The Department of Biology offers Ernst Caspari Fellowships for outstanding students who are interested in carrying out research in Genetics. Research in the Department encompasses a broad spectrum of modern biology, including Cell and Developmental Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and Molecular Biology and Biochemistry. Genetics, as a unifying theme in biology, is of central importance for research in all of these areas within the Department. These fellowships are named in honor of Ernst Caspari, whose important scientific contributions and intellectual guidance helped define the scope of modern genetics.
The Department of Biology offers Johannes Holtfreter Fellowships for outstanding entering graduate students. While the Department of Biology still carries the name used in the days when Johannes Holtfreter conducted his classic experiments in embryology, and retains his commitment to scientific excellence and innovation, research in the Department has continued to develop, encompassing many of the most exciting areas in modern biological science: Cell and Developmental Biology, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Molecular Genetics.
The Department of Biology offers teaching awards to one or more outstanding graduate teaching assistants. Awards are announced at the department Fall retreat.