Available Awards and Scholarships
Outstanding Freshman Biology Award
The Outstanding Freshman Biology Award recognizes the student who has excelled in the introductory biology courses (General Biology II and II). The award is given on the basis of total points accumulated in lecture and lab, as well as recommendations from graduate teaching assistants. The graduate teaching assistants base their recommendations on the students' enthusiasm for biology, their understanding of concepts, and leadership in the classroom. The award recipient is awarded a plaque and a monetary gift. The objective of this award is to recognize biologists early in their college careers.
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award
The Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award is presented to the top graduate teaching assistant and is chosen by faculty members using established criteria. Recipients receive a plaque and a monetary award.
Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award
The Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award is presented to the top undergraduate teaching assistant and is chosen by faculty members using established criteria. Recipients receive a plaque and a monetary award.
T. O. Odlaug Award
Since 1979 Department of Biology faculty have nominated a senior biology student who displays scholarship, strong leadership qualities, service to the department, and participation in undergraduate research. The T. O. Odlaug Award was created in honor of Dr. Theron O. Odlaug, a former department head who retired in 1978. Dr. Odlaug passed away in January 2000. The recipient of this award is given a reference book of their choice and a plaque.
Award for Excellence in Academics and Research
The Department of Biology Award for Excellence in Academics and Research is given to a student who has contributed substantially to biological research at UMD while maintaining a high GPA of at least 3.5. This is an award for an advanced student who has completed (or is in progress of completing) three of the four core courses in their program: Genetics, Cell, Ecology, or Evolution if the student is a Biology major or Genetics, Cell, Evolution, or Microbiology if the student is a Cell and Molecular Biology major.
A. Jane Berry Warren Scholarship
Dr. Warren and his wife, A. Jane Berry Warren, met during a church youth winter sleigh ride in Duluth four years and eight months before they married after his graduation from UMD. She finished her degree at the University of Minnesota graduating Magna Cum Laude. Being two years younger, she attended UMD her first two years before moving to Minneapolis with her husband. She finished her degree at the University of Minnesota graduating Magna Cum Laude. She was also installed in the honorary scholastic society of Phi Beta Kappa. She provided great support to her husband during his long years of study and frequent absences while on military duty. When their five children were older, she returned to school to earn her MSW degree. She became a dedicated social working in the field of mental disabilities. She and Dr. Warren were married 56 years before her death in 2005 from an autoimmune disorder. The A. Jane Berry Warren Scholarship was established to provide payments to full-time undergraduate students in the Department of Biology who have financial need (as determined by the department).
Karim Pre-Veterinary Medicine Scholarship
The Karim Pre-Veterinary Medicine Scholarship is sponsored by Dr. Reza-ul (Raj) Karim and family in memory of his father, Sikander M. Karim. This scholarship is awarded to a sophomore or junior who has a minimum G.P.A. of 3.4, knowledge and experience of the profession, and experience with animal care and management. Candidates should demonstrate maturity and reliability though work experience, leadership skills, extracurricular activities, and community involvement. Students are required to submit an application and a one page essay addressing their personal qualifications and characteristics that make them ideal candidates.
Ernest and Tyyne Niemi Scholarship
The Ernest and Tyyne Niemi Scholarship is dedicated toward the support of undergraduate students who are declared majors in Biology or Cell and Molecular Biology and are at the junior or senior level. Preference is given to students with the following: Finnish heritage and/or high school graduates of Aitkin, Barnum, Carlton, Cloquet, Cromwell-Wright, Duluth, Esko, McGregor, Moose Lake, or other area schools. To be considered for the award, applicants must have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, have completed the prerequisites for an undergraduate degree in Biology or Cell and Molecular Biology (General Biology I and II, mathematics through calculus, organic chemistry, and physics), and submit a one-page statement of career interests.
T. O. Odlaug Scholarship
The major source of funds for the T. O. Odlaug Scholarship came from a student who on Dr. Odlaug's death remembered the inspiration and help that he had received from Dr. Odlaug. Dr. Odlaug was a founding member of the Department of Biology at UMD and for several years served as a faculty member and department head. Recipients must be a full time freshmen or sophomore in good academic standing with an overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0, be a Biology or Cell and Molecular Biology major, and have demonstrated both need and merit.
Ed and Alma Turcotte Scholarship
The Ed and Alma Turcotte Scholarship recognizes Edgar (Ed) L. Turcotte and Alma M. Mattson who grew up on adjoining farms near Wrenshall, Minnesota in the early 1900'2. They were married in 1928 and lived in Carlton, Minnesota. Their three sons and two daughters all attended UMD. Elma passed away in 1988 followed by Ed in 1992. This scholarship is dedicated to their memory with profound respect and everlasting love. Recipients are high-achieving, motivated Biology and Cell and Molecular Biology majors with demonstrated need. Applicants must be full time students in the Department of Biology, able to demonstrate financial need, have a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0, and be considered eligible for Minnesota resident tuition.
The Mowbray Scholarship is given by Dr. Thomas Mowbray in honor of his parents, Donald C. and Dorothy A. Mowbray, who were constant sources of inspiration and encouragement to him during his pursuit of a career in biology. The purpose of this scholarship is to provide scholarship support for undergraduate students in the Department of Biology at UMD. The scholarship is intended to support an upper division student with a declared major in biology. The award is restricted to students who intend to pursue a career in biology exclusive to the medical and health sciences and is grated on the basis of merit and commitment to a professional career in the biological sciences.
John McCabe Scholarship
The John McCabe Scholarship is awarded annually to Biology and Cell and Molecular Biology majors with high academic achievement and demonstrated financial need. Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate student in the Department of Biology, be able to demonstrate financial need, and show high academic achievement with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
UMD Peterson Memorial Scholarship
The UMD Peterson Memorial Scholarship is given through the Swenson College of Science and Engineering and rotates between SCSE departments; therefore, it is not awarded every year in the Department of Biology. This award is given to motivated and high achieving students in the Department of Biology with demonstrated financial need. Applicants must be a full-time undergraduate Biology or Cell and Molecular Biology major, be able to demonstrate financial need, and show high academic achievement with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0.
Solidarity Through Science Scholarship
The Solidarity Through Science Scholarship is awarded to students studying abroad in the current Department of Biology program in Poland or other programs held in Eastern European countries. Applicants must complete the application below.
- Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP)
- BIOL 3990/WRIT 4195 - Duluth Journal of Undergraduate Biology
- BIOL 3993 - Laboratory Teaching Experience
- BIOL 3994 - Undergraduate Research
- BIOL 3996 - Internship in Biology