Established by Tracy L. Lawhon in 2011 in memory of her grandfather, Alfred Parson Mower, who funded her undergraduate education. Initially open to undergraduates only, the award was expanded to allow graduate student applications in 2012.
Mower Fellowship Requirements
Open to select graduate students with a declared major from the IUB Department of Biology. Graduate student applicants must be in good academic standing. Note: There is no residency requirement for graduate student applicants.
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
Application deadline: February 8.
Application materials will include a minimum of your curriculum vitae 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.
New way to apply being implemented
We are pleased to announce that applying to Biology funding opportunities is shifting to a streamlined process in One.IU.
Students will have a single portal for finding funding. The system will also optimize opportunities by matching you to recommended awards of which you might not otherwise be aware.
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.
NOTE: One of the required questions is whether you have or will file a FAFSA for the coming year. Because some funding opportunities are given to students who demonstrate financial need, please consider the filing the FAFSA to provide the greatest access to funding.
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. The capability to submit these materials has been added to individual funding applications.
You will be sent emails about specific opportunities for which you are initially eligible, but may need to provide additional materials. These opportunities will tell you exactly what is needed—including your CV, personal statement, and letter of recommendation.
Start your general application today! Search in One.IU for the “IU Scholarships” tile.
Recommendations and nominations
Faculty/Postdoc Fellows: Look for instructions in January on how to submit student award recommendations and nominations.
Student awards ceremony
Recipients of this award will be recognized at a student awards ceremony on Friday, April 30, 2021. The format—in person or online—is to be determined.