Alumni & Development
James Holland Fellowship
Thanks to the generosity of donors like you, the James P. Holland Fellowship generates an estimated annual income of $13,804 (as of August 2009). For the fellowship to be self-supporting, an endowment of $750,000 is required, and we are 31% of the way toward reaching our goal. With your support, we can continue to provide the opportunity for bright, young scientists to receive an advanced education, and pay tribute to the extraordinary contributions of James Holland.
David Thoms, 2012-2013 Holland Fellow
David Thoms comes to us from Georgia Gwinnett College where he earned a B.S. in Cell Biology and Biotechnology. While there, he participated in a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates Site Program in Prokaryotic Biology at the University of Georgia’s Department of Microbiology. David also volunteered at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. There he conducted a research project to determine genetic variation in the Georgian male population of a rare species of flowering plant, Rhus michauxii, the false poison sumac, which suffers from the loss and degradation of its habitat and by barriers to its reproduction. His goal is to become a research professor.
About the James Holland Fellowship
The fellowship is not open for applications; the award is presented to a first-year Ph.D. student from a group that is under-represented in the life-sciences. Holland was a champion for minority students in science and believed that advanced degrees were crucial to their success. The fellowship provides the tuition, stipend, and health insurance for the selected student. The total package amounts to a minimum of $50,895 per year.
The James P. Holland Graduate Fellowship in Biology was established in honor of one of Indiana University’s most beloved professors. The late James Holland was a mentor and role model for all students throughout his more than 30 years of service to IU.