Undergraduate Awards

Biology Undergraduate Awards

Every spring semester, the faculty gives several undergraduate awards in Biological Sciences. These awards are presented to students demonstrating excellent academic achievement, initiative, and/or service. Some of the awards were designated by donors for students entering specific areas of study. Electronic nominations for awards will be solicited by Biological Sciences faculty and students will also be invited to self-nominate in the spring semester.

Biological Sciences Faculty Award: An award given by the faculty of the School of Biological Sciences to a graduating Biology major who has demonstrated outstanding scholarship, meritorious character, and significant contributions to the School of Biological Sciences. This monetary award is funded by faculty donations. Note: awarded to a student graduating in the current calendar year.

John H. Ridley Award:  A monetary award given annually to a junior Biology major who plans to apply to medical school and has demonstrated outstanding scholarship and talent for research. This award is intended to support the recipient’s academic and research interests in the senior year.     

McCallum Award for Publication of Outstanding Undergraduate Research: A monetary award given to up to two senior Biological Sciences undergraduate students for publication of outstanding undergraduate research. Note: awarded to students graduating in the current calendar year; the research supervisor must be a faculty member who has a full or partial appointment in the School of Biological Sciences.

McCallum Undergraduate Research Fellows: A four-semester monetary award given to up to two junior Biological Sciences undergraduates to support continuing excellent and productive undergraduate research with a faculty mentor. The award funds up to four semesters of research-for-pay, provides a housing stipend (summer semester only), and funds for travel to a scientific conference to present research results. Note: the research supervisor must be a faculty member who has a full or partial appointment in the School of Biological Sciences.

McCallum Undergraduate Research Scholars Awards: Up to seven monetary awards given to first-year students to support ongoing research with a faculty mentor during the second year. Awards can be used to fund research-for-pay during the sophomore year. Note: the research supervisor must be a faculty member who has a full or partial appointment in the School of Biological Sciences.

Williams-Walls Award: A monetary award given annually to one or more senior women in the life sciences (majoring in Biology or Psychology) with a grade point average of 3.5 or above, and who has applied to graduate school.

For more information about Biology Undergraduate awards, or to nominate yourself or someone you know, please contact Dr. Shana Kerr

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