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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.

Anne MacKenzie, 2016-2017 Holland Fellow

Anne MacKenzie
Anne MacKenzie | Photo: IU Biology

Anne MacKenzie, who goes by Annie, is from Camarillo, CA. She attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, where she graduated with a B.S. in Biology. During her time at Gonzaga, Annie discovered her passion for science and spent two years in the lab of Dr. Kirk Anders studying aneuploidy in budding yeast. Through research she became fascinated with how science works at the molecular level. When applying to graduate school, Annie knew she wanted to attend a school that had a strong program focused on discovery-based research. During her interview weekend at IU, she was impressed by the many Genome, Cell & Developmental Biology Program faculty members whose research interested her. Annie says that the faculty, staff, and graduate students she met during the interview weekend were welcoming and genuine. It was this combination of interesting science and friendly people that drew her to IU.

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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