Scholarships and Awards

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The Department of Biology is pleased to announce the availability of the following awards and scholarships. The deadline for each scholarship is April 15, if applicable (see details below).

Department of Biology Scholarships & Awards

Avis Cone Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($1,000)
The applicant must be a Biology or Biomedical Sciences major undertaking laboratory research in the Department of Biology. The criteria for this award is for a student working in a laboratory using organisms that have chlorophyll-based metabolic processes or a laboratory that studies aspects of zoology or research within the field of conservation biology.

All application materials should be emailed directly to Lori Adams. Application process: 1) A project proposal (3 single-spaced pages maximum): introduction, overall research goals, specific experiments to be undertaken during the Fellowship period, and a brief discussion as to how the applicant's project fits into the overall research agenda of the laboratory. 2) A brief paragraph indicating the applicant's academic interests and future plans. 3) A letter of recommendation emailed directly to Lori Adams. Letters and statements must be sent to Lori Adams by April 15.

Evelyn Hart Watson Undergraduate Research Fellowship ($1,000)
The applicant must be a Biology or Biomedical Sciences major undertaking laboratory research in the Department of Biology and have a GPA of at least 3.0. A student may apply for either an upcoming academic year or summer fellowship. Expectations of the workload for an academic year fellowship would be 3-5 hours per week while a summer fellowship workload would be 6-8 hours per week. Please note that students funded by an additional fellowship source (eg. ICRU Fellowship) should NOT apply both fellowships towards the same number of workload hours. In other words, students on ICRU Fellowship funding will be expected to work above and beyond ICRU workload expectations should they also receive an Evelyn Hart Watson Fellowship.

All application materials should be emailed directly to Lori Adams. Application process: 1) A project proposal (3 single-spaced pages maximum): introduction, overall research goals, specific experiments to be undertaken during the Fellowship period, and a brief discussion as to how the applicant’s project fits into the overall research agenda of the laboratory. 2) A brief paragraph indicating the applicant’s academic interests and future plans. 3) A letter of recommendation emailed directly to Lori Adams by April 15. 

Clifford W. Hesseltine Award for Academic Excellence ($1,000)
The applicant must be a Biology or Biomedical Sciences student of junior or senior standing and have a strong academic record (GPA of at least 3.5) and track record of excellence outside the classroom. Students must submit: 1) a brief paragraph indicating their academic interests and future plans, and 2) a brief description (maximum of two single-spaced pages) of the student's evidence of excellence outside the classroom (ex: undergraduate research, service, outreach and engagement, volunteer work), and 3) a letter of recommendation emailed directly to Lori Adams by April 15. 

Arthur J. and Flora D. Levin Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award ($500)
This award recognizes a Biology or Biomedical Sciences undergraduate major for excellence in teaching. Faculty, course supervisors, teaching staff, and/or graduate teaching assistants may email nominations directly to Lori Adams by April 15. The student must be enrolled in the Teaching Internship in Biology (BIOL: 4897) during the current academic year in order to be considered for this award. The nomination should include a few examples that illustrate why the student should be considered a deserving recipient for this award.

Robbie Prize for Outstanding Research Potential
This award is presented annually to a senior majoring in Biology or Biomedical Sciences who is preparing for a career in scientific research and who possesses the potential to make an outstanding contribution in research. The applicant should be nominated by a Department of Biology faculty member. Nominations should be emailed directly to Lori Adams by April 15. The nomination should include a few examples that illustrate why the student should be considered for this award. A formal letter on letterhead is not necessary. The recipient of this award will have his/her name displayed on a plaque in the Department of Biology. There is no monetary amount with this award.

Lowden Prize for Outreach and Engagement in Biology ($200)
This award recognizes a Biology, Biomedical Sciences, or Neuroscience student who has been highly engaged with the Department of Biology's outreach and recruiting events/activities. Biology faculty and staff may email nominations directly to Steve Kehoe by April 15. The nomination should include a few examples that illustrate why the student should be considered a deserving recipient for this award.