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Field Biology Scholarships and Fellowships

We offer aid for both undergraduate students and graduate students hoping to take courses or do research at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories. 


Itasca Director's Graduate Research Fellowship


To apply submit a CV, a support letter from an advisor, and a two-page (max. length, incl. any tables/figures) research proposal that includes a work plan and a budget. Send a single PDF to Laura Domine at IBSL@umn.edu.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on February 23, 2018.

All award recipients will be notified on or before noon on March 1, 2018. 

Eligibility criteria

  • The maximum award will be $5,000
  • Research must be done in or near Itasca State Park.
  • Students must be in residence at Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories for at least a portion of their research.
  • Applications must be from 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. 
  • Grants may include funding for research expenses and living expenses.

Itasca Field Biology Scholarships

Apply at z.umn.edu/IBSLscholarships  


Two letters of recommendation are required. Recommendation letters should be submitted directly from the writer to the Itasca Program Coordinator at IBSL@umn.edu.

Applications are due by 4 p.m. on February 23, 2018.

All award recipients will be notified on or before noon on March 1, 2018.  

Questions? Contact Laura Domine at (612) 624-6743 or IBSL@umn.edu

Learn more about eligibility criteria for specific Itasca field biology scholarships

  • Janet S. Boe Memorial Scholarship

    The Boe Memorial Scholarship awards students who will be taking summer session field biology courses in the Itasca Biology Program (May 23rd to June 27th, 2018) 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. One award of $1,000 available.

    Eligibility Criteria: Undergraduate or graduate students enrolled in the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Students must enroll in a course or courses during the Field Biology Session at Itasca (May 23rd to June 27th, 2018) or conduct research in field biology or zoology at Itasca Biological Station & Labs.

  • Denneth and Joan Dvergsten Itasca Summer Scholarships

    The Dvergsten Itasca Summer Scholarship awards outstanding students who will be taking summer session field biology courses at Itasca. Selections will be made by the Director in conjunction with the CBS scholarship committee. Two awards @ $2,500 and three awards @ $4,000 are available.

    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 23rd to June 27th, 2018) and demonstrate high financial need and academic merit.

  • Itasca Director's Scholarship

    The Biological Sciences Alumni Society provides scholarships for students who will be taking summer session field biology courses at Itasca. One award of $1,000 available.

    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 23rd to June 27th, 2018).

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

    The James C. Underhill Memorial Scholarship 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. One award of $500 available.

    Eligibility Criteria

    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. 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 4-credit field biology course during Summer Session 2018 (May 23rd to June 27th, 2018).

    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 Friday, February 23rd, 2018.

    Other Criteria

    Students wishing to do winter research at the Station will be given preference over summer research. 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.
  • 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. One award of $1,000 available.

    Eligibility Criteria: Any full-time, undergraduate student at the University of Minnesota may apply. Students must enroll in a course or courses at Itasca Biological Station & Labs (May 23rd to June 27th, 2018).

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  • Darby and Geri Nelson Itasca Summer Scholarship 

    To support undergraduate students who are taking two summer research courses at Itasca Biological Station & Laboratories (May 23rd to June 27th, 2018) who demonstrate a high financial need and academic merit. Two awards of $5,000 available.

    Eligibility Criteria: Undergraduate or graduate students with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, enrolled in the College of Biological Sciences at the University of Minnesota. Students must enroll in two courses during the field biology session at Itasca (May 23rd to June 27th, 2018). 

  • 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. Up to $1,000 available.

    Eligibility Criteria: This scholarship provides funding for University of Minnesota student taking summer courses at Itasca (May 23rd to June 27th, 2018). 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.