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Awards & Scholarships

Underwood-Alger Scholarship

This scholarship program is based on merit and intended to provide support for students majoring in the biological sciences. For this program, special consideration is given to applicants who are female and have financial need. A gift from Dr. Nelda E. Alger provides funding for this scholarship. [Apply]

MCDB/Neuro. Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

Summer fellowships of $1000 each are available for students doing research in an MCDB or Neuroscience faculty lab for 20 hours per week during the spring and/or summer. Any student working in an MCDB or Neuroscience lab is eligible, but some preference will be given to those working on a project for honors and to those with financial need. [Apply]

Christine Psujek Memorial Award

The Program in Biology has established a gift fund, in honor of Chris Psujek, who was highly valued part of the Biology Department and EEB and MCDB from 1982 to 2010. The Christine Psujek Memorial Undergraduate Award is presented annually to the graduating senior who submits the best Honors thesis in any of the biology majors. Donations may be made by contacting the MCDB administrative office (1127 Kraus Building) or making a gift online.

Anne Rudo Memorial Award

The Anne Rudo Memorial Scholarship is an LS&A scholarship for which students majoring or with an academic interest in both psychology and biology are eligible.

The scholarship is given in memory of Anne Rudo. Anne was a senior at the University of Michigan at the time of her death. She was to have received a B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Biology and planned to pursue an education in medicine. In addition to her academic achievements, Anne served as a volunteer in the medical field.

Selection of the scholarship recipient is based primarily on financial need, academic potential, academic interest in both psychology and biology, and consideration of past or present community or volunteer work. The award is for approximately $1,000. Students must apply for the award. Application materials should include the following: an electronic application including a statement of purpose (four pages or less) addressing your current involvement in academic and volunteer projects, your interest in psychology, biology, and medicine, your goals and future plans, and your financial need and how you would use the award if selected; two letters of recommendation (it is suggested, but not required, that the first letter be written by a Department of Psychology or Biology faculty member and the second letter be written by someone who has supervised your volunteer work); a proposed budget, and a copy of your unofficial transcripts. All applications will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Psychology Student Academic Affairs Committee.

This award will be available Winter Semester, visit the website for award application and deadlines. Website:

Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience Travel Grants

[Applications open all year:  Click to APPLY]

The Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience is pleased to offer travel awards to undergraduates attending scientific meetings to present their research. All current undergraduates conducting research through the Undergraduate Program in Neuroscience are eligible for these one-time grants with a standard issue amount of $250 (some may fund up to $500) to cover the costs of attending the meeting.  Student applicants may also request reimbursement for poster printing up to $100.  [Please note that students who have graduated are no longer eligible for this funding.]

MCDB Horizons Summer Research Internship

Undergraduate students with an interest in biology will have an opportunity to experience scientific research first-hand by joining a research laboratory group in MCDB this summer.  No previous research experience is required.  Students will participate directly in a research project, as part of a team of scientists, learning new ideas and skills fundamental to biological science.  Student interns are expected to commit to a full-time schedule, which could include one spring-summer class, and in addition to their research project will include programmatic activities designed to introduce them to
career opportunities in science. Eligibility (one or more of the following): (1) come from an educational, cultural or geographic background that is underrepresented in the scientific field of biology; (2) have experienced financial hardship as a result of family economic circumstances; (3) are a first-generation U.S. citizen/resident or are the first generation in their family to attend a four-year college. [More details and application instructions.]