Beverly Petterson Bishop and Charles W. Bishop Neuroscience Fund Award

Beverly Petterson Bishop, PhD ’58 and Charles W. Bishop, PhD

Beverly Petterson Bishop, PhD ’58 and Charles W. Bishop, PhD.

Beverly Petterson Bishop, PhD '58, was a University at Buffalo faculty member for more than 50 years and a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of physiology and biophysics. Her research on circadian rhythms provided insights into the causes of sleep apnea, jet lag and other conditions affected by sleep interruptions. Her husband of 64 years, Charles W. Bishop, PhD, established this fund in his wife's honor. He was a UB emeritus faculty member.

The fund supports university-wide efforts and excellence in neuroscience, and helps ensure that neuroscience remains a major focus at UB.

Awards vary each year but may include travel and outstanding thesis awards for doctoral students in the UB Neuroscience Program.

Awardees are recognized during UB's Neuroscience Research Day every fall.

The Bishop Legacy

Charles W. Bishop, PhD, established this fund in honor of his wife, Beverly, who was dedicated to bringing neuroscience to the highest level at UB. Beverly Petterson Bishop, PhD '58, was a member of the UB faculty from 1957 until her death in 2008 and a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of physiology and biophysics. She is known for her significant contributions to neurophysiology research and for her dedication to teaching.

Travel Award

Award Amount

Up to $1000 depending on available funds.


Fall deadline: March 25
Spring deadline: September 24

Applications will be reviewed on April 1 and October 1, with decisions sent via e-mail shortly thereafter.  

Who is eligible?

You are encouraged to apply for this award if:

  • you are a MS student in your second year OR
  • you are a PhD student in at least your third year OR
  • you are a postdoctoral fellow not beyond your fourth year, AND
  • you are conducting research in the laboratories of program faculty members; priority will be given to students enrolled in the Neuroscience degree programs.
  • you will be traveling to:
    • attend a scientific meeting to present a talk or poster or
    • visit a laboratory at another institute to learn a new scientific technique

Complete applications must be received prior to travel for the suggested meeting or course.

Your travel must occur within one year, from April through the following March; or from October through the following September.

Application Temporarily Closed

This award will not be offered in FY 20-21 due to the pandemic. 

Details about when the award next be offered will be posted as they are made available. 

How to Apply

A call will go out to the neuroscience community twice per year with a link to the official award application. 

After submitting the online application, complete these steps:

Email the following information to

  • A copy of your CV
  • Official copy of the submitted abstract
  • A signed letter of recommendation from your mentor stating that the trainee will be presenting an abstract at the meeting, as well as any justification for need and if available whether the trainee will be seeking travel funding.

Complete applications including these documents must be submitted prior to the meeting. 


If you have questions, please contact:

Sim, Fraser

Fraser Sim, PhD

Associate Professor; Neuroscience Program Director

955 Main Street, Room 3256 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 829-2151