Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Program Award Requirements

Microbiology Undergraduate Summer Research Program Award

Established by Professor Emeritus L.S. McClung and his friends in 1989.

Eligiblility

Open to IUB Department of Biology undergraduates earning a Microbiology major. Must be enrolled in at least one hour of L490, X490, or their equivalents, on the IUB campus during the upcoming summer session.

First preference given to recipients of the L.S. McClung Scholarship; other highly qualified Microbiology students are also eligible. Award recipient must write a paper in the form of a publishable manuscript. Paper must define a hypothesis; describe why this is important; propose an experimental test of the hypothesis; carry out the experiment and interpret the results and impact of the evaluation of the hypothesis; and finally, propose future work.

Award amounts vary from year to year. Most Department of Biology awards are between $500 and $3000; a few are larger.

New way to apply being implemented

We are pleased to announce that applying to Biology funding opportunities is shifting to a streamlined process in One.IU.

Students will have a single portal for finding funding. The system will also optimize opportunities by matching you to recommended awards of which you might not otherwise be aware.

To get started, you must initiate a general application by answering 5 required questions and electronically signing before submitting. The application contains many questions designed for undergraduate applicants to IU. Continuing undergraduate and graduate students need only complete the required pieces. The general application may be created at any time during the academic year.

NOTE: One of the required questions is whether you have or will file a FAFSA for the coming year. Because some funding opportunities are given to students who demonstrate financial need, please consider the filing the FAFSA to provide the greatest access to funding.

For Biology awards, you must upload a current resume, a personal statement, and the email address of a faculty member who will supply a letter of recommendation. Refer to specific awards for additional required materials. The capability to submit these materials was added to individual funding applications.

You will be sent emails about specific opportunities for which you are initially eligible, but may need to provide additional materials. These opportunities will tell you exactly what is needed—including your resume, personal statement, and letter of recommendation.

Start your general application today! Search in One.IU for the “IU Scholarships” tile.

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Recommendations and nominations

Department of Biology faculty and postdoc fellows will be emailed a link to a web page where they may upload their recommendation letters. Non-departmental science faculty and science postdocs should contact the Department of Biology’s undergraduate advising office for assistance.

Student awards ceremony

Recipients of this award will be recognized at an online student awards ceremony at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 29, 2021.