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Scholarships for Continuing CBS students

Scholarships are listed by major. Be sure to read the eligibility criteria and typical recipient profile for CBS scholarships before applying for an award. Individual scholarships may have additional eligibility requirements, please read each description carefully to determine whether or not you qualify for the award. After you've read through the scholarship descriptions, please visit the application instructions page.

All CBS majors | Biochemistry majors | Genetics, Cell Biology and Development majors | Microbiology majors | Plant Biology majors


All CBS majors

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BSAS Alumni and Friends Scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Biological Sciences Alumni Society to recognize outstanding undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities and a passion for the College of Biological Sciences. Support comes from Board Members, alumni and friends of CBS. Read more about the award.

Eligibility Criteria: Outstanding undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities and a passion for the College of Biological Sciences.

CBS Annual Giving Scholarship

The CBS Annual Giving Scholarship is awarded to students in recognition of outstanding academic achievements and in order to encourage them to continue their pursuit of a career in the biological sciences, eventually lending their support to outstanding future CBS students. The funds for this scholarship are made possible by annual gifts from CBS graduates. Read more about the award.

Eligibility Criteria: Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, with some consideration given to extracurricular involvement.

Bloomfield Shapiro Scholarship

This award is open to any CBS undergraduate who can demonstrate that it will make a substantial difference in their ability to afford to attend the University of Minnesota and to devote time to their studies rather than to excessive non-academic work. Read more about the donors.

Richard S. Caldecott Award

The Caldecott Award is awarded to a student who demonstrates outstanding academic and extracurricular accomplishments. Richard Caldecott was the founding dean of the College of Biological Sciences and the award was established in order to honor Dr. Caldecott upon his retirement from the University of Minnesota. Read more about the donor.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) plan to graduate by August, 2017, (2) have an overall grade point average of 3.5 or better, and (3) include a letter of recommendation preferably from a CBS department head, but if not possible, from a CBS faculty member. Particular attention will be paid to evidence of involvement in U of M student government or equivalent extracurricular or community activity, and participation in organized athletics or a demonstrated interest in personal athletic development.

Stanley Dagley Memorial Scholarship

The Dagley Scholarship is for a student engaged in a research project during the 2016-2017 academic year. The fund was established to honor the memory of Stanley Dagley, Regents’ Professor Emeritus of Biochemistry. His research helped establish the study of microbial degradation as a rigorous biochemical discipline, and his reviews extracted and eloquently expressed the unifying first principles of the field. Those who worked under him feel they benefited greatly from his unselfish, understanding guidance of their development as experimentalists. Read more about the donor.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must have completed at least 60 credits by the end of the current semester (Spring 2016). The personal statement must include a description of research experience and interests as well as career goals. Preference may be given to a student engaged in research at the biochemical level.

Franklin D. Enfield Memorial Scholarship

The Enfield Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a CBS student who has worked in a biology-related field outside the University of Minnesota. Franklin D. Enfield was professor of Genetics and Cell Biology for more than thirty years. He had an excellent reputation as an effective and dedicated teacher, both in the classroom and in the research lab. He also recognized the need to integrate more effectively the contributions of the University into the larger community. This scholarship reflects his interests and values. Read more about the donors.

Eligibility Criteria: The application must provide evidence of work experience in a biology-related field outside the U of M and include a letter of recommendation from the employer.

Norman Kerr Memorial Scholarship

The Kerr Scholarship is for a CBS student who intends to pursue a career in teaching, at any academic level. The scholarship honors the memory of Norman Kerr, Stanley Dagley Teaching Award winner, Professor of Zoology (1959-1965) and Genetics and Cell Biology (1965-1995) and Associate Dean of CBS (1967-1980). This scholarship reflects Norman Kerr’s professional passion and dedication to education and to undergraduate students. Read more about the donors.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) have completed at least 60 credits by the end of the current semester (Spring, 2016), (2) have an overall grade point average of 3.25 or better, and (3) be a U.S. citizen. The personal statement must provide evidence of a desire to become a teacher, including a discussion of motivation and plans.

Michael Loveless Memorial Scholarship

The Loveless Scholarship will provide an award to a student who demonstrates academic excellence and leadership both on and off campus. The Loveless family established this scholarship in memory of their son, Michael Loveless, B.S. 1986, who served as an example of the best that students bring to the University of Minnesota prior to his untimely death in 1987. This scholarship recognizes students who continue the aspirations and achievements of Michael Loveless by displaying excellence in academics and dedication to community service. Read more about the donors.

