The University of Nevada and State of Nevada provide for numerous scholarship opportunities.
To find out more about what scholarships are available, visit the University Scholarship site.
The Biology Department has scholarships specifically for Biology Majors. Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher are encouraged to apply. Please see the scholarship descriptions below for further details related to each award. The actual amount of the awards varies from year to year, depending on performance of the Scholarship endowment funds. In general, scholarship amounts range from $500 - $1200.
The scholarship application period is between February 15th and March 31st. To apply for one of these Scholarships, submit an application form and two letters of support from Biology Faculty. If you are conducting research or independent study with a mentor in another department, a letter from this research advisor would be appropriate as one of your two supporting letters. Applications and letters should be submitted to the Biology Department Office. Questions related to scholarship availability, application procedures, or eligibility should be addressed to Dr. Baguley.
Between November and February 1st of each year, to be considered for any institutional scholarship including departmental scholarships, continuing UNR students must complete the scholarship application in MyNEVADA: go to Student Center, Supplemental Forms, Scholarship Application.
To be eligible for consideration for scholarships which require financial need, by March 1 annually students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov and include federal school code 002568; University of Nevada, Reno, Reno, NV. Students not eligible to complete the FAFSA (such as international students or students with DACA status), may complete the Financial Aid Calculation for Non-FAFSA Eligible Students form by March 1 annually.
Edwards Scholarship is intended to encourage an outstanding Biology student at the end of the freshman year. Criteria are an overall GPA of 3.0 or better, science and math GPA of 3.2 or better, and evidence of exceptional promise in the Biological Sciences. (Approx. $1100)
SOPHOMORE SCHOLARSHIP (>30 completed credits):
Mead Scholarship is intended to help students pursue their higher education goals. The recipient should be a full time Biology Major who has completed 30-70 credits, and has GPA of 3.0 or better. This will generally be at the end of sophomore year, although some freshmen may qualify. (Approx. $900)
JUNIOR/SENIOR SCHOLARSHIPS (>60 completed credits):
Moose Scholarship is intended to encourage scholarship and preparation of students who intend to go on to graduate study in biology or a related discipline. We have one award for the "outstanding biology student of junior status." Recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the award (Approx. $1200)
Hadley-Lynch Scholarship is intended for student with Junior standing or higher and preference is given to female students. Recipients must earn a minimum of 24 academic credits per year, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the award. (Approx. $600)
Freeman Scholarship is for Biology Majors with financial need. Recipients must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 at the time of award. Recipients must earn a minimum of 24 academic credits per year, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the award. A change of major by the recipient will result in loss of the scholarship. This scholarship is not renewable. (Approx. $1100)
Lucille Morris Scholarship is intended to be awarded preferentially to female students and those with financial need. Recipients shall have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be considered for this award and shall maintain a 3.0 GPA during the year they receive the scholarship. Recipients shall be full-time students who register for a minimum of 15 regularly scheduled University of Nevada, Reno credit hours each semester they receive the scholarship and shall maintain full-time status. (Approx. $1000)
OTHER FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR UNDERGRADUATES:
Biology Undergraduate Research (BUR) grants and fellowships are awarded to Biology majors participating in research with Biology Department professors.
Office of Undergraduate Research
Nevada INBRE Undergraduate Research Fellowships
The UNR Honors Program