Undergraduate Scholarships

A resource list of some grants and fellowships applicable to biomolecular science and engineering.

Programs especially interested in applications from underrepresented groups, such as women, people with disabilities, and people from minority groups, are marked with this logo:

Awards at UCSC

CBSE RMI Undergraduate Diversity Scholarships in Genomic Science
The CBSE Research Mentoring Institute supports diversity at UCSC and in genomic research by providing scholarships and mentored research training for underrepresented students. The RMI offers academic and professional advising, hands-on research training, and a $1500 scholarship for qualified UCSC undergraduates who are interested in genomic science and its ethical, legal, or social implications (ELSI).
Contact: cbseoutreach@soe.ucsc.edu
CBSE RMI Student Projects

Center for the Dynamics and Evolution of the Land–Sea Interface (CDELSI)
CDELSI encourages interdisciplinary research and education at the land–sea interface. Current themes within CDELSI include long- and short-term dynamics of global and regional climate changes and impacts on ocean circulation; biogeochemical cycles; marine, terrestrial and landscape ecology; paleoclimatology and paleoceanography; geomorphology and hydrology; aquatic toxicology; human impacts; and environmental economics and policy. Funding is available for undergraduate or graduate students at UCSC who are conducting thesis work in an environmental science or related field lasting at least two quarters (including summer) and whose work is clearly related to the interdisciplinary mission of CDELSI. Research awards cover research expenses; travel awards support attendance at meetings.

Chancellor's Undergraduate Internship Program (CUIP)
Working with a mentor, CUIP interns take a lead role on a project or program important to the UCSC community. They participate in a weekly class designed to strengthen their leadership skills. Through the class they interact with the Chancellor and high ranking campus administrators, and make an array of peer contacts among student leaders. CUIP interns gain firsthand knowledge of the goals and operations of campus administration, and become powerful advocates in the campus community and beyond. Students work an average of 15 hours per week at these paid internships during the fall, winter, and spring quarters. This program is available to full-time UCSC students.
Current CUIP Openings

David S. Lee Scholarship
The David S. Lee Scholarship recognizes UCSC School of Engineering undergraduate students for their achievements and the diverse experiences that they bring into the engineering community. Students with academic merit and financial need are invited to apply for this competitive scholarship. Previous recipients who are still enrolled in SoE majors may reapply. The amount of this annual award varies (typically 1-4 awards ranging from $1,000 to $2,000).
Application forms can be picked up outside of Baskin Engineering 227.

Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS)
The University of California Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (UC LEADS) program educates California's future leaders by preparing promising students for advanced education in science, mathematics, and engineering. The program is for upper-division undergraduate students with the potential to succeed in their disciplines, but who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely impacted their advancement in their field of study. Once chosen as UC LEADS Scholars, students embark upon a two-year individualized program of scientific research and graduate school preparation guided by individual faculty mentors.
Contact: Missy Soto, Graduate Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, msoto@ucsc.edu, (831) 459-2768

Marilyn C. Davis Scholarship for Re-entry Women Majoring in Natural Sciences
This endowed scholarship fund was established by a re-entry woman who received undergraduate and graduate science degrees at UCSC in memory of her mother, who herself was a re-entry student after raising five children. Scholarships ranging from $200 to $1,000 are available to UCSC re-entry women (undergraduates who are 25 and older; graduate students who are 29 and older) who are majoring in the sciences. The scholarship provides funding either for professional development or for immediate, urgent financial need related to a student’s education. The professional development fund supports professional development activities in the sciences, including (but not limited to) costs associated with thesis preparation, field research, publication of an article, presenting a paper at a conference, applying to graduate programs, traveling to visit graduate programs, or interviewing for jobs. Awards may be used for direct costs of these activities or for other indirect associated expenses such as child care and wardrobe. The application requires a brief letter of endorsement from a faculty member.
Contact: Corinne Miller, corky@ucsc.edu, (831) 459-4968

UCSC Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC)
The MARC program aims to increase the numbers and capabilities of minority scientists in biomedical research and teaching by preparing students to compete successfully for entry into Ph.D. and M.D. programs. The program begins with an 8-week summer laboratory training program where students conduct independent research and attend an intensive laboratory and lecture class. Students continue their research during the academic year. MARC Fellows receive a monthly stipend, and their tuition and fees are covered each quarter during the academic year. Available to full-time UCSC students and accepted transfer students who have competed prerequisite coursework.

