The scholarship opportunities listed here are made possible by generous financial donations from friends, alumni, and current and former faculty members who support undergraduate education and students in the Department of BBMB. All members of the department are grateful for this generous support.
Scholarships for Entering Freshmen
Application is required. Download the application here. The submission deadline is April 1st and awards will be announced mid-April.
Department of BBMB Freshman Scholarship – $500 to $1,000
Selection is based on academic excellence, leadership, and participation in high school and community activities, and demonstrated future promise in biochemistry or biophysics. All entering biochemistry, biophysics and agricultural biochemistry majors, submitting complete applications, are considered for this award. This award is distributed over two years, if a minimum GPA of 3.0 is maintained.
John H. Weber Family Scholarship – $1,000 to $2,000
Selection is based on academic merit, leadership and participation in high school and community activities, and a promise of future achievement in biochemistry and biophysics. All entering biochemistry, biophysics and agricultural biochemistry majors, submitting complete applications, are considered for this award. This award is distributed over two years, if a minimum GPA of 3.0 is maintained.
Scholarships for Continuing Students
All active undergraduate students in the Department of BBMB are eligible for consideration to receive one departmental scholarship or award. All research emphasized scholarships require a faculty nomination statement. The James Linder research scholarships require an application process, so please read information given below. Awards are announced in April and recipients are recognized at the spring departmental luncheon. Scholarships are awarded on a funds-available basis.
Submission Deadline: April 1, Questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit nomination letters and/or application materials to:
BBMB Scholarship Committee
Attention: Desi Gunning
Research Awards - *Faculty nomination statement required.
Chad Hoffman Research Award* – $250 1 award/year
This award is made to an undergraduate who is actively involved in research with a faculty member of the Department of BBMB. The principal criterion is involvement in research as demonstrated by specific accomplishments such as publications or submitted manuscripts. Nominations should be submitted to the department scholarship committee by a faculty member in the Department of BBMB. The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
Donald and Margaret Graves Scholarship* – $500 1 award/year
Dr. Donald Graves and his family provide this award. Dr. Graves is the former Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. The student shall have demonstrated genuine interest in and aptitude for doing research. More important that GPA, the student shall possess those characteristics and attributes usually associated with the conduct of effective research. The recipient shall be engaged in undergraduate research during the tenure of the scholarship.
Rob Stupka Memorial Scholarship* – $1, 000 to 2,000 1-2 awards/year
The family of Rob Stupka, a biochemistry student who died tragically in 2005, has established this scholarship to honor his memory. The recipient shall be a biochemistry, biophysics or agricultural biochemistry major in either the college of LAS or CALS and maintain a min. GPA of 3.0. They shall have conducted or actively conduct high quality research as evidenced by, but not limited to, progress towards a research publication. Awardees are selected on the basis of research involvement, academic achievement, and clear demonstrated sustained leadership with the BBMB undergraduate club. This award may be renewed for a second year.
Viola Vorhies NIA Scholarship* – $500 1 award/year
The recipient of this award shall be engaged in activities and/or research with a focus on carcinogens and/or progress toward cures for cancer. Awardees are selected on the basis of academic achievement, involvement in cancer research, academic promise, and contribution to the department through participation in department activities.
Foreign Student Research or Study Scholarship* – $250 1 award/year
This award will be used to provide opportunities for students from less affluent countries to obtain a research or study experience at ISU.
Linder Family Undergraduate Research Fellowship – $500/semester Variable /year
The intent of these research fellowship awards is to encourage and provide support for undergraduates conducting independent research in the laboratories of BBMB faculty. Follow these links for the application details and checklist.
BBMB Leadership Award – $500 Open Nomination 1 award/year
Nomination statements may be submitted by faculty, staff or students.
This very important award is to recognize one of our graduating senior students for their contribution to the success of our students and program. The recipient shall have clearly demonstrated sustained leadership and significant effort in support of any undergraduate program function such as, but not limited to; the BBMB Undergraduate Club, The Rob Stupka Symposium, or the academic success of our students.
Academic Merit Awards - The BBMB Scholarship committee considers all continuing students for awards based on current academic standing.
American Institute of Chemistry (AIC) Certificate – $250 1 award/year
The top graduating senior, based on cum GPA, in BBMB is awarded this honor.
Biochemical Sciences Sophomore Scholarship – $500 3 awards/year
Awardees are selected on the basis of academic achievement, academic promise, and contribution to the department through participation in departmental activities.
Dexter French Scholarship – $250 4 awards/year
This award is made possible by a contribution to the department from colleagues and former students of the late Professor Dexter French, past Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Awardees are selected on the basis of academic achievement, academic promise, and contribution to the department through participation in departmental activities.
Garnett B. Whitehurst Endowed Scholarship – not defined 1 award/year
This is a new opportunity for sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in biochemistry. Awardees are selected on the basis of academic achievement, academic promise, and contribution to the department through participation in departmental activities.
Hayward Goodspeed Award – $500 3 awards/year
Awardees are selected on the basis of academic achievement, academic promise, and contribution to the department through participation in department activities. The recipient must be a sophomore and majoring in biochemical sciences. Recipients are eligible for renewal provided they remain in the department of BBMB.
Jack and Carole Horowitz Scholarship – $500 1 award/year
This award is provided by Dr. Jack Horowitz and his family. Dr. Horowitz, Emeritus Professor of Biochemistry, served a long and distinguished career in the Department of BBMB, including serving as the Chair of the department. Awardees are selected on the basis of academic achievement, academic promise, and contribution to the department through participation in departmental activities.
Marian Willis-LeFevre Scholarship – $500 2 awards/year
The intent of this award is to honor young women interested in science, particularly biochemistry and biophysics. Recipients shall be Iowa high school graduates, college juniors or seniors and preference given to female students. Awardees, meeting the criteria, are eligible for renewal.