Departmental Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

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Deadline Extended

The deadline for submission of applications and nominations has been extended to Friday September 22.


Each fall, the Biology Department will notify students when applications will be accepted for consideration. Award announcements will be made at the annual departmental awards ceremony.

The deadline for Faculty Nominations is September 22, 2017. For those awards which require a faculty nomination, the faculty member should click on the award link to upload a nomination letter. Students can't apply directly for nominated awards, but a student nominee will be notified by email and asked to complete the application.

Applications will open August 21, 2017 with a September 22, 2017 deadline. Decisions should be announced by October 15, 2017.

Please contact Rita Sherrod rsherrod@bio.fsu.edu if you need assistance!

Outstanding Academic Achievement Awards

Caffrey Scholarship
Fisher Scholarship
McAllister Scholarship
McKeown Scholarship
Vaughn-Jordan Scholarship

Research Support Awards

Trott Scholarship (Undergrad)

Travel Awards

Short Fellowship in Zoology (Undergrad)

John Mark Caffery Scholarship

Award: up to $1500

The John Mark Caffrey Scholarships provide awards of $1500 to outstanding senior undergraduates at Florida State University who intend to pursue research careers in biochemistry, biological science, physiology, or structural biology. Selection of the recipients is made on the basis of academic excellence and evidence of exceptional potential for a career as a research scientist.

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Applications are closed until next Fall.



Francenia E. Fisher Scholarship

Award: up to $2000

The Francenia E. Fisher Scholarship provides an award of up to $2000 award to an outstanding senior undergraduate at Florida State University majoring in biological science and specializing in the plant sciences. This scholarship is intended to encourage talented undergraduates to pursue a career in plant biology. A subsequent scholarship of $5000 may be awarded if the recipient is admitted for graduate study in plant pathology at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

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Applications are closed until next Fall.



Charles M. McAllister Scholarship

Award: 1 x $500

The Charles M. McAllister Scholarship provides up to two $500 awards each year to outstanding upper-division undergraduate students majoring in biological science at Florida State University. This scholarship is intended to aid students in conducting research (BSC4900 - Directed Individual Study; BSC 4970 – Honors in the Major) in lieu of doing part-time work. Selection of the awardees is made on the basis of demonstrated financial need, sound academic performance and potential for undergraduate research.

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Applications are closed until next Fall.



Kevin L. McKeown Memorial Scholarship

Award: up to $1250

A scholarship of up to $1250 awarded annually to an outstanding junior biological science major who is a permanent resident of Pinellas County, Florida. The recipient MUST be a junior or junior college transfer at the time of the award (this fall).

Eligibility:

  • An outstanding junior biological science major who is a permanent resident of Pinellas County, Florida. The recipient MUST be a junior or junior college transfer at the time of the award (this fall).

Application Items:

  • submit proof of permanent resident of Pinellas County, Florida

  • resume of activities

  • GPA

  • unofficial transcript



Applications are closed until next Fall.



Robert B. Short Fellowship in Zoology (Undergrad)

Award: up to $1,000

The Robert B. Short Scholarship in Zoology will support the awardee's participation in an off-campus organized research experience or training program, or specialized course of study, such as are offered at the Duke University Marine Station, the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, or the Mountain Lake Biological Station. Selection of the awardee is based on academic qualifications demonstrated interest in a career in zoology unmet expenses associated with participation in the program and the relevance of the proposed off-campus experience to the applicant's biological and career interests

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  • Currently enrolled undergraduate students in the Department of Biological Science who demonstrate an interest in zoology as a career.

Selection Criteria:

  • academic performance including research

  • evidence of aptitude and competence

  • financial need

  • relevance of the off-campus experience to applicant's career goals

Application Items:

  • Candidate's statement on academic and research interests and career plans

  • Unofficial FSU transcript

  • Statement of costs and financial resources

  • Description of off-campus program or short course

  • Letter of evaluation from faculty


Professor Robert B. Short and graduate assistant doing research in parasitic worms (1956).


Applications are closed until next Fall.



Lamar and Edith Trott Scholarship

Award: up to $1,000

This scholarship provides up to $1000 for an undergraduate or up to $3000 for a graduate student to do research. The funds may be used for travel to a research site, supplies, data analysis or anything else needed for the student to conduct their research. Preference will be given to students who need the funds for the actual conduct of research rather than to attend a research-related workshop or training program.

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Varina Vaughn - Winona Jordan Scholarship

Award: up to $1,000

The Varina Vaughn - Winona Jordan Scholarship provides an award of up to $1000 to an outstanding upper-division undergraduate at Florida State University majoring in biological science and specializing in the plant sciences. This scholarship is intended to assist academically strong and financially needy students who intend to pursue careers in the plant sciences. Selection of the recipient is made on the basis of academic excellence, financial need, and demonstrated interest in the plant sciences.

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Applications are closed until next Fall.