The Phillip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fund
Honoring Passion and Commitment
Dr. Phillip G. Miles was known as a consummate teacher-scholar. A mycologist by training, Dr. Miles worked and taught at UB for over 50 years. He served his country in the Army Air Force during World War II, and then went on to earn his Bachelors degree from Yale University and his Ph.D. from Indiana State University. Dr. Miles was awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship in the early 1960’s and taught at Okayama University in Japan. Over the course of his prodigious career he mentored countless students, authored 45 scientific papers and five books.
During his tenure at UB, he served terms as both Chair and co-Chair of the Department of Biological Sciences. He was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1998, and the Milton Plesur Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2004. Although he officially retired in 2002, Dr. Miles continued mentoring students and participating in University committees until he passed away in 2007.
Dr. Miles’ gentle manner and guiding hand influenced countless Biological Sciences students to pursue careers in research, medicine and countless other fields. In honor of Dr. Miles’ commitment to his students and his passion for research, the friends and family of Dr. Miles has established the endowed The Phillip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fund.