BBMB Student Scholarship Opportunities

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All active undergraduate students in the Roy J Carver Department of BBMB are eligible for consideration to receive one departmental scholarship per semester. Awards are announced in April and recipients are recognized at the Spring departmental awards program.

Eligibility:  A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required, unless specifically stated and demonstrated progress in a BBMB program of study.  All research emphasized scholarships require a faculty/research mentor nomination statement.

Submission Deadline:  April 1

Students submit their scholarship application through the ISU Scholarship application site:  OneAPP (https://www.financialaid.iastate.edu/scholarships/).

Questions:  Desi Gunning, dgunning@iastate.edu


Scholarships for Entering Freshmen

    Awards are academically based and dependent on the availability of funds.

  • Department of BBMB Freshman Scholarship

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 students declaring a biochemistry, biophysics or agricultural biochemistry major and submitting a complete application(see OneAPP link above), 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

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 students declaring a biochemistry, biophysics or agricultural biochemistry major and submitting a complete application(see OneAPP link above), 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 

*Faculty nomination statement required / **Award value based on funds available                                                 Recipient must meet the eligibility standard:  Minimum GPA 3.0 (unless otherwise stated) and progress toward BBMB undergraduate program of study.

Research Awards

  • Rob Stupka Memorial Scholarship*/** - Fall Nomination

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 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 clearly demonstrated and sustained leadership with the BBMB Undergraduate Club and/or Stupka Symposium.

  • Rob Stupka Memorial Scholarship - Spring Nomination

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, Peer Mentor for the B&B Learning Community, the Stupka Undergraduate Research Symposium, or BBMB community contributions.  Stupka Scholars are not eligible for this award.

  • Linder Family Undergraduate Research Fellowship (by Application) */** - Open application year round

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

  • 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 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. 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.

Academic Merit Awards

The BBMB Scholarship committee considers all continuing students for academic performance and BBMB community service awards.

  • American Institute of Chemistry (AIC) Certificate - $250

The top graduating senior, based on cum 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.

  • Dr. James and Mrs. Marilyn Gaylor Scholarship */**

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.