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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 by 5:00pm on April 15, 2019. All application materials should be e-mailed directly to Lori Adams. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Lori Adams; 319-335-1322; 169 Biology Building. 

Biology/Biomedical Sciences Scholarships & Awards

Arthur J. and Flora D. Levin Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in Biology
This award recognizes a Biology or Biomedical Sciences major enrolled in a Teaching Internship in Biology (BIOL:4897) during the 2018-2019 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, 2019.

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 e-mailed directly to Lori Adams. Application includes: 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 15, 2019. 

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 e-mailed directly to Lori Adams. Application includes: 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 15, 2019.

Clifford W. Hesseltine Scholarship in Biology $1,000
The applicant must be a Biology or Biomedical Sciences 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.

All application materials should be e-mailed directly to Lori Adams. Application includes: 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 15, 2019. 

Arthur J. and Flora D. Levin Award for Outstanding Biology or Biomedical Sciences Honors Student
The applicant must be an undergraduate Biology or Biomedical Sciences major taking part in Biology or Biomedical Sciences Honors research.

All application materials should be e-mailed directly to Lori Adams. Application includes: 1) Students must be nominated by your honors research adviser. Nominations should be sent directly from the honors research adviser to Lori Adams. 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. 2) Students must submit: a) a brief paragraph indicating their academic interests and future plans and b) a brief description (maximum of two single-spaced pages) of the student's Honors research activities similar in format to a graduate research statement. Nominations and statement must be sent to Lori Adams by 5:00pm on April 15, 2019.