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Biology

Awards & Scholarships

Awards & Scholarships - Department of Biology
The Department of Biology presents a number of undergraduate and graduate awards each year.  These include:


•  William L. and Martha Hughes Award for the Study of Biology
•  The Dr. Thomas R. Hellier, Jr and Mrs. Evelyn F. Hellier Biology Scholarship
•  Allied Health Award
•  Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award
•  T. E. Kennerly Award for Excellence in Teaching
•  Outstanding Graduate Research Achievement Award
•  William F. Pyburn Fellowship

 

The William L. and Martha Hughes Award For the Study of Biology

This award was established in 1993 by William L. Hughes, Jr. and his wife Barbara in memory of his father and mother William L. and Martha Hughes.

Background of the Award
 “William L. and Martha W. Hughes enhanced the life experience of thousands of students and countless colleagues during their productive careers as educators.  Professor Hughes served the University as a member of the faculty for 40 years, retiring as head of the Biology Department in 1965 when named Professor Emeritus.  Early in her career as an educator, Mrs. Hughes served as a member of the physical education and chemistry departments at the University.  She later served as a science teacher in the Arlington Independent School District for nearly 20 years, from which she retired in 1965.”

Eligibility of the Award
“Persons who show a potential for outstanding achievement and who qualify for admission to one of the degree programs of the Department of Biology at The University of Texas at Arlington. . .”

Factors in Selection of Awardee
“Students who show the potential for outstanding achievement in their work as a Department of Biology major. . . student’s expresses intention to pursue a career in a field of biology or a medically related profession. . .student’s potential for achievement will be of primary importance in the selection process.”

Applications
Applications may be picked up in Room 345A LS.

 

The Dr. Thomas R. Hellier, Jr. & Mrs. Evelyn F. Hellier Biology Scholarship

Background of the Award
 “Dr. and Mrs. Hellier were married on June 8, 1952.  Dr. Hellier began his academic career at Arlington State College in the fall of 1960 as an ichthyologist in the Department of Biology.  He retired in 2006, but he and Evelyn continue to be active members of the UT Arlington community.  The Helliers are proud to start this fund to help students with high academic achievementwho are working to overcome financial need.”

Purpose of Award
To provide scholarship assistance to undergraduate or graduate students in the Biology Department who have financial need.

Selection Process 
Nominations from faculty submitted to the Department of Biology Awards Committee.   

 

Award for Allied Health

1. Student must be a medical technology major.
2. Student must be a junior (at least 80 hours) or a sophomore with at least 60 hours as of the spring semester selection time.
3. No grade below a “C”.
4. Students must have no more than 15 hours of transfer work.
5. The recipient must confirm his or her intention of continuing in this profession before the award can be made. 
 

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

1. The student must be a biology major.
2. Consideration for award will be made on the basis of original research completed by the student and presented in a publication and/or at a scientific meeting.
3. This research should be initiated or completed during the student’s tenure at UTA.
4. Candidacy for this award will be based on written nomination by a member of the Biology Faculty.  Supporting material, such as copies of publications, should be included with nomination.
5. This award may or may not be awarded annually depending upon the merit of the nominees.

 

T. E. Kennerly Award for Excellence in Teaching

1. The student selected must have been a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) in the Biology Department at UT Arlington for no less than one academic year (two long semesters).
2. The student must be a graduate student in Biology.
3. Candidacy will be based on written nomination by a member of the Biology Faculty.  Supporting materials or information should be included.
4. Nominations are reviewed by Awards Committee for final selection.

 

Outstanding Graduate Research Achievement Award

1. The student must be a thesis MS candidate or a PhD candidate.
2. Consideration for award will be made on the basis of original research completed by the student and presented in a publication and/or at a scientific meeting.
3. This research should be initiated or completed during the student’s tenure at UTA.
4. Candidacy for this award will be based on written nomination by a member of the Biology Faculty.  Supporting material, such as copies of publications, should be included with nomination.
5. This award may or may not be awarded annually depending upon the merit of the nominees.

 

William F. Pyburn Fellowship

The Fellowship recipient will be chosen each year by the Department of Biology Awards Committee.  The Fellowship will be awarded on a competitive basis with a preference to a student pursuing studies of Natural History, especially in the areas of systematics, ecology, or behavior.  Recipients must be full-time graduate students pursuing a Master’s or Doctoral degree in the Department of Biology.   Recipients must maintain a GPA of 3.5.  This award can be renewed in subsequent years, and does not preclude any other financial aid.
Nominees will be identified through solicitation of faculty who are mentoring students conducting research in the appropriate areas.  Nominations will be solicited in January and a decision will be rendered at the same time as other Departmental awards/scholarships.
Selection criteria will include;

  •  A 3.5 GPA that must be maintained and verified each term
  •  Standard annual graduate student progress report
  •  Significant publications and/or presentations
   
The Office of Graduate Studies will disburse the Pyburn Fellowship.