Graduate Scholarships

Application for next spring semester scholarships will begin on 1 December. Below are descriptions of scholarships available to Graduate Students within the Department of Biology.

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Applications
Applications are due by 28 February

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The Department of Biology administers numerous graduate awards and scholarships available for Graduate Students in good standing in the Department of Biology. Applications are accepted electronically. Links to instructions and online application forms are above. Depending on available funding, the following scholarships or awards are available:

Leslie Paxton Barker Travel Award
Amount: $200/per one award annually

The Dr. Leslie Paxton Barker Travel Award is available annually to provide a graduate student in each department of the College of Science $200 to travel to an academic conference or professional meeting to present their research. The funds from this award can be used for airfare, room and board, and/or conference fees for student attendance at a domestic or international academic conference or professional meeting. 

An approved Graduate School Travel Award is required prior to applying for this award.

Step 1:
The College of Science requires that the student obtain matching support travel funds from the USU School of Graduate Studies and the department for the same trip in an amount equal to or greater than the Dr. Leslie Paxton Barker Travel Award ($200) from each source. 
Step 2:
Once matching support has been obtained, you can apply for this award.

Step 1: Apply for USU School of Graduate Studies Travel Award
Step 2: Apply for Paxton Barker Travel Award

                                                                                                       





Biology Ecology Graduate Research Award
Established by a generous anonymous donor in 2020, the Biology Ecology Graduate Research Award provides funding to Graduate Students in the Department of Biology who demonstrate an interest in Ecology related studies. Funding may be used to support research or travel expenses. Completed application and current CV are required.

Matt Del Grosso Endowed Graduate Research Award
Established in loving memory of Matt Del Grosso who died in a hiking accident in Green Canyon near North Logan on 21 May 2015. Funded by family, friends, colleagues, and the Department of Biology, this award honors Matt’s passion and love of travel and research. This award provides funding for field research expenses, including equipment, fees, employees, or field related travel expenses for graduate students in the Department of Biology. Preference is given to students focused on field research and international research opportunities. Recipients may not receive this award more than once during their graduate program in the department. In addition to the application, a research proposal statement, letter of recommendation from Major Advisor, budget, and current CV are required.

Joseph E. Greaves Endowed Scholarship
This award is made possible from a generous bequest from the estate of Joseph Greaves and was established to honor his contribution and legacy to USU. Dr. Greaves graduated from USU with a BS degree in 1904 when USU was the Agricultural Collage of Utah. He was then a faculty member at USU from 1911 until 1946 where he was affiliated with the Departments of Chemistry and Bacteriology. Dr. Greaves was recognized as one of the world's leading soil bacteriologists. Recipients must be Department of Biology graduate students. Completed application and current CV are required.

James A. and Patricia A. MacMahon Endowed Ecology Graduate Student Scholarship
Established by Emeritus Trustee Professor and former Dean of the College of Science, Jim and Patty MacMahon, to assist future generations of graduate student studying ecology in the Department of Biology. Awarded funds can be used for equipment, travel, and all research related expenditures, except salary Completed application and current CV are required.

Ivan J. Palmblad Graduate Research Award
Established by Ivan G. Palmblad, Emeritus Professor specializing in Evolutionary Ecology, for Biology graduate students studying in Biology, Ecology, Evolution, Field Ecology, and other areas of research in the Department of Biology. Awarded funds may be used for approved purchase of equipment, travel expenses to the field of research site, or other expenses directly related to the student’s research project. Completed application and current CV are required.

Terry Lee and Faye Marie Whitworth Scholarship
Awarded to a graduate student in the Department of Biology. Preference will be given to students whose research is focused on entomology with an emphasis in insect biology, taxonomy, or pest management. Scholarship funds will be provided to the Whitworth Scholar to be used for tuition, fees, books, and supplies or can be used for approved purchase of equipment, travel expenses, or other expenses directly related to the student’s research project. Completed application and current CV are required.

My Gift to Biology

Your generosity fosters unique research and teaching experiences for students in the Department of Biology at Utah State University. Gifts provide invaluable academic experience of hands-on research opportunity, personalized faculty mentoring, and rare opportunities to present research at national and international meeting for undergraduate and graduate students.

Ways to Give

Online: Use secure online form on this page

Mail: Make checks payable to: Department of Biology. Specify the scholarship, fund, or award of your choice and provide your contact details.

Department of Biology
5305 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84322-5305

Credit Card By Phone: To make a credit card gift by phone, call the USU Advancement Services toll free at 1-888-OLD-MAIN (653-6246) or direct at (435) 797-1327. Please have your credit card number, expiration date, address, phone number and gift designation ready.