Eligibility Criteria: Special consideration will be given to students who have distinguished themselves in extracurricular activities and services within the University community and beyond. These qualities and specific activities should be clearly outlined in the personal statement included in the scholarship application.

Claudia Neuhauser Scholarship Fund in Biology

Claudia is vice chancellor for academic affairs at the University of Minnesota - Rochester and is former head of CBS' Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior. This scholarship supports undergraduate students who represent the first generation in their families to attend college.

Jane A. Phillips Scholarship

The purpose of the fund is to support a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in the College of Biological Sciences (based on merit and need).

Douglas C. Pratt Undergraduate Scholarship

The Pratt Scholarship will award a student with demonstrated leadership experience. This fund, established by Drs. Mary Kemen and Brian Randall, is named in recognition of Professor Douglass C. Pratt, who served as a mentor to Mary Kemen while she worked in his lab as an undergraduate. Read more about the donors.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must have an overall grade point average of 3.3 or better. Special consideration will be given to students who demonstrate leadership experience.

Leon A. Snyder Memorial Scholarship Award

The Snyder Memorial Scholarship is awarded to a student enrolled as a senior during the 2015-2016 academic year. In honor of the memory of Leon A. Snyder, Professor of Genetics and Cell Biology in the College of Biological Sciences, this award recognizes students who pursue broad educational interests, and who have excelled in foreign language, literature, philosophy, history, art, and social science courses. Read more about the donor.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must have completed at least 90 credits by the end of the current semester (Spring, 2016). Applicants for this award must submit two letters of recommendation. The statement of purpose should address the question: What were the important influences leading you to choose biological sciences as a major area of study?

Spandl Family Scholarship

This award is open to any CBS undergraduate student who seems deserving, either financially or academically.

Monica Tsang and James Weatherbee Merit Scholarship in Biology

The Tsang/Weatherbee Merit Scholarship is for a full-time CBS student pursing a biology degree who has (1) demonstrated academic achievement in the math and science disciplines, (2) demonstrated rigor in course selection, (3) an articulated career path and (4) a GPA of 3.5 or better. Read more about the donors.

Zoology Department Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for a full-time CBS undergraduate student. Preference will be given to students who contribute to student-body diversity. A plus factor will be gien to Native American Indian or African American students if they are underrepresented in the University/CBS or in the applicable major or program at the time of the award.

 


Biochemistry majors

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Danielson Blake Family Scholarship

The Danielson Family created this scholarship in 2011 to honor their family's passion for undergraduate students. Read more about the donor.

Eligibility Criteria: 
The Danielson Blake Family Scholarship provides a one year, need-based scholarship for a student studying Biochemistry. One letter of recommendation from a BMBB faculty member is required.

Juliamarie Andreen Grilly Undergraduate Research Scholarship in Molecular Biology

The Grilly Scholarship provides a scholarship to a full-time undergraduate student within the College of Biological Sciences who is carrying out research in the field of molecular biology. The scholarship may be used to support the academic year or summer research experience of the recipient. Grilly graduated from the University of Minnesota in 1946 and spent her entire professional career as a research scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratories. Read more about the donor.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must be a full-time student enrolled in the College of Biological Sciences and engaged in research in the area of molecular biology. Please provide a one-page description of your research project and a letter of recommendation from your research mentor.

L. M. Henderson Endowed Biochemistry Scholarship

The L. M. Henderson Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in Biochemistry who has demonstrated exceptional research and academic achievements. The friends and colleagues of LaVell M. Henderson established this scholarship in appreciation of his years of service as Head of the Biochemistry Department and Associate Dean of the College of Biological Sciences. Read more about the donor.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) be a Biochemistry major, (2) describe their participation in a research project and (3) have completed at least 60 credits by the end of the current semester (Spring, 2016), (4) provide two letters of recommendation, at least one from a faculty member in the BMBB Department.

Harold Paul Morris Scholarship

The Morris Scholarship is awarded to a student who is majoring in either Biochemistry or GCD, and who demonstrates outstanding academic accomplishments. This scholarship was established in memory of Harold Paul Morris, a University of Minnesota graduate (B.S. 1925, Ph.D. 1930) and Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award winner (1970), following a distinguished research career in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Cancer Institute, as well as in academia. Read more about the donor.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) be a Biochemistry or GCD major (2) have an overall grade point average of 3.3 or better, and (3) include a brief description of any financial need or hardship.

Richard C. Nelson Endowed Scholarship in Biochemistry

The Nelson Endowed Scholarship in Biochemistry provides an award to students majoring in Biochemistry. This scholarship was established in honor of University of Minnesota graduate Richard C. Nelson (B.S. 1934, Ph.D. 1937) following his distinguished career in both industry and academia. Read more about the donor.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) be a Biochemistry major and (2) provide two letters of recommendation, at least one from a faculty member in the BMBB Department.

