Sophomores and juniors: Are you doing research and have a 3.90 College GPA? Apply for the Goldwater Scholarship!

Students pursuing a science or math major with an overall College of Arts & Sciences GPA of 3.90 or higher should strongly consider applying for the prestigious 2018 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation awards. This is a very competitive national award.

Nominees must be current sophomores or juniors who intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. All nominees must be U.S. citizens, resident aliens, or U.S. nationals.

The Goldwater Scholarship is for research-oriented students and is not awarded to pre-med students. Accordingly, applicants must be actively engaged in a research project and their research statements need to be both fully and carefully developed and comprehensible to a broad, well-educated, and scientifically-focused audience.

Students selected as Goldwater Scholars will receive $7,500 per year that can be applied to the costs of tuition, fees, books, and room and board. Sophomore scholarship recipients are eligible for two years of scholarship support; juniors recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support.

The College of Arts and Sciences will conduct an internal competition and nominate up to four students to the national selection committee for consideration. Students who are interested in being nominated for a Goldwater Scholarship should complete a student profile and Goldwater pre-application at

If the pre-application is accepted, the student will be invited to submit a full application to the internal competition, and their recommenders will receive an invitation from the Goldwater Campus Representative with instructions for writing and submitting a letter of recommendation. All full application materials should be submitted directly to the College selection committee at

The deadline for submission of all materials for the internal competition is:

5:00 p.m. on Monday, November 6, 2017


Interested in being a science teacher? Check out the Noyce Scholarship programs

The Noyce Scholarship programs provides scholarships to BSMS students in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences, and Environmental Sciences who are interested in K12 teaching.  While our Noyce program is in its final year, we still have some funds available for scholarships.

While the NSF grant expires in September, we can provide some scholarship fund to such students in the spring and summer.  Students should note, however, that these funds come with commitments, and funds would need to be repaid if those commitments are not met.


Meet with Science Career Advisor, Mary White – Her office is now in the Chemistry Building Undergrad Office, Room 021D

Are you trying to find an internship, research position, or full-time job?  Are you interested in learning more about the graduate school application process?  Or have you recently decided not to pursue a health professions career and need guidance on where to go next?


Schedule an appointment with Mary White, Career Advisor with the Walter Center for Career Achievement!  Mary is now conveniently located close to your science classes, in the Chemistry Building Undergrad Office, Room 021D.  Other services provided include:


  • Resume, Cover Letter, and Personal Statement Critiques
  • Interview Preparation
  • Networking Strategies
  • Internship Scholarship Information
  • Job Offer Negotiation Assistance


To make an appointment, follow these instructions or email Mary at She is excited to help you with all career needs!

Biology Undergraduate Award Applications are being accepted

Undergraduates earning a declared major through the IUB Department of Biology are invited to apply for our 2017-2018 Scholarships and Awards.  The following scholarships are being offered this year:

Aldred Family Scholarship ─ $1,000

Avian and Wildlife Research and/or Related Endeavors Scholarship ─ $1,000

Biology Undergraduate Research Award ─ 1,500

Blatchley Nature Study Club Scholarship ─ $500

Clark (Howard W. ) Scholarship ─ $750

Crowell (Sears) Scholarship for Undergraduates ─ $2,500

Eigenmann (Carl H. ) Scholarship ─ $750

Ferguson (Arlene ) Internship at Hilltop Gardens ─ $500

Fox Glen Research and Education Fund Award ─ $500

Frey (Sarah Elizabeth) Indiana Daffodil, Inc. Scholarship ─ $1,000

Grossman (Rex ) Award ─ up to $5,000

Kindig (John R. and Wendy L.) Scholarship ─ $6,243

Malacinski (George M.) Biology Scholarship ─ $1,000

McClung (L.S. ) Scholarship ─ $3,500

Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Award ─ $3,500

Mower (Alfred Parson ) Scholarship ─ $1,000

Roessler (William G.) Scholarship ─ $750

Seward (Fred) Award  ─ $2,500

Tatum (William J.) Award ─ $1,000

The application deadline for these awards is Monday, February 20, 2017.  Faculty and postdoctoral fellow recommendations for these awards are also due on February 20, 2017.  Be sure to approach your recommender(s) immediately in order to give them time to write their letters. Please visit the IUB Department of Biology website at the Undergraduate Studies/Awards & Scholarships web page ( to review the application criteria for each award and to determine if you are eligible to apply for any of these awards.  The following documents are located on Undergraduate Studies/Awards & Scholarships web page and are needed to complete your application packet, so be sure to read these documents carefully:

1.  Application instructions (

2.  Application form (

For those of you who have submitted scholarship applications in previous years, be aware that there is a new procedure for uploading your application packet now that IU retired Oncourse.  Details can be found in the application instructions.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if, after reading the application instructions, you have any questions.  Thank you!


Kathy E. Wyss

Development Officer

Department of Biology

Jordan Hall 120

1001 E. 3rd St.

Bloomington, IN 47405-7005


Lab assistant position available

A molecular lab assistant position is available in the Bever lab (Dept. of Biology) – flexible hours: 10-29 hrs/week. The lab assistant will prepare soil and root samples for sequencing of mycorrhizal fungal communities (DNA extractions, PCR, etc.). There may also be opportunities to assist with greenhouse and field experiments. The Bever lab studies the ecology and evolution of prairie plants and mycorrhizal fungi. More information about our research can be found here:

If interested in the position, please email Tanya Cheeke ( with a short statement of interest and a current resume with GPA, relevant coursework, lab experience, and references. Preference will be given to candidates with previous molecular experience, including pipetting, DNA extractions, and PCR.



Competitive Awards Application Workshops

This series of 5 workshops will introduce students to awards that fund activities such as teaching English or conducting research abroad with a Fulbright award, taking part in a post-graduate program in the United Kingdom or Ireland or applying for an NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates or Graduate Research Fellowship. The workshops will take place on Wednesdays from 4:15 – 5:15 in room 217 of the Hutton Honors College and the first will be on March 9. The workshops are free, do not bear credit and registration is not required. Details and a schedule in the Events section at Competitive Awards Deadlines and Events.

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Kelley scholarships available to graduating Biology students

Dear Biology students,


The Kelley School of Business has developed a new program called “College+Kelley” and has up to 6 scholarships for strong IU students graduating in Biology who wish to supplement their undergraduate degree in Biology with a Master of Science in Information Systems (MSIS) degree from the Kelley School of Business. The scholarships will cover up to 100% of tuition, and the program does not require any prior business or information systems courses. Something else to note is that if you have a GPA above 3.2, we can waive the GRE requirement.

Applications are due April 1, 2016.

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