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Scholarships and Grants for Biology Undergraduates

In addition to the awards and scholarships listed below, the department participates in the campus Work Study and Work Scholarship programs administered through the Office of Financial Aid.  Tuition is paid under the Academic Service Scholarship Program, and the student is obligated to work five hours per week.  Work Study students may be approved to work up to 20 hours per week at an hourly rate.  For further information check the Financial Aid website http://www.mtsu.edu/financial-aid/.

Undergraduate Research Grants

The Office of the Vice Provost for Research sponsors Undergraduate Research Experience and Creative Activity (URECA) grants.  This program provides financial support to encourage MTSU students to get involved in research and creative projects throughout their undergraduate careers.

Biology Dept. Scholarships and Grants for Undergraduates 

The Department of Biology administers 8 scholarships that are exclusively for undergraduate students of our program.  Additionally, there are 9 other scholarships and awards that are available to both graduate and undergraduate students of our program.
How to apply:  To apply for one or more scholarships, you must complete this application and submit an electronic copy to the Chair of the Undergraduate Scholarship Committee by the indicated deadline.  Only one application is required, regardless of the number of awards for which you are applying.  Contact the Biology Department Office in the Science Building, room 2044, or call (615) 898-2847 for information.

Awards with an asterisk (*) indicates those awards available to both undergraduate and graduate students.

*Kurt E. Blum Botany Research Scholarship-Awarded in support of undergraduate and graduate research in botany.  Application deadline March 1.  Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

George Davis Scholarship-Awarded to a non-traditional Biology major of sophomore standing or above.  Award announced in April, scholarship given for the succeeding fall semester.  Application deadline March 1.  Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

Kevin Driver Memorial Scholarship - Awarded to a student of junior standing (minimum of 85 hours earned) with an interest in Organismal Biology, Physical Therapy or Sports Medicine.  Award announced in April. Application deadline March 1. Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

*John  D. DuBois Scholarship –Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students to provide travel for paper presentations at scientific meetings.  Awards possible throughout the year.  Application deadline March 1.  Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

Freeman P. Jordan, Jr.  Scholarship – Awarded to a Biology major in support of research in Microbiology or Molecular Biology.  Awards possible throughout the year. Application deadline March 1.  Up to $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

*Padgett Kelly Research Scholarship- Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student to support summer studies or field research in ecology or conservation biology.  Award is for purchase of equipment, supplies or support travel to and from research sites.  Awards possible throughout the year.  Application deadline March 1.  Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

James R. Kemp Scholarship-Awarded to a Biology major of junior or senior standing (minimum of 85 hours earned) minoring in secondary education.  Award announced in April, scholarship given for the succeeding fall semester.  Application deadline March 1.  Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

*Mitchell Magid Scholarship–A scholarship for students doing research or internships in Organismal Biology.  Available to a student of any classification level.  Award announced in April.  Application deadline March 1.  Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

Charles R. McGhee Scholarship-Awarded to a Biology major of junior, senior, or graduate standing seeking licensure to teach Biology.  Award announced in April, scholarship given for the succeeding fall semester.  Application deadline March 1.   Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

*George G. Murphy Research Scholarship-Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate  student to purchase supplies or support travel associated with research projects.  Awards possible throughout the year. Application deadline March 1.  Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

*J. Gerald Parchment Scholarship-Awarded to a Biology major of sophomore or above standing for summer study or academic year research. Award announced in April.   Application deadline March 1.   Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

*John A. Patten Scholarship-Awarded to a Biology major of sophomore or above (including graduate) standing for research support or summer study.  Award announced in April. Application deadline March 1.  Maximum of $1,500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

Maria de los Reyes Microbiology Scholarship-Awarded to  a Biology major of sophomore standing or above who has completed Biology 1110, 1120, 2230 and 3250 by the spring semester, and has declared an emphasis in microbiology.  Award announced in April, scholarship given for the succeeding fall semester.  Application deadline March 1.  Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

Wayne Rosing Biology Scholarship-Awarded to a Biology major of junior standing with a minor in secondary education or who has Botany as their emphasis area. Award announced in April.   Application deadline March 1.  Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

Eugene F. Strobel Scholarship-Awarded to a Biology major of junior standing (60-100 hours earned), who plans a teaching career at the secondary or college level.  Award announced in April.  Application deadline March 1.  Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

*Sarah H. Swain Undergraduate Research Scholarship-To purchase supplies or support travel associated with research projects.  Awards possible throughout the year.  Application deadline March 1.  Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

*Stephen M. Wright Research Scholarship- Awarded to an undergraduate or graduate student to support any aspect associated with research in microbiology or biotechnology.  Awards possible throughout the year.  Application deadline March 1.  Maximum of $500 per year awarded.  Past recipients.

* Research Scholarship 
In order to qualify a research statement is required.

A research statement should include six clearly defined sub-sections:

  1. Background/Introduction (2 page max)
  2. Material & Methods (2 page max)
  3. Expected Results/Potential Implications
  4. Expected Timeline
  5. Detailed Budget (including how scholarship will be used)
  6. References