The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Call for applications: Huck Graduate Dissertation Research Grants

The Huck Institutes are now soliciting applications for a second round of J. Lloyd Huck Dissertation Research Grants (previously known as Huck Graduate Enrichment Awards) -- giving exceptional Huck graduate students up to $5,000 to spend on their individual research projects.

 In the last round of awards, we received over 35 applications and granted 11 students the maximum allowance of $5,000 each.

This second round of awards is limited to students in the end of their 2nd or 3rd year of a Huck graduate program and who have not previously received a Huck Dissertation Research Grant or Graduate Enrichment Award.

Applications will be reviewed by faculty members familiar with the respective program areas and will be critiqued and scored based on the strength of the individual research proposal.


The format for the application is as follows:

  1. Title page

    1. Student name

    2. Student email address

    3. Title of research project

    4. Faculty advisor

    5. Program area

    6. Summary (2-3 paragraphs) of student’s research

  2. Specific aims and approaches

  3. Relevant data and diagrams

  4. Significance of output

  5. Budget and budget justification

  6. Research references

Non-allowable items

  • Stipend/salary expenditures

  • Fringe expenditures

  • PI supplies

  • Computer equipment exceeding $2,000

  • Unrelated travel expenses

Allowable items

  • Lab supplies

  • Travel for research and presentations

  • Publication fees when student is first author

  • Facility usage fees (particularly encouraged)

  • Computational Costs

Applications must be submitted by 5:00 pm on March 31st, 2015 to Paula Brown in 101 Huck Life Sciences Building or by email to

Awardees will be notified by July 1st, 2015 and funds will be made available immediately following the announcement.


J. Lloyd Huck – Penn State alumnus, philanthropist and former chairman of Merck & Co. – through his commitment to Penn State and the life sciences, in 1996 endowed the creation of the Life Sciences Consortium, renamed in 2002 in honor of Lloyd and his wife, Dottie.

The Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences are dedicated to fostering greatness and potential in the scientific work of both faculty and students.