The award honors the late Professor Konetzka’s commitment to teaching and research. It was established in 1993 by his wife, Lillian; his colleagues; friends; and former students.
Konetzka Fellowship Requirements
First preference is given to graduate students majoring in Microbiology with superb teaching abilities and strong research skills. This award typically goes to students who have passed their prelims and have demonstrated significant progress with their dissertation research.
Second preference is given to graduate students majoring in GCDB, Genetics, or Biochemistry if their research is in the area of Microbiology and they have the requisite teaching skills.
Up to 2 awards given. This competitive award will be disbursed during the summer.
Award amounts vary from year to year. Most Department of Biology awards are between $500 and $3000; a few are larger.
How to apply
Applications open on January 20, 2022, and close on March 16, 2022.
Application materials will include a minimum of your curriculum vitae, personal statement, and a letter of recommendation.
Additional application materials for this award:
One letter of recommendation must be submitted by the applicant’s major research professor and one letter submitted by the instructor who oversaw the applicant’s teaching.
If a candidate has been an AI for his/her/their PI, the PI has the option to either submit one letter of recommendation addressing both the candidate’s research and teaching abilities OR submit a separate letter that addresses each area separately. If the PI is serving as the recommender for the candidate's application for additional awards, submitting two separate letters is preferred.
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To get started, you must initiate a general application by answering 7 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.
To be considered for Biology awards, you must complete a Conditional Application after you have completed the general application. This application requires you to upload a current CV, a personal statement, and the email address of your advisor who will supply a letter of recommendation.
Some awards may require additional application materials to be submitted. IU Scholarships will notify you if you are eligible for awards that require an additional application.
Faculty/Postdoc Fellows: Student applicants provide the name and email address of the recommender as part of their scholarship/fellowship applications. Recommenders will receive an email notification from the IU awards application system with instructions for submitting letters of recommendation.
Student awards ceremony
Recipients of this award will be recognized at a student awards ceremony to be held on Friday, April 29, 2022, at 3:30 p.m. in Biology Bldg. A100.