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The Larry W. Martin & Joyce B. O’Neill Endowed Fellowship

The Larry W. Martin & Joyce B. O’Neill Endowed Fellowship

Larry Martin and his wife, Joyce O’Neill have endowed a graduate fellowship for students in the College of Science. Mr. Martin is a math (and engineering) alumnus and had a full career as a mathematician doing mathematical modeling for companies such as Lockheed Martin and IBM before leading Troon Vineyard.

The Martin-O’Neill Fellowship is awarded to a graduate student from any department in the College of Science whose research involves computational modeling. This Fellowship covers a stipend of $25,000 disbursed quarterly ($6,250/quarter) and a tuition waiver for the academic year. The Fellowship will begin at the start of fall term and continue for one calendar year. The Fellow’s department will be responsible for the tuition payment during the summer term at 3 credits. Each department may nominate one graduate student whose research focus involves computational modeling. Nominees in the second or later years of the Ph.D. program will be given preference during the selection process.

Fellowship Selection


Nomination deadline is March 31, 2022.
Start date the following fall term.

Previous Fellowship recipients

2021-22 Christine Tataru, Microbiology
Christine uses natural language-inspired algorithms to define and apply generalizable rules about how gut microbiomes impact their human hosts' health. Read more.

2020-21: Bryan Lynn, Integrative Biology
Bryan uses mathematical modeling to investigate how cooperation within groups evolves and is sustained when the groups are dynamically formed. Read more about his research.

2019-20: Choah Shin, Mathematics
Choah's research focuses on the theoretical and applied aspects of modeling processes associated with the sub-sea sediments of methane hydrate, an energy resource with documented impact on the climate. Read more.

2018-19: Courtney Armour, Microbiology
Courtney uses computational modeling to analyze the gut microbiome with its trillions of bacteria. Read more about her research.


The Fellowship is awarded to a Ph.D. candidate whose scientific research makes use of computational modeling. All Ph.D. students beyond the first year are preferred, but any qualified student may be considered.

  • The candidate’s research towards the degree must make significant use of computational modeling
  • The candidate should have a 3.5 GPA or higher
  • The candidate has joined a research group

Application Instructions

Each department may nominate one candidate. Submit one combined pdf file to by the deadline with the following materials:

  1. Cover Sheet template (attached) that contains (1-page maximum):
    1. Nominating Department
    2. Name of Candidate’s Faculty Mentor
    3. Graduate Student’s Name
    4. Student’s Email
    5. Current GPA
    6. Year student entered graduate school at OSU
    7. Anticipated graduation date from OSU
    8. PhD Candidate Confirmation (is the student enrolled in the PhD Program?)
  2. Research statement written by the student containing (1.5 pages maximum)
    1. Brief summary of research
    2. Significant research accomplishments and other significant achievements or awards
  3. Letter of Recommendation by the candidate’s advisor on department letterhead, signed by the mentor - 1 page maximum
  4. Fellow’s resume or biosketch - 1-page maximum

Pagination Instructions:

  • 1-inch margins, single column text
  • Allowable fonts: Arial (not Arial Narrow) at a font size 10 points are larger; or Times New Roman or Computer Modern family of fonts at 11 points or larger

Nominations exceeding page limits or that do not follow these instructions will be returned without consideration.

Fellowship Requirement of Acceptance

If selected, the fellow must be enrolled in 12 credits per term in the academic year and at least 3 credits in summer during their fellowship period.

At the end of the fellowship, the fellow will share with the donors, a research summary and thank-you note explaining how the fellowship transformed their studies and research. Complete the survey at this link: thirty days after the fellowship has ended.

Additionally, the fellow must adhere to University policies outlined in the acceptance letter. For more information on the guidelines and acceptance letters see the Graduate School Fellowship guidelines.