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Awards, Scholarships & Fellowships
Undergraduate Awards & Scholarships Undergraduate Awards & Scholarships
There are many opportunities for undergraduate awards and scholarships. Listed below are a few of the scholarships that are offered to students majoring in Biology at Kansas State University.
  • Most Promising Student & Haymaker Outstanding Senior Awards
    The Division of Biology recognizes superior achievements of its majors via choosing Most Promising Student (MPS) and H.H. Haymaker Outstanding Senior award winners. Each year a few sophomores and juniors are selected for the MPS Awards and one (or two, if it is a tie) individual(s) are chosen for the Outstanding Senior Award. For both awards students are nominated by the faculty and the winners are chosen by a faculty committee whose selection criteria includes academic record, activities and achievements outside the classroom and performance in an interview with the committee. Student winners are honored at a Saturday luncheon and receive cash awards.

    2011 Haymaker Outstanding Seniors,
    Rebecca Martin (left) and Theresa Barke (right)

Most Promising Student
Jeff Bryant
Most Promising Student
Graciela Orozco
Most Promising Student
Rachel Roth

Most Promising Student
Parker Rayl
Most Promising Student
Emily Poholsky
 
  • The Enloe Family Scholarship
    Established in 1992 by David and Beth Enloe to honor the memory of their son, Mark Enloe. Recipients of this award are outstanding undergraduate students whose major is within the Division of Biology. The recipient must demonstrate outstanding leadership and promise as a budding professional in wildlife or fisheries ecology, or conservation biology.
    This scholarship is advertised within the Division and awardees are chosen by a panel of faculty who instruct in the Wildlife, Fisheries and Conservation curriculum. Selection is based on the quality of an essay describing past experiences in wildlife, fisheries and conservation activities, and motivations for a future career in this area. The curriculum vitae of applicants is evaluated for academic scholarship and participation in career development activities.
Dr. Samantha Wisely presents Ellen Alice Rintoul Welti
with the 2011 Enloe Family Scholarship
  • June Hull Sherrid Scholarships
    Funded by endowed accounts in the KSU Center for Basic Cancer Research and the Division of Biology, annually provide $50,000 to $100,000 (depending on interest rates).  These Sherrid Scholarships are initially awarded to both incoming frosh and enrolled upperclassmen and are typically valued at $700 to $1000 annually.  The scholarships are renewable through the senior year and, if obtained in the frosh year, are potentially a $2800 to $4000 scholarship package.  Currently about 80 students hold these Sherrid Scholarships.  Eligibility requirements for the Sherrid Scholarships include that the applicant have:  1) Graduated from a Kansas high school, 2) A stated career interest in the betterment of human health, 3) Declared a major in biology or microbiology majors and 4) Shown excellent academic performance (for incoming frosh this academic performance includes an ACT composite score of 28 or better).  In addition, we annually award another six to ten scholarships in the $700 to $1000 range (including several for just fisheries/wildlife/conservation majors) to upperclassmen with excellent records.

  • Noyce Scholarships
    A new scholarship focuses on Kansas State University science majors who want to become certified teachers. The program is called K-State TEACH and is a collaboration between the departments of curriculum and instruction, physics, geology, chemistry and biology.
    The effort is funded by the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. This particular scholarship program is designed to increase the supply for highly qualified middle and high school teachers in the science areas.


  • K-INBRE Research Scholars
    (Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) 
    One segment of K-INBRE provides $3500 per year (beginning in the freshman or sophomore year) to students who desire an in-depth research experience.  Each of these (five per year) is expected to devote 450 hours per year (for two years) toward a research project.  K-INBRE also provides support each year for four Summer Research Scholars ($3500 for a summer of full time research). 


  • Terry C Johnson Basic Cancer Research Center
    Annually awards forty $1000 scholarships for students who agree to pursue a one semester research project (seven to 10 hours per week time commitment) in a laboratory whose research can relate to a better understanding of cancer.
  • The Division of Biology University Distinguished Professors Scholarship
    The purpose of this $1000 scholarship, awarded in the spring semester for the following academic year, is to honor University Distinguished Professors in the Division of Biology and to provide financial assistance to undergraduate students properly enrolled in a biological science at Kansas State University.

  • Larry G. Williams Scholarship
    This scholarship is new to the Division of Biology and we are still building the endowment for it. We hope to be able to have enough interest earned to provide $1000 scholarships to deserving undergraduates majoring in Biology at K-State. It is not currently known when this scholarship will be available or how much the final scholarship will be. Stay tuned for more information as we continue to raise funds for this scholarship.
  • Maben Family Scholarship
    This scholarship is also relatively new to the Division of Biology. It was established by Dr. Pam Maben, who is an MD in Lee's Summit MO, and a KSU Biology graduate. Biology majors with sophomore standing or above are eligible. We hope to award $1000 scholarships to deserving undergraduates from this generous gift.
Graduate Awards Graduate Awards & Fellowships
Division of Biology graduate students at Kansas State University receive a generous stipend for all their hard work, however for outstanding dedication to teaching or research students may be nominated to win one of several awards given exclusively to graduate students.

