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IQ Biology is supported by a variety of fellowships and scholarships. The program supports graduate students for their first year while they are choosing a lab in which to conduct their research.

Fellowship and Scholarship Support for IQ Biology Students

IQ Biology is supported by a variety of fellowships and scholarships. The program supports graduate students for their first two years while they are choosing a lab in which to conduct their research. Below is information on the funds that support the students and the program.

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The Olke C. Uhlenbeck Endowed Fellowship

The Olke C. Uhlenbeck Endowed Fellowship was established by John and Kathryn Milligan in June of 2016. The fellowship supports first-year graduate students pursuing doctorates in one of nine different academic departments, with additional coursework in interdisciplinary bioscience. Uhlenbeck Fellowships are granted every two years. Milligan, now the President and Chief Executive Officer of Foster City, California-based Gilead Sciences, Inc. spent two years of his PhD studies at CU Boulder in Olke Uhlenbeck’s lab after it moved from the University of Illinois.

The William J. Freytag Endowment for the BioFrontiers Institute

The William J. Freytag Endowment for the BioFrontiers Institute was established in 2009 and currently these funds provide scholarship/fellowship support for up to three IQ Biology students each year. During his successful career leading several successful bioscience companies, Dr. Freytag was President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Boulder-based Myogen, Inc. from July 1998 until 2006. Dr. Freytag currently serves as a member of the board of directors for three health care companies: GlobeImmune, Inc., BaroFold, Inc., and BiOptix Inc.

The IQ Biology Leadership Award

The IQ Biology Leadership Award was established by Mitch and Dawn Gold. The $5,000 annual scholarships are offered to a student who has an interest in pursuing a career in the biotechnology industry. Preference is given to a student who also is willing to provide leadership for the BioFrontiers Opportunity Seminar Series and the CU Biotechnology Club. Mitch serves as the managing partner of Alpine BioVentures, a healthcare-focused hedge/venture fund. A Chicago native, he graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin and Rush University Medical School. He was a urology resident at the University of Washington in Seattle.  Dawn serves as a member of the board of directors, Jewish Family Service of Seattle.


The Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship Program (IGERT) is the leading interdisciplinary training program from the National Science Foundation. Three million dollars has been awarded to the IQ Biology program from to fund the IQ Biology program from 2011 to 2017. The National Science Foundation created the IGERT program in response to the 1995 National Academy of Science’s Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy report and the Graduate Education and Postdoctoral Training in the Mathematical and Physical Sciences report. Based on their recommendations, the program encompasses a more flexible interdisciplinary option for students, increase participation from women and underrepresented minorities in science and engineering research, and provide students with a breadth of professional and ethical skill set for future careers.

Travel Award

The Travel Award with the IQ Biology program is intended to encourage current IQ Biology students to attend a professional conference outside of their primary discipline, attend an interdisciplinary conference, or visit another principal investigator with a goal of interdisciplinary study. Students can apply in any year; however, this award will be granted once during their graduate studies. Once awarded, the student with create a presentation and upon return, the student will publish a brief travel blog post on the BioFrontiers’ website. Funds will cover the cost of travel, food, materials, or registration fees. Travel expenses, food, and non-alcoholic beverages will be reimbursed up to $1000. Receipts must be submitted along with a form for reimbursement. Current students can view these guidelines and apply on the IQ Biology website.


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CEUCE Travel Awards

The BioFrontiers Institute and the Colorado European Union Center of Excellence (CEUCE) are collaborating on an opportunity to send an undergraduate student to a research conference, workshop or laboratory in the European Union. CEUCE priorities are to provide students the opportunity to visit Europe to gain a first-hand appreciation of science in the EU. The student’s research area must be within the mission of the BioFrontiers Institute. CEUCE aims to expand the reach of the EU Centers Program to the dynamic and growing Mountain West region. On campus, the center supports the development of new courses and enrichment of existing courses to bring EU and transatlantic topics into the undergraduate and graduate curricula. Offering fellowships, internships, and research grants, CEUCE strives to create opportunities for students outside of the classroom.

Goeddel Scholarships for IQ Biology Students

David Goeddel provided direct support to cover the stipend, tuition and fees for one graduate student. Goeddel is a pioneer of the biotechnology industry who, employed at the time by Genentech, successfully used genetic engineering to coax bacteria into creating synthetic human insulin, human growth hormone, and human TPA for use in therapeutic medicine. Besides being perhaps the single most important contributor to Genentech's rise to one of the nation's premier biotech companies, his extraordinary drive and competitive work ethic embodied Genentech's early "Clone or Die" culture. Together with Steve McKnight and Robert Tjian, he founded Tularik in 1991, and was President and CEO until Tularik was acquired by Amgen for $1.3 billion in 2004. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a recipient of the Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry and the Scheele Medal from the Swedish Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences. David earned a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.

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