Financial Support

Gettelfinger Student Travel Award

Travel Awards of up to $750 are available for Bioinformatics graduate students on a competitive basis to support travel to conferences, workshops, or related activities. The travel awards are designed to offer partial funding for the travel.  Thus, the student must clearly indicate other sources of funding in their cover letter. Please submit travel grant applications at least one month prior to the event. The recipient is expected to pay for all expenses prior to travel and will be reimbursed upon return. Award recipients are expected to give a presentation to the Bioinformatics students and faculty within three weeks of returning from travel. The presentations should include an overview of the meeting/conference in addition to one or more specific topics of interest to the student.

For more information, see Dr. Thomas C. Gettelfinger Student Travel Awards

Graduate Research Assistantship

The Bioinformatics Program does not award Teaching Assistantships. A select number of Bioinformatics students (~50% of current students) receive Research Assistantships (RA), which are renewable each semester on a competitive basis for up to four semesters. Research Assistantships begin at $3,000 per semester and include a full tuition waiver. All students receiving RA stipends must: 1) Enroll in 9 credit hours each semester; 2) Enroll in research course (BINF 7092) with supervising faculty member; 3) Conduct research in addition to their coursework (approx. 20 hrs per week); 4) Complete a BINF Master's Thesis project. It is important to note that students must maintain a 3.0 GPA and demonstrate satisfactory research progress in order to maintain their assistantships.

For more information, see Graduate Research Assistantship

U.S. Department of Labor Scholarship

For a limited time (2014 – 2018), scholarships are available for Bioinformatics Graduate Certificate students through a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor under the H-1B Ready to Work Partnership administered by the Memphis Bioworks Foundation. The scholarship covers tuition for the five courses required for the Certificate degree. Funds are subject to availability and limited to the grant time frame. Eligible Veterans and their spouses receive priority. Upon completion of the program, scholarship recipients are required to seek and/or accept employment in a bioinformatics related field.

For more information, Frant from the U.S. Department of Labor under the H-1B Ready to Work Partnership

Part-Time Master's Fellowship

Due April 2, 2018. More information here

Other Awards

Morton/theis dissertation awards: one of each will be awarded.

Van Vleet: one award will be made this year.

Univ. of Memphis Society Doctoral Fellowship: three awards this year of $1,500 each ($750 fall, $750 spring).

Meritorious teaching awards: two awards this year.

First Generation Fellowship program: Must be a Tennessee resident, and the first person in one's family to studying for a PhD. "Underrepresented" is defined according to OIR criteria. Award includes tuition and a $750/month stipend, as well as summer tuition (but no summer stipend).

Part-time Master's: three awards this year. Must be new students. The deadline is now later than in previous years.

For more information, see Graduate School Awards and Fellowships