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Now taking online applications for Fall 2017 Awards and Scholarships.

Deadline for All Application Materials: 11:59 pm, Monday, October 23rd, 2017


 

 

Awards and Scholarships offered in the fall semester:*

     Established to assist undergraduate stnts who wish to travel to off-campus research laboratories, field research sites, or academic/scientific conference. Application deadlines: early October and late March. Application information (pdf)
     First awarded in 1928, this scholarship was established by Dr. Hyde to improve educational opportunities for women. Ida Henrietta Hyde was born in Davenport, Iowa, in 1857. Supporting herself by teaching school (her family opposed her college plans), Dr. Hyde graduated from Cornell University in 1891 with a bachelor's degree in biology. She was the first woman researcher at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory while a graduate student at Bryn Mawr. Her research so impressed Professor Goette of Strasbourg University in Germany that he offered to accept it for a doctoral dissertation. Strasbourg, under Prussian influence, would not allow a female to pursue a degree. With the recommendation of Dr. Goette, Dr. Hyde enrolled at Heidelberg University; she was not permitted to attend lectures or laboratories and had to study from lecture notes taken by lab assistants. In 1896, Dr. Hyde became the first American woman to graduate with a doctoral degree from Heidelberg. She wrote an article about her experiences called "Before Women Were Human Beings." (pdf) Dr. Hyde became the first female researcher at Harvard Medical School and the first female member of the American Physiological Society. In 1899, at the request of Chancellor Francis H. Snow, she came to KU to help build up the University's medical school. At KU, she founded the Department of Physiology (now part of Molecular Biosciences) and served as Professor and Department Chair until retirement in 1920. Application information (pdf) You can read more about Dr. Hyde in a recent article in The Guardian.
     Established by colleagues and former students in honor of Dr. Paul Kitos, Emeritus Professor of Molecular Biosciences. Dr. Kitos retired from the Department of Biochemistry (now part of Molecular Biosciences) in 1996 after 37 years of teaching. This award is used to enhance research opportunities for undergraduate students working in biochemistry. Application deadline: early October. Application information (pdf)
     Established through the generosity of the Peterson Family, this scholarship provides partial tuition for a pre-medicine student for the final semester of study at KU. The scholarship gives preference to a Genetics major from either Saline or McPherson County, Kansas. Application deadline: early October. Application information (pdf)
     Established by colleagues and former students in honor of Dr. Delbert Shankel, Emeritus Professor in Molecular Biosciences, who taught Microbiology for 37 years at KU. He also served the University in many capacities, from Department Chair to Chancellor, Athletic Director to Dean of the College. In 1995, he was named 15th Chancellor of the University of Kansas. Application deadline: early October. Application information (pdf)
     Provides renewable scholarships to outstanding undergraduate students in the Biological Sciences. In addition to the scholarship, this program provides opportunities such as undergraduate research experiences, mentoring from faculty and graduate students, travel to scientific meetings and presentation of the undergraduate research project. Printable brochure (pdf)

*Scholarships are usually awarded for the following semester.

