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

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%)

F. Albert & Dorothy Ellis Scholarship

College of Science - Biology For students majoring in Biological Sciences. Undergrads must have at least a 3.0 GPA for 12 units completed at SJSU. Graduates must be classified rather than conditional and must have attained at least a 3.25 GPA for 9 graduate units completed at SJSU. 3.00 GPA for undergraduates 3.25 GPA for graduates

William H. Trowbridge Educational Trust

Endowed by the estate of the late Mr. William Trowbridge to assist worthy students in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Engineering.

Bill Martin Scholarship Fund

The Bill Martin Scholarship Fund was established in September 2002 to honor and memorialize Bill Martin, who passed away on August 7, 2002, after serving a distinguished career in the water environment profession. This scholarship was created to encourage students who wish to pursue higher education in the water environment field by providing a scholarship at his/her college or university.This scholarship is for high school students, enrolling in a 2- or 4-year college or university for study related to the water environment profession. Applicant must be a high school senior from Colorado, Wyoming or New Mexico in good standing, who has applied to a college or university with the interest of pursuing an environmental career. The student winner must show proof of enrollment in the environmental related program at the college or university for fall to receive a scholarship check. * Amount of and number of Martin awards to be determined by the RMWEA on a yearly basis

National Science Foundation Fellowships

Purpose: The National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to ensure the vitality of science, mathematics, and engineering in the U.S. and to reinforce diversity in the population of science professionals through the award of fellowships for graduate study. Programs Funded: NSF fellowships support full-time graduate study leading to master's or doctoral degrees in the biological, physical, mathematical, engineer, and most social sciences, and in the history and philosophy of science. Support is not provided for work leading to any practice-oriented professional degree. Recipients may attend graduate programs in the U.S. or abroad. Awards are also made for work toward a research-based Ph.D. in science education that requires a science competence comparable to that for Ph.D. candidates in eligible disciplines. The program provides a $16,800 stipend and a cost-of-education allowance of $10,500 per tenure year. A $1,000 International Research Travel Allowance is also available for certain programs. Eligibility: College seniors, first-year graduate students, and others who have completed a limited amount of graduate study in science, math, or engineering may apply. See the program web site for more details. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, nationals, or permanent resident aliens of the U.S. NSF Minority Graduate Fellowship applicants must be members of one of the following groups underrepresented in the advanced levels of the U.S science and engineering personnel pool: Native American, African American, Hispanic, Alaska Native (Eskimo/Aleut), or Pacific Islander (Polynesian/Micronesian). Selection Criteria: Awards are based on ability, as evidenced in academic records, recommendations, and GRE scores. GRE results are noted as highly important. Applicants are required to submit scores for both the General Test and the Subject Test most closely related to the chosen field of study. Application Process: The application process has two stages. On the basis of a brief form submitted by early November, those who meet preliminary qualifications are invited to submit an extensive final application and letters of reference. Applications are submitted directly to NSF and there is no College internal selection, however interested students are strongly urged to seek advice from faculty and the Graduate Fellowships Office early in the process. Proposals are scrutinized by experienced researchers, and you will benefit from the guidance of faculty who are familiar with the selection process.

Belfield-Watt Student Scholarship Fund

An endowment fund established to honor the grandparents of Ward Watt. Given annually to coursework students. 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.

Department of Defense (DoD) Scholarship

The Department of Defense (DoD) mission of STEM is to foster an interest in and raise awareness in the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics nationwide to ensure an educated and well-prepared workforce. In support of this mission, the DoD has partnered with Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) to offer twenty-five (25) full scholarships to qualified high school graduating seniors. Applicants must demonstrate significant motivation and aptitude for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and MUST chose to study in one of these fields to apply. Scholarship Full, 4-year renewable scholarship, capped at $15,000 per year (for a total not to exceed $60,000) Full Scholarship is defined as: in-state tuition plus all mandatory fees, room & board factoring in other available non-loan resources Recipients must meet certain GPA, conduct, and STEM degree persistence goals each academic year to remain eligible for renewal SCHOLARSHIP CRITERIA All students nominated for this program must meet the following minimum criteria to qualify for a scholarship: Graduating high school senior at time of application Have a minimum cumulative 3.25 GPA on a 4.0 scale Have taken and earned a grade of “B” or better in Pre-calculus or higher math course Have a demonstrated financial need ● Be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card or passport stamped I-551 Students must plan to and remain enrolled full-time at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), with a preference for students attending publicly-supported HBCUs Students must pursue an undergraduate degree in a STEM related discipline, including but not limited to the following: mechanical engineering, mathematics, chemistry, nuclear engineering, physics, civil engineering, biosciences, chemical engineering, computer science/technology, computer engineering, environmental science and geosciences APPLICATION PROCESS The scholarship application and selection process is competitive. To apply, students must complete the following: Student Aid Report (received from filing FAFSA) Personal (video) and/or telephonic interview Submit resume showcasing community service, jobs/internships, leadership Submit high school transcript indicating (cumulative GPA, weighted and unweighted, must appear on the transcript) ACT and/or SAT score Two Recommendation Letters Academic - a STEM teacher who is able to discuss academic achievements and potential for success in a STEM major once enrolled in college Character - a mentor/advisor/community leader who can speak to leadership potential and character Essay: In a minimum of 750 words, please address the following: Describe your interest in STEM studies, commitment to achieving a degree in this area, and long-term professional goals

Kathy Pace Technology Scholarship

The Kathy Pace Technology Scholarship honors the late Kathy Pace, who strongly believed in supporting the community. As the role of technology changes, the next generation of technology professionals need to possess the compassion and commitment to use technology as a tool to improve the world they live in. The $5,000 scholarship will be awarded to one college student pursuing higher education in a technology related field, and it can be used to pay for tuition and/or other school related expenses. Eligibility Requirements The scholarship is not restricted to incoming freshman. Any technology student, at any level of their higher education, is encouraged to apply. The student must be pursuing a degree in a technology related field. The student must attend an accredited college in Texas or Louisiana. All required documents must be submitted prior to the deadline on May 1st. Submission Requirements The student chosen for the scholarship should embody the spirit of encouraging and supporting others, and demonstrate care for both the people around them, and for their community. To apply for the Kathy Pace Technology Scholarship, please submit all of the following required documents. 2 Letters of Recommendation Unofficial Copy of High School or College Transcript Personal Statement/Application “Essay” -Describe what technology means to you. -Describe how you hope to work with technology in the future. -Maximum 800 Words Please submit all application materials to

Hartfield, Ostina and Herman Scholarship

Eligible Majors: Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology, Microbiology Eligible Schools: UNCF Member Colleges and Universities (please check the website for the complete list) Eligible Locations: Virginia, New Jersey, North Carolina Scholarship Detail: This scholarship is awarded to a student who exhibits a strong interest in the Biological Science field. Students, who are enrolled in the fields of Pharmaceutical and Nursing, are also eligible to apply for this scholarship. Donor/Sponsor Name: Ms. Dorothy Wilson

Arlyn Scales Award for Science and Technology

Inspired to support education and the future of science and technology in New York state, Arlyn Scales is offering two $1,000 scholarship awards to graduating high school seniors who will pursue a undergraduate degree in a four-year math, science, engineering or computer science program at a New York college or university.

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