Holland Fellowship

James Holland Graduate Fellowship in Biology

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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2023-24 Holland Fellow: Michael Kwakye

Michael Kwakye—who hails from Fishers, Indiana—is a first-year Ph.D. student in the IU Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology Graduate Program. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from IU. He received his master’s degree in biotechnology from IU as well.

While earning his master’s degree, Michael worked in a research lab under Professor Peter Hollenhorst, where he gained experience with molecular biology techniques through studying interactions between transcription factors implicated in prostate cancer.

During his first year as a Ph.D. student, Michael will rotate through research labs before deciding on his mentor. His first rotation is in Associate Professor Matthew Bochman’s lab where he is working on a project to measure yeast telomerase activity in vitro using IR labeling.

When asked why he chose IU for his Ph.D., Michael responded, “I chose IU because I found that the Department of Biology is a very welcoming group. It generally endeavors to create a positive environment for its students while also doing great research.”

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.