Microbiology

Scholarships and Awards


ScholarshipAwards The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is committed to helping our students to be competitive for undergraduate and graduate awards and scholarships.  Below are some of the scholarships that our students have received in the past.  It is important to mention that these are not the only scholarships that a student can apply for.  There are a variety of resources that can have information about scholarships and their application materials.  

Departmental Scholarships

Kidd-Ferrell-Sims Endowed Scholarship in Microbiology

This scholarship was established in 2015 by Lauren Kidd, Jayme Ferrell, and Sarah Sims as a permanent source of enrichment for a full-time undergraduate Microbiology student at Oklahoma State University with demonstrated financial need. The recipient is selected annually by the departmental scholarship committee to receive a $1,000 scholarship.  Note: This is a College of Arts and Sciences scholarship competition (application).  

College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships

Life Sciences Freshman Research Scholarship

The Life Sciences Freshman Research Scholars (LSFRS) Program is part of an effort to involve students in authentic research during their first year. It is supported in part by a grant to Oklahoma State University from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute through the Science Education Program.  Visit the LSFRS homepage.  Application deadline for incoming students is late July.  

Arts and Sciences General Scholarship Competition

Individual awards vary in amount. Recipients will receive one-half of the award in the fall and one-half in the spring, pending continued full-time enrollment in the College of Arts & Sciences. Applicants are considered for all awards, but may receive no more than one award.  Here is the link to the 2016-2017 A&S Scholarship Application.  Deadline for application is February 1.

University-Wide Scholarships

University-Sponsored Scholarships (In-State Incoming Freshman Students)

Oklahoma State University is committed to having some assured scholarship opportunities.  Included in these are the Academic Excellence Scholarship, Regents Distinguished Scholarship, Academic Opportunity Award, and many more possibilities.  For more information or questions about these scholarships, please visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid page.  

University-Sponsored Scholarships (Out-of-State Incoming Freshman Students)

Oklahoma State University is delighted its high number out of state students.  To help these students, the university provides an Out-of-State Achievement Scholarship, a legacy scholarship, and many more possibilities.  For more information or questions about these scholarships, please visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid page. 

University-Sponsored Scholarships (Transfer Students)

Oklahoma State University is dedicated to having some assured scholarship opportunities for potential transfer students.  A variety of scholarships exist from a Regents Distinguished Scholarship to an Out-of-State Transfer Scholarship.  For more information or questions about these scholarships, please visit the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid page.  

Wentz Scholarships

The Lew Wentz Foundation and OSU provide support for the nationally recognized Wentz Scholarships for undergraduates. For the Wentz scholarships, there are three types:

  • WentzLew Wentz Full Scholarship is for one academic year for a total value of $4500.  This is a scholarship that requires a student research proposal with a letter of recommendation from a tenured/tenure track faculty member. Deadline for the scholarship is Feb 8, 2016.  
  • Lew Wentz Semester Award is $750 for a semester.  This scholarship is for one semester.  All requirements are the same as the full scholarship.  Deadline is Feb 8.  
  • Wentz Leadership Award is awarded each year for $2,750 and is given to approximately 100 undergraduate student scholars for their academic work and activities in support of the campus and community. 

For complete details about the Lew Wentz scholarships, visit the Wentz Scholarship homepage.  

Niblack Research Scholarship

Niblacks The Niblack Research Scholars (NRS) program provides support to Oklahoma State University undergraduates to conduct research in one of OSU'¬ís research laboratories under the general guidance of a member of the research faculty and with day-to-day mentoring by a graduate student.  The Niblack scholar receives a stipend of $2,000 per semester for the academic year, plus $4,000 for two summer months ($8,000 total).  The award winners must commit to working in a laboratory for the entire academic year plus two summer months.  The graduate student mentor receives a research assistantship stipend of $2,100 to be received during the summer months. Visit the Niblack Scholarship homepage.

2016 Women's Faculty Council Leadership Endowed Scholarship for Undergraduates

This award is for those undergraduate students who will have completed 60 hours or more of credit by the end of this semester who engage in activities in support of women’s issues. Applicants should be full time OSU students with a GPA of 3.5 or better. Characteristics and evidence of leadership are the main criteria. The deadline is Feb. 1. (See department office for more details.)

2016 Women's Faculty Council Research Awards for Undergraduates

All female undergraduate students in the Microbiology Department who are doing research or have done research at OSU are eligible, and encouraged, to apply for this research award. A letter from the faculty advisor of the research project is required. The deadline for submission of applications of Feb. 29. (See department office for more details.)

Non-OSU Affiliated Scholarships (National Scholarships)

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

Created by Congress for those who intend to pursue careers in public service, defined as Employment in government at any level, uniformed services, public-interest organizations, nongovernmental research and/or educational organizations, public and private schools, and public service oriented non-profit organizations such as those whose primary purposes are to help needy or disadvantaged persons or to protect the environment. This $30,000 scholarship is for current juniors who have a good GPA and plans to attend graduate school in the areas above.

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Created by Congress to honor Senator Barry M. Goldwater and to encourage excellence in the areas of science, engineering, mathematics, and computer science. This $7,500 scholarship is for current sophomores or juniors who have a very high GPA and plans to attend graduate school in the areas above. This award is particularly for those students who have a very strong record of undergraduate research in one of the fields above as demonstrated by ongoing/completed projects, reports, presentations, publications, etc.

Morris K. and Steward L. Udall Scholarship

Created by Congress to honor Congressman Morris K. Udall and later to include Stewart L. Udall and to award students with career aspirations related to the environment and sustainability. The $5,000 award is also available to Native American and Alaska Native students who intend to pursue careers in native health care or tribal public health policy. This scholarship is for current sophomores or juniors who have a good GPA and plans to attend graduate school in the areas above.