Undergraduate Student Scholarships

DEPARTMENT AWARDS

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 $1,000 in tuition assistance for the upcoming fall semester.

Eligibility: Students must be declared in an undergraduate major in the Department of Botany or Department of Integrative Biology. Students in the following majors are eligible to apply: botany, biology (L&S), conservation biology, neurobiology, molecular biology, and zoology. Students must be in good academic standing and have an interest in ecology. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

Application processApplicants should submit a brief personal statement regarding their suitability for the scholarship, a resume, and a copy of their UW-Madison student record (unofficial transcript) by April 1, 2019. Applications should be emailed to vjackson4@wisc.edu as a single PDF file. Award decisions will be made by late April.

NETZER-BROUCHOUD SCHOLARSHIP

Description: This scholarship was established by Lanore A. Netzer and her husband Glen G. Eye to honor Lanore’s father, Henry Nathan Netzer, a farmer and lumberjack who loved the outdoors, and Lanore and Glen’s nephew, Bernard Netzer Brouchoud, a naturalist with a special interest in birds. The scholarship provides up to $1,500 in tuition assistance for the upcoming fall semester.

Eligibility: Students must 1. be an undergraduate or graduate student actively working with a faculty member with at least a 50%-time appointment in the Department of Integrative Biology, and 2. be studying wild bird life. Consideration will be given to need, extracurricular activities, and academic standing of student. Students graduating in spring or summer 2019 are not eligible.

Application process: Applicants should submit a brief personal statement regarding their suitability for the scholarship, a resume, and a copy of their UW-Madison student record (unofficial transcript) by April 1, 2019. Applications should be emailed to irviola@wisc.edu as a single PDF file. Award decisions will be made by late April.

EUGENE JORGENS MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP

Description: This scholarship was established by Gaylard & Norma Jorgens in honor of their son, Eugene C. Jorgens. The scholarship is intended for a well-deserving, meritorious sophomore, junior, or senior student majoring in zoology. The scholarship provides up to $2,000 in tuition assistance for the upcoming fall semester.

Eligibility: Students must be a zoology major, in good academic standing, and have completed their freshman year. Preference will be given to Wisconsin residents. Graduating seniors are not eligible.

Application process: Applicants should submit a brief personal statement regarding their suitability for the scholarship, a resume, and a copy of their UW-Madison student record (unofficial transcript) by April 1, 2019. Applications should be emailed to irviola@wisc.edu as a single PDF file. Award decisions will be made by late April.

UNDERGRADUATE SUMMER RESEARCH AWARDS

Description: A number of awards in the range of $1,500-$4,000 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 be actively working with a faculty member with at least a 50%-time appointment in the Department of Integrative Biology. Students must also enroll in at least two independent research credits (Zoology 681682691692, or 699) under the section number of the faculty member serving as sponsor 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, 2019. Applications should be emailed to cauger@wisc.edu as a single PDF file. Award decisions will be made by late April.

UNIVERSITY AWARDS

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 the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH) 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.