James P. Holland Fellowship

James P. Holland Fellowship

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, we can provide the opportunity for bright, young scientists to receive an advanced education while paying tribute to the extraordinary contributions of James Holland.

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2021 Holland Fellow: Allan Gramillo

Allan Gramillo is a first-year Ph.D. student in microbiology in the Department of Biology at Indiana University Bloomington. He is interested in various research topics, but specifically biofilm formation and antibiotic resistance.

Gramillo is from Los Angeles, California, and is a first-generation student. He received his undergraduate degree in microbiology from California State University, Los Angeles. Gramillo was a part of the LSAMP program at CSULA where he completed a research project on the microbial growth within electronic cigarettes. He moved to Fargo, North Dakota, to complete his master's in microbiology in the lab of Dr. Peter Bergholz at North Dakota State University. Gramillo chose IU Biology for graduate school because of the diverse research being conducted in the department's microbiology program.

About the James P. Holland Fellowship

The fellowship is not open for applications; the award is presented to a first-year Ph.D. student from a group that is underrepresented in the life sciences. Holland was a champion for minority students in science and believed that advanced degrees were crucial to their success. The fellowship provides the tuition, stipend, and health insurance for the selected student.

The James P. Holland Graduate Fellowship in Biology was established in honor of one of Indiana University’s most beloved professors. The late Jim Holland was a mentor and role model for all students throughout his more than 30 years of service to IU.