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EMU Biology Department Undergraduate Scholarships


The 2019 applications for the Biology Department Undergraduate Scholarships will be due in early 2019. Check back in mid-fall for the application form. Students are encouraged to apply for all scholarships for which they are eligible. Each type of award has its own application form that must be completed. For questions about scholarships, please contact Dr. Marianne Laporte (mlaporte@emich.edu), Biology Department Head.

The Department of Biology has five main categories of undergraduate scholarships:

Scholarships for Students Doing Research with a Biology Faculty Member

To apply for a Research Fellowship or Apprenticeship, complete the 2019 Application for Undergraduate Brown/Hellwig Research Fellowships and Apprenticeships (coming soon).  

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

To apply for a Botany/Environmental Biology Award, complete the 2019 Application for EMU Plant Biology/Environmental Biology Scholarships (coming soon).

The Richard A. Giles Award: Awarded to students intending to pursue a career in botany. Applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA overall and GPA 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

To apply for an Award for Undergraduate Biology Majors, complete the 2019 Application for EMU Awards for Undergraduate Biology Majors (coming soon).

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 8 hours of college biology with 4 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 promising biology major with a minimum 3.0 GPA and demonstrated financial need.

The Biology Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold