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Integrative Biology

The Phillip W. Smith Memorial Fund

Illinois Natural History Survey

Dorothy M. Smith and friends established the Fund in honor of her husband, Dr. Philip W. Smith, in recognition of his many accomplishments in education and research.

Dr. Smith was a renowned herpetologist and ichthyologist. He was intensely interested in the taxonomy, natural history, and distributions of animals. After completing his PhD at the University of Illinois, he spent his entire career at the Illinois Natural History Survey, retiring in 1979. He served as curator of the fish, reptile, and amphibian collections, as a researcher, and administrator. For the last 14 years of his career, he also served as a Professor of Zoology at the University of Illinois. He produced over 100 scientific publications. He is probably best known for his two authoritative monographs, The Amphibians and Reptiles of Illinois (1961) and The Fishes of Illinois (1979).


The Philip W. Smith Memorial Fund supports research in any area of natural history, including, but not limited to, ecology, behavior, conservation biology, and systematics. Award amounts are typically up to $1,000.


Staff and graduate students of the Illinois Natural History Survey and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are eligible for this award. Multi-investigator proposals must have as the principal investigator (PI) someone who meets these eligibility requirements.


Submit proposal as either Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF files to Dr. Jeff Hoover,

Detailed Application Instructions

Closing Date:

March 25, 2023