Ethan Tong wins $2,300 award for Undergraduate Research Fellowship


Published May 16, 2023

The Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to name Ethan Tong as the 2023 Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellow based in the lab of Dr. Michael C. Yu. The undergraduate fellowship includes a stipend of $2,300. The award aims to provide financial support for our students entering their senior year. The amount of each award depends on the application and available funds. Learn how to apply for our undergraduate fellowships.


About the Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellowship

The Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellowship was endowed by Dr. Wei-Li Lee to honor his mentor, Dr. Philip G.Miles, who worked and taught at the UB Department of Biological Sciences for over fifty years. For several years following his retirement in 2002, Dr. Miles continued to mentor students and participate in University committees. The donor, Dr. Wei-Li Lee, was supervised by Dr. Miles in the completing research MA and PhD in Biological Sciences. Dr. Miles is a scientist in the Department of Dermatology at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. Her current research focuses on the effects of physical and chemical stimuli on the skin in an attempt to understand how cells communicate and react to certain stimuli and/or insults. Dr. Lee's laboratory has established many in vitro cell models describing how various cells interact with respect to self-defense and innate and adaptive immunity. Learn more.

The Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellowships aim to provide UB Biological Sciences students entering their senior year (currently in junior year) with financial support to perform research in their senior year. The amount of each award depends on the application and available funds. The Miles Undergraduate Research Fellowship awards often range between $1,000. to $1,500. Applications open in each spring.


  • Must be a junior at time of application.
  • Must be a declared Biological Sciences major at UB.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Financial need.


  • Students apply through
  • Resume. Should include student ID#, email address, employment history
  • Current Academic Advisement Report 
  • One-page Cover Letter describing your scholarship/service, your longer-term career goals as well as briefly describe the project that you like to undertake (no more than 500 words) – special consideration will be given to unique, curiosity-driven projects that would not be possible to undertake without the support of this scholarship (no more than 500 words)
  • Letter of Approval: Students must add the email address of the faculty member in whose lab they propose to work in their senior year. Letter-writers will be sent a link to upload the letter.

Information subject to change.