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Applications for 2017-18 awards and scholarships are now being accepted.  Below are descriptions of scholarships available to Undergraduate Students in the Department of Biology.  Please contact if you have questions regarding the application process.

  • Application information and instructions can be found here
  • Application form can be found here

  • Applications are due by Friday, 3 March 2017 by 3:00 p.m.

  • Only electronic submissions are accepted.

Application Submission Instructions:

  1. Read application information and instructions thoroughly (link above)
  2. Download application form (link above)
  3. Complete entire application – all applicable fields must be completed  DO NOT click on “Submit Form” button at the top right of the form. The form is not set up to be sent automatically via email (it must be saved with the proper file name and sent to the box email folder).
  4. Print or save form as PDF file.  Save your application as instructed (LASTNAMEfirstname – i.e., BROWNcharlie.pdf).
  5. View the file and ensure it is properly completed.
  6. Send your PDF file, as an attachment, to:
  7. You will receive confirmation from the box folder when your attachment has been received.

The Department of Biology administers numerous scholarships available for biology, public health, and composite teaching-biological science majors. Applications are accepted electronically. Links to instructions and online application forms are above. Depending on available funding, the following scholarships are available to biology undergraduates at the main campus and regional campuses:

Established in recognition of Thomas Bahler's long-time dedication and support to students in the Department of Biology, with special emphasis for students preparing for the health professions. This award is generally made to a prehealth student with a biology major.

Established to assist deserving undergraduate students pursuing research opportunities in the Department of Biology. The award is based on scholarship, character, and professional promise and awarded to a student pursuing a career in dentistry. This scholarship is made possible by the generous donation of Drs. Gordon J. and Rella Christensen.

Established to honor the six Christenson brothers - Scott, Reed, L. Dean, Ralph, John, and Paul - all of whom attended Utah State University, the later five of whom all graduated in the Department of Biology. Established to assist deserving undergraduate students pursuing a degree in the Department of Biology. The award is based on scholarship, character, and professional promise. The scholarship serves as a legacy to the Christenson brothers' commitment to education and as a source of perpetual support for generations of biology students.

Established by many donors including alumni, emeriti, faculty, staff, and friends of the Department. The scholarship is based on scholarly performance, research promise, financial need, or promoting diversity opportunities during the student’s academic career.

Established in honor of emeriti faculty member, Dr. David B. Drown by family, students, and colleagues. Awarded to students majoring in Public Health based on scholarship, character, need, and professional promise.

The Emmett Scholarship was established by Dr. John W Emmett and Norda Fife Emmet to support undergraduate studies in the Department of Biology. Both Dr. and Mrs. Emmett were graduates of USU. Dr. Emmett became a radiologist and Mrs. Emmett taught nursery school, kindergarten and first grade. Emmett Scholars are chosen based on academic achievement, financial need, and personal integrity. Recipients must be at least a Sophomore in the Department of Biology. Grade point average, scholarly activities, such as undergraduate research or participation in pre-med related student activities are also considered. Preference is given to pre-med students

Established in memory of Eldon J. Gardner, former faculty member and discoverer of the Gardner Syndrome. Awarded based on outstanding scholarship, character, research and professional promise. Awarded to undergraduate biology students to assist in genetic research.

This award is made possible from a generous bequest from the estate of Joseph Greaves and was established to honor his contribution and legacy to USU. Dr. Greaves graduated from USU with a BS degree in 1904 when USU was the Agricultural Collage of Utah. he was then a faculty member here from 1911 until 1946 where he was affiliated with the Departments of Chemistry and Bacteriology. Dr. Greaves was recognized as one of the world's leading soil bacteriologists. Recipients must be Department of Biology students demonstrating consistent high academic achievement.

Made possible by an endowment established by alumni, Weston R. Innes, in 2013. The scholarship is awarded to a full-time student currently working on an undergraduate degree in Biology at Utah State University. The award is made on the basis of financial need to a junior or senior student in good standing in a Biology Program.

Established in memory of Dr. Joseph K.-K. Li. Dr. Li, Emeritus Professor, was appointed to USU in 1983. His research centered on virus morphogenesis, structure and function of viral genes and proteins, vaccine development and use of oncolytic viruses to destroy human cancer cells. Dr. Li was recognized as the USU Undergraduate Research Mentor of the Year in 2007, National Mortar Board Top Professor in 1998 and was dedicated to undergraduate research throughout his years at USU. The Li Scholarship supports undergraduate research in the Department of Biology at Utah State University. Funds may cover research related expenses such as travel expenses to present research at national or international conferences, registration fees to conferences, equipment and research supplies, or travel to research sites. Awards may also be made in the form of a scholarship to allow a student to focus on their research project. Scholars should demonstrate academic achievement and research promise.

Established by Gene Miller, former Department head of the Department of Biology, and his wife, Ruth. The award is based on outstanding scholarship, research promise, and a demonstrated interest in plant biology.

Established by James Mohr to be awarded to full time students and currently working on an undergraduate degree in Biology at Utah State University. The award is based on good academic standing in the Department of Biology.

Established by Ivan G. Palmblad, Professor Emeritus, for deserving undergraduate students interested in Ecology, Evolution, or Field Biology. The Palmblad Scholarships are awarded based on scholarship and research promise. Recipients must be full-time biology majors. Preference for a number of scholarships are directed towards students interested in Ecology, Evolution, or Field Biology. Others may be awarded to students in any research area

Established by Professor Emeritus Richard Shaw and his wife, Marion, to benefit future generations of students who demonstrate high academic achievement, professional promise, and personal integrity. Awarded to students majoring in biology with an interest in plant biology.

Established to recognize the service given by John R. Simmons, former department head and faculty member in the Department of Biology. Available to junior or senior students majoring in biology and showing scholastic achievement, personal integrity, and financial need.

Established to honor the memory of Sedley and Pearl Stanford to assist undergraduate students seeking a degree in biology, preferably with the intention of a career in ornithology or entomology.

This endowment is possible through a generous donation from Dr. and Mrs. West. Jay R. West and Lorraine M. West Scholars should demonstrate academic achievement, financial need, and personal integrity. To qualify for consideration, each applicant must be an undergraduate student working toward a degree of any major within the Department of Biology. Candidates shall be required to be either entering into or to be currently enrolled in his or her Junior or Senior student year. Each eligible student should possess an overall cumulative GPA of 3.5 or greater.