Awards and Scholarships offered in the spring semester:*

Through the generosity of the Edson Family, the Undergraduate Biology Program will present a scholarship to an outstanding KU sophomore, junior, or senior majoring in biology. The prize (past awards have ranged from $900 to $2,000) will be awarded at the spring biology graduation recognition ceremony. Application deadline: late March.
     Established in 1989 through contributions received from family and friends of Lance S. Foster. Lance was a native of Stillwater, Oklahoma, and a transfer from Oklahoma State University. He earned his bachelor's degrees (granted posthumously in 1989) in Systematics and Ecology and Political Science from The University of Kansas. Lance lived in Stephenson Scholarship Hall for three years of his undergraduate studies and was actively involved in scholarship hall government; he also rose to the highest student position of program director at radio station KJHK. Lance supplemented his course work through his involvement with the KU Democrats and Biology Club. He was also voted a life member of Phi Beta Kappa. In his spare time, Lance enjoyed playing guitar, running, and intramural sports. He died on May 7, 1989, at the age of 23. Application deadline: late March. Application information (pdf)
     This award will be presented to an outstanding KU senior majoring in biology and planning on further study or work in any area of biology. Application deadline: late March. Application information (pdf)
     Established in memory of Professor R. T. Hersh to honor an outstanding graduating senior in the Human Biology program whose course of study best exemplifies the interdisciplinary nature of the scientific study of humans, their origins, development, biology, and behavior. The idea for a human-oriented biology curriculum grew from Dr. Hersh's interaction with undergraduate students and discussions with colleagues. Dr. Hersh was Director of the Human Biology Program until his retirement in 1995. During his tenure at KU, Dr. Hersh was chair of the Biochemistry Department (now part of Molecular Biosciences). His dedication to teaching earned him an Outstanding Educator Award in 1973 and the Chancellor's Career Teaching Award in 1991. Application information (pdf)
     Established to assist undergraduate students who wish to travel to off-campus research laboratories, field research sites, or academic/scientific conference. Application deadlines: early October and late March. Application information (pdf)
     First awarded in 1928, this scholarship was established by Dr. Hyde to improve educational opportunities for women. Ida Henrietta Hyde was born in Davenport, Iowa, in 1857. Supporting herself by teaching school (her family opposed her college plans), Dr. Hyde graduated from Cornell University in 1891 with a bachelor's degree in biology. She was the first woman researcher at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory while a graduate student at Bryn Mawr. Her research so impressed Professor Goette of Strasbourg University in Germany that he offered to accept it for a doctoral dissertation. Strasbourg, under Prussian influence, would not allow a female to pursue a degree. With the recommendation of Dr. Goette, Dr. Hyde enrolled at Heidelberg University; she was not permitted to attend lectures or laboratories and had to study from lecture notes taken by lab assistants. In 1896, Dr. Hyde became the first American woman to graduate with a doctoral degree from Heidelberg. She wrote an article about her experiences called "Before Women Were Human Beings." Dr. Hyde became the first female researcher at Harvard Medical School and the first female member of the American Physiological Society. In 1899, at the request of Chancellor Francis H. Snow, she came to KU to help build up the University's medical school. At KU, she founded the Department of Physiology (now part of Molecular Biosciences) and served as Professor and Department Chair until retirement in 1920. Application information (pdf)
     Established through a gift from Dr. Pauline Kimball Skinner of Newark, Delaware. Dr. Kimball graduated from KU in 1919; she studied for three years and served as an assistant instructor at the University of Iowa. She received her doctorate in 1928 from New York University, after which she became head of the department of biology at Women's College, University of Delaware. Following her marriage to Dr. Glenn S. Skinner in 1930, she retired from teaching and developed an interest in the work of patriotic societies. Application deadline: late March. Application information (pdf)
Microbiology major seniors who are first-generation college students and who have documented financial need* (through FAFSA; int'l. students through ISNA) are eligible.
This award was established in memory of Nathan B. Parker, Ph.D., through the generosity of his family and friends. Dr. Parker earned his bachelor’s and Ph.D. in microbiology at KU, after which he began a biology teaching career at Austin Community College in Austin, Texas. This award gives preference to graduating biology seniors who are pursuing acceptance to a master’s or Ph.D. program in biology or a related field. Award funds are meant to help alleviate financial costs associated with program application fees and travel.
     The Jenna Robinson Scholarship has been made possible through the generosity of the family of Jenna Robinson. Jenna was an undergraduate student in the Division of Biological Sciences working in the laboratory of Dr. Robert E. Palazzo. She was a dedicated student and promising young researcher when her career tragically ended as a result of a fatal automobile accident. Jenna was an intelligent, highly disciplined, and extremely devoted young scientist. Her quiet diligence, together with her sense of commitment to her work, served as inspiration to fellow students. Jenna Robinson represented the very best of Kansas youth. To commemorate her commitment to education and research, the Robinson family established an endowment to celebrate the spirit of Jenna Robinson. Application deadline: late March. Application information (pdf)

*Scholarships are usually awarded for the following semester.

Awards and Scholarships offered in the summer semester:*

Undergraduate Biology Program Research Awards are available to help support KU biology students involved in biological sciences research on the KU campus during the summer. Funding for undergraduate biology research awards is provided by The Ken and Helen Nelson Opportunity Fund and The Smiley-Gilligan Family Fund.
     A graduate-level scholarship given to the Division by John Wolf in honor of his parents, E. L. and Mildred Pursell Wolf; for graduate student summer tuition. Application deadline: early May. Application information (pdf)

*Scholarships are usually awarded for the following semester.

Other Awards and Scholarships:

     Dr. George E. Gould graduated from the University of Kansas in 1929 with a degree in Entomology and was generous enough to bequeath funds from his estate to support KU undergraduate students interested in pursuing research with an entomological focus, under the general guidance of a member of the graduate faculty.  The Gould Award is not intended to provide faculty members with assistants, but students may well be associated with faculty research projects as independent investigators.  The George Gould Undergraduate Research Award in Entomology is awarded on the merit of the applicant's proposal, the applicant's academic record, and recommendations from faculty members who are familiar with the applicant and the proposed project.
     The Ryan Kanost Scholarship was established in memory of Ryan Kanost. Ryan died when he was a senior at Kansas University, where he was a Biology and Spanish major and preparing for a career in medicine. Ryan volunteered in the emergency room at Lawrence Memorial Hospital. He enjoyed coaching youth basketball in Manhattan and Lawrence.
     Through the generosity of Dorothy and Robert Talty, Ph.D., the Talty Scholarship in Biology provides renewable funding for students based on academic merit and financial need.
     This competitive scholarship is designated for students enrolled in the Molecular Biosciences degree completion program at the University of Kansas – Edwards Campus. The stipend is to cover tuition costs for the students.

2015 award and scholarship recipients

2014 award and scholarship recipients

2013 award and scholarship recipients

2012 award and scholarship recipients

2011 award and scholarship recipients

For information about scholarships based on academic merit contact:

Financial Aid & Scholarships
KU Visitor Center
1502 Iowa
Lawrence, KS 66045-7576
785-864-4700
scholarships@ku.edu

For information about grants, loans, and other need-based financial aid, write or call:

Financial Aid & Scholarships
KU Visitor Center
1502 Iowa
Lawrence, KS  66045-7576
785-864-4700
financialaid@ku.edu

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences (CLAS) also offers awards and scholarships to current students.


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