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Scholarships and Awards

Students at Western Michigan University are often recognized for outstanding work in the Department of Biological Sciences. Scholarships and awards vary in size, qualifications and application process.

Honors program and awards

An honors program in the Department of Biological Sciences is available through the Lee Honors College to students who demonstrate superior ability during their first or second year of college work. Contact the Lee Honors College for more information.

International study scholarships

The College of Arts and Sciences invites qualified undergraduates to apply for funds to help support their study abroad experience.

Department of Biological Sciences awards

Past Award Winners: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007

The Margaret Thomas DuMond Scholarship Award

This award was established in honor of Mrs. DuMond, an alumna of the department, by her husband. It is available to upper-class biology majors who plan to become teachers. The award is granted annually to a student of junior or senior status, with a grade point average of at least 3.5, who demonstrates career potential and financial need. Contact the biological sciences office in Wood Hall for information and applications.

The Frank Hinds Zoology Award

This award was established in honor of a dedicated professor, Dr. Frank Hinds, who served WMU for 35 years. The award of $250 is granted to a declared departmental major of sophomore or junior standing who has completed at least three courses in Biological Sciences at WMU, has a grade point average of 3.5 or better and has an outstanding overall record. Contact the biological sciences office for information and applications.

Hazel Wirick Botany and Ecology Award

Sponsored by the Kalamazoo Garden Council, this award is available to upper-class biology majors with a project in the areas of botany or ecology. Contact the biological sciences office in Wood Hall for information and applications.

The Merrill Wiseman Award

This award, named in honor of a distinguished professor who was on the Department of Biological Sciences faculty for 40 years, is made annually to an outstanding student in the field of microbiology. No application is required.

The Distinguished Biology Major Senior Award

The Biological Sciences faculty selects one or two outstanding seniors for this award. All biology majors with a grade point average of 3.5 or above are considered. No application is required.

The Distinguished Biomedical Sciences Major Senior Award

This award is given to the student judged by the biological sciences faculty to be the outstanding senior biomedical sciences major. No application is required.

The Pre-Professional Award in Biological Sciences

This award is given to the student deemed by the Department of Biological Sciences faculty to be the outstanding biology or biomedical sciences major in a pre-professional curriculum (premed., predent., etc.). Students with a grade point average of 3.5 and above are considered. No application is required.

The Leo Vander Beek Graduate Student Plant Biology Award

This yearly award shall be used as a recruiting tool for students seeking graduate training in plant biology. This award would be in addition to any teaching or research assistantships given to the student.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates Award

This program allows undergraduates from WMU and other colleges and universities from around the country to participate in interdisciplinary research in environmental signal transduction. The REU experience at Western Michigan University includes: participation in a research project, presentation/discussion series on the process of science, considerations of scientific ethics and integrity, research seminars and career-oriented discussions.

Post-baccalaureate scholarships

U.S. Army Healthcare Scholarship

This scholarship provides full tuition, books and a stipend for medical, veterinary and dental accredited schools. For further information contact:

US Army Medical Recruiting Station
2911 Eyde Pkwy, Ste 140
East Lansing MI 48823
Office phone: (517) 337-9163
Cell: (877) 662-3256
Fax: (517) 337-6078
Kevin.j.ressler2.mil@mail.mil