Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in biology or a related discipline.

Undergraduate

The 2020 applications for the Biology Department Undergraduate Scholarships were due on January 31, 2020 though our scholarships for students taking field courses and those for science education students are accepted on a rolling basis (see below). Check back in mid-fall 2020 for the 2021 application form for the other awards. Students are encouraged to apply for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Each award type has its own application form that must be completed. For questions about scholarships, please contact Dr. Marianne Laporte. The Department has five main categories of undergraduate scholarships:

  • Scholarships for students doing research with a biology faculty member
  • Botany/environmental biology scholarships
  • Awards for undergraduate biology majors
  • Scholarships for students taking field courses
  • Scholarships for science education students
  • Scholarships for Students Doing Research with a Biology Faculty Member

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    To apply for a research fellowship or apprenticeship, complete the 2021 Application for Undergraduate Brown/Hellwig Research Fellowships and Apprenticeships (available in fall 2020).

    • Don Brown and Meta Hellwig Undergraduate Research Fellowships: Scholarships of $2,000 awarded to students doing research mentored by a Biology Department faculty member regardless of major. They are intended for junior or senior students with at least one semester of previous research experience. The primary selection criteria for Fellowships are quality of the proposal and feasibility of accomplishing the stated goals within the award period.
    • Don Brown and Meta Hellwig Undergraduate Research Apprenticeships: Scholarships of $1,000 awarded to students working with a Biology Department faculty member regardless of major. Applicants beginning research projects are encouraged to apply for Apprenticeships. The primary selection criterion for Apprenticeships is the apparent value of the learning experience to the student.
  • Botany/Environmental Biology Awards

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    To apply for a botany/environmental biology award, complete the 2021 Application for EMU Plant Biology/Environmental Biology Scholarships (coming in fall 2020).

    • The Richard A. Giles Award: Awarded to students intending to pursue a career in botany. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA both overall and in biology with at least eight hours of EMU biology courses. 
    • The Federated Garden Club of Michigan Award: Awarded to a student with junior or senior standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0 studying botany, environmental biology or any field of study related to the Federation's aims and goals. Additional application materials may be required after submission of the form. The recipient must be willing to share a photograph for publication by the Garden Club. The award will be available in the December following application. 
  • Awards for Undergraduate Biology Majors

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    To apply for an award for undergraduate biology majors, complete the 2021 Application for EMU Awards for Undergraduate Biology Majors (coming in fall 2020).

    • The Bert Johnson Scholarship: Awarded to promising biology majors with sophomore, junior or senior standing, a minimum 3.0 overall GPA and a minimum 3.5 GPA in biology. Awardees must have at least eight hours of college biology with four or more hours earned at EMU.
    • The Stephen and Christine Liu Scholarship: Awarded to a promising biology major with sophomore, junior or senior standing and a minimum 3.5 GPA.
    • The Minnie Neary Scholarship: Awarded to a promising biology major.
    • The Grace E. Wertenberger Scholarship: Awarded to a promising biology major with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need.

Graduate

For questions about scholarships, contact Dr. Marianne Laporte ([email protected]), biology department head. For questions about graduate teaching assistantships, contact Dr. Cara Shillington  ([email protected]), biology graduate coordinator.

  • Don Brown and Meta Hellwig Graduate Research Awards

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    Scholarships of $4,000 awarded to students doing summer thesis research. To receive a Brown/Hellwig award, the applicant must submit an EMU Biology 2021 Application for Graduate Brown/Hellwig Research Awards, which will be due in February, 2021. The primary selection criteria for Graduate Research Awards are quality of the proposal and feasibility of accomplishing the stated goals within the award period.

  • Don Brown and Meta Hellwig Special Study Scholarships

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    Graduate students are eligible for Don Brown and Meta Hellwig Special Study Scholarships, which are intended to help defray expenses related to travel and costs to take a field biology course away from the EMU Campus. See the Field Course Scholarships section below for more information.
  • Graduate Teaching Assistantships

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    Teaching assistantships are awarded on a competitive basis to highly qualified, graduate degree-seeking students in the Biology Department. These awards provide a stipend as well as 18 hours of tuition remission per year. Interest in a graduate teaching assistantship should be indicated upon application to the graduate program. Admission application should be completed by the first of March to ensure consideration for a fall semester assignment. Complete this Google Form to indicate your interest in a position. Two letters of recommendation are required. Contact Dr. Cara Shillington at [email protected], graduate coordinator, for more information. International 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. 

Graduate and Undergraduate

  • Scholarships for Students Taking Field Courses

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    The Don Brown and Meta Hellwig Special Study Scholarships

    In order to apply for scholarships for field courses, complete the 2020 Field Studies Scholarship Application. The first round of applications were due in late January, 2020. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. It is better to apply early to ensure that funds are available. 

    The Special Study Scholarships ($250 to $1,500) are intended to help defray expenses related to taking a field biology course away from the EMU Campus. Summer field courses offered through EMU are given preference. Biology (graduate and undergraduate), environmental science and society and secondary education biology majors (graduate and undergraduate) are given preference. Other majors will be considered as funds permit. The main selection criterion will be the apparent value of the learning experience to the student. 

  • Scholarships for Science Education Students

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    In order to apply for any of the science education scholarships, complete the 2020 EMU Science Education Scholarship Application. The first round of applications are due on February 26. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis thereafter. It is better to apply early to ensure that funds are available. 

    • The Fred C. and Ford R. Bryan Scholarship for Teaching Science: This scholarship is for students who intend to teach natural or physical sciences at the middle or high school level. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrate financial need. Awards may also be made to in-service natural or physical science teachers taking undergraduate biology classes at Fish Lake or the EMU Parsons Center.
    • Suzanne Stevens Scholarship for Teaching: This scholarship is intended for students with a science education major or minor with preference given to students returning to school after an absence or after a career change and to students teaching or planning to teach science at the elementary or middle school level.
    • Mary Goddard Scholarship: This scholarship is intended for students who plan to teach biology or general science or plan a career in 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 Integrated Science Program with at least six hours in biology.