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James Holland Fellowship

Give Now buttonsThanks to the generosity of donors like you, the James P. Holland Fellowship generates an estimated annual income of $15,667 (as of August 2015). For the fellowship to be self-supporting, an endowment of $750,000 is required, and we are nearly halfway 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. To make a secure online gift, click the "give now" button on the right. For information on mailing a gift, contact Kathy Wyss, IU Department of Biology Development Officer, at or 812-855-6195.

Jay Goldberg, 2015-2016 Holland Fellow

Jay Goldberg
Jay Goldberg | Courtesy photo

Jay Goldberg is a proud member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. He grew up in San Jose, California, and attended college at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. At Puget Sound, he conducted research on the pheromones of striped plateau lizards in Arizona, where he met some of IU Professor Emília Martins' students who were working with the same species. Jay graduated from Puget Sound in 2013 with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. He then did an internship at the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology in Jena, Germany, studying the interactions of wild tobacco (Nicotiana attenuata) with herbivorous and predatory insects.

Jay is interested in studying plant-lizard interactions to understand how plants manipulate animals for their own benefit. He chose IU for graduate school in order to work with Emília Martins as he knew that her expertise in the ecology and evolution of lizards would help him find new directions for his broad research interests.

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 underrepresented 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 $60,370 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.

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