The Audree Fowler Fellowship in Protein Science

In 2008, an endowment from Dr. Audree Fowler established the Audree Fowler Fellows in Protein Science. Applications are solicited from graduate students in the Molecular Biology Interdepartmental Ph.D. Program, Biological Chemistry, and Chemistry & Biochemistry Departments. Three recipients are presented with awards of $5,000 each and present their research at the Annual MBI Retreat.

Dr. Audree Fowler received her B.S. in chemistry from UCLA in 1956 and went on to earn a Ph.D. in biochemistry in 1963, when that field was almost exclusively male. She served as a NIH postdoctoral fellow at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York and in UCLA’s Department of Biological Chemistry before becoming a research biological chemist in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Here on the Westwood campus, Dr. Fowler forged a distinguished research career that spans the sciences and includes more than 80 publications. She also built strong connections with the Molecular Biology Institute, the UCLA Protein Microsequencing Facility, where she served as director for 15 years, and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The sciences gave me a great life,” she explained. “Now I want to help others have access to the same opportunities I enjoyed.

Previous Award Recipients 

Application checklist:

  • Research Statement (max 2 pages, excluding figures and references), describing how the work advances protein science
  • Curriculum Vitae, including any publications.
  • Letter of recommendation from the mentor.
  • Letter of recommendation from a second MBI faculty member.

MBIDP Dissertation Year Award

This award is made possible by a gift from MBIDP Alumnus Garry Miyada. The Award is open to current graduate students in the Molecular Biology IDP who are approximately one year or less away from presenting their Final Defense and filing their dissertation.  We are looking for candidates whose research achievements are notable, who have had an impact on their field, and who have the potential for continued significant scientific contributions.

Previous Award Recipients

Application checklist:

  • Research Statement (max 2 pages, excluding figures and references).
  • Curriculum Vitae, including any publications.
  • Letter of nomination from the research mentor outlining the student’s research achievements and future scientific potential.
  • A second letter of support from a faculty member familiar with the student’s research.

Roy & Dorothy John, Fred Eiserling & Judith Lengyel Awards for Teaching Excellence

These awards are available to MBIDP graduate students who have completed their required 2 TA-ships and have received exceptional feedback from their course instructors and students.

Application checklist:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching evaluations from the students (EIP Reports)
  • Mentor’s letter of recommendation
  • Course instructor(s) letter of recommendation (if different from mentor)

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Award

The MBIDP is soliciting applications for a new award focused on exemplary dedication relating to diversity, equity and inclusion.

The $500 award will recognize an outstanding graduate student in the MBIDP program who has demonstrated a commitment to leadership, outreach and service. Examples may include (but are not limited to) participation in recruitment efforts in the UCLA biosciences, providing peer-support to fellow graduate students, teaching and mentoring in under-represented schools, and active leadership within outreach organizations focused on promoting diversity. Applicants must be making satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for the award.

Students can be nominated by faculty, staff or another student. 

Up to 4 awards are available per year.

Application checklist:


  • Applicant CV
  • Applicant statement, describing contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion activities (1 page max).
  • Letter of Nomination, describing the candidate’s qualifications for this award (Upload Here). The nominator can be Faculty, Staff or Student.


The Jules Brenner Scholar’s Achievement Fellowship in Molecular Biology

UntitledThis fellowship was made possible by a gift from MBI supporter Jules Brenner. Mr Brenner worked in the cinematography division of the motion picture industry from the end of his military service in 1959 to the day of his retirement in 1996, starting as a camera assistant/loader at Warner Bros up to Director of Photography (1968-1991) with such film credits as Dalton Trumbo’s “Johnny Got His Gun,” John Milius’ “Dillinger,” the MacGyver TV series and the cult fave, “The Return of the Living Dead. He is a voting member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) and serves as a judge in their Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriting Competition. Since retirement he has been active as a motion picture and book reviewer, accredited by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) as a print and online freelance journalist.

Mr. Brenner believes that Molecular Biology is where the future lies and has provided a gift to recognize one outstanding student whose work is advancing the discipline. The awardee is selected by a committee of distinguished faculty and by Mr. Brenner, who also presents the prize at the Annual MBI Retreat.

Previous Award Recipients