Fellowships

  • Ecology Evolution and Genomics in Changing Environments
    Multiple interdisciplinary graduate training fellowships are available to individuals seeking education and research training at the doctoral level that links the complementary disciplines of ecology, evolution and genomics.

The KSU GAANN program features:

  • Integrative research opportunities in Ecology, Evolutionary Biology and Genomics
  • Diverse interdisciplinary coursework
  • Development of teaching skills
  • Competitive stipend of up to $30,000 per year, plus tuition and other expenses
  • Instrumentation, core facilities and resources needed to perform quality research
  • Evidence-based inquiry into the distant, remote, or past (EIDRoP)

    Biology graduate students with established research projects are invited to apply for fellowships in KSU's EIDRoP graduate training program, part of NSF's GK-12 program. EIDRoP is an interdisciplinary program to enhance the communication and collaboration skills of outstanding graduate students in the biological sciences, geosciences and physical sciences. EIDRoP fellows collaborate across departments and with K-12 educators, and each fellow serves as a "resident scientist" to a high school classroom throughout their fellowship year.


Division of Biology Awards

  • Michael Scott Watkins Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching
    Established in 1974 for M.S. Watkins, a deceased graduate student. Awarded annually to a graduate student who excels in her/his teaching responsibilities.

Nomination/Application materials required


Paul Killian accepts the 2012 Watkins Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching from Dr. john Briggs.

  • Chris Edler Award for Outstanding Research on Konza
    Established in 1993 for C. Edler who died while he was a graduate student in the Division. Awarded annually to a graduate student who has an outstanding record as a graduate student teacher and has performed superior research on Konza Prairie.

Ben VanderWeide accepts the 2012 Chris Edler Award for
Outstanding Research on Konza from Dr. Walter Dodds.
  • John C. Frazier Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Research in Plant Science
    J.C. Frazier was a plant physiologist in the Department of Plant Pathology and Botany before the formation of the Division of Biology. The endowment was established in 1976. The award is given at the discretion of the Director of the Division of Biology based on superior graduate student research in plant science, including a presentation given at the Annual Division of Biology Graduate Research Forum.

Nomination/Application materials required


Dr. Tony Joern presents Zak Ratajczak with the 2012 John C. Frazier Award for Excellence in Graduate Student Research in Plant Science.

  • L. Evans Roth Award for Graduate Student Research in Cellular, Molecular or Developmental Biology
    L.E. Roth was the first Director of the Division of Biology. This new award is given at the discretion of the Director of the Division of Biology based on superior graduate student research in cell, molecular or developmental biology, including a presentation given at the Annual Division of Biology Graduate Research Forum.

Nomination/Application materials required


The Roth Award was not given in 2012.
 
  • James E. Ackert Award for Outstanding Presentation by a Graduate Student
    J.E. Ackert was a long-time Dean of the Graduate School. He was a Parasitologist in the Department of Zoology. The award is given annually for an outstanding graduate student presentation by a student who has been in the Division of Biology graduate program less than two years.


Dr. Sherry Fleming presents Emily Archer Slone with the 2012 James E. Ackert Award for Outstanding Presentation by a Graduate Student at the Biology Graduate Forum.

  • H. Henley Haymaker Award for Outstanding Presentation by a Graduate Student
    Haymaker was a KSU faculty member in the Department of Botany for over 40 years from 1917- 1963. He was voted an outstanding teacher and contributed in many ways to the University. Haymaker Hall is named after him. The award was established in 1975 by his family. The award is given annually for an outstanding graduate student presentation by a student who has been in the Division of Biology graduate program 2 or more years or has a M.S. degree.


The 2012
H. Henley Haymaker Award was awarded to Josh Perkin, who could not attend the award ceremony to accept the award. Josh was working on his research, which, as can be seen in this image, involves fish.

 

Presidential Awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching - Each year one GTA at K-State is recognized for their contributions to undergraduate instruction. Graduate students in the Division of Biology have won this award three times since the awards were initiated in 1996. This is the highest recognition for teaching that can be achieved by a GTA at K-State.

  • Jackie Ott - 2012
  • Caroline DeLandre - 2007
  • Ryan Rehmeier - 2003
 
Faculty Awards Faculty Awards
The Faculty at K-State Biology are continually recognized for their outstanding research and teaching contributions. Below are a few of the outstanding honors our faculty have been awarded.

 

Biology Graduate Student Association Outstanding Graduate Faculty Award
  • Keith Gido - 2012
  • Stephen Keith Chapes - 2011
  • Brett Sandercock - 2011
  • Gary Conrad - 2010
  • Brett Sandercock - 2009
  • Rollie Clem - 2008
  • Walter Dodds - 2007
  • Lorena Passarelli - 2006
Keith Gido  
Commerce Bank Outstanding Teaching Award
  • Dave Rintoul - 2007
  • S. Keith Chapes - 2003
  • Judy Roe - 1999
  • Larry G. Williams - 1994
  • Byron T. Burlingham - 1976
  • Ann Stalheim-Smith - 1975
  • Heschel T. Gier - 1972
Distinguished Graduate Faculty Award
  • Sue Brown - 2010
  • Walter K. Dodds - 2008
  • Larry J. Takemoto - 1999
  • Gary W. Conrad - 1996
  • Robin E. Denell - 1994
  • Brian S. Spooner - 1991
  • Terry C. Johnson - 1987
  • Richard A. Consigli - 1976
  • V.D. Foltz (Bacteriology) - 1966
  • H. Henley Haymaker (Botany) - 1962
  • A.M. Guhl (Zoology) - 1962
Haymaker Teaching Excellence Award
  • Ashley Rhodes - 2011
  • Jesse Nippert - 2010
  • Robbie Bear - 2008
  • Dave Rintoul - 2006
  • Lorena Passarelli - 2005
Higuchi/Endowment Association Research Achievement Awards

