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  • Alyce and Terry Richardson Biology Scholarship Fund

    The Alyce and Terry Richardson Biology Scholarship Fund was established in 2020. This fund is intended to support underrepresented University of New Mexico students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology, preferably Juniors and Seniors working or proposing to work in a Cellular and Molecular research laboratory.

  • Fund for Inspirational, Biological, and Engaged Research (FIBER)

    We believe that engaging kids in our community to demystify science will happen by doing science and having fun. We have partnered with the Explora Science Center and NASA on a pilot project where students learn about life in space and collect data for our science on the International Space Station. Your donation will support… Read more »

  • New Mexico Natural Heritage Program Endowment

    This endowment fund supports the mission of the Natural Heritage Program to provide scientific research, education, and information dissemination for conservation in the state of New Mexico. Please visit to learn more about the New Mexico Natural Heritage Program and its products and services. Natural Heritage New Mexico is a division of the Museum of… Read more »

  • Melinda Bealmear Endowed Memorial Scholarship

    Established in 1998 in loving memory of Melinda Bealmear, former staff member in the Department of Biology, this fund supports needy graduate students conducting research in any sub-discipline of Biology

  • Alvin R. and Caroline G. Grove Endowed Scholarship in Field Biology

    Established in 1997 in memory of Alvin R. and Caroline G. Grove, this fund supports summer, research and doctoral scholarships for need-based graduate students showing academic progress in a graduate degree in Biology. This fund also provides graduate students with resources to initiate or continue research projects, and/or to attend conferences to present their research.

  • Cocalina Memorial Scholarship in Biology

    This scholarship was established by UNM alumni Paul and Angela Costanzo, both in memory of their infant daughter Catalina Gabrielle Costanzo (Cocalina) and for Angela’s passion for Biology. This fund provides scholarship support for female undergraduate students majoring in Biology.

  • Dr. William Jones & Dr. Siu Wong Biology Urgent Needs Endowed Fund

    Established by optometrists Drs. William Jones (UNM alum, ’69) and Siu Wong, this fund provides a scholarship for a full- or part-time (graduate or undergraduate) Biology student in good academic standing. This fund also supports student publication expenses, sponsorship of student presentation seminars, support of the Biology Department’s annual Research Day Lecture, and can also… Read more »

  • James S. Findley Fund

    James S. Findley Fund supports student field research through the Museum of Southwestern Biology. The Fund honors Emeritus Faculty member, Jim Findley who made many outstanding contributions to the Museum (Director and Curator) and Biology Department (Professor and Chair). Dr. Findley inspired many undergraduate students in his courses in Vertebrate Biology, Mammalogy, Tropical Biology, and… Read more »

  • Joseph Alvin Gaudin, Jr. Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund

    Established in memory of Joseph Alvin Gaudin, Jr., this scholarship supports a graduate or undergraduate Biology major with demonstrated financial need, proven academic and research record, with a preference for students majoring in mammalogy and interested in studying the cat family.

  • Crawford Rio Grande Graduate Scholarship in Biology

    Establish by Professor Emeritus Clifford S. Crawford and UNM alumna Claudia Gayheart Crawford, Esquire, this award is given to deserving graduate students in the Department of Biology conducting research on or related to the Rio Grande Bosque.

  • Richard Bryan Forbes and Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes Conservation Biology Fund

    Named in honor and memory of UNM alums Drs. Richard Bryan Forbes and Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes, this fund supports conservation biology efforts in the Department of Biology at UNM at the direction of the chair.

  • Rosalie F. Doolittle Scholarship in Botany

    This award provides financial support for undergraduate students with scholastic ability and financial need who are pursuing a degree in Botany in the Department of Biology.

  • Lynn A. Hertel Graduate Research Award

    Established in loving memory of Dr. Lynn A. Hertel, and in honor of her legacy in parasitology research at UNM, this award supports a graduate student toward completion of their thesis or dissertation research in the Department of Biology. More information about the eligibility and criteria for this award can be found at:

  • The Ross-Brown Endowment for the Loren Potter Endowed Chair in Plant Ecology

    The Ross-Brown Endowment for the Loren Potter Endowed Chair in Plant Ecology continues the research emphasis of Dr. Loren Potter, honoring his forty-year legacy of field ecological research and his 14-year tenure as Chair of the Department of Biology at UNM. The endowed chair supports research, laboratory materials, scientific travel, graduate student research, and visits… Read more »

  • Eleonora Harvey Trotter Award for American Indian Scholars in Biology

    This annual award assists undergraduate students majoring in Biology or graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in Biology with funds to cover any education-related expenses, including travel. Students who receive this award are in good academic standing, with demonstrated financial need, and are enrolled members of federally recognized Native American Tribes. This award was established in… Read more »

  • Terry L. Yates Endowment for Field Mammalogy

    Established by former Professor Terry Yates, Chair of Biology, Director of the Museum of Southwestern Biology, and Vice President for Research and Economic Development, this fund’s purpose is to assist and train biology students in specimen-based mammalogy and field research aimed at diversifying and expanding the archive of specimens in the Mammal Collection of the… Read more »

  • Museum of Southwestern Biology: Division of Genomic Resources Endowed Fund

    This fund provides programmatic support for the Division of Genomic Resources (DGR) within the Museum of Southwestern Biology. The DGR is a cryogenic archive of tissue samples from vertebrates, invertebrates, parasites and DNA from other MSB divisions and outside collections. It is worldwide in scope with strong holdings from taxa of the Southwestern United States,… Read more »

  • Friends of the UNM Herbarium Fund

    This endowed fund is used to support the operations of the UNM Herbarium at the Museum of Southwestern Biology for purposes including, but limited, to augmenting herbarium research, education and maintenance, at the discretion of the Herbarium Curator.

  • Biology Department Chair’s Fund

    At the discretion of the Chair, this fund provides program and research support, and support for teaching activities and other specials needs in the Department of Biology, as they arise.

  • Minority Biomedical Sciences Program Scholarship

    This fund provides scholarships and loans to students in the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD) Program. The IMSD Program offers research training and professional development to prepare students for graduate school. IMSD prepares undergraduates for graduate work in biomedical research, drawing on students majoring in STEM-related fields including biology, chemistry, biomedical and chemical engineering,… Read more »