John D. Morgan, PhD


The John D. Morgan Fellowship was established in memory of John D. Morgan, PhD. The purpose of the scholarship is to provide a first year graduate assistantship to an incoming PhD-seeking student. The award will be offered to a student during the admissions season in early spring, in years when funds are able to support and will begin the following fall semester.

Consideration will be given to those applicants who demonstrate academic excellence. The recipient will be paid as a graduate assistant in order to qualify the student for the graduate school's tuition benefit program that pays 100% regular tuition. The scholarship will also pay the differential tuition fees, health insurance premium up to $2,000 and $1,000 travel expenses. The total value of the scholarship is approximately $55,000.

In return, the student will perform a set of specified tasks (20 hours per week), and must choose a faculty supervisory chair by March, who will pick up the student's support at the conclusion of this scholarship. US citizenship is not required for application.


Students interested in applying for this scholarship should submit a letter of interest as part of the application process to the Department of Biomedical Informatics.

John D. Morgan, PhD

John Morgan, PhD

John D. Morgan graduated from Brigham Young University in Electrical Engineering. He received his PhD from the University of Utah Department of Medical Informatics in 1971. The title of his dissertation was "A Computerized 'Conversational' Technique to Form Numerically Coded Medical Diagnoses".

After graduation, John joined the faculty and served as a faculty member until 1978, when he and a department associate, Wilf Libieber began a business called "Code 3". The business was sold to the 3M Company in 1983, and he became a consultant to 3M. It was with funds from the sale of his company to 3M that John so generously endowed the John D. Morgan Fellowship.

John was married to Nada Ann Caldwell and they had seven children. John passed away July 18, 2006 and Nada followed March 1, 2007.

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