School of
Integrative Biology

The Eugene P. Odum - S. Charles Kendeigh Fund

Department of Evolution, Ecology, and
Behavior (EEB)

Dr. Eugene Odum established the Odum-Kendeigh Fund for graduate research in the fields of ecology, behavior, and evolutionary biology, within the Department of EEB, in honor of both: his major professor, Dr. Charles Kendeigh, and the Department of Zoology (now EEB) from which he received his PhD. Dr. Odum is one of the most influential figures in the field of ecology. He has been dubbed "the father of modern ecology" and is credited with pioneering the concept of the ecosystem. His textbook Fundamentals of Ecology, published in 1953, was the catalyst that changed ecology from the study of the microcosm to the study of the macrocosm. Dr. Odum was inducted into the Ecology Hall of Fame in 2002.

Purpose:

To support graduate student research in ecology, behavior, and evolutionary biology. Multiple summer research awards of up to $1,000 will be granted, and one or more requests receiving positive evaluations by the Graduate Programs Committee will be funded.

Eligibility:

Applicants must be graduate students in the Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior (EEB).

Application:

To apply, please submit one copy of each of the following:
  1. A proposal describing the research to be conducted. The proposal should not exceed two (2) single-spaced pages, not including references.
  2. A current C.V.
  3. Letter of Support from the Advisor.
Applicants must complete this form and submit all required materials by February 27th, midnight. Questions may be directed to sibawards@life.illinois.edu.