UCSC Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO) Research Internships on the Mainland
The CfAO Research Internship Program is an intensive, eight-week research experience emphasizing adaptive optics, a method to sharpen the images produced by optical systems such as telescopes, cameras, and the human eye. Each student works in a research group chosen depending on interest. During the program, interns receive a stipend plus housing, roundtrip travel from home, and travel for other scheduled activities. An additional supplement may be possible during the academic year. The program is available to community college students and undergraduates from four-year universities.
Contact: Malika Moutawakkil at 831-459-5592, malika@ucolick.org

Center for Adaptive Optics (CfAO) Akamai Internship Program
Summer internship opportunities for community college and undergraduate students from Hawaii or studying in Hawaii.

UCSC Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS)
The MBRS program offers in-depth experience in the academic and experimental aspects of biological research and prepares students to compete successfully for entry into graduate programs, internships, and professional schools. The program begins with an 8-week summer workshop where students learn how to participate successfully in a research laboratory. During the academic year, students assist in new or on-going research in faculty member laboratories, then present their research at a national symposium. MARC Fellows receive a salary during the summer. Resources are also available during the academic year. Available to full-time UCSC students and accepted transfer students who have competed prerequisite coursework.

Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Information Technology (SURF-IT)
UCSC Baskin School of Engineering

Junior or seniors in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, bioinformatics, or a similar area can receive a stipend while participating in an intensive and personalized summer program for women, minority, or disadvantaged undergraduates. Participants perform research directly supervised by a UCSC faculty member and attend weekly meetings focused on graduate school preparation, how to present research results, research ethics, and field trips to Silicon Valley research laboratories.

Awards Offered by Other Organizations

Achievement Rewards for College Scientists (ARCS)
The ARCS Foundation provides scholarships to academically outstanding United States citizens studying to complete their degrees in science, medicine and engineering, thereby contributing to the worldwide advancement of science and technology. Scholars are selected by the 44 colleges and universities to which ARCS Foundation chapters make allocations. Students must have a university grade point average of 3.5 or above and be recommended by their departments.
Contact: the financial aid office at your college or university
ARCS 2005-2006 Recipients from UC Santa Cruz

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
The Barry M. Goldwater Foundation awards scholarships to outstanding undergraduates who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue careers in mathematics, the natural sciences, or engineering. The scholarships go to students who will be college juniors or seniors in the coming academic year. Four-year institutions are eligible to nominate up to four students who are in the sophomore or junior class during the current academic year. Two-year institutions may nominate up to two students who are sophomores during the current academic year. To be considered, a student must be nominated by his or her college or university using the official nomination materials available to each institution on the Foundation's website. Each scholarship covers eligible expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board, up to a maximum of $7,500 annually.

Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institutes (BBSI)
Offered by NSF-NIH

This summer program provides students majoring in the biological sciences, computer sciences, engineering, mathematics, and physical sciences with experience in interdisciplinary bioengineering or bioinformatics research and education. The Summer Institutes, occurring at thirteen university campuses across the country, are open to junior and senior undergraduates and, in most cases, first-year graduate students from the host university or other institution. They combine for-credit coursework and research seminars with hands-on research mentored by leading faculty in the field. The program emphasizes the inclusion of women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities. Students receive a stipend.

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California Space Grant Consortium Scholarship Program
The California Space Grant Consortium Scholarship (undergraduate) and Fellowship (graduate) Program is active throughout California at the Space Grant affiliate institutions. Funding for these awards are derived from multiple sources including NASA Space Grant, private organizations, and State and Federal agencies. Each year the CaSGC sponsors an array of scholarship/fellowship/training grant programs for qualified students at the California Space Grant affiliate campuses.

