Randall Travel Award

In the spirit of dedication to the growth of young scientists embodied by Dr. Douglas D. Randall throughout his life, the Douglas D. Randall Young Scientists Development Fund provides travel awards to undergraduate students, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows at the University of Missouri who are conducting faculty-directed life sciences research as a member of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group, the College of Veterinary Medicine, the Comparative Medicine Program, the Division of Biological Sciences, or the College of Agriculture, Food, and Natural Resources.

Recipients may use the award for conference or meeting travel, training workshops or courses, specialized training, or off-campus research opportunities. For those attending conferences/meetings, preference will be given to those who will be giving an oral or poster presentation.

Awards will not be given to support activities to collect data. Awards will not be made retroactively; in other words, the recipient cannot have completed the activity prior to the award announcement date.

Awards can be used to cover travel (airfare, mileage, vehicle rental, mass transit), lodging, meal, and conference/meeting fees. In most cases, awards will be dispensed as reimbursements after recipients have submitted required documents and travel receipts through their department’s electronic travel reimbursement system.

Award sizes may vary but are generally around $500.

Application will be available one month prior to the application deadline.

Application DeadlinesAwards Announced
Second Monday in September, 5:00 PMFirst Monday in October
Second Monday in April, 5:00 PMFirst Monday in May

Past Recipients of the Randall Award

Questions: If you have questions about the Randall or Gustafson Awards, you can contact krollmm@missouri.edu.

Doug Randall

Douglas D. Randall received his bachelor’s degree from South Dakota State University and his doctorate from Michigan State University. Following a one-year NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the Clayton Foundation Biochemical Institute of the University of Texas-Austin, he joined the faculty in the Agricultural Chemistry Department (now, Department of Biochemistry) at the University of Missouri as a plant biochemist. At MU, he established an internationally recognized research program in the area of plant metabolism, signal transduction, regulation of plant enzymes and understanding the metabolic interactions between photosynthesis, photorespiration and respiration. His lab established the first plant enzyme to be regulated by reversible phosphorylation and established that this biochemical switch mechanism regulates which pathway supports mitochondrial energy production during photosynthesis. Dr. Randall was instrumental in establishing the Interdisciplinary Plant Group on campus and served as its Director from 1981-2008. He also played a role in the Christopher S. Bond Life Sciences Center at MU and the Donald Danforth Plant Sciences Center in St. Louis. His many contributions to the MU campus have been recognized with receipt of the Thomas Jefferson Award, the Wm. H. Byler Distinguished Professor Award, the Mizzou Alumni’s Faculty Award, and Gold Chalk Teaching Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring.

The American Society for Plant Biologists has honored Dr. Randall as a Pioneer Member and Fellow and bestowed upon him its Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award. In 2002, President George W. Bush appointed Dr. Randall to the National Science Board, and he was reappointed in 2008. He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2009.