Fellowships & Scholarships

Our generous alumni and friends have established fellowship and scholarship programs aimed at enhancing the educational experiences of our undergraduate students. These fellowships and scholarships are open to undergraduates who are majors and/or intending to major in Biological Sciences and are interested in conducting research. We strongly encourage all our students to apply.

Please contact Dr. Zhen Wang (zhenw@buffalo.edu) for questions.

Call for Fellowship Applications

Applications for the undergraduate research fellowships will open in February 2020. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m., Friday April 17, 2020.

Applications are accepted throughout the year for the Joseph T. Abate, DMD, Undergraduate Travel Fellowship.

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Joseph T. Abate, DMD, Undergraduate Travel Fellowship

The Joseph T. Abate, DMD, Undergraduate Travel Fellowship is intended to extend the research experiences of undergraduate students in the Department of Biological Sciences by supporting travel to a scientific conference. Students are required to present a poster or a talk at the conference. Travel-related costs are reimbursable within 30 days after the conference. 

Eligibility: 

-       Must be a Biological Sciences major

-       Minimum GPA of 2.8

-       Performing undergraduate research in a UB laboratory

-       A student can only receive this fellowship once

-       The student must be the poster or talk presenter

-       Travel must be completed within 1 year of application

-       If the student is a graduating senior, travel must be completed within 3 months of graduation

Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis throughout the year 

Application:

-       1-Page cover letter describing how this conference can help achieve your professional goals

-       Resume. Please include student ID#, contact information, academic history, research and work experience

-       Current Academic Transcript

-       Copy of conference agenda / webpage

-       Poster or oral presentation abstract (<250 words)

-       Itemized estimated travel budget

-       Assemble the above documents in one pdf file, and submit directly to Dr. Zhen Wang (zhenw@buffalo.edu)

-       One letter of recommendation from the faculty member with whom you are conducting research (send to Dr. Zhen Wang zhenw@buffalo.edu)

Post conference:

1.     submit a copy of the poster or presentation to Dr. Zhen Wang (zhenw@buffalo.edu

2.     Submit a copy of conference agenda to Mr. Joe Helfer (helfer@buffalo.edu)

3.     Submit proof of payments for reimbursement to Mr. Joe Helfer (helfer@buffalo.edu)

Reimbursable items (must provide all receipts and a copy of credit/debit card statement):

-       Registration fee

-       Airline ticket and/or ground transportation

-       Mileage, if a personal car is used

-       Lodging

-       Poster printing fee

-       Allowable meals

McCroskey and Knobloch Endowment Scholarships

These fellowships aim to provide students entering their senior year (currently junior) with financial support in their senior year. The winners will be announced in early May. The fellowship payments will be made in August. The amount of fellowship depends on the application and available funds (often ranges from $1,000 - $2,000).

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must currently be a junior and a declared Biological Sciences major.
  • High level of scholarship and service (e.g., TA-ships, previous research experience, tutoring, other volunteering experiences, Habitat for Humanity, etc.).
  • Minimum GPA of 3.2.
  • Demonstrable financial need.

APPLICATION

  • Resume. Your resume should include student ID#, email address, employment history, as well as all relevant experience to show scholarship and service
  • Current Academic Advisement Report 
  • One-page cover-letter describing scholarship/service, your longer-term career goals as well as briefly describe the project that you like to undertake (no more than 500 words).
  • Half-page description of financial need (no more than 300 words).
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member (send to Dr. Zhen Wang, zhenw@buffalo.edu) by the person writing the recommendation, separate from your application).

Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellowship

These fellowships aim to provide Biological Sciences students entering their senior year (currently junior) with financial support to facilitate summer research between a student’s junior and senior years. The awardee will be announced in early May. The fellowship payments will be made in June. The amount of fellowships depends on the application and available funds (often ranges from $1,000 - $1,500).

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must currently be a junior and a declared Biological Sciences major.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Demonstrable financial need.

