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Awards and Scholarships

These are departmental awards only.
You must be a declared biology major to be eligible for any awards or scholarships. 

FALL 2019 APPLICATIONS

Fall applications open 9:00am, Monday September 30, 2019
Deadline for Fall applications 5:00pm, Wednesday November 6, 2019
Awards must be used within one year of Fall Quarter 2019.

WINTER 2020 APPLICATIONS

Winter applications open 9:00am, Wednesday January 8, 2020
Deadline for Winter applications 5:00pm, Wednesday February 5, 2020
Awards must be used within one year of Winter Quarter 2020.

Application instructions are HERE.
The online submission form is HERE.
The faculty recommendation submission form is HERE.

Questions? Contact Mitchell Chen at chenm16@uw.edu.

Award amount:
up to $500
Description:
This award is part of an initiative from the BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action (an NSF funded Science and Technology Center). This award is made possible through matching funds from the UW School of Medicine that originated from a gift made by Marie Nesbit and Robert C. Nesbit. The overarching goal of BEACON is to bring biologists, computer scientists, and engineers together to study evolution as it happens and apply this knowledge to solve real-world problems.
Eligibility:
Department of Biology undergraduates conducting evolutionary research in the laboratory for costs associated with research supplies or research-related travel.
Quarter:
Win
Award type:
Research award
Award amount:
up to $1,000
Description:
This scholarship provides tuition support for a top student finishing the Introductory Biology series in any quarter. The endowment supporting this scholarship was established in 1987 in honor of the late Zoology Prof. Donald S. Farner, a long-time contributor and champion of the Introductory Biology series.
Eligibility:
Department of Biology undergraduates who have completed BIO 180, 200, and 220 at the University of Washington, based on enthusiasm, academic merit, and financial need, as determined by the ​Office of Student Financial Aid
Quarter:
Aut, Win
Award type:
Scholarship/Fellowship
Award amount:
$4,700
Description:
The Department of Biology directly funds this scholarship annually, for the benefit of its undergraduate students.
Eligibility:
Department of Biology undergraduates enrolled at UW for at least one year. Selection is based on academic merit and financial need, as determined by the ​Office of Student Financial Aid.
Quarter:
Aut, Win
Award type:
Scholarship/Fellowship
Award amount:
up to $1,700
Description:
The endowments supporting the FHL Award were established in 2005 by Ms. Dorothy Mills and her daughter, Dr. Claudia Mills, Profs. Katherine Graubard and William Calvin, Drs. Alan and Marian Kohn, and Prof. Dennis Willows and Dr. Susan Mahoney.
Eligibility:
Department of Biology undergraduates enrolled in classes at Friday Harbor Labs during spring and/or summer quarter who need funding for housing & related costs. Applicants must show proof of enrollment for classes or directed research at FHL during spring and/or summer quarter.
Quarter:
Win
Award type:
Research award
Award amount:
up to $2,300
Description:
This award supports undergraduates with costs associated with fieldwork, research supplies, research-related travel, and/or travel to present at scientific meetings.The endowment supporting this award was established in 1962 by faculty, alumni, and friends to honor former Botany Professors Frye, Hotson, and Rigg. A major contribution also came from the estate of Ruth and Horace Daum.
Eligibility:
Department of Biology undergraduates conducting research using a plant, algae, or fungi system for work in botany, ecology, evolution, taxonomy, environmental science, or biodiversity.
Quarter:
Aut, Win
Award type:
Research award
Award amount:
$300
Description:
The IDO Peer Facilitator Award is an annual prize awarded to undergraduate juniors or seniors who peer facilitate for a class in any biological discipline and demonstrate commitment to and excellence in teaching. The endowment supporting this award was established in 1991 by the late Dr. Ingrith Deyrup-Olsen and by many donations from her friends.
Eligibility:
Department of Biology undergraduate juniors or seniors who have served as a peer facilitator for a class in any biological discipline. Preference will be given to students who plan a career in K-12 biology teaching — if this applies to you, please indicate so in your application. This award has no expenditure restrictions and can be used at the student's discretion. This award requires a personal statement, but DOES NOT require a FAFSA.
Quarter:
Win
Award type:
Scholarship/Fellowship
Award amount:
$700
Description:
The endowment supporting this award was established in 1997 by the late John Franco in memory of his wife Dorothy. John was a restauranteur and liberal arts and law school graduate, but he considered those areas less important than biology: "Biology is the basis of the human condition. It's what keeps the human race alive." This prize will be awarded annually to the best scientific paper submitted by an undergraduate involved in research.
Eligibility:
Department of Biology undergraduate conducting research in any biological discipline who submits their work in the form of a scientific paper (including title, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, and references). This award has no expenditure restrictions and can be used at the student's discretion.
Quarter:
Aut, Win
Award type:
Research award
Award amount:
up to $700
Description:
The endowment supporting this award was established in 2001 by the estate of Katharina Casey and is intended to reward an undergraduate who demonstrates exceptional leadership, working hard and creatively to make Biology's undergraduate environment richer by increasing interactions of students with faculty through their enthusiasm for biology. The award supports costs associated with travel to present at scientific meetings, including conference registration fees, transportation, and/or room and board costs. The fund may also provide support for student research projects.
Eligibility:
Department of Biology undergraduates or Hughes Research Interns who need funds for travel to give a talk or present a poster at a scientific meeting or conference or undergraduates who need funds for research projects, in any biological discipline.
Quarter:
Aut, Win
Award type:
Research award
Award amount:
$1000
Description:
This scholarship is made possible by the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs in honor of their 10th president, May Garrett Hayes, during whose presidency the Rhododendron was named the official state flower of Washington.
Eligibility:
Department of Biology undergraduate junior or senior whose degree or research is related to plant sciences. Selection is based on academic merit (B average) and financial need (as determined by FAFSA). The student must be a resident of Washington State.
Quarter:
Win
Award type:
Scholarship/Fellowship
Award amount:
$3,500
Description:
This endowment was established to provide assistance to undergraduate students, representing alumni Harold A. Porath and Thomas L. Johnson's desire to give back to their institution.
Eligibility:
Department of Biology undergraduates based on academic merit, with a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, and financial need, as determined by the Office of Student Financial Aid.
Quarter:
Aut, Win
Award type:
Scholarship/Fellowship
Award amount:
up to $500
Description:
This award was established in memory of Shawn DeCew, a devoted undergraduate researcher in the Department of Biology who tragically passed away in 2010. Besides a tremendously kind disposition, Shawn had a deep love for photography, hiking, and especially nature.
Eligibility:
Department of Biology undergraduate students conducting evolutionary research in natural systems for costs associated with fieldwork, research supplies, research-related travel.
Quarter:
Win
Award type:
Research award
Award amount:
up to $700
Description:
Established by Dr. Usha Varanasi and Dr. S. Rao Varanasi, this scholarship provides broad-based direct financial support to students in the Department of Biology. The fund is intended to benefit students who are from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, students who have overcome personal or educational obstacles to go to college, and/or students with deep personal experience with, and/or connection to, diverse cultures. Priority will be give to those who are pursuing plant related interdisciplinary projects within the Biology Greenhouse, The Center for Urban Horticulture, and/or other University departments that incorporate hands-on research on environmental aspects of biology/botany, such as conservation and climate change research.
Eligibility:
Department of Biology students studying environmental aspects of biology and/or botany.
Quarter:
Win
Award type:
Scholarship/Fellowship