Awards and Scholarships
Every year, the Department of Biological Sciences offers in scholarships and awards to recognize our biology major's achievements in academia. Please watch for announcements for the call of applications at the beginning of the spring semester. A detailed list and descriptions of all the present awards being offered by the Department of Biological Sciences is below. Please direct all questions regarding the awards to Gail Fraizer, gkovach [at] kent.edu.
Dorcas J. Anderson Faculty Scholarship Award
Sponsored by Dr. Dorcas J. Anderson, Emeritus Professor, award is given to the student majoring in zoology who has evidenced superior scholarship and academic achievement. GPA 3.5 overall.
Biological Sciences Pre-Medicine Award
Awarded to the senior student majoring in biological sciences who has evidenced superior scholarship and academic achievement in pre-medical studies. BSCI Biology or Zoology major. GPA 3.5 overall and 3.5 in major.
Ralph W. Dexter Faculty Scholarship Award
In honor of Dr. Ralph W. Dexter, Emeritus professor of biological sciences, this award is given to the senior student majoring in biology who has evidenced superior scholarship and academic achievement. GPA 3.5 overall.
Judith Koonce Memorial Award
Awarded to the outstanding graduating biological sciences major based on enthusiasm for biology as demonstrated by activities beyond formal coursework, leadership ability, and academic record. BSCI degree; GPA 3.5 overall preferred, but not necessary. Additional – enthusiasm for BSCI and extramural biology activities.
Louis and Eva Margolis Commemorative Award In Physiology Award
Sponsored by Robert Margolis, M.D. (BA 1971) in honor of his parents. This award is given to the senior student majoring in biological sciences who has evidenced overall superior scholarship and academic achievement and has distinguished himself/herself in physiology. BS in ay BSCI degree. GPA 3.25 overall. Additional – have taken 2 physiology lab courses, desire to enter graduate or professional school.
James Rinier Conservation Scholarship
Full-time undergraduate student who is a conservation major and who is in junior or senior standing; must have a GPA of 3.5 in major and 3.0 overall; must be a US citizen.
Recipient should be pursuing a baccalaureate or graduate degree in Biology or Botany, preferably with an interest in green plants. The scholarship will be awarded according to academic merit and financial need. The recipient must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Preference will be given to non-traditional, full-time female student at least 30 years old. The scholarship is renewable for a maximum of four years.
Cooke and Andreas Scholarship in Biological Sciences
Awarded to an undergraduate in their sophomore year or higher who are pursuing a BS degree in Botany or in Environmental and Conservation Biology. Preference to be given to students from high schools in Hocking County (first), Tuscarawas (second), or from the following : Athens, Belmont, Columbiana, Coshocton, Gallia, Gernsey, Harrison, Jackson, Jefferson, Lawrence, Meigs, Monroe, Morgan, Muskingum, Noble, Perry, Vinton and Washington. If there are no applicants available who meet these geographic criteria, the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee in the Unit may then select a student based on academic criteria. Recipients must have an overall minimum accumulated grade point average of at least a 3.0 and the same in their major. Award is renewable for one additional year with maintenance of criteria.
Dr. Harold R. Papiska Scholarship
This award is presented to an undergraduate student with a junior or senior class level majoring in Biological Science. This student has demonstrated the capacity to achieve educational and professional goals.
Dr. & Mrs. Robert W. Squires Scholarship Award
Awarded to an undergraduate student studying environmental microbiology, biotechnology, or similar field with preference given to biotechnology major. Recipient must have and maintain a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Fund shall be directed to tuition.
Dr. Gary Larkin Scholarship Award
This award is presented to an undergraduate student with a junior or senior class level majoring in Biological Science. This student has demonstrated the capacity to achieve academic excellence.
The Dorothy J. Stuhlmiller Scholarship in Biology
Awarded to undergraduates at the sophomore or higher class rank with financial need. Preference for students from the northeast Ohio counties of: Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Mahoning, Portage, Stark, or Summit. Preference for diversity of student recipients. Recipient is encouraged by this scholarship to “pay it forward”; to do good works and/or acts of kindness, in order to repay the good that has happened to them. The fund shall be directed to tuition, fees, room and board, books, and other education expenses related to securing, maintaining, and completing a department-approved student internship.