Undergraduate Student Scholarships

DEPARTMENT AWARDS

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 the spring or summer of the award year 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 March 1 at 11:59 pm. Applications should be emailed to irviola@wisc.edu as a single PDF file. Award decisions will be made by late March.

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 March 1 at 11:59 pm. Applications should be emailed to irviola@wisc.edu as a single PDF file. Award decisions will be made by late March.

Undergraduate Summer Research Awards Application Instructions

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 March 1 at 11:59 pm. Applications should be emailed to cauger@wisc.edu as a single PDF file. Award decisions will be made by late March.

Biology Fellowship for Freshmen/Sophomores to Foster Diversity in Science

Description: The goal of this research award is to foster diversity in the biological sciences by providing summer research experiences for undergraduates completing their freshman or sophomore year at the UW-Madison. The  provides support in the form of a salary of up to $6000 for a summer (400 hours). Specific work arrangements (start and end dates, hours per week, etc.) and expectations will be developed by the recipient and faculty mentor. Eligible research mentors: The funds can be used for research in the labs of faculty with at least 50% appointment in the Department of Integrative Biology.

Eligibility: Undergraduates should have completed at least one but no more than four semesters of coursework at the UW-Madison (or another academic institution for transfer students) at the time of application. (Advanced Placement credits do not count in this total.) The fellowship is open to undergraduates regardless of their major. Past research experience is not a criterion that will be weighed in the selection process, although applicants will explain their interests in science and career goals in their application. Selection will be based on the recipient’s potential to do scientific research and their ability to foster diversity in science.

Application Process: To make the application process as easy as possible, we would be happy to talk to you about it; don’t hesitate to contact Tony Ives (arives@wisc.edu) or Cathy Auger (cauger@wisc.edu) to set up a short meeting. Successful applicants will be matched with iBio faculty labs in one of two routes. (i) The applicant can contact faculty before the application deadline and discuss possible research opportunities. In this case, one or more faculty can be listed on the application. (ii) The applicant can apply without first contacting faculty. In this case, iBio faculty will evaluate the application and contact the applicant if they are able to serve as research mentor. Success of the application does not depend on whether route (i) or route (ii) is taken, although success will depend on getting a good match between the scientific interests of student and faculty mentor.

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.