Holland Fellowship

James Holland Graduate Fellowship in Biology

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2022-23 Holland Fellow: Jonathan Enriquez Madrid

Jonathan Enriquez Madrid is a Ph.D. student in the IU Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior Graduate Program working in the lab of Farrah Bashey. His interests are centered around evolutionary behavior. Enriquez Madrid is a first-generation Mexican-American student coming from Espanola, New Mexico. He has his Associates of Science in chemistry and Bachelor of Science in biology from Northern New Mexico College—a small, 4-year institution. Enriquez Madrid has worked on various research projects spanning from mate preference, social preference, and mating tactics in the Bahamian pupfish, to how diet affects hormone concentrations in non-human primates through the REU CISAB program at Indiana University, Bloomington.

He chose IU for his Ph.D. degree because of the research being conducted in the Bashey lab, which includes nematode and bacterial behavior, as well as for the people. He feels the people associated with IU are kindhearted and happy.

"If I’m being honest, it’s somewhat surreal to be here," said Enriquez Madrid. "The place I come from is surrounded by poverty and drug abuse, and we usually don’t hear good things associated with Espanola, New Mexico. I am very grateful and proud for being at IU Bloomington and for receiving the James P. Holland Fellowship. I am even more proud to be representing Mexican Americans around the world and people that come from Espanola, New Mexico."

About the James Holland Graduate Fellowship in Biology

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 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.