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The Department of Biology has scholarships for undergraduate and graduate students. Applications for the 2012 scholarship competition are due February 20, 2012 except those applications for Special Studies Awards to undertake Summer Field Studies in Biology, which will be accepted on a rolling basis until the start of each class. Contact the Department Office at (723) 487-4242 or Dr. Daniel Clemans (dclemans@emich.edu) for more information.

Undergraduate Scholarships

All undergraduate scholarships require completion of the Departmental Undergraduate Scholarship Application, which can be downloaded in Word or .pdf format.

Graduate Scholarships

The Brown and Hellwig graduate scholarships require completion of the Departmental Graduate Scholarship Application, which can be downloaded in Word or .pdf format.


Undergraduate Scholarships

 

Don Brown and Meta Hellwig Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Scholarships of up to $1,000 (Don Brown) or $2,000 (Meta Hellwig) given to a junior or senior student in support of research to be performed in association with a Biology Department faculty member. This award is intended to assist the student in performing research during a continuous period including spring/summer or fall/winter terms of the year awarded.

  • Eligibility: Biology Major with Junior or Senior standing by the beginning of the award period.
  • Application Materials: Completed application, one- to two-page research proposal that includes a budget and a timeline, unofficial transcripts, a letter of support from the sponsoring faculty member and one other letter of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to submit other supporting documentation including additional reference letters.
  • Selection Criteria: The research proposal will be judged on its quality and on the feasibility of accomplishing the stated goals during the award period.
  • Expectations: The student receiving the award must submit a one-to-three page typewritten report that summarizes his/her accomplishments during the award period. Reports should be turned into the Scholarship Committee by the final day of the award period. The student is expected to present his/her research findings at the College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Symposium during the year of the award. -Top of page

Don Brown Special Study Scholarships

Scholarships of a variable amount ($250 to $1,500) These scholarships are intended to help defray expenses related to travel and costs to take a field biology course away from the EMU Campus. Examples would be offerings at Fish Lake or the Parsons Center and the summer study abroad course in Galapagos. Preference will be given to activities offered through EMU. International research activities that are organized in consultation with an EMU biology faculty member are also eligible.  

  • Eligibility: Biology Major.
  • Application Materials: In addition to the completed application form, at least one letter of reference is required, as well as a proposed budget indicating how the funds will be used. For international research experiences, a one-page description of the proposed activity is also required.
  • Expectations: All students receiving the award must submit a one-to-two page typewritten report summarizing their accomplishments during the award period. Reports should be turned into the Scholarship Committee within one month of the end of the award. -Top of page

The Fred C. and Ford R. Bryan Scholarship for Teaching Science

An award of a variable amount (usually $500- $2000).

  • Eligibility: All students who intend to teach physical or natural sciences on the Junior/Senior high school level. Applicants must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and provide a written statement of financial need. Note: May also be used by in-service teachers (physical or natural sciences) toward taking undergrad biology-focused classes at Fish Lake or EMU Parsons Ctr. (Email Dr. Laporte for details at mlaporte@emich.edu)
  • Application Materials: In addition to the information submitted in the completed application form, one letter of recommendation from a faculty member is required. -Top of page

Richard A. Giles Botany Award

Awards of a variable amount (usually $500-1000). Awards are for a one year period, however recipient may reapply for the award in subsequent years.

  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Biology Majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and a minimum 3.0 GPA in Biology. At least 8 hours of the biology courses, must have been completed at Eastern Michigan University. In addition, the recipient must intend to pursue a career in some aspect of botany.
  • Application Materials: In addition to the information submitted in the completed application form, the application must include a statement of student's goals and one letter of recommendation from a faculty member. -Top of page

Mary Goddard Scholarship

A scholarship award of a variable amount (usually $250 to $500).

  • Eligibility: Elementary Science Majors and Biology Majors or Minors are eligible to apply for this scholarship. The student must plan to teach Biology or General Science or plan to do biological research. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 overall and 3.5 in biology or Elementary science is required. The student must have 72 hours earned college credit with at least 45 hours earned at EMU. Biology majors and minors must have a minimum of 18 hours of Biology. Elementary Science majors must have 18 hours in the Elementary Science Program with at least 6 hours in Biology.
  • Selection Criteria: Scholarship record, adaptability, cooperation, initiative, interest and probability of success in Biology as a profession. The Selection Committee will also consider relevant extracurricular activities, service to the Biology Department, Tri-Beta, and demonstrated capacity for leadership.
  • Application Materials: In addition to the information submitted in the completed application form, one letter of recommendation from a faculty is required. -Top of page

Meta Hellwig Research Apprenticeships

Awards of $1000 each to support learning by working with individual faculty members. These awards are intended for broad-based learning activities. Applicants for non-research projects are encouraged to apply. Awards are for two semesters (Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer) and represent a commitment to engage in 140 hours of collaborative study with the sponsoring faculty member.

