Alfred Parson Mower Scholarship Undergraduate Requirements

Alfred Parson Mower Scholarship

Established by Tracy L. Lawhon Parrott in 2011 in memory of her grandfather, Alfred Parson Mower, who funded her undergraduate education.


Open to select undergraduate students with a declared major from the IUB Department of Biology.


Candidates must be U.S. residents, be entering their Junior or Senior year, must have a minimum overall GPA of 2.0, and a science GPA of 3.0 or better. Not sure you are a U.S. resident? See the Rules Determining Resident and Nonresident Student Status on the Registrar’s website.



Alekhya Govindaraju, 2016 Mower Scholar

Alekhya Govindaraju is earning a B.S. in Biotechnology and Microbiology. For two years, she has been an undergraduate researcher in Jake McKinlay’s lab, where they investigate microbial metabolism and cell viability in a biofuel-producing coculture.

Alekhya is an IU Provost Scholar, a member of the Hutton Honors College, has participated in the Integrated Freshman Learning Experience, and is a member of the IU Science, Technology, and Research Scholars program. She is an officer with the Biotechnology Club and the Folding at IU Club (a group that uses computing software to elucidate protein structure). Alekhya also belongs to the Epsilon Chapter of the Alpha Chi Sigma professional chemistry fraternity. She is a member of Union Board, the IU Indian Student Association, and volunteers at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health, and Technology.

Elizabeth Koziol, 2016 Mower Fellow

Elizabeth Koziol earned a B.S. in Biology from our department and worked as a research lab manager in the department for three years. She is now a Ph.D. candidate in our Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior program. Liz is a member of Professor Jim Bever’s lab. Her research investigates the factors structuring plant communities and specifically the factors limiting restoration success. She focuses on the interactions of prairie plants and beneficial belowground soil fungi. Articles based on her research have been published in the journals Evolution, Ecosphere, and Ecology.

Liz co-taught the B352 Fungi Laboratory twice. She has participated in numerous science outreach events including the IU Science Fest, the Project School Science Night, Biology Club, Girls Inc. Nature Day, and the Brownie Math and Science Day.