John T. Curtis Ecology Scholarship
Description: John T. Curtis was a renowned ecologist and Professor of Botany at UW-Madison. Curtis’s two sons established the scholarship in 2014 to honor him. The scholarship provides $500 in tuition assistance for the upcoming fall semester.
Eligibility: Students must be either an undergraduate botany or zoology major, in good academic standing, and have an interest in ecology. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
Application process: Applicants should submit a brief personal statement, a resume, a copy of their UW-Madison student record (unofficial transcript), and a letter of support from a faculty member or advisor by April 1. Applications should be submitted through the Common Scholarship Application portal. Award decisions will be made by May.
Undergraduate Summer Research Awards
Description: A number of awards in the range of $1,500-$3,000 are given to students each May in order to support summer research. The funds can be applied to research-related expenses, such as lab equipment or travel, or to stipends that support students during the research period.
Eligibility: Students must either be a zoology major or have a faculty sponsor who has at least a 50%-time appointment in the Department of Integrative Biology. Students must also enroll in at least two independent research credits (Zoology 681, 682, 691, 692, or 699, or the same courses in another department) during either the summer when the research is conducted or in the fall when results are written up.
Application process: Applicants should submit a research proposal, a research budget, a list of current and pending financial support, a copy of their UW-Madison student record (unofficial transcript), and a letter of support from the faculty sponsor by April 1. Applications should be submitted through the Common Scholarship Application portal.
There are numerous other awards and scholarships available on campus. Below are just a few opportunities that support undergraduate research, and that are especially suited for zoology students. For a more exhaustive list of awards and scholarships, see scholarships@UW-Madison or Undergraduate Academic Awards.
- Hilldale Research Fellowships support undergraduate research done in collaboration with a faculty mentor. Students receive $3,000, while mentors receive $1,000.
- The Undergraduate Research Scholars (URS) program provides first- and second-year students with opportunities to do research with faculty for academic credit. URS fellows also participate in a class as well as seminars aimed at supporting their research experience.
- Wisconsin Idea Fellowships are awarded annually for long-term projects that seek to solve crucial community issues either locally or internationally. Students work collaboratively with a community organization and a faculty mentor, and can receive up to $7,000 in funding as well as academic credit for their project.