Henrietta Novy Miller Scholarship

The Miller Scholarship is for a student majoring in Biochemistry who has demonstrated academic excellence and professional development, usually through research. The friends and colleagues of Henrietta Miller established this scholarship in appreciation of her years of service as Assistant Administrator for the Biochemistry Department. Read more about the donor.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) be a Biochemistry major and (2) have completed at least 60 credits by the end of the current semester (Spring, 2016).

 


Genetics, Cell Biology and Development majors

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Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development. Read more about the award.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must be a GCD major. The scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic merit, with some consideration given to extracurricular involvement.

Ross and Esther Johnson Scholarship

Ross Johnson retired from CBS after a 43 year career as a professor and former head of the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development. This scholarship provides support to fulltime undergraduate students in CBS that demonstrate an interest in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Preference will be given to students in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development.

Harold Paul Morris Scholarship

The Morris Scholarship is awarded to a student who is majoring in either Biochemistry or GCD, and who demonstrates outstanding academic accomplishments. This scholarship was established in memory of Harold Paul Morris, a University of Minnesota graduate (B.S. 1925, Ph.D. 1930) and Outstanding Alumni Achievement Award winner (1970), following a distinguished research career in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Food and Drug Administration, and the National Cancer Institute, as well as in academia. Read more about the donor.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) be a Biochemistry or GCD major (2) have an overall grade point average of 3.3 or better, and (3) include a brief description of any financial need or hardship.

 


Microbiology majors

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Patrick Cleary Scholarship

The Cleary Scholarship is awarded to a student majoring in Microbiology. The scholarship was created by Dr. Patrick Cleary to support students who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in course work and research in the field of microbiology. Read more about the donor.

Eligibility Criteria: The student must (1) be a Microbiology major, (2) have completed Biology of Microorganisms (MicB 3301) by the end of the current semester, (3) provide a letter of recommendation from a faculty member whose expertise is in microbiology, and (4) have completed, are in the process of completing, or have been accepted into a laboratory to complete a semester of research in microbiology.

Palmer Rogers Scholarship

The Rogers Scholarship is awarded to CBS students majoring in Microbiology. The scholarship honors the dedication of the late Dr. Palmer Rogers to students in the Microbiology program. Read more about the donor.

Eligibility Criteria: The student must (1) be a Microbiology major, (2) provide a letter of recommendation from a faculty member whose expertise is in microbiology, (3) have completed, are in the process of completing, or have been accepted into a laboratory to complete a semester of research in microbiology, and (4) provide a description of their research or proposed project.

 


Plant Biology majors

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Ernst C. and Lucy B. Abbe Award

The Abbe Award is awarded to a student who has demonstrated a high level of academic and research accomplishment in their major and the plant biological sciences. Ernest Abbe made a lasting impact on teaching, scientific research and administration at the U of M during his tenure from 1935-1974. Lucy Abbe served as a Research Associate from 1944-1947 and on the faculty at Macalester College from 1959-1965. Read more about the donors.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) be a Plant Biology or other CBS major, (2) exemplify scholarship in the plant sciences as shown by achievements in plant-related coursework or research. Preference is given to students who plan to attend graduate school in the plant sciences and who will graduate in 2016-2017.

Application: The application consists of a resume and a statement (not to exceed 500 words) that addresses the above criteria for the award and describes your undergraduate experiences in science, your research experience, and your academic and career objectives. This statement will play a significant role in the selection of award recipients.

Eloise Newcomb Pittman Scholarship

The Pittman awards an undergraduate woman enrolled in CBS who has demonstrated a high level of academic achievement and a special interest in the biology of plants, as evidenced by courses taken and/or participation in research relating to plant biology. This award was established in memory of Botany alumna Eloise Newcomb Pittman. Read more about the donors.

Eligibility Criteria: Student must (1) be a female enrolled in a plant biology discipline or engaged in research relating to plant biology, and (2) provide a letter of recommendation from a Plant Biology Department faculty member.

Application: The application consists of a resume and a statement (not to exceed 500 words) that addresses the above criteria for the award and describes your undergraduate experiences in science, your research experience, and your academic and career objectives. This statement will play a significant role in the selection of award recipients.

John T. Stout Memorial Scholarship

John (BA Zoology '61; Ph.D. Plant Genetics '72) spent most of his career as a molecular biologist for Asgrow Seed Company (Monsanto). This scholarship supports students interested in plant biology research.


 

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