  • Eligibility: Biology Major.
  • Application Materials: Required are a completed application, unofficial transcripts and a brief essay describing career goals and the proposed learning activities of this apprenticeship; furthermore, required is a letter from the sponsoring faculty member that describes the variety of learning activities in which the student will be involved.
  • Selection Criteria: The main criterion will be the apparent value to the student of the learning experience.
  • Expectations: All students receiving an award must submit a one-to-two page typewritten report summarizing their accomplishments during the award period. Reports should be turned in to the Scholarship Committee by the final day of the award period. -Top of page

Bert Johnson Scholarship

Awards of a variable amount (usually $500-$1000).

  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Biology Majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and a minimum 3.5 GPA in at least 8 hours of college biology with 4 or more earned at Eastern Michigan University.
  • Application Materials: In addition to the information submitted in the completed application form, two letters of recommendation from faculty are required. -Top of page

The Stephen and Christine Liu Scholarship

An award of a variable amount (usually $500-$1000).

  • Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior or Senior Biology Majors who have a 3.5 or higher grade point average in Biology may apply for this scholarship.
  • Application Materials: In addition to the information in the completed application, one letter of recommendation from an EMU Biology faculty member is required. -Top of page

The Minnie Neary Scholarship

An award of a variable amount (usually $100-$200).

  • Eligibility: All Biology majors are eligible.
  • Application Materials: In addition to the information submitted in the completed application form, one letter of recommendation from a faculty member is required. -Top of page

The Grace E. Wertenberger Award

An award of a variable amount (usually $500-$1000).

  • Eligibility: All Biology majors with a minimum 3.0 GPA are eligible. Students must supply written statement of financial need.
  • Application Materials: In addition to the information submitted in the completed application form, one letter of recommendation from a faculty member is required. -Top of page

The Federated Garden Club of Michigan

An award of $1000. This award is not available until Fall semester and is not part of our annual scholarship competition in February.

  • Eligibility: All juniors, seniors, and graduate level with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The student must be involved in studies in Horticulture, Floriculture, Environmental Education, Soil Studies, Biology, and all related fields of study pertinent to the Federation's aims and goals.
  • Application Materials: In addition to the information submitted in the completed application form, the application must include one letter of recommendation from a faculty member. -Top of page

Graduate Scholarships


Graduate Teaching Assistantships

Graduate Teaching Assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to highly qualified, degree-seeking graduate students in the Biology Graduate Program. These awards provide a stipend as well as 18 hours of tuition coverage per year. Foreign students for whom English is a second language must be in residence in the United States for at least one year to be eligible to receive an assistantship.

  • Application Materials: Interest in a graduate teaching assistantship should be indicated on the departmental application form, which can be found on the Apply to the Biology Department page. Applications should be complete March 15 to insure consideration for a fall semester assignment. Two letters of recommendation are required. Contact Dr. David Kass, Graduate Coordinator, for more information. -Top of page

Don Brown Graduate Special Study Scholarships

Awards of up to $1,500 are intended to help defray expenses related to travel and costs to take a field biology course away from the EMU Campus or to undertake an international research experience under guidance by an EMU faculty member. Examples of field courses would be offerings at Fish Lake, the Parson's Center, the Galapagos summer study abroad course or the Brazil summer study abroad course. The size of the award will be influenced by the cost of the activity. Preference will be given to activities offered through EMU.

  • Eligibility: Acceptance into a Graduate Biology Plan A or Plan B Program or acceptance into a Master's Program in General Science or Education and completion of the Department of Biology Financial Award application.
  • Application Materials: In addition to the information submitted in the completed application form, the selection committee will require at least one letter of reference, and a proposed budget indicating how the funds will be used.
  • Expectations: All students receiving an award must submit a one-to-two page typewritten report summarizing their accomplishments during the award period. Reports should be turned in to the Scholarship Committee within one month of the end of the award period. -Top of page

Meta Hellwig Graduate Research Awards

Awards of $4000 each in support of thesis research. It is intended that this award will assist the student in performing research during a continuous period including spring/summer or fall/winter terms of the year awarded.

  • Eligibility: Degree Admission as a Plan A student in one of the Eastern Michigan University Biology Graduate Programs.
  • Application Materials: In addition to hte information submitted in the completed application form, which includes unofficial transcripts for coursework taken at other institutions, applicants should submit a four-to-five page research proposal, including a budget for supplies/materials. The proposal will be judged on both its quality and feasibility of accomplishing its stated goals during the award period. Along with a completed application, a letter of support from the sponsoring faculty member and one other letter of recommendation is required. Additional letters and other supporting documentation are encouraged.
  • Expectations: All students receiving this award must submit a one-to-three page typewritten report summarizing their accomplishments during the award period. Reports should be turned in to the Scholarship Committee by the final day of the award period. Students are expected to present their research findings at a state or national meeting within one year of the end of the award. -Top of page