Scholarships for Biology Graduate Students

The Department of Biology administers endowed awards that are exclusively for graduate students in the M.S. Program in Biology.  These awards are intended to support thesis research, travel to and from field sites, or scientific meetings.

The intention of the Biology Graduate Awards Committee is to provide financial assistance to as many students as possible.  Applicants should develop their funding  requests around 'fundable units' of $500 or less in one or more of the two categories (i.e., research, travel, or both).  A given request may include multiple fundable units, but the committee will likely award no more than a maximum of $1,500 unless the student demonstrates a compelling need for additional awards.

How to apply: 
To apply for one or more Biology Graduate Student Scholarships, you must complete this application and submit an electronic copy to the Chair of the Biology Graduate Awards Committee (david.e.nelson@mtsu.edu) by  Monday 6th February.  Only one application is required, regardless of the funding request.  Note that each category of awards has specific requirements, and those requirements must be explicitly addressed in your application, or you will not be considered for that category of award.

GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS

Sarah F. Barlow Scholarship – Awarded to a graduate teaching assistant who plans to teach at the secondary or college level. Must have one semester of experience.  Past recipients

Dr. Kurt Blum Biology Scholarship – Awarded to provide support of graduate research in botany.  Past recipients

William H. Butler, Jr. Graduate Research Scholarship – Awarded to supply support for expenses associated with thesis research.  Past recipients

George Davis Scholarship – Awarded to a non-traditional Biology major. Must have been out of college for four years.  Past recipients

Dr. John DuBois Scholarship - Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students to provide travel support for paper presentations at scientific meetings.  Past recipients

Mary C. Dunn Honorarium – Awarded in support of graduate research.  Past recipients

Mary C. Dunn Quasi-Endowment – Awarded to provide summer research stipends for graduate students in the Biology Master’s program.  Past recipients

 J. L. Fletcher Graduate Scholarship – Awarded to a beginning Biology graduate student.  Past recipients

Thomas Hemmerly Graduate Student Research Assistance Scholarship – Awarded to provide support for expenses associated with thesis research. Past recipients

J. Padgett Kelly Research Scholarship – Awarded to a graduate student to support summer studies in field research in ecology or conservation biology. Award is for purchase of equipment, supplies, or support travel to and from research sites.  Past recipients

Charles McGhee Scholarship – Awarded to a biology major of junior, senior, or graduate standing seeking licensure to teach science.  Past recipients

Brian Miller Graduate Research Scholarship -  Awarded to support research of second year graduate students conducting field studies on Herpetology or Biospeleology in Tennessee. Award is for purchase of equipment, supplies, or to support travel to and from research sites.  Past recipients

Dennis Mullen Vertebrate Biology/Aquatic Ecology Research Scholarship – Awarded to graduate students engaged in research in Vertebrate Biology or Aquatic Ecology. Award is for purchase of equipment, supplies and in support of travel to and from research sites.  Past recipients

J. Gerald Parchment Biological Field Station Scholarship – Awarded to a Biology major of sophomore standing or above for support of summer study at any field station. Past recipients

John A. Patten Scholarship – Awarded to a biology major of sophomore standing or above in support of summer study.  Past recipients

Marion Wells Scholarship – Awarded to provide support for expenses associated with thesis research conducted during the summer months.  Past recipients

Stephen M. Wright Research Scholarship – Awarded to support any aspect associated with undergraduate research in microbiology or biotechnology.  Past recipients

John Zamora Biology Scholarship -  Awarded to support expenses associated with thesis research.  Past recipients