This award was created to honor Dr. Jimmy Cheek's 33 years of service to UF as a faculty member in agricultural education and communication, CALS Assistant Dean and Dean, and senior vice president for agriculture and natural resources. It is presented to a graduate student who demonstrates high academic potential and achievement, leadership and community involvement, commitment and passion about his or her chosen field of study, personal sacrifice for his or her education, and effort above and beyond the call of duty.
|2019-2020||Shinichi Nakahara||Entomology and Nematology|
|2018-2019||Kirsten Hecht||Interdisciplinary Ecology|
|2016-2017||John Hargrove||Wildlife Ecology and Conservation|
|2014-2015||Amanda Ford||Nutritional Sciences|
|2013-2014||Ricardo B. Valladares||Microbiology and Cell Science|
|2012-2013||Matthew H. Shirley||Wildlife Ecology and Conservation|
|2011-2012||Cory J. Krediet||Interdisciplinary Ecology|
|2010-2011||Andrew Barbour||Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences|
|2009-2010||Andrew Thoron||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2008-2009||Sebastian Galindo-Gonzalez||Agricultural Education and Communication/Animal Sciences|
This award is given in honor of Dr. Jack L. Fry, professor emeritus and former CALS Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs.
|2019-2020||Melissa Fenton||Family, Youth and Community Sciences|
|2018-2019||Kevin Kent||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2017-2018||Amanda Desormeaux||Interdisciplinary Ecology|
|2016-2017||Michael Vickers||Entomology and Nematology|
|2015-2016||Berthrude Albert||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2014-2015||Chris Mott||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2013-2014||Jessica Holt||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2012-2013||Kelly Monaghan||Interdisciplinary Ecology|
|2011-2012||Dana Bigham||Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences|
|2010-2011||Catherine Shoulders||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2009-2010||William Pelletier||Agricultural and Biological Engineering|
|2008-2009||Karen Cannon||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2007-2008||Roslynn G.H. Brain||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2006-2007||Nicholas E. Fuhrman||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2005-2006||James Dunford||Entomology and Nematology|
|2004-2005||Amanda Ruth-McSwain||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2003-2004||Christy Bratcher||Animal Sciences|
|2002-2003||Jennifer Gillett||Plant Pathology|
|2001-2002||Susan Moyers||Food Science and Human Nutrition|
|2000-2001||Hector Perez||Horticultural Science|
|1999-2000||Kerry Smith||Animal Sciences|
The IFAS/CALS Graduate Student Travel Grant Program provides matching funds up to $250.00 to each graduate student applicant who is presenting a paper or poster on their original research at a regional, national, or international scientific meeting (one award per fiscal year). This travel grant must be matched 1:1 by funds provided through the student's department/program or advisor. The grants are reimbursed directly to the department, not the graduate student.
All graduate students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and School of Natural Resources and Environment are eligible.
Deadlines: Depends on the date of your travel:
|For Conference Dates:||Apply By:|
|January 1 - March 31||November 1|
|April 1 - June 30||February 1|
|July 1 - September 30||May 1|
|October 1 - December 31||August 1|
The purpose of these scholarships is to provide funding to help defray travel expenses for graduate students presenting a paper or poster at a national or international professional meeting or conference. These scholarships are named after Dr. James M. Davidson, former Vice President for Agriculture and Natural Resources, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida, who established the endowment to fund these scholarships.
All graduate students in CALS
Deadlines: depend on the date of your travel:
|For Conference dates:||Apply by:|
|January 1 - June 30||November 1|
|July 1 - December 31||May 1|
The UF Graduate Student Council provides travel grants of up to $350.
Apply online: Apply here
Travel to conferences, symposia, and special research opportunities are essential for the professional development of advanced research students. The University also benefits by being represented at such events. The Office of Research and Graduate Programs (RGP) has therefore established a program to supplement student travel when other funding sources are insufficient. RGP guidelines for travel funding cap awards at $300 per trip and require 1:1 matching funds from the department and/or college. These funds are primarily for assistance with the cost of travel, particularly airfare. These grants are one-time awards to Graduate Students. RGP can not provide any retroactive reimbursements.
Grinter fellowships are named in honor of Dr. Linton E. Grinter, who was Dean of the Graduate School, 1952-1969. The intent of the Grinter Fellowship is to facilitate the recruitment of truly exceptional graduate students to the University of Florida through partial stipend support.
Students entering into a Ph.D. program administered within the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. For more information, please contact the Graduate Coordinator of your intended Ph.D. program. Grinter Fellowship stipends are normally in the $2,000-$4,000 per year range. Continuation of the Grinter beyond the first year (up to a total of three years) is contingent upon satisfactory student progress.
The Association for Academic Women (AAW) at the University of Florida established the Madelyn Lockhart Fellowship to honor a Ph.D. Candidate who is both an outstanding researcher and who has contributed to creating a more inclusive and diverse community. One Fellowship in the amount of up to $2,000 will be awarded annually to assist in the dissertation phase of the doctoral degree. The recipient must be enrolled in dissertation credits the semester (or summer) s/he receives the fellowship.
|2018-2019||Andressa Freitas||Soil and Water Sciences|
The recipient and their faculty advisor (for graduate students) must attend the UFIC International Student Awards Ceremony during the Fall semester.
