Francisco J. Ayala Graduate Fellowship Program

Francisco J. Ayala Graduate Fellowship Program.

The School of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce the Francisco J. Ayala Graduate Fellowship for students entering the doctoral program in Biological Sciences in fall 2011.  Professor Francisco J. Ayala is an internationally renowned scientist and distinguished member of the faculty in the School of Biological Sciences.  The Francisco J. Ayala Fellowship is intended to recruit and recognize the academically superior doctoral students exhibiting outstanding promise as scientists, researchers, and public leaders.  The award will be given to students in the areas of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Developmental and Cell Biology, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Neurobiology and Behavior.

Student recipients of the Francisco J. Ayala Fellowship will receive a $15,000 award during the first year of graduate study.  Each recipient will receive $5000 during the first quarter of graduate study, and a second stipend of $10,000 will be made at the completion of the first year of study, contingent on continued satisfactory academic progress.  The Ayala Fellowship funding is in addition to existing support, and may not be used as a substitute for other university support.

The Francisco J. Ayala Graduate Fellowship Endowment was instituted in the School of Biological Sciences in May 2010 when Dr. Ayala generously donated the entire amount of his $1,600,000 Templeton Prize to UC Irvine.  The faculty and students of the School are honored by and extremely grateful for the creation of this award, and look forward to meeting the new Ayala Fellows who will soon be joining their ranks.

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Dr. Francisco J. Ayala is University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences and Professor of Philosophy at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Ayala is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS), a recipient of the 2001 National Medal of Science, and served as Chair of the Authoring Committee of Science, Evolution, and Creationism, jointly published in 2008 by the NAS and the Institute of Medicine. Dr. Ayala has received numerous awards, including the 2010 Templeton Prize for exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, and honorary degrees from universities in nine countries. He has been President and Chairman of the Board of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and President of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society of the United States. Dr. Ayala has written numerous books and articles about the intersection of science and religion, including Darwin’s Gift to Science and Religion (Joseph Henry Press, 2007) and Am I a Monkey? (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010). He teaches classes in evolution, genetics, and the philosophy of biology.

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