Clare Boothe Luce Program
To encourage women to enter, study, graduate, and teach in fields where there have seemingly been obstacles to their advancement. Specifically listed are physics, chemistry, biology, meteorology, engineering (including electrical, mechanical, aeronautical, civil, and nuclear), computer science, and mathematics.
Contact: Program Director (212) 489-7700.

Collaborative Research Experience for Undergraduates in Computer Science and Engineering (CREU)
This undergraduate research program supports teams of 2-4 students who wish to engage in research projects directly related to computer science or computer engineering. Sponsored by the Committee on the Status of Women (CRA-W) in Computing Research and the Coalition to Diversify Computing (CSC), the program aims to increase the numbers of women and minorities who continue on to graduate school in computer science and engineering. Each student receives a $3000 stipend, and each project also receives up to $1500 for related costs.

Distributed Research Experiences for Undergraduates (DREU)
To increase the number of women entering graduate studies in the fields of computer science and engineering, this highly selective program matches promising undergraduate women with a faculty mentor for a 10-week summer research experience at the faculty member's home institution. Students are directly involved in a research project and interact with graduate students and professors on a daily basis. This experience is invaluable for students who are considering graduate school, providing them with a close-up view of what graduate school is really like and also increasing their competitiveness as an applicant for graduate admissions and fellowships. Students receive $600 per week for research plus relocation travel assistance, when appropriate.

CRA Outstanding Undergraduate Award Program
CRA's Outstanding Undergraduate Award program recognizes undergraduate students in the US or Canada who show outstanding research potential in an area of computing research. In addition to evidence of significant research contributions, the committee also considers the student's academic record and service to the community. The $1,000 cash prize can be awarded to one male and one female student from each school; other outstanding candidates receive honorable mentions. The two first prize winners from each school receive financial assistance toward their travel to the conference where the award is presented.
Application: Nomination by department chair or faculty member
Contact: awards@cra.org, (202) 234-2111

Google Anita Borg Scholarship
Female undergraduates and graduate students are awarded these scholarships based on the strength of their academic background and demonstrated leadership. Awardees receive a $10,000 scholarship for the current academic year and will be invited to visit Google headquarters in Mountain View, California for a networking retreat in which they can meet and share their experiences. Available to full-time students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, or a related technical field and either entering their senior year of undergraduate study or enrolled in a graduate program at a university in the United States. Students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.5 on a 5.0 scale or equivalent in their current program.

Google Scholarship Program—Hispanic College Fund
The Google Scholarship Program offers funds to students studying computer science or computer engineering who are juniors or seniors in college or pursuing a Master's or PhD. Awardees receive a $10,000 scholarship for the current academic year. Available to full-time students enrolled in a graduate program at a university in the United States or Puerto Rico. Students must be US citizens or permanent residents with demonstrated financial need and must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale or 4.5 on a 5.0 scale or equivalent in their current program.

Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Project (JPFP)
The Harriett G. Jenkins Pre-doctoral Fellowship Program (JPFP) increases the number of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities participating in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce, thereby helping to eliminate the shortage of skilled workers in STEM-related disciplines. Sponsored by NASA, the JPFP facilitates the development of a more inclusive, multi-cultural and sustainable workforce by providing access and opportunity to underrepresented students who want to earn advanced degrees.

Integrated Micro/Nano Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (IMSURE)
at the University of California, Irvine (UCI)

In this 10-week summer research program for undergraduates, participants will work directly with a UCI faculty mentor on a challenging and original research project that explore a diverse and exciting range of topics in biomedical, physical, and engineering micro/nano-technology. The program includes seminars and workshops with representatives of industry, national labs, and defense agencies, along with tours of campus research facilities and local industry field trips. Faculty will also host workshops focused on career development, graduate school, research ethics, and writing and presentation skills. At the conclusion of the program, students will be prepared to share their research accomplishments by presenting their findings at the IMSURE Research Symposium. Students will receive a $3,000 stipend, travel cost reimbursement, and free, furnished on-campus housing. The program is for non-graduating undergraduates from universities or community colleges who will have either junior or senior status by the start of the IMSURE program. Participants must be US citizens or permanent residents. Women, underrepresented minorities, and individuals from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The NIH offers programs for students pursuing undergraduate and graduate-level studies in various branches of biomedical research.