The Higuchi awards were established in 1981 by Takeru Higuchi, a KU distinguished professor of chemistry and pharmacy and chair of the pharmaceutical chemistry department, and his wife, Aya. Higuchi stipulated that faculty members at all Kansas regents institutions be eligible. The annual awards are named for former officers of KU Endowment who were instrumental in bringing Higuchi to KU and who worked to further KU’s overall research program. Recipients may use their awards for research materials, summer salaries, fellowship matching funds, research assistance or other research-related support.

  • Dolph Simons Award in Biomedical Sciences
    • Larry Takemoto - 2008
    • Gary Conrad - 2006
    • Rob Denell - 2003
  • Olin Petefish Award in Basic Sciences
    • John J. Iandolo - 1996
    • Richard A. Consigli - 1992
J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship
  • Mike Herman - 2008
  • Dave Hartnett - 2002
K-INBRE Faculty Scholar Award

The K-INBRE has established this prestigious award program for mid-level faculty of distinction called “Faculty Scholars”. The purpose of this program is to acknowledge to our outstanding faculty, who are often targets of recruiting efforts by other institutions, that we highly value their contributions to our Kansas universities. These Faculty Scholar Awards comprise $10,000 in flexible funds for academic/scholarly expenses allowable by NIH such as travel to scientific meetings, purchase of books and computers.

  • Sherry D. Fleming - 2008
  • Rollie J. Clem - 2007
  • Jyoti Shah - 2006
  • A. Lorena Passarelli - 2006
  • Susan J. Brown - 2005
  • Katsura Asano - 2005
  • Michael A. Herman - 2004
  • Rollie J. Clem - 2003

Dr. Brian Spooner, University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Division of Biology, presents the K-INBRE Faculty Scholar Award to Dr. Rollie Clem for his outstanding contributions as faculty in the State of Kansas
KSU Alumni Association Iman Research Award
  • Gary Conrad - 2007
Presidential Awards
  • Brett Sandercock - 2009
    Presidential Distinguished Faculty Award for the Mentoring of Undergraduate Students in Research
  • Gary Conrad - 2008
    Presidential Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Students in Research at KSU
  • Lorena Passarelli - 2007
    Presidential Distinguished Faculty Award for Mentoring Undergraduate Students in Research at KSU
  • Caroline Delandre - 2007
    Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • Lorena Passarelli - 2006-2007
    Commerce Bank Presidential Faculty Award for Distinguished Services to Historically Underrepresented Students
  • Larry G. Williams - 2004
    Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising
  • Ryan Rehmeier - 2003
    Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • Scott Todd - 2002
    Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
  • Brian S. Spooner 1997
    Presidential Distinguished Department Head Award
  • Larry G. Williams - 1996
    Presidential Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching
University Distinguished Professors
  • Sue Brown - 2012
  • Ruth Welti - 2012
  • Tony Joern - 2010
  • Walter K. Dodds - 2009
  • John M. Blair - 2006
  • David C. Hartnett - 2004
  • Alan K. Knapp - 2002
  • Larry J. Takemoto - 2001
  • Robin E. Denell - 2000
  • Brian S. Spooner - 1999
  • Gary W. Conrad - 1998
  • Terry C. Johnson - 1989
  • Richard A. Consigli - 1985
University Distinguished Teaching Scholars
  • Larry G. Williams - 1999
  • Ann Stalheim-Smith - 1997
William L. Stamey Award
  • Brett Sandercock - 2012
  • Ashley Rhodes - 2011
  • Jesse Nippert - 2010
  • Kent Kerby - 2009
  • Robbie Bear - 2008
  • Lorena Passarelli - 2005
  • Rollie Clem - 2001
  • Dana Townsend - 2001
  • Sally Schrank & Patricia Hook- 2000
  • John M. Blair - 1998
  • Peter Wong - 1997
  • John L. Zimmerman & Beth A. Montelone - 1996
  • Ronald Gaines & Gary Conrad - 1995
  • Dale E. Kennedy and James A. Guikema - 1994
  • Larry G. Williams & Beth Montelone - 1993
  • Alan K. Knapp and Harold E. Klaassen - 1992
  • Jerry S. Weis & Gregory Fitch - 1991
  • John L. Zimmerman, Steve J. Upton & Christopher C. Smith- 1990
  • Ann Stalheim-Smith, James E. Urban, & Larry G. Williams - 1989




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