Colonel Bayard Franklin Floyd Memorial Fund in Microbiology Requirements

Colonel Bayard Franklin Floyd Memorial Fund in Microbiology

This award is made possible thanks to a bequest from Dixie Westlake Floyd, the wife of Colonel Bayard Franklin Floyd. (This fellowship was formerly known as the Floyd Microbiology Summer Fellowship.)


The Floyd Memorial Fund in Microbiology is available for students performing research in microbiology, who are in good standing.

Preference will be given to Ph.D students in years 2-5 of their graduate studies. First preference will go to students in the Microbiology program. Second preference will go to students in other programs as long as they are in microbiology-affiliated labs.

Preference will be given to students making progress towards their degree and be engaged full time in dissertation or thesis-related activities (research and/or classwork) during the summer. Students must provide a cohesive and feasible summer research plan, which will contribute to the overall dissertation project. To be eligible for future Floyd Memorial Fund in Microbiology awards, awardees must show that they have completed previous goals and have continued on a positive trajectory in their dissertation project.

Note: Students whose research deals with plant- or fungus-microbe interactions and focuses mostly on the plant/fungus side should apply for the Colonel Franklin Bayard Floyd Memorial Fund in Plant Sciences (formerly known as the Floyd Plant & Fungal Biology Summer Fellowship).


Award amount to be determined. Limited to a maximum of three per lab.

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To get started, you must initiate a general application by answering 5 required questions and electronically signing before submitting. The application contains many questions designed for undergraduate applicants to IU. Continuing undergraduate and graduate students need only complete the required pieces. The general application may be created at any time during the academic year.

For Biology awards, you must upload a current CV, a personal statement, and the email address of a faculty member who will supply a letter of recommendation. Refer to specific awards for additional required materials.

Recommendations and nominations

Department of Biology faculty and postdoc fellows will be emailed a link to a web page where they may upload their recommendation letters. Non-departmental science faculty and science postdocs should contact the Department of Biology’s undergraduate advising office for assistance.