Graduate Scholarship Information


A nonrenewable scholarship of up to $2,000 is available to qualified, currently-registered graduate students in the plant sciences and related disciplines from the Philip C. Hamm Memorial Scholarship Program. This is the most prestigious award in the plant sciences at the University of Minnesota. The award is highly competitive and the recipient is usually in the advanced stages of a Ph.D. program, often with multiple refereed publications. 

To be eligible for nomination, a student must have: 

  • completed a minimum of two academic years in a University of Minnesota plant-science related graduate program; and 
  • demonstrated promise as a research scientist through original research. Submission of an original research publication to a professional journal in a plant science or related discipline is required. 

Nominations must be submitted through your respective Director of Graduate Studies. At least one nomination per graduate program in plant sciences or related disciplines is encouraged. Large programs may nominate up to three students. 

Nominations must include: 

  1. A personal statement career objectives, including research experience and interests. Limited to three pages including tables, figures, and citations. 
  2. A current curriculum vitae documenting scholarly activities. 
  3. Transcripts of academic graduate work. 
  4. Two letters of recommendation from faculty members, providing evidence of promise as a research plant scientist, submitted directly to [email protected].

Submit applications (except letters of recommendation, as noted above) as one PDF file via email to: Chana Johnston - [email protected]. Nominations are due March 15, 2021

Recipient selection will be based entirely on merit and recipients will be recognized at the Philip C. Hamm Memorial Lecture (April 15, 2021; via Zoom). 

For more information, please direct questions to Dr. Jim Bradeen, [email protected] or 612-625-9736


Sponsored by the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences with funding provided by Monsanto through the Philip C. Hamm Memorial Scholarship Fund.