Scholarships

A number of scholarships are available to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing a degree in biology or a related discipline.  The 2021 applications for the Biology Department scholarships are due on February 1, 2021.  Scholarships for students taking field courses and science education students are accepted on a rolling basis.  See below.  

Submit a 2021 Recommendation Form for Biology Scholarships: https://forms.gle/WmY2hha6oeC4ZybJ7.  If you do not have an emich email address, please email the text of your recommendation directly in the body of an email rather than an attachment to [email protected]

Undergraduate

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. Maggie Hanes at [email protected] 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 Interested in Research

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    To apply for a research fellowship or apprenticeship, complete the 2021 Application for Undergraduate Brown/Hellwig Research Fellowships and Apprenticeships:  https://forms.gle/KScF1Wy4vQ9V752F9

            • 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.
            • Symposium Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) award: This award allows selected students to participate in extended research with a Biology Department faculty member. Fellows receive a renewable $1000 annual award that is applied to their student account, $500 for the fall term and $500 for the winter term of the award year. Additional funds will be available to purchase research supplies. Fellows will present the results of their research at EMU's annual Undergraduate Symposium. Priority will be given to applications from full-time students (12 credit hours or more in the upcoming semester) who are new to EMU (freshmen or transfer students).
  • 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:   https://forms.gle/SXZBjJ6BQAGtALDR9

    • 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.  The awardee must also be enrolled at EMU in the winter 2022 semester.
  • 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:  https://forms.gle/cqhMAPFsK1XoDQUa6

    • 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. Maggie Hanes at [email protected].   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.  https://forms.gle/zCPxmBoTYw2jjgEh7

  • 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 2021 Fields Scholarship Application.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Apply early to ensure that funds are available:  https://forms.gle/qrr72TanhmKNDus8A

    • 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 2021 EMU Science Education Scholarship Application.   Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Apply early to ensure funds are available:  https://forms.gle/htfQYesiyQUNiQWo7

      • 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.
      • Submit a 2021 Recommendation Form for Biology Scholarships: https://forms.gle/WmY2hha6oeC4ZybJ7