissertation project( 3 page limit).

3) List of publications and presentations and awards.

Submit all documents as a single PDF electronically by the deadline to caroline.roper@ucr.edu, and a copy to cheryl.gerry@ucr.edu and margarita.flores@ucr.edu

 


Klotz Travel Grant 

History: The Klotz travel grant is funded by the L.J. Klotz Memorial fund in honor of Leo Klotz a former member in the department and a distinguished plant pathologist. The intent of the fund was to support the attendance at scientific conferences of students studying plant pathology. Dr. Koltz is best known for his research on Phytophthora diseases of citrus, but also studied other pathogens and hosts such as palm.

Award: Varies depending on conference expenses.

Eligibility: While the fund was established to support students studying topics connected to plant pathology, you need not be a member of the Plant Pathology graduate program to apply but you must be in a Microbiology and Plant Pathology department lab.

Recipients may be required to present a seminar describing their research in the department seminar series (PLPA 250).

Application Process and Criteria: Please fill out the form below and submit to the the award committee chair Dr. Caroline Roper at caroline.roper@ucr.edu.

Application is open year round.