To apply for upperclass biology scholarships, please submit:
(1) a resume which includes academic and work experiences, previous honors received, extracurricular activities, and career interests, and (2) two faculty references in sealed envelopes
to Dr. William R. Sigmund, Chair of the Department of Biology Scholarship Committee, Slippery Rock University, Slippery Rock, PA, 16057, by March 15.
If you are applying for the Pugliese Scholarship, please include the essay described below.
Duplicate reference letters are not required to apply for multiple scholarships.
NOTE: Scholarships are awarded for one academic year unless otherwise indicated, but are reviewed on a semester basis. All scholarship recipients must maintain the indicated GPA, remain a biology major, and remain active in departmental activities.
William A. Ralston Scholarship
Frank A. Pugliese "ROCK" Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Frank Pugliese, a dedicated faculty member of the Department of Biology for 32 years, and was endowed by his family, colleagues, and many students whose lives he touched. The scholarship, which carries a stipend of $1400, is awarded to a current junior with a minimum GPA of 2.75 who exhibits a strong work ethic and has provided service to the department as a lab assistant, biology tutor, or through Beta Beta Beta, the biology honorary. An essay describing how his/her experience as a Slippery Rock University biology major has enriched his/her life is required.
This scholarship was established by Dr. Ray Ralston, biology class of 1927, to honor his father, William A. Ralston, a 1901 Slippery Rock University biology graduate. The $500 scholarship is available to all current biology majors.
Genevieve M. Tvrdik Scholarship
This scholarship was established by Dr. Genevieve M. Tvrdik, the Department of Biology's ornithologist and entomologist from 1978-1998, with the goal of providing financial assistance to students demonstrating scholarship as biology majors at the university level. One scholarship in the amount of $500 is awarded to a sophomore or junior biology major with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The award is renewable, with the maintenance of a minimum 3.0 GPA as a biology major, for the remaining years of a four-year program. Preference is given to students with interests in ecology or behavior.
The Beta Beta Beta Alumni Scholarship
The Beta Beta Beta Alumni Scholarship (usually $1000) is available to all upperclass biology majors. It has been funded by the contributions of alumni of the Department of Biology. Preference will be given to an individual who has provided service to the department, typically by participation in Beta Beta Beta. Although it is non-renewable, recipients can reapply for the scholarship the following year.
The A. P. Vincent Scholarship
The A. P. Vincent Scholarship was established in memory of Arthur (AP) Vincent, a 1913 SRU Alum and former professor at SRU, after whom Vincent Science Hall is named. It was endowed by his son Ed and Ed’s wife Sophie (an SRU grad). The scholarship, which carries a stipend of $1000., is awarded to a current junior with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
The John P. Phillips Scholarship
This scholarship (up to 1250) was established in his memory by his family and friends following his death in 2005. John received a BA in Biology in 1969 and his Masters in Biology in 1971 at SRU, and was a charter member of Beta Beta Beta at SRU, in 1970. John worked for 30 years with Exxon as an Environmental Engineer.
Achievement in Biology Scholarship(s)
One or more scholarships varying from $500-$1000 are available each year to all upperclass biology majors. They are funded from sales of several biology faculty-published laboratory manuals, including the Biology 100, Introductory Biology Laboratory Manual and the Principles of Biology Laboratory Manual.
Upperclass Biology Honors Scholarship(s)
A scholarship in the amount of $1000 is available most year to all upperclass biology majors. They are funded from sales of several biology faculty-published laboratory manuals, including the Biology 100, Introductory Biology Laboratory Manual and the Principles of Biology Laboratory Manual.
The William R. Sigmund PJAS Award
This scholarship was established by the Region IX Committee of PJAS in 2007 in recognition of Dr. Sigmund's service and commitment as the University Coordinator of the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science annual meeting, on behalf of the science students of western Pennsylvania. Dr. Sigmund has increased the award's stipend to $300 for subsequent years, awarded to an upperclass biology major interested in teaching, either at the high school or college level and/or has provided service to PJAS.
Biology Family Campaign Scholarship
A $500 is available each year to all upperclass biology majors. The department received funds from the University Foundation because 100% of the Biology Faculty contributed to the Campus Family Campaign; the department faculty to use the funds to fund this scholarship.
The Leucojum Award in Botany
This $500. award is given to an upperclass major who has completed General Botany with a minimum grade of B. The applicant must submit a two page brief on the role of plants (or algae, or fungi) in society. This award is funded by the sale of the botany laboratory manual written by Drs. Chmielewski and Krayesky.
Sophomore Biology Honors Scholarship
At the conclusion of the freshman year, $500 scholarships are awarded to the two sophomore biology majors with the highest cumulative grade-point averages. To be considered for these awards, students must: (1) be enrolled as an active biology major; (2) have completed 25-40 semester hours at Slippery Rock University; (3) be enrolled as a B.A. or B.S. biology major for the following fall semester; (4) have completed Principles of Biology, and General Botany or General Zoology or Genetics and General Chemistry I and II along with their respective labs; and (5) possess a minimum GPA of 3.5. The cumulative GPA at the conclusion of the freshman year will be the determining factor in awarding the scholarship. Ties will be broken by comparing grades earned in all biology courses, then chemistry, then mathematics. If a tie still exists, the final percentage earned in Principles of Biology will be used. Students do not need to apply for this scholarship.
The following awards are announced each spring at the annual Natural Sciences and Mathematics Award Banquet:
Department of Biology Outstanding Student Award
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Outstanding Student Award
Beta Beta Beta Senior Service Award
Dept of Biology Outstanding Cytotechnology Junior Award
Dept of Biology Outstanding Medical Technology Junior Award