The Alec Courtelis Award is given annually to three outstanding international graduate students. The award was first given at the 1996 International Student Awards Ceremony by Louise Courtelis in honor of her late husband, Alec Courtelis, a well-known financier and former Chairman of the Board of Regents. A wall plaque bearing the name of the award recipients and the year it was awarded is located at the University of Florida International Center. The University of Florida International Center is pleased to announce they will be presenting three awards this year of $3,000.00, $1,500.00, and $1,500.00 respectively.
Note: If a student at statewide educational facility, involvement in local community will suffice.
To nominate international graduate student(s), the academic unit should submit to the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Dean’s Office a nomination packet that includes the following items:
The CALS Awards, Scholarships, and Fellowships committee will rank the nominees and the top two nominees' packets will then be forward to the University of Florida International Center's selection committee.
|2019||Ana Pula Carvalho||Entomology and Nematology|
|2018||Hao Gan||Agricultural and Biological Engineering|
|2013||Julius Adewopo||Soil and Water Sciences|
The Scarborough Agency has provided an insurance option for international students for nearly 20 years. The agency established this award to show appreciation for the opportunity to work with international students at the University of Florida.
The Scarborough Scholarship will be given to two international students enrolled in a master’s or Ph.D. program in the amount of $1,000.00 each.
The nominees should meet the following criteria:
Upon meeting the above criteria you may nominate yourself or another student by submitting the following:
A slection committee appointed by the University of Florida International Center will rank and choose the submitted nominees.
*Essays and documentation are confidential and are only viewed by the UFIC selection committe.
|2018||Gerogia Marris||Horticultural Sciences|
|2016||Erangi Heenkenda||Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences|
During the Fall semester, the Dean’s Office will forward a list of international students in the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences to all CALS academic units. Each academic unit can nominate one international student (undergraduate and graduate) to be recognized as an outstanding international student. The CALS Awards, Scholarships and Fellowships committee will choose five students from the pool of nominees. The recipient and their faculty advisor (for graduate students) must attend the UFIC International Student Awards Ceremony during the Fall semester. Other faculty and unit administrators are encouraged to attend. This is not a monetary award; students will receive a certificate signed by the College Dean.
To nominate an international student, the academic unit should submit a letter of nomination to Dr. Al Wysocki (Associate Dean) addressing the eligibility/nominating criteria. The letter of nomination should be signed by the undergraduate coordinator for undergraduate students or the graduate coordinator for graduate students. The Unit Leaders signature is required on the nomination letter for both undergraduate and graduate students.
A selection committee appointed by the University of Florida International Center will choose and rank the submitted nominees.
The Rotary Global Grant Scholarship is for a graduate student who is committed to study abroad in one of the Six Focus Areas of Rotary. The Applicant can be a graduating senior, recent graduate or a professional who wishes to return to school at the graduate level. The student must have a local Rotary Club sponsor. The student must have identified an institution abroad, and by time the application reaches Rotary International, must have been accepted by the institution and a contact at that institute known. In addition a local Rotary Club host must be identified. The guidelines, applications and the Six Areas of Focus are available here.
The purpose of this award is to recognize and reward NACTA graduate student members who are involved in classroom instruction who excel as teachers in the agricultural disciplines.
The NACTA Graduate Student Teaching Award is a criterion-based award and is reviewed by a committee of NACTA members. To qualify for the award, a graduate student must have been involved in classroom teaching for a minimum of one year. Criteria included in the evaluation are the graduate student's teaching philosophy, statement of support from supervising faculty, evaluations submitted by students and an administrative officer, a self-evaluation, involvement in teaching outside and a description of the candidate's specific teaching involvement.
|2020||Tara Counts||Family, Youth, and Community Sciences|
|2020||Jamie Dougherty||Environment Horticulture|
|2020||Afiya De Sormeaux||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2020||Melissa Fenton||Family, Youth, and Community Sciences|
|2020||Madeline Vroom||Microbiology and Cell Science|
|2019||Wesley Boone||Wildlife Ecology and Conservation|
|2019||Lauren Cirino||Entomology and Nematology|
|2019||Austin Council||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2019||Katherine Dorman||Family, Youth and Community Sciences|
|2019||Tyler D'Angelo||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2019||Isabella Damiani||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2019||Kevin Kent||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2019||Andrew Marx||Wildlife Ecology and Conservation|
|2019||July Nelson||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2019||Cameron Outlaw||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2019||Tiffany Rogers-Randolph||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2019||Brianna Shanholtzer||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2018||Blake Colclasure||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2018||Sarah LaRose||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2018||Ruth Taylor||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2018||Anna Warner||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2017||Sky Georges||Agricultural Education and Communication|
|2016||Eric Stubbs||Agricultural Education and Communication|