BBMB Student Scholarship Opportunities

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The Roy J Carver Department of BBMB supports its students with a variety of scholarships and fellowships. All eligible undergraduates are encouraged to apply.

Eligibility:  

All incoming (including transfer) and active undergraduate students in the Roy J Carver Department of BBMB are eligible for consideration for departmental scholarships. Current students should demonstrate progress in a BBMB program of study. Most departmental scholarships require a minimum GPA of 3.0 unless specifically stated. All research-related scholarships and fellowships require a nomination statement from a faculty/research mentor.

Application & Timeline:

Applications for most* departmental scholarships open September 15. Students should use OneAPP, the ISU Scholarship application site, to apply by the appropriate deadline:

  • Freshmen: January 10
  • Returning and transfer students: March 1

*Please note that the following scholarships are managed outside of OneApp and should be applied for according to the opportunity-specific instructions on this page:

  • Rob Stupka Memorial Scholarship (Fall NominationLetters due Oct. 15th)
  • Linder Family Undergraduate Research Fellowship (Open year-round)
  • Rob Stupka Leadership Award (Spring Nomination)

Awards are announced in April and recipients are recognized at the spring departmental awards program.

Contact:

For Award & Scholarship questions, contact Claire Kruesel, BBMB Undergraduate Program Coordinator.


Scholarships for Incoming Freshmen

All incoming first-year students who complete the OneApp application will be considered for scholarships.
    
* Indicates award value may vary based on funds available     
       

Department of BBMB Freshman Scholarship *

First-generation Student Scholarship *

This scholarship supports students whose parents or guardians did not attend college or university.

John H. Weber Family Scholarship *
$1000–2000 per year for 2 years

Selection for each freshman scholarship is based on academic excellence; leadership and participation in high school and community activities; and demonstrated future promise in biochemistry or biophysics. All entering students declaring a biochemistry (CALS or LAS) or biophysics major and submitting a complete application are considered for this award. This award is distributed over two years; recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.0 and make continued progress toward a BBMB program of study to renew eligibility.


Scholarships for Continuing Students 

Recipients must meet these eligibility standards: Minimum GPA 3.0 (unless otherwise stated) and progress toward BBMB undergraduate program of study.                                         
* Indicates award value may vary based on funds available 
** Indicates Faculty nomination statement required      
       

Research Awards

The following research awards each require a separate application outside of OneApp.
All continuing students who meet the eligibility standards above, conduct research, are supported by any required letter(s), and follow the award-specific guidelines below will be considered for the following research-based awards. 

Rob Stupka Memorial Scholarship */** 
Fall Nomination: Letter of Nomination due Oct. 15th
$1000–2000 per year**, renewable up to 2 years

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 or biophysics major, be of junior or senior standing, and maintain a minimum 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 clearly demonstrated and sustained leadership with the BBMB Undergraduate Club, Leaarning Community, and/or Stupka Symposium.

Faculty should submit their letter of nomination to the BBMB Scholarship Committee c/o Claire Kruesel (kruesel@iastate.edu) by October 15.

Linder Family Undergraduate Research Fellowship */** 
Open application year-round 
$1500-2000 per year**, renewable up to 2 years, plus optional Resource Award of up to $1500

The intent of these research fellowship awards is to encourage and provide support for undergraduates as they begin their first independent research experience in the laboratories of BBMB faculty. A research proposal co-written with a faculty research mentor and letter of support from the faculty research mentor are required. 

  • The program and application details can be found here
  • Please click here for an application checklist.

The following research awards are integrated into OneApp.
All continuing students who meet the eligibility standards above, conduct research, are supported by any required letter(s), and complete the OneApp application (including questions about research) will automatically be considered for the following research-based awards.
 

Donald and Margaret Graves Scholarship */**

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.

Chad Hoffman Memorial Research Award */**

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.  The recipient must have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

Viola Vorhies NIA Research Award */**

This award is made to an undergraduate student conducting research related to the study of carcinogens and cancer cures.                             
Recipients must meet the standard BBMB scholarship eligibility criteria; a letter of nomination or support from the faculty research mentor is also required. 

 

Academic Merit and/or Leadership Awards

The following leadership award requires a separate application outside OneApp.
All continuing students who meet the eligibility standards above, are supported by any required letter(s), and follow the award-specific guidelines below will be considered for the following leadership-based award. 

Rob Stupka Leadership Award */** 
Spring Nomination
$500* per year

This very important award recognizes outstanding 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 the BBMB Undergraduate Club, Learning Community, and/or Stupka Undergraduate Research Symposium. Stupka Scholars are not eligible for this award.

Nominations may be made by Advisors to the student groups listed above. Nominators should submit their letter of nomination to the BBMB Scholarship Committee c/o Claire Kruesel (kruesel@iastate.edu) by March 15.

The following academic merit and leadership awards are integrated into OneApp.
All continuing students who meet the eligibility standards above, are supported by any required letter(s), and complete the OneApp application will automatically be considered for the following merit- and leadership-based awards.

 

American Institute of Chemistry (AIC) Certificate
$250

The top graduating senior, based on cumulative GPA in BBMB, is awarded this honor.

Biochemical Sciences Sophomore Scholarship */**

Awardees are selected on the basis of academic achievement, academic promise, and contribution to the department through participation in departmental activities.

Dexter French Scholarship */**

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 */**

Sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in biochemistry are eligible for this award. Awardees are selected on the basis of academic achievement, academic promise, and contribution to the department through participation in departmental activities.

Hayward Goodspeed Award */**

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 maintain eligibility.

Jack and Carole Horowitz Scholarship */**

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. Minimum GPA of 3.5.

Marian Willis-LeFevre Scholarship */**

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.

Marian Willis-LeFevre Scholarship */**

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.

Dr. James and Mrs. Marilyn Gaylor Scholarship in Biochemistry */**

The Gaylor family has always placed high priority on education. They wish to support undergraduate students majoring in biochemistry and preference shall be given to female students as allow by law. Recipients must meet the standard BBMB scholarship eligibility criteria.

DEI Awards

All continuing students who meet the eligibility standards above; complete the OneApp application; and answer qualifying OneApp questions regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion will be considered for DEI awards.

The following DEI award is integrated into OneApp:

First-generation Student Scholarship *

This scholarship supports students whose parents or guardians did not attend college or university.