Thank you for your interest in our students, faculty and staff. Gifts to the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections support our activities including field expeditions, biodiversity research, and student training. General gifts will be used to support on-going research including systematics of vertebrate groups, biodiversity and biogeography, evolutionary ecology, and conservation sciences. Your gift can also be directed toward a specific fund including: Undergraduate Research Fellowship, Graduate Student Research Fellowship, Foreign Expedition Fund, Endowed Curatorship, or Collection Endowment.

Below are descriptions of the areas that the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections has identified as priority funding categories that will help us continue our mission of Research and Teaching.  Gifts of any amount are welcome, and can be designated for a specific category or can be unrestricted. Naming opportunities, such as endowed collections or Curator positions, are an option (contingent on University requirements for gift amounts).  For more information about the levels of funding necessary to support naming opportunities, please contact us.

Undergraduate Student Fellowship

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Undergraduate students in the field with Dr. Conway learning techniques for collecting fish.

Awarded to eligible new and current students for enhancing support of their educational goals while working at the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections. Undergraduates receive training in basic museum science, field techniques, and research methods. Experience in the field and the museum provides undergraduates with the necessary skills for successful careers in natural resource management. It is often the case that students develop their own research interests and pursue graduate careers.

Graduate Student Fellowship


Graduate student Sarah Welborn and students in the field setting mammal traps.

Academic award for outstanding graduate students studying at the Biodiversity Research and Teaching Collections. During their career, graduate students receive training that includes advanced field techniques, research methods, and museum science. Supplemental funding increases opportunities for travel to field sites, to present research findings at scientific meetings, and to conduct supplementary research projects.

Foreign Expedition Fund


Dr. Gary Voelker (second from left) and undergraduate student Jerry Huntley (far right) and trip guides in the field in Benin, Africa.

Support for expeditions led by curators to foreign countries of interest to our researchers. Expeditions occur only with approval from each country, and assists those countries in documenting their biodiversity and creating conservation plans for native species. Funding for expeditions also increases the opportunities to engage undergraduate and graduate students in experiences abroad while learning valuable research and career skills.


Light and Gorilla

Dr. Jessica Light at the Natural History Museum of London searching for lice on a gorilla specimen.

An award for active curators that will support their research program. Each curator has their own area of research interest. Supplemental funding increases opportunities for curators to continue their line of research while providing top notch care and curation for specimens in their respective collection.

Collection Endowment

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An award to a specific collection (Amphibians/Reptiles, Birds, Fishes, Mammals, or Marine Invertebrates) that will provide sustained annual budget to support research within the division.




Other ways to support the BRTC

For more information about giving, contact:
Heather Prestridge
2258 TAMU
College Station, Texas 77843-2258
(979) 845-5783

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