John E. Majors Award

This award is given to a senior-level DBBS PhD student or recent graduate in recognition of accomplishments in research and teaching.

Dr. John Majors was a professor in the Department from 1983 until his passing in 2018. He was known for key contributions to the field of molecular biology, involving the expression of genes in yeast and viruses. Dr. Majors was deeply committed to mentorship and training, putting students at the center of his career. He served on the doctoral thesis committees of more than 140 graduate students in the university’s Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (DBBS), and he was personally and passionately interested in their scientific projects and success.