Scholarships and Awards

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The Department of Biology is pleased to announce the availability of the following awards and scholarships. Most deadlines are by 5:00pm on April 16, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lori Adams; 319-335-1322; 169 Biology Building.

Biology Scholarships & Awards

The Arthur J. and Flora D. Levin Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in Biology, the Evelyn Hart Watson Undergraduate Research Fellowship, the Avis Cone Undergraduate Research Fellowship, and the Robbie Prize are available to any student majoring in Biology (including Biology Honors students) if he/she meets the criteria for the scholarship. Awards and scholarships only for Biology Honors students are listed separately on this page below. 

Arthur J. and Flora D. Levin Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in Biology
This award recognizes a Biology major enrolled in a Teaching Internship in Biology (BIOL:4897) during the 2017-2018 academic year for excellence in teaching. The Teaching Internship in Biology (BIOL:4897) course supervisor, staff, and graduate assistants will identify a deserving recipient for this award. The recipient of this award will be announced May 1, 2018.

Evelyn Hart Watson Undergraduate Research Fellowship $1,000
The applicant must be a Biology 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.

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 to be e-mailed by the applicant’s research adviser to Lori Adams by 5:00pm on April 16, 2018. 

Avis Cone Undergraduate Research Fellowship $1,000
The applicant must be a Biology 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.            

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 to be e-mailed by the applicant’s research adviser to Lori Adams by 5:00pm on April 16, 2018. 

Robbie Prize $300
The applicant must be an undergraduate senior Biology major undertaking laboratory research on campus who intends to graduate in May 2018. The applicant must be preparing for a career in scientific research and have the potential to make an outstanding contribution in research. Please note this award is not restricted to Honors students.

Application Process: 1) Students must be nominated by a faculty or staff member in the Department of Biology. 2) Students must also submit a brief paragraph indicating his or her academic interests and future plans and a brief description (maximum of two single-spaced pages) of the student's research activities, similar in format to a graduate research statement. Nominations and statement must be sent to Lori Adams by 5:00pm on April 16, 2018.

Biology Honors Scholarships & Awards

The Clifford W. Hesseltine Scholarships in Biology are only available to Biology Honors students.

Clifford W. Hesseltine Scholarship in Biology $1,000
The applicant must be a Biology Honors student of sophomore or junior standing undertaking laboratory research in the Department of Biology and have a strong academic record (GPA of at least 3.5). One award is available.

Application process: 1) a brief description (maximum of two single-spaced pages) of the student's research activities. 2) A brief paragraph indicating the applicant’s academic interests and future plans. 3) A letter of recommendation to be e-mailed by the applicant’s research adviser to Lori Adams by 5:00pm on April 16, 2018. 

Arthur J. and Flora D. Levin Award for Outstanding Biology Honors Colloquium Presentation $300 first place, $150 second place, $50 third place 

This award recognizes a Biology Honors student for an outstanding undergraduate presentation at the Spring Honors Colloquium as determined by a committee of Department of Biology faculty and staff. Criteria for awarding this prize include assessment of presentation clarity, style, format, and depth of understanding. The recipient of this award will be announced May 15, 2018.