Scholarships & Financial Aid
We provide scholarships, financial aid, internships, and support for underserved, first-gen, and immigrant students. For questions and guidance contact Theresea Nydam:
U Biology Undergraduate Scholarships
An application form for the following scholarships awarded by the School of Biological Sciences or may be picked up in the Biology Undergraduate Advising Office.
Return the completed application form (with checklist) and all supporting documents to the Biology Undergraduate Advising Office.
Up to eight scholarships are awarded each year to currently enrolled Biology majors pursuing their first Bachelor’s degree. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher, must have completed 30 credits at the University of Utah, and must be Utah residents. These are tuition waivers of $2,500 per semester (Fall and Spring; fees are not covered) for a total of $5,000. The student must take a minimum of 12 credits per semester. Recipients may not be on another tuition waiver scholarship during the scholarship year. This scholarship requires that the applicant/awardee be a US citizen or permanent resident (green card).
This scholarship fund was established in 1985 by Stephen D. Durrant, and is open to Biology majors who are finishing their freshman or sophomore years. Two scholarships of $1,000 will be awarded to cover tuition. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. The recipient of this award may apply for a second year, if funding is available. This scholarship requires that the applicant/awardee have graduated from a Utah high school or be a US citizen or permanent resident (green card).
One award of $1,000 is available to a Biology major engaged in research in the area of genetics. The recipient must demonstrate a record of strong academic accomplishment (cumulative University of Utah GPA of at least 3.0) as well as a strong history of involvement in artistic or creative pursuits such as writing, composing (or other musical achievement), painting (or other visual art), or film-making. This scholarship requires that the applicant/awardee have graduated from a Utah high school or be a US citizen or permanent resident (green card).
This scholarship was established in 2018 by the Fujimoto family to honor the memory of Esther Fujimoto and her career as a research scientist in Molecular Biology at the University of Utah. This scholarship is available to declared Biology majors who are finishing their sophomore or junior years. One scholarship of $1,000 will be awarded for use towards the cost of tuition. A minimum GPA of 3.5 is required. Preference will be given to students who are working in a Molecular Biology lab or who are first-generation college students. This scholarship requires that the applicant/awardee have graduated from a Utah high school, or be a US citizen, or be a permanent resident (green card).
Application materials for the Goldwater Scholarship are available in the Biology Undergraduate Advising Office (JTB 220) or on-line from the College of Science. Applications must be completed and submitted to the College of Science in mid-November. The College of Science forwards its nominations to the University.
Funding for Undergraduate Research
SBS’s Science Research Initiative for undergraduates is augmented by funding to select students.
The School of Biological Sciences is accepting proposals from undergraduates majoring in Biology who wish to participate in a research project with faculty in the School of Biological Sciences. Funding is available for several awards. Awards range in size from $2000 to $4000 and can be spent through December 15, 2020. The deadline for applications is March 17, 2020. Eligibility requirements are listed on the PDF application form below:
A 15-month mentored research experience for exceptional undergraduate students in chemistry, biological sciences, or interdisciplinary combinations thereof. Provided by the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation to the University of Utah College of Science, the program spans three years (2020 – 2023), and will enable the funded support of six scholar–faculty mentor pairs. Each internally selected scholar will receive a $21,000 research stipend to facilitate 15-months of mentored research (nine academic calendar months, two three-month summers), in addition to $5,000 provided for the mentor-directed research.