APPLICATION

  • 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 from the faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences whose lab you propose to work in this summer (send to Dr. Zhen Wang, zhenw@buffalo.edu)

Raszl Undergraduate Research Fellowship

This fellowship aims to provide a student entering his/her junior year (currently a sophomore) with financial support to facilitate undergraduate research during the academic year. The applicant can expect two years of support, contingent upon satisfactory research progress. This fellowship will be paid in two installments annually; half in September and half the following January. The awardee will be announced in early May. The amount of fellowships depends on the application and available funds (often ranges from $1,000 - $2,000 per year).

ELIGIBILITY

  • Must currently be a sophomore – and must be eligible to, or must declare a Biological Sciences major by the end of this semester.
  • Minimum GPA of 2.8.
  • Demonstrable financial need.

APPLICATION

  • Resume - Your resume should include student ID#, email address, employment history.
  • Current Academic Advisement Report.
  • One-page cover letter describing scholarship/service, your longer term career goals, as well as briefly describe the project that you like to undertake (no more than 500 words).
  • Half-page description of financial need. (no more than 300 words).
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty member. This letter is to be sent to Dr. Zhen Wang, zhenw@buffalo.edu, directly by the person writing the recommendation, and is separate from your application.
  • If you are selected to receive this Fellowship, you will have until October 1 to secure a position in a research laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences.

2019 Undergraduate Fellows

Congratulations to our recent undergraduate research fellows, and thank you to our generous donors.

  • Tierney Day, (Guanawardena lab), $2,000., McCroskey Endowment Fellow
  • Hannah Zazulak, (Johnson lab), $2,000., McCroskey Endowment Fellow
  • Megan Wallace, (Lindqvist lab), $1,250., Knoblock Endowment Fellow
  • Katherine Eaton, (Krabbenhoft lab), $1,000., Miles Endowment Fellow
  • Michaela Richter, (Albert lab), $250., Miles Endowment Fellow
  • Taha Faek, (Bliss lab), $1,500, Raszl Endowment Fellow
  • Oran Morton, $1,500, Raszl Endowment Fellow

2017-2018 Undergraduate Fellows

  • Connor Cook, (Xu-Friedman), $1,250., McCroskey Endowment Fellow, and, New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, 2017 and 2018.
  • Logan Fahrenkopf, $2,000., McCroskey Endowment Fellow, and, 2017 and 2018, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
  • Amit Mehrota, (Cullen) $2,000., McCroskey Endowment Fellow, 2017.
  • Kwang Jin (Moses) Chung, (Teschung Lee), $1,250., Knobloch Endowment Fellow, 2017 and 2018 awards, leading to UMD/Ph.D. program. UB Highlight: Volunteering to make a difference.
  • Emily Bonacquisti, (Paul Gollnick), $1,250., Miles Fellowship, 2017 and 2018, leading to UB Pharmacy.
  • Ryan Kaminski, (Dziask), $,1500., Alumni Fellow, 2017 and 2018.

Selected highlights of Undergraduate Fellow Achievement

  • Lulu He (2018 Miles Fellow) is now a MS student of UB pharmacy.
  • Lynn Sidor (2018 McCroskey Fellow) is now a PhD student at University of Rochester
  • Nana Ayoluwa (2018 Knobloch Fellow) now works at Applied Microbiota.
  • Connor Cook (2017 McCroskey Fellow) is now studying at New York Institute of Technology, College of Osteopathic Medicine.
  • Logan Fahrenkopf (2017 McCroskey Fellow) now works at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals.
  • Kuang Jin (Moses) Chuang (2017 Knobloch Fellow) is now a MD/PhD student at Washington University.
  • Emily Bonacquisti (2017 Miles Fellowship) is now a PhD student at UB pharmacy.
  • Alexa Bracci (2016 McCroskey Fellow) is graduating with highest honors and she will be studying for her graduate degree in Cornell University, UK.
  • Hannah Calkins (2016 Alumni Fellow) has received an outstanding research award for her poster presentation at the UB’s Undergraduate Research Symposium.

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