School of
Integrative Biology

The Sharon Gray Memorial Award

School of Integrative Biology

This fund was set up by Cody Markelz in honor of his wife, Sharon Gray, who was killed in an accident in Ethiopia in 2016. Sharon received her PhD in Plant Biology in 2013. In addition to her outstanding science, she was an exceptional teacher and mentor for undergraduates.

The objective of the Sharon Gray Memorial Award is to support a post-doctoral researcher or graduate student and their undergraduate mentee.


All postdoctoral fellows and graduate students supervised by faculty in the School of Integrative Biology are eligible to be nominated.


To apply, please submit one copy of each of the following:
  1. The nomination letter, written by the faculty member, should identify the postdoc or graduate student mentor and undergraduate student mentee(s) and clearly describe the mentoring relationship and the science it has produced or is expected to produce following the completion of the project. Additional information regarding the postdoc or grad student’s record of mentoring and teaching should also be included.
  2. A CV for both the mentor and mentee(s).

Nominators may submit their materials to the form at by February 27th, midnight. Questions may be directed to