Funds by Category: Department of Biology

College of Arts & Sciences

Department 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.

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.

Biology Genomic Resources Division Fund

The Museum of Southwestern Biology Genomic Resources Division Fund provides for unique opportunities under the discretion of the Curator to obtain and curate new specimens upgrade facilities and support students to meet our strategic goals.

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.

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.

David Robert Pieyns Endowed Graduate Award in Optical Science

The David Robert Pieyns Endowed Graduate Award in Optical Science was established in memory of David R. Pieyns a UNM alumnus who worked for many years in the field of Optical Engineering. The goal of this fund is to provide fellowships in the Physics and Astronomy department for the study of Optics.

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 »

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 »

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.

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 »

Hayward Student Fund in Mammalogy

This fund supports endowed stipends that benefit students studying mammalogy while working at the Museum of Southwestern Biology. Preference is given to undergraduate students from Latin America or who have an interest in working in Latin America following graduation.

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.

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: http://bgsa.unm.edu/Funding/biology-funding.html

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

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 »

Museum of Southwestern Biology Arthropods Division Fund

This fund supports the Museum of Southwestern Biology Arthropods Division by providing unique opportunities under the discretion of the Curator of the Arthropods Division to conduct field expeditions to obtain and curate new specimens, support students, and to meet strategic goals and unexpected needs of the division.

Museum of Southwestern Biology Director’s Fund

The Museum of Southwestern Biology Director’s Fund provides for unique opportunities under the discretion of the Museum Director to acquire new specimens through fieldwork to enhance existing collections or support students as we meet the strategic goals of the Museum of Southwestern Biology.

Museum of Southwestern Biology Endowment Fund

The Museum of Southwestern Biology Endowment Fund provides for special opportunities to enhance the world-class collections through acquiring new specimens enhancing existing collections or supporting students at the Museum of Southwestern Biology.

Museum of Southwestern Biology Fishes Division Fund

This fund supports the Museum of Southwestern Biology Fishes Division by providing unique opportunities under the discretion of the Curator of the Fishes Division to conduct field expeditions to obtain and curate new specimens, support students, and to meet strategic goals and unexpected needs of the division.

Museum of Southwestern Biology Herbarium Division Fund

This fund supports the Museum of Southwestern Biology Herbarium Division by providing unique opportunities under the discretion of the Curator of the Herbarium Division to conduct field expeditions to obtain and curate new specimens, support students, and to meet strategic goals and unexpected needs of the division.

Museum of Southwestern Biology Mammal Division

The Museum of Southwestern Biology Mammal Division Fund provides for unique opportunities under the discretion of the Curator of Mammals to conduct field expeditions obtain and curate new specimens and support students to meet our strategic goals.

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 »

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 nmnhp.unm.edu 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 »

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.

Rosemary Miller née Gonzalez Scholarship

Established by Architect Emeritus Henry G. (Hank) Miller II in memory of his wife and microbiologist Rosemary Miller, this scholarship supports Biology undergraduates with a demonstrated interest and/or course of study emphasizing in microbiology at the University of New Mexico. The award encourages degree completion and recipient must be in good academic standing, with a... 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 »

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 »

UNM Sevilleta Field Station Endowment

The Sevilleta Field Station is located on the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge (SNWR), a 230,000 acre protected refuge that includes 4 different biomes that intersect and support a wide array of biological diversity. The Field Station supports research and educational programs in biology, ecology, geology, and anthropology, and is a meeting facility for conferences, workshops,... Read more »

Urgent Priorities for The Bird Collection: Ongoing Activities in Avian Biodiversity Research, Teaching and Curation at the Museum of Southwestern Biology

This fund provides direct support to meet urgent needs of UNM’s Collection of Birds, an actively growing resource for cutting-edge research, and a hub for student training. Students are doing fantastic research projects on bird evolution and conservation. Supporters are urged to make an appointment with the curator for a behind-the-scenes tour (contact Chris Witt,... Read more »



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