James P. Holland Fellowship

James P. Holland Fellowship

Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, the James P. Holland Fellowship generates an estimated annual income of $16,195 (as of August 2018). For the fellowship to be self-supporting, an endowment of $750,000 is required, and we are halfway toward reaching our goal. With your support, we can continue to provide the opportunity for bright, young scientists to receive an advanced education, and pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions of James Holland. To make a secure online gift, click the "give now" button below. For information on mailing a gift, contact Kathy Wyss, IU Department of Biology Development Officer, at kwyss@indiana.edu or 812-855-6195.

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About James Holland

Endocrinologist James Holland earned over two dozen teaching and service awards during his 31-year career at IU. Among his many awards, he received the Student Choice Award for Outstanding Faculty, the Herman B Wells Lifetime Achievement Award, Indiana University Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching Award, the President's Award for Distinguished Teaching, and the Chancellor’s Medallion for his “transcendent service to the Bloomington campus.” Between 1979 and 1998, Professor Holland was also a seven-time recipient of the Senior Class Award for Teaching Excellence in Biology and Dedication to Undergraduates, an award voted on by senior biology majors.

He worked tirelessly to address the needs of minority students on the Bloomington campus. Professor Holland joined forces with Professor Herman Hudson to found the Minority Achievers Program and the Mathematics and Science Scholarship Program. The programs were renamed in 2003 to honor the efforts of these two men: MAP became the Herman C. Hudson Scholars Program, and MASS is now the James P. Holland Scholars Program. Holland worked with other biology staff members to create the Summer Enrichment Program, which was designed to interest Indiana minority high school students in science by bringing them to campus for classes and hands-on laboratory experience. He led the program, which was renamed in his honor in 2000, from its inception. Prior to his death in 1998, a one-time-only minority fellowship was created in Holland’s name. This award was used as the model for the endowed fellowship that exists today.

2020 Holland Fellow: Karly Miller

Karly Miller is a first-year Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology Ph.D. student in the IU Department of Biology. She is currently rotating through several labs, but is interested in studying developmental neuroscience, cell-fate specification, and neurodegeneration.

Karly is from Farmington, New Mexico, and received a B.S. in Genetics and Biotechnology from New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She is a first-generation scientist and graduate, and has been very fortunate to work in several distinguished labs in her short science career: Dr. Brad Shuster and Dr. Jennifer Curtiss from NMSU, Dr. Curt Freed in the University of Anschutz’s BRAiN (Building Research Achievement in Neuroscience) program, and most recently with Dr. Kiran Bhaskar in PREP (Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program) at the University of New Mexico.

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 total package amounts to a minimum of $60,370 per year.

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.