Contact: Gabrielle Maxey
March 6, 2014 - The University of Memphis will host a reception to mark the establishment
of the Bill A. Simco Graduate Research Scholarship in the Department of Biological
Sciences. The event will be held Friday, March 21, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the University
Center, room 340B. It is open to the public.
The Graduate Research Scholarship honors Simco and his meritorious contributions to
the Department of Biological Sciences and the University through 48 years of teaching,
research and service. His activities have had a significant impact on the careers
and lives of many students, colleagues and friends.
Among his varied accomplishments, Simco was one of the founders of the Ecological
Research Center and continues as its co-director; he helped establish the doctoral
program in the department and was a committee member of its first PhD graduate. Simco
built a nationally recognized research program in aquaculture, receiving the Lifetime
Achievement Award from the U.S. Aquaculture Society for his contributions.
He has mentored numerous graduate and undergraduate students for successful careers
in the biological sciences, where many have become faculty and administrators at universities
and state and federal agencies across the nation. He also has had essentially continuous
funding for his research program, bringing in approximately $1.5 million in grants
and contracts as a principal investigator or co-principal investigator. Simco has
played a very positive role in the transition of the University of Memphis from a
primarily teaching institution to a major research university noted for its comprehensive
and innovative academic programs.
Contributions to the Bill A. Simco Graduate Research Scholarship may be mailed to
Carolyn Dickens, director of development for the College of Arts and Sciences, The
University of Memphis, Memphis, TN 38152; or by calling her at 901-678-3523. For a
secure online contribution, go to https://umwa.memphis.edu/new_giving/index.php/donation, enter the amount, select the radio button that allows you to name the fund, type
in Bill A. Simco Graduate Research Scholarship, and follow further instructions.