Biological Science / Physiology Scholarships

The field of the biological sciences is a fascinating, intricate and varied educational gateway to an understanding of life and living organisms. This field includes majors such as biochemistry, biotechnology, entomology, genetics and zoology. Biological science scholarships can be found for most of these majors, with keen interest being shown in emerging fields such as genomics, biostatistics and molecular modeling. Continue reading below to find out more about biological science scholarships.

If you think this major is for you, you must have taken a good deal of science at the high school level. You'll need a sturdy background in areas such as chemistry, earth science and biology. You'll also need to be familiar with math courses such as trigonometry and calculus. Due to the quantitative nature of life science research a strong math background is essential for your understanding as well as your job prospects.

Many career opportunities related to the life sciences require a graduate degree. Some junior research positions can be obtained with a master's degree. However, most of these positions require a doctoral degree. The same is true for teaching the life sciences at the college level. Also, many life science research positions require separate certification in addition to your college degree. For instance, to secure a research job in the field of cell biology, you may need to be certified in histotechnology as well as possessing a graduate degree in cell biology. 

The employment outlook for biological science jobs is as varied as the positions themselves. Fields such as marine biology may not expand with the same energy and zeal as more popular areas such as genetics. Also, some majors offer few job opportunities for those with only a bachelor's degree. At the same time, technological innovations such as genome sequencing and DNA arrays have fundamentally altered the role of some of the biological sciences in our lives. Who's to say what tomorrow's changes will bring?

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Lung Health Dissertation Grant

The objective of the Lung Health Research Dissertation Grant is to support pre-doctoral dissertation research in the various disciplines of social science examining risk factors affecting lung health including:  Psychosocial lung health research  Behavioral lung health research  Health services and health policy research  Epidemiological/Biostatistical lung health research  Public Health education research ELIGIBILITY Education and Experience At the time of application, the applicant must be a matriculating student in good standing in a full-time academic program leading to a doctoral degree in one of the above-mentioned fields. Nurses pursuing a doctoral degree in any field are eligible. Individuals with an MD degree who wish to acquire a PhD or those conducting bench research not involving patients or patient data are not eligible to apply. Citizenship At the time of application, candidates must be United States citizens or foreign nationals holding one of the following visa immigration statuses: permanent resident (Green Card), exchange visitor (J-1), temporary worker in a specialty occupation (H-1B), Canadian or Mexican citizen engaging in professional activities (TN), Australians in Specialty Occupation (E-3 visa) or temporary worker with extraordinary abilities in the sciences (O-1). Lung Health Dissertation applicants may hold a student (F-1) visa. At the time of application and throughout the award, an applicant must be employed by a U.S. institution. Applicants are required to submit one signed original plus two copies of all application materials to: American Lung Association 21 W. 38th Street, 3rd Floor New York, NY 10018 ATTN: Research Division

Minority Academic Institutions Undergraduate Student Fellowships-Chemistry

Description:Established to provide financial assistance and summer internships to undergraduates at minority academic institutions (MAIs) who are interested in majoring in fields related to the environment. Eligibility:Applicants for this program must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are enrolled full time with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in an accredited 4-year institution that meets the definition of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as an MAI: Historically Black College and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges (TCs). Students must be majoring in environmental science, physical sciences, biological sciences, chemistry, computer science, environmental health, social sciences, mathematics, or engineering. They must be available to work as interns at an EPA facility during the summer between their junior and senior years.

South Dakota Soil & Water Conservation Scholarship

Applicants must: Be currently enrolled in a South Dakota educational institution. Have completed at least one year of study in an accredited university, college (including tribal colleges), or technical school in South Dakota. For example, if the student graduates from high school in May of 2013 and enrolls in college in the fall of 2013 as a full-time student for the 2013-14 year, the student could apply in the spring of 2015. For students enrolled in a 2-year technical school, the scholarship may be awarded post-graduation, based upon time of scholarship application review and monetary disbursement. Have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.8 (on a 4.0 point scale). Be an undergraduate enrolled in an agricultural or natural science conservation related major/curriculum. Show reasonable need for financial assistance. Be involved in natural resource conservation activities (including leadership activities). Not have received a prior SD SWCS scholarship. Past applicants have majored in agronomy, soil science, agricultural systems technology, general agriculture, range science, forestry, agricultural journalism, agricultural education, biology, botany, environmental management, horticulture, park management, and wildlife management. Other majors related to conservation also qualify. Selection Criteria Demonstrated commitment to natural resource conservation (30%) Scholarship/academic record (20%) Written student narrative on application (20%) Natural resource conservation leadership activities (10%) Financial need (10%) Quality and completeness of application (10%)

