Undergraduate resources

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

Biology undergraduate student scholarships

The Department of Biology offers a number of scholarships for graduate students pursuing doctoral and master's degrees in biology programs. View the Department of Biology scholarship below. For information on additional scholarships offered through the University of Nevada, Reno. Visit the University scholarship site.

  • Scholarship opportunities for Department of Biology undergraduate students

    General Scholarships

    • The Edwards Scholarship is intended to encourage degree-seeking students in the Department of Biology.  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. $1000)

    Sophomore Scholarships (>30 completed credits)

    • The 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, earns a minimum of 24 academic credits per year, and has a 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):

    • The Moose Award 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." The recipient must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the award. (Approx. $700)
    • The Hadley-Lynch Scholarship is intended for students with junior standing or higher, and preference is given to female students and students with financial need. Recipients must earn a minimum of 30 academic credits per year, and maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 for the duration of the award.  This scholarship is also open to neuroscience majors. (Minimum of $1000)
    • The Freeman Scholarship is for biology majors with financial need. Recipients must have junior standing or higher, 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)
    • The Ort Biology Scholarship is intended for biology majors pursuing health-related careers.  Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.2, full-time enrollment in 30+ credits per year, and completion of 60-120 credit hours at the start of the award. (Approx. $1000)
  • Biology scholarship application form

    To apply for one of these scholarships, fill out and submit the application form linked to below, including a personal statement and two letters of support from Department of Biology faculty. Letters of recommendation should be submitted directly to the Department of Biology office (SFB 100). 

    Application deadline: March 1, annually

    Biology application form

Get free drop-in help at the Biology Help Center

Open Monday-Friday during the Fall and Spring semesters. There are no appointments necessary, just walk in and get help from student assistants who have experience with the BIOL courses.

Help is available for concepts and material from:

  • BIOL 100
  • BIOL 190, 191, 192
  • BIOL 223, 224, 251
  • BIOL 300
  • BIOL 314, 315
  • BIOL 415
  • and many more!

Contact information:

SFB 204
(775) 784-8200

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