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DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

Below are descriptions of scholarships available to majors within the Department of Biology.
Application deadline has passed for 2016.  Check back in January 2017 to apply for available scholarships and awards
To view BioSketches for previous scholarship recipients click here for 2014-15 recipients or click here for 2015-16 recipients. Majors within the Department of Biology can also consider applying for the College of Science Scholarships and Fellowships. Plus, don't forget to review our other student opportunities.

Thomas L. Bahler Scholarship

Established in Recognition of Thomas Bahler's long-time dedication and support to students in the Department of Biology, with special emphasis for students preparing for the health professions. This award is generally made to a prehealth student with a biology major.

Gordon J. Christensen Scholarship

Established to assist deserving undergraduate students pursing research opportunities in the Department of Biology. The award is based on scholarship, character, and professional promise and awarded to a student pursing a career in dentistry. This scholarship is made possible by the generous donation of Drs. Gordon J. and Rella Christensen and is administered by the Department of Biology.

Christenson Memorial Scholarship

Established to honor the six Christenson brothers - Scott, Reed, L. Dean, Ralph, John, and Paul - all of whom attended Utah State University, the later five of whom all graduated in the Department of Biology. Established to assist deserving undergraduate students pursing a degree in the Department of Biology. The award is based on scholarship, character, and professional promise. The Scholarship serves as a legacy to the Christenson brothers' commitment to education and as a source of perpetual support for generations of biology students. The scholarship is administered by the Department of Biology.

Department of Biology Scholarship

Established by many donors including alumni, emeriti, faculty, staff and friends of the Department. The scholarship is based on scholarly performance during the student's academic career.

David B. Drown Scholarship for Public Health

Established in honor of emeriti faculty member, Dr. David B. Drown by family, students, and colleagues. Awarded to students majoring in Public Health based on scholarship, character, need, and professional promise.

Eldon J. Gardner Research Scholarship

Established in memory of Eldon J. Gardner, former faculty member and discoverer of the Gardner Syndrome. Awarded based on outstanding scholarship, character, research and professional promise. Awarded to undergraduate biology students to assist in genetic research.

Weston R. and Jolayne Innes Scholarship

Made possible by an endowment established by alumni, Weston R. Innes, in 2013. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time student currently working on an undergraduate degree in Biology at Utah State University. The award is made by the basis of financial need to a junior or senior student in good standing in the Biology Program.

Gene and Ruth Miller Scholarship

Established by Gene Miller, former Department Head of the Department of Biology, and his wife, Ruth. The award is based on outstanding scholarship, research promise, and a demonstrated interest in plant biology.

James Mohr Scholarship

Established by James Mohr to be awarded to one student annually who is registered as full time student and is currently working on an undergraduate degree in Biology at Utah State University. The award is based on good academic standing in the Department of Biology

Pepper R. Murray Scholarship Award

Awarded to induce pre-professional undergraduate students (pre-medical or pre-dental) to obtain training and educaton in the business realm to assist them in their professional careers as they ultimately participate in their own businesses (practices).

Ivan G. Palmblad Scholarship

Established by Ivan G. Palmblad, Professor Emeritus, for deserving undergraduate students interested in Ecology, Evolution, Field Biology, or unrestricted areas of research. The Palmblad Scholarships are awarded based on scholarship and research promise.  Recipients must be full-time biology majors with demonstrated interest in Ecology, Evolution, Field Biology, or other areas. 

Richard J. and Marion A. Shaw Scholarship

Established by Professor Emeritus Richard Shaw and his wife, Marion, to benefit future generations of students who demonstrate high academic achievement, professional promise,and personal integrity. Awarded to students majoring in biology with an interest in plant biology.

John R. Simmons Scholarship

Established to recognize the service given by John R. Simmons, former Department Head and faculty member in the Department of Biology. Available to junior or senior students majoring in biology and showing scholastic achievement, personal integrity, and financial need. 

Sedley and Pearl Stanford Memorial Scholarship

Established to honor the memory of Sedley and Pearl Stanford to assist undergraduate students seeking a degree in biology, preferably with the intention of a career in ornithology or entomology.

John W. and Norda Fife Emmett Endowed Scholarship

The Emmett Scholarship was established by Dr. John W Emmett and Norda Fife Emmet to support undergraduate studies in the Department of Biology, College of Science. Both Dr. and Mrs. Emmett were graduates of USU. Dr. Emmett became a radiologist and Mrs. Emmett taught nursery school, kindergarten and first grade. Emmett Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, financial need, and personal integrity. Recipients must be at least a Sophomore in the Department of Biology. Grade point average, scholarly activities, such as undergraduate research or participation in pre-med related student activities are also considered. Preference is given to pre-med students.

Joseph K.-K. Li Scholarship

Established in memory of Dr. Joseph K.-K. Li. Dr. Li, Emeritus Professor, was appointed to USU in 1983. His research centered on virus morphogenesis, structure and function of viral genes and proteins, vaccine development and use of oncolytic viruses to destroy human cancer cells. Dr. Li was recognized as the USU Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year in 2007, National Mortar Board Top Professor in 1998 and was dedicated to undergraduate research throughout his years at USU. The Li Scholarship supports undergraduate research in the Department of Biology at Utah State University. Funds may cover research related expenses such as travel expenses to present research at national or international conferences, registration fees to conferences, equipment and research supplies, or travel to research sites. Awards may also be made in the form of a scholarship to allow a student to focus on their research project. Scholars should demonstrate academic achievement and research promise.

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