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.

Doctoral Thesis Award

Given to the graduating neuroscience doctoral student who best exemplifies the values and scholarship of Dr. Beverly Bishop, a Distinguished Teaching Professor at UB for over 50 years. This includes the three benchmarks of academic leadership: devotion to research excellence, commitment to teaching, and demonstrated community service.

PhD mentors are given the opportunity to nominate their recent graduates, and the recipient(s) are decided by the Neuroscience Graduate Education Committee. The award is presented at May commencement. 

Travel Award

Award Amount

Up to $1000 depending on available funds.


Applications are reviewed on April 1 and October 1 each year.

Deadline to apply for April 1 consideration: March 25.
Deadline to apply for October 1 consideration: September 24.

Award decisions are sent via e-mail after review.  

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

Important notes:

Letters of recommendation can be no longer than one page. If the letter is longer than one page, the applicant will not be considered.

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

Your travel must occur within one year from your award date. 

Priority will be given to first-time awardees (but previous recipients are welcome to apply again).

How to Apply

Applications are accepted year-round, but are reviewed twice per year (dates above). 


If you have questions, please contact:

Sim, Fraser

Fraser Sim, PhD

Professor; Neuroscience Program Director

955 Main Street Room 3256 Buffalo, NY 14203

Phone: 829-2151