Wallace D. and Dorothy M. Andrews Scholarship

For African American graduating high school seniors with demonstrated financial need and pursuing a degree in the fields of bioscience, mathematics, engineering or physics. See website for deadline of application. Scholarship application is available every 1st of January.

Research Associates Endowed Scholarship

Established by Research Associates of Point Loma Nazarene University. This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in Biology and Chemistry.

Herbert and Nell Richards Scholarship Award

$5000 (up to 2 recipients) To apply you must be a fully matriculated, full-time SJSU undergraduate student (at least 50 units of college work completed) who has a declared science major (including biology, chemistry, geology, natural science, physics, math and computer science) and financial need.

Thaddeus Colson and Isabelle Saalwaechter Fitzpatrick Memorial Scholarship Fund

Established by Isabelle F. Smith in 1999, in memory of her parents, to provide annual scholarships for female residents of Kentucky majoring in environmentally related programs at public universities in Kentucky. Scholarship is non-renewable. Eligibility: * Currently enrolled as an upcoming sophomore, junior, or senior at a Kentucky public four year college * Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher * Must be Kentucky resident * Major is environmentally related program (i.e., agriculture, biology, horticulture, environmental studies, environmental engineering, etc.) * Seeking undergraduate degree on a full-time basis Award Amount: $5,000 Contact: Gail Sanders, Operations and Compliance Manager, The Community Foundation of Louisville, (502) 585-4649 X1025;; e-mail is preferred Application: Available on the website, or from The Community Foundation

Laurie and Betty Davison Science Scholarship

College of Science - Biology Applicants must be at least half-time, fully matriculated students; declared majors in Biological Science; maintaining at least a 3.0 GPA and able to demonstrate financial need.

SNMTS Susan C. Weiss Clinical Advancement Scholarship

Description In honor of Susan C. Weiss, SNMTS Past-President & former Executive Director of the Education and Research Foundation for SNM, the SNMTS Susan C. Weiss Clinical Advancement Scholarships serve to support certified nuclear medicine technologists (CNMTs) who are pursuing clinical advancement through didactic educational programs. This scholarship is made possible through a grant from the Education and Research Foundation for SNM. Requirements: To be eligible for the SNMTS Clinical Advancement Scholarship, candidates must: • Demonstrate financial need. • Be currently enrolled in a didactic educational program(s) (ex. CT, MR, DEXA, EKG, tomography, sonography, exercise pysiology, physics, statistics,) which is/are college/continuing education credit eligible. • Complete the said class or program. It is not required that class/program completion results in a degree. • Be a member of the SNMTS. Serious applicants only, please. Questions regarding eligibility requirements or application contents should be directed to Nicole Mitchell, Program Manager, at or by calling 1.703.652.6795.

Robert and Mary Neher Biology Scholarship

For a student majoring in biology or other health-related field, with preference given to a student with a GPA of 3.5 or higher in the first two years of college.

Keith Krakauer Memorial Scholarship

This fund was established by the friends and family of Keith as a memorial to him and his deep love of nature. The fund can also be used to help students who have spent time at the RMBL and want to return, either as a student, a research assistant, or as a first-year graduate student. There are two criteria for awarding the scholarship. First, it should be used to help students who, for whatever reason, might not otherwise be able to attend the RMBL. Second, it should be awarded to students for whom a summer at the RMBL will be particularly meaningful. Award decisions will be based on financial need and academic merit. You will be able to complete a financial aid form when completing the Coursework Application. Please note: students receiving fellowship and scholarship funds are expected to maintain a B average in their courses. Performance will be reviewed mid-way through the summer and students not in compliance will be asked to leave the field station at their own expense.

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