Simons Family Diversity in Science Research Fellowship

The Simons Family Diversity in Science Research Award supports a summer research experience for meritorious undergraduates who have completed their freshman or sophomore years at the UW-Madison or another higher education institution, (at least one, but no more than four semesters of coursework at the time of application). Award includes financial scholarship and participation in a coordinated research community of support including weekly meetings with the coordinator and cohort meetings addressing topics such as project design, scientific communications, academic success, resources, and career opportunities. Successful applicants will demonstrate a strong interest in science and a commitment to science oriented career goals, and possess the potential to conduct scientific research with a UW-Madison faculty member. Support will be provided for an upcoming summer research experience, with the possibility of renewal for a second summer if funds are available.

Eligible recipients must be undergraduates who have declared a major in the biological sciences, with strong academic records, and science oriented career goals. Students must be in and maintain good standing and full-time enrollment in the College of Letters & Science. The scholarship supports research experiences in the labs of Integrated Biology faculty or Integrated Biology affiliate faculty. These faculty are listed at: Intergrated Biology Faculty and Affiliated Faculty with Intergrated Biology.

This scholarship is made available by the generosity of the Simons Family to foster diversity in the biological sciences and the Department of Integrative Biology by providing support for summer research experiences.

Student financial aid packages can be impacted by scholarship awards. It is recommended that students contact the financial aid office to learn about impact on current aid packages.

Award
$6000
Organizations
Department of Integrative Biology
Deadline
02/12/2023
Supplemental Questions
  1. (Simons) Please describe your interest in the biological sciences and your career goals. What role do you envision your scientific education plays in shaping your future aspirations? Please describe strategies you use for educational success.
  2. (Simons) An objective of this opportunity is to foster diversity in science. How will your ability to complete financially supported summer research impact your ability to participate in scientific research?
  3. (Simons) Is there any other information the scholarships committee should know about you pertaining to the review and assessment of your application? This is your opportunity to tell us about any extenuating circumstances (financial, educational gaps or timeline, or other), challenges, identity and/or family experiences and history, exceptional talents or accomplishments, or other factors that are not contained in other areas of the application that may impact its review. Diversity of all kinds is valued. We welcome you to share information about communities with which you identify. Please be specific when presenting the additional information while honoring your need for privacy and discretion.
  4. (Simons) What number of hours are you available to work on your research project during the summer of this award? This opportunity will support up to 400 hours (e.g., 40 hours per week for 10 weeks) in the summer.
  5. (Bunge & Simons) After the fall grades have been recorded (late December/early January), please upload your most up-to-date unofficial transcript. For instructions on how to do this, go to

    Request unofficial transcript

    If you are submitting your application prior to the posting of fall semester grades, please return to your application after grades have been posted and upload your transcript at that time. Applications without fall semester grades may be adversely evaluated.
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