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University of Central Florida - Boyd Lyon Fellowship




The University of Central Florida created the Boyd Lyon Memorial Fellowship for a newly entering doctoral student in the Conservation Biology doctoral program. It was first awarded in the Fall of 2007. The fellowship is awarded to a student who is nominated by the College of Sciences and selected by the UCF Graduate Fellowships Committee as meeting qualifications for a university-wide graduate fellowship.


The fellowship pays a stipend of at least $18,000 per year plus tuition support, a total value of up to

$40,000 per year for support of one Conservation Biology doctoral student for two years. The fellowship is

awarded every two years. 


To qualify for the award, a student should demonstrate a strong commitment to conservation biology, in particular, turtle research, and provide evidence of experience in the field, awards, recognition or honors, and professional contributions and achievements. UCF seeks a highly-qualified individual who is admitted as a degree-seeking doctoral student at the time of the award.


Fellowship recipients are required to be enrolled full-time, be in good standing and make satisfactory academic progress as evaluated by their academic advisor, and maintain at least a B average each term of the award. All interested applicants should direct inquiries to Dr. Graham Worthy, program director in the Department of Biology, at 407-823-2935.


Congratulations to UCF Boyd Lyon Fellowship recipients:


Matthew Larsen



Tiffany Dawson (PhD student working on sea turtle health questions)



Alex Sacco (PhD student, working with remote sensed data and questions related to Sargassum distributions and oceanic stage turtle habitat use)



Katrina Phillips (PhD student, working on satellite telemetry, oceanographic modeling, and stock of origin for wild-caught oceanic stage turtles from the Gulf of Mexico)



Stephanie Garvis (PhD student working on a modeling project for oyster and sea turtle data)


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