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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 $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.

Lekeah Durden, 2014-2015 Holland Fellow

Lekeah Durden standing in IU Biology greenhouse cactus room
Lekeah Durden—who is from Farmington, New Mexico—felt at home while being photographed in the cactus room of the IU Biology greenhouse. Photo by Terri Greene | IU Biology.

Lekeah Durden earned a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Chemistry from New Mexico State University, Las Cruces. She is interested in how and why symbiotic relationships can change from commensal or mutual to pathogenic. Lekeah notes that she chose the IU Department of Biology's Evolution, Ecology, & Behavior (EEB) Program because it is one of the top-ranked in the field and because plant pathology research projects of EEB faculty members Keith Clay and Jim Bever mirrored her experience. During her undergraduate studies, Lekeah presented research posters at several conferences. She was a MARC Scholar/Researcher (NIH NIGMS) and a participant in the Summer Research Opportunity Program (REU-Microbiology) at University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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 $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.

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