Graduate Students

The strength of a university department is often evaluated on the quality of its students and the research in which they are engaged. Our ability to recruit and retain the very best graduate scholars is essential to the success of MCDB. Graduate fellowship support is among the highest priorities for funding in the Department as it enables us to compete with the very best universities in the Nation to recruit and retain top scholars.

Named Endowed Fellowships

A gift of $200,000 or more establishes a permanent named fellowship.

Named Quarter Fellowships

A gift of $10,000 will fully support a graduate student for one-quarter of their career. This type of fellowship is extremely helpful for graduate students as it allows them to take a quarter off from teaching and focus solely on their research and dissertation.

Named Full-Year Fellowships

A gift of $50,000 or more fully supports a graduate student for one-year of their career.

Named Fellowship Awards

A gift of $5,000 or more establishes a one-year named award which allows the Department to offer supplemental incentive (top-off) support for the recruitment or retention of an outstanding graduate student.

Established Named Graduate Awards in MCDB

We are grateful for the following established named funds for graduates in MCDB. Additional donations to these established awards are deeply appreciated and allow us to support and honor more highly deserving students.

The Amgen Fellowship

Established by the generosity of Amgen, Inc. to assist in the continuance of outstanding doctoral students within the Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology graduate program.

The Carbon-Clarke Graduate Student Fellowship Fund

Established to help support graduate education at the UC Santa Barbara campus. The annual earnings of this endowment are used for fellowship support of highly qualified graduate students enrolled in a Ph.D. graduate programs in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology at UC Santa Barbara. These students are working either toward the Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Molecular and Cellular Biology, or the Ph.D. degree in Biochemistry-Molecular Biology in the Interdepartmental Biochemistry-Molecular Biology Program.

The Chang Fund for Graduate Students in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Created through the generosity of Shing and Sheng-Yung Chang, who are alumni of UC Santa Barbara's Biochemistry and Molecular Biology graduate programs. The Changs established this fund to benefit and recognize Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Program graduate students at UC Santa Barbara by providing flexible funding to enhance their career development opportunities.

The Otto J. Holmok Cancer Research Fellowship

Funded by the generosity of the Estate of Otto Julius Holmok for the purpose of supporting an outstanding doctoral student conducting human cancer research in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology.

The Rathmann Fellowship

Established to support the top incoming doctoral student in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. This fellowship is funded by the friends of George and Joy Rathmann.

The Charles A. Storke II Graduate Fellowship Award

Initiated in 1996 through the generosity of Charles A. Storke II, former associate-editor and publisher of the Santa Barbara News-Press, whose family has had a long association with UC Santa Barbara. Part of a much larger commitment to the university, this fellowship fund is intended to help bolster the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology by providing support for its promising doctoral students.