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Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories Scholarships

The application deadline for 2016 has passed. Please check back in fall for scholarships for the 2017 season.

All applicants for Itasca scholarships will be notified of their status on or before May 6, 2016.


Descriptions and Eligibility Criteria

Please read the application instructions and information below carefully before you fill out the online application to ensure your application is completed correctly. If you have any questions about applying for Itasca scholarships, please contact Laura Domine, Itasca Program Coordinator, at (612) 624-6743 or domin047@umn.edu. 


Scholarships offered for 2016

Janet S. Boe Memorial Scholarship at Itasca

The Boe Memorial Scholarship awards $1000 to students who will be taking summer session field biology courses in the Itasca Biology Program (May 18 to June 22, 2016) or doing research in field biology or zoology at the Itasca station. Selections will be made by the Director in conjunction with the CBS scholarship committee.

Eligibility Criteria: Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota or studying biology at any other college or university. Students must enroll in a course or courses during the Field Biology Session at Itasca (May 18 to June 22, 2016)  or conduct research in field biology or zoology at Itasca Biological Station & Labs.

Denneth & Joan Dvergsten Itasca Summer Scholarships

The Dvergsten Itasca Summer Scholarship awards $2500 each to outstanding students who will be taking summer session field biology courses in the Itasca Biology Program (May 18 to June 22, 2016) . Selections will be made by the Director in conjunction with the CBS scholarship committee.

Eligibility Criteria: Any University of Minnesota student may apply. Students must enroll in a course or courses during the Field Biology Session at Itasca Biological Station & Labs (May 18 to June 22, 2016) .

Itasca Director’s Scholarship

The Biological Sciences Alumni Society provides $500–$1000 scholarships for students who will be taking summer session field biology courses in the Itasca Biology Program (May 18 to June 22, 2016) .

Eligibility Criteria: Any undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota may apply. Students must enroll in a course or courses during the Field Biology Session at Itasca Biological Station & Labs (May 18 to June 22, 2016) .

David F. Parmelee Memorial Scholarship

The Parmelee Scholarship provides $500–$1000 will be taking summer session field biology courses in the Itasca Biology Program (May 18 to June 22, 2016) . The scholarship was established in 1999 as a memorial to the former Itasca Station Director (1970-1986), beloved ornithology instructor, and Biology Colloquium advisor. Dr. Parmelee was a devoted teacher and researcher. He developed the Colloquium into a dynamic and positive influence for biology students at the U of M.

Eligibility Criteria: Any undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota may apply. Students must enroll in a course or courses during the Field Biology Session at Itasca Biological Station & Labs (May 18 to June 22, 2016) .

James C. Underhill Memorial Scholarship for the Study of Natural History

The James C. Underhill Memorial Scholarship of $500–$1000 has been established to fund student research at the Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories in Itasca State Park, or for coursework at the Station during the summer field biology session.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. The scholarship is available to any enrolled undergraduate, graduate, or adult special student in good standing without regard to grade point average. Applicants may be from any campus of the University of Minnesota.
  2. The scholarship may be used for course work or research, or combination of both. If the award is used to fund research, it must be conducted in or near Itasca State Park. If the award is used to fund course work, the student must be enrolled in at least one 3-credit field biology course during Summer Session 2016 (May 18 to June 22, 2016).

Other Criteria

  1. Students wishing to do winter research at the Station will be given preference over summer research.
  2. Research projects must be zoological in nature. Preference will be given to research projects in the following order: 1) fish, 2) invertebrates, 3) amphibians, 4) mammal, reptiles, birds, or other animals.

Evaluation

The qualities of creativity, originality, enthusiasm, and a desire to investigate interesting biological interactions will be used to evaluate research proposals and requests to enroll in classes at the Station. If necessary the following hierarchy of student status will be used for final selection: 1) high school and elementary teachers, 2) undergraduates, 3) graduates, and 4) others adding to their education in their current profession (e.g., fisheries biology, journalism, etc.).

Research applications for the off season are considered throughout the entire year. However, the deadline to be considered for summer research or coursework is: 4:00 p.m. CST on Wednesday, April 20, 2016.

Ben Thoma Scholarship at Itasca

Ben Thoma first visited Itasca State Park in 1955 as a student for a summer session at the station. Later Ben returned to Itasca State Park as a seasonal park naturalist in the summer months from 1959 to 2003. Living and working at Itasca State Parke were important parts of Ben's life. This scholarship provides support to University of Minnesota students taking summer courses at the Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories. Recipients of this award should demonstrate high academic ability as well as financial need.

Eligibility Criteria: Any full-time undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota may apply. Students must enroll in a course or courses during the Field Biology Session at Itasca Biological Station & Labs (May 18 to June 22, 2016) .

William H. Marshall Field Biology Award

The Marshall Award of $500 is awarded to a student who is attending summer field biology courses at Itasca Biological Station & Laboratories (May 18 to June 22, 2016). This award is open to an undergraduate student in good standing (at least a 3.00 GPA) at any college or university. The student must exhibit exemplary performance in one or more of the courses at the station. The award will be presented at the end of the summer session. See instructions for more details.

Itasca Director’s Graduate Research Fellowship

Established to fund graduate student research in and around Itasca State Park. The maximum award will be $5000. Download flyer (PDF).

  1. Research must be done in or near Itasca State Park. Students must be in residence at the Itasca Biological Station & Laboratories for at least a portion of their research.
  2. Applications must be full-time graduate students at any campus of the University of Minnesota for research in Limnology, Aquatic Ecology, or Water Quality or closely related areas.
  3. Applicants must submit a minimum one-page research proposal with a budget attached. Grants may include funding for research expenses and living expenses. Applications are considered as they are submitted.
  4. Research proposals must be signed by the applicant’s advisor.
Red-Shouldered Hawk Scholarship

Max and Linda Quaas established the Red-Shouldered Hawk Scholarship at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories in 2013. Max and Linda both grew up in Iowa and graduated from the University of Iowa. Max did his family practice residency at Fairview St. Mary's in Minneapolis as part of the University of Minnesota family medicine program. Linda taught elementary schoool. Max was introduced to Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories by Professor Muir Eaton, who taught Ornithology at Itasca during the summer session. Max became involved with the station through Director David Biesboer.

Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship provides funding for University of Minnesota student taking summer courses at Itasca. Recipients must be full-time undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference will be given to students from Iowa.