Graduate Student Resources

The Department of Biology and the University of Nevada, Reno offer graduate students support in areas of scholarship, grant writing, advising and more. For program-specific support and opportunities, visit the program's web pages.

Graduate student scholarship opportunities

The Department of Biology offers a number of scholarships for graduate students pursuing doctoral and master's degrees in biology programs.

  • Scholarship opportunities for Department of Biology graduate students
    • The Wilson Award, the Hadley-Lynch Scholarship and the Edwards Scholarship are available to graduate students whose major advisor is a full-time member of the faculty within the Department of Biology.
    • The Brussard Scholarship is available to graduate students whose major advisor is a full-time member of the faculty within either the Department of Biology or the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science.
    • The Wilson Award is for native-born US citizen graduate students. Master's of Biology students, Ecology Evolution and Conservation Biology Ph.D. students, and Cell and Molecular Biology Ph.D. students are eligible if the major advisor is a Department of Biology faculty member.  The number of awards and monetary value may differ from year to year, but historically three awards of $4000 each have been given per year.
    • The Brussard Scholarship is available to Master's of Biology students, Ecology Evolution and Conservation Biology Ph.D students and Natural Resources and Environmental Science graduate students.  One award of $500 is typically given each year.
    • The Hadley-Lynch Scholarship is intended for undergraduate or graduate students, and preference is given to female students and students with financial need. Graduate student recipients must earn a minimum of 12 academic credits per year, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the award.  The monetary value of this award varies from year to year.
    • The Edwards Scholarship is intended for undergraduate or graduate students.  Graduate student recipients must earn a minimum of 18 credits per year (12 credits with a graduate assistantship), and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the award.  The monetary value of this award varies from year to year.
  • Biology Scholarship application form

    To apply for one of these scholarships, fill out and submit the application form linked to below, including your CV, a personal statement and two letters of support from the Department of Biology faculty. If you are doing research with non-biology faculty, an additional letter from your research mentor is welcome. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to the Department of Biology office (SFB 100). 

    Application deadline: March 1, annually

    Biology application form

Faculty and grant writing support

Proposal development and processing support is available to all College of Science faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduate students. Find out how the research support team can help you.