Jolinda A.Traugh Endowed Memorial Scholarship Fund


Biochemistry Dept D01045


Graduate or Undergraduate Student Support

In 1960, Dr. Traugh earned her undergraduate degree from University of California, Davis
becoming one of the first women to graduate from any University of California campus with an
undergraduate degree in Soil Science. Dr. Traugh later went on to receive her Ph.D. in
Bacteriology/Molecular Biology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1970. In
1973, she was hired as Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biochemist at the University of
California, Riverside becoming the first woman faculty member in the UC Riverside
Biochemistry Department, and one of the first in any of the UCR biological sciences
departments. During her time at UC Riverside, Dr. Traugh became Professor of Biochemistry,
served as an Associate Dean for the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and was
appointed Chair of the Biochemistry Department.

Over the course of her career, Dr. Traugh mentored over twenty doctoral students, graduates, and
post-doctoral trainees from all over the world, and she was a mentor to a countless number of
students and colleagues. Those who worked with Dr. Traugh describe her as being an inspiration
for their careers, a superb mentor who transmitted her love for protein kinases, a person with a
wonderful sense of humor, and one who undertook challenges with tremendous grace and

Fund Purpose: The funds will be used to provide a scholarship of at least $500 in the first year and $1,000 in subsequent years to graduate and/or undergraduate students in the Department of Biochemistry at UC Riverside.

Criteria and Selection Process:

The CNAS Dean’s Office Scholarship Committee will select scholarship recipients and the CNAS Dean’s Office will manage the fund. In years when there is no candidate who meets the criteria, awards will be held until the following year.

The funds will be used to support graduate and undergraduate students who meet the following criteria:

1. Have demonstrated financial need;
2. Are matriculating through the Department of Biochemistry;
3. Are juniors or seniors, if undergraduate students;
4. Have a GPA of at least 3.0.

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