National Institutes of Health Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP)
The UGSP offers competitive scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to careers in biomedical, behavioral, and social science health-related research. The program offers scholarship support (up to $20,000 per academic year in tuition, educational expenses, and reasonable living expenses), paid research training at the NIH during the summer, and paid employment and training at the NIH after graduation.

National Science Foundation Science & Technology Centers (NSF-STC)
The National Science Foundation Science & Technology Centers (STCs) offer summer internships at each of the 17 centers, located at prestigious universities around the United States. These 8- to 10-week summer internships provide undergraduates an opportunity to conduct research in a "graduate school" setting in biological sciences, engineering, computer and information science, and other fields. Participants engage in hands-on research in a cutting-edge field and are mentored by top research faculty. The research culminates in the development of a scientific paper, poster, or presentation. The program includes professional development, technical, and academic seminars. Participants receive the cost of transportation to the STC, stipend, room and board, and participation in STC planned events.

Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation
For low-income women and children

Established in 2003, the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation aims to carry on some of Congresswoman Mink’s most ardent commitments: educational access, support, and opportunity for low-income women, especially mothers, and educational enrichment for children. The foundation will offer 5 education support awards for low-income women (up to $2000 each) who are enrolled in education or training.

REU Program – Keck Graduate Institute
This ten-week summer program engages undergraduate students in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary research in the areas of bioengineering, bioinformatics, and applied molecular and cellular biology. The program also offers exposure to related ethics and business topics. Students must be motivated high achievers who have shown interest in interdisciplinary research and the ability to interact effectively in a team environment. Women and members of underrepresented minorities are encouraged to apply. Students receive a stipend.

Silicon Valley Engineering Council (SVEC)
The SVEC scholarship program identifies and supports deserving students whose studies are aligned toward engineering, engineering technology, or technology and helps them achieve their educational goals. Engineering and technology students graduating from high school or presently enrolled in undergraduate community college and university programs are encouraged to apply. Application can be submitted to Connie Fang, P.O. Box 920, Cupertino, CA 95015 or personally delivered at the January 30 SVEC meeting (see www.svec.org)
Contact: Connie Fang, fang_connie@yahoo.com

Society of Women Engineers
SWE administers more than 70 individual scholarship awards annually, varying in amount from $1000 to over $8,000 per year. All SWE Scholarships are open only to women pursuing baccalaureate or graduate degrees in engineering or computer science, as well as engineering and computer science students enrolled in ABET-accredited engineering programs.

Summer Undergraduate Program in Engineering Research at Berkeley (SUPERB)
This 8-week summer program provides research opportunities in engineering to students who have been historically underrepresented in the field for reasons of social, cultural, educational, or economic barriers. Students gain research experience by participating in challenging research projects with UC Berkeley engineering faculty and graduate students in bioengineering, electrical engineering and computer sciences, and other engineering disciplines. The program features regular workshops and seminars on the nature of academic life, standardized test preparation, writing and research skills, and graduate school applications. Participants receive a $4,000 stipend, housing, and a $600 travel allowance.
Contact: Beatriz Lopez-Flores (510) 643-5600, cblf@berkeley.edu

UCSF Leadership Excellence through Advanced Degrees (LEADS)
This 2-year program of scientific research and graduate school preparation educates California's future leaders by preparing promising students for advanced education in science, mathematics, and engineering. Serves upper-division undergraduate students with the potential to succeed in these disciplines, but who have experienced situations or conditions that have adversely impacted their advancement their field of study. LEADS program scholars visit the UCSF campus several times per year to interact with faculty, grad students, and postdocs and to participate in UCSF enrichment programs such as the UCSF AGEP Colloquia. LEADS scholars may also participate in the competitive UCSF Summer Research Training Program.
Contact: UCSF LEADS Program, eluger@saa.ucsf.edu (415) 514-3510

United Negro College Fund (UNCF)/Merck Scholarship
Intended to help African American undergraduate students, UNCF/Merck awards research scholarships to those who are interested in science to further their science education. The UNCF/Merck awards provide tuition support and opportunities for research experience. The scholarship awards up to $30,000.


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