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 and 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 (Mohamed.Salem@mtsu.edu) by Monday, February 15th, 2019 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 support educational expenses, research activities, supplies, or travel for meritorious students.  Preference will be given to a Biology major of sophomore or above standing with an interest in botany.  Past recipients

William H. Butler, Jr. Graduate Research Scholarship – Awarded to support research activities, supplies, or travel for meritorious graduate students.  Past recipients

Cynthia Chappell Graduate Stipend for Summer Support - Awarded to provide summer research stipends for one graduate student in their first year of the Biology Master's program.  To apply, complete this application.  Past recipients

George Davis Scholarship – Awarded to support educational expenses, research activities, supplies, or travel for meritorious students.  Preference will be given to a non-traditional Biology major of sophomore standing or above who has been out of college for at least 4 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.
To apply for the Mary C. Dunn Graduate Stipends for Summer Support, complete this application.  Past recipients

 J. L. Fletcher Graduate Scholarship – Awarded to support educational expenses, research activities, supplies, or travel for meritorious graduate students.  Preference will be given to a beginning Biology graduate student.  Past recipients

Thomas Hemmerly Graduate Student Research Assistance Scholarship – Awarded to support research activities, supplies, or travel for meritorious graduate students.  Past recipients

J. Padgett Kelly Research Scholarship – Awarded to undergraduate or graduate students to support summer studies or 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 R. McGhee Scholarship – Awarded to support educational expenses, research activities, supplies, or travel for meritorious students.  Preference will be given to a Biology major of junior standing seeking licensure in secondary education.  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 to support educational expenses, research activities, supplies, or travel for meritorious students.  Preference will be given to a Biology major of sophomore of above standing for summer study or academic year research.  Past recipients

John A. Patten Scholarship – Awarded to support educational expenses, research activities, supplies, or travel for meritorious students.  Preference will be given to a Biology major of sophomore or above standing for summer study or academic year research.  Past recipients

Marion Wells Scholarship – Awarded to support research activities, supplies, or travel for meritorious graduate students.  Preference will be given to provide support for expenses associated with research conducted during the summer months.  Past recipients

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

John Zamora Biology Scholarship -  Awarded to support research activities, supplies, or travel for meritorious graduate students.  Past recipients