Awards and Scholarships
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology undergraduates may qualify for departmental, college, university, and national awards.
Pamela J.Fraker Undergraduate Scholarship
Given to a Biochemistry major who has demonstrated the capacity to achieve education and professional goals, the motivation to achieve those goals, and the initiative to seek opportunities to further their progress.
2013 - 2014 Awardees:
Dr. James K. Billman, Jr., Undergraduate Research Awards
Given to two BMB majors who have attained junior or senior status by Fall semester and carry a 3.0 grade point average or higher at the time of application. These awards aim to provide research opportunities to students who are committed to pursuing a career in research, and who want to do research, but cannot because of the need to work. Awardees will devote at least 6 hours per week to their research project during the full academic year.
2012 - 2013 Awardees:
Professor Richard L. Anderson Endowed Undergraduate Research Prize
Given to a BMB major who has attained junior or senior status by Fall semester and carries a 3.0 grade point average or higher at the time of application. The awardee will devote at least 12 hours per week on a research project with a faculty mentor during the full academic year and present his/her research at the University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum.
2012 - 2013 Awardee:
BMB Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
Criteria: Senior thesis, high grade point average, affirmation by faculty and staff
2012 - 2013 Awardee:
BMB Undergraduate Research Award
2012 - 2013 Awardees:
College of Natural Science Scholarships top
The following students have been awarded scholarships by the College of Natural Science:
Leroy Augenstein Memorial Scholarship: Matthew Smith
Dr. Alfred Borgatti Endowed Scholarship:David Dickson
Ramon F. and Dorothy F. Rolf Scholarship:Ryan Arthur
Robert G. Seiferlein Memorial Scholarship: Rashelle Thompson. See Rashelle's video.
Kenneth B and Carole A Yerrick Endowed Scholarship: Alexander Toulokhonov
(Information on CNS scholarships may be found at: Undergraduate Scholarships in CNS
Also see: CNS Undergraduate Research Scholarships and Grants
Information on MSU scholarships may be found at: http://scholendow2.ais.msu.edu/Student/ScholSearch.asp)
University Awards top
The University Undergraduate Research and Arts Forum provides an opportunity for undergraduate researchers to present their work in the form of a poster or oral presentation, or to showcase their creations.
2012-13 BMB UURAF 1st Place award winners are listed below. Also see our list of BMB participants.
Yen Nhu Nguyen, "Identification of carotenoid pathway regulators through quantitative trait loci and genome wide association studies."
Keenan Noyes,"Region specific protein refinement using steered molecular dynamics."
Michael Paxhia, "Using lipopolysaccharide truncation mutants to investigate surface characteristics and metal reduction in geobacter sulfurreducens."
Ashley D. Sample, "Mixed--‐lineage kinasesin glioma viability."
Brandon Wilkinson, "The Effects of Lineage-Determining Transcription Factor PU.1 on Chromatin Architecture."
Irina Pushel, "Using fly eyes to understand a tumor suppressor: key mutations in drosophila rbf1 reveal functional significance in fly eye development."
Outstanding Senior Awards
Each year, Outstanding Senior Awards are awarded by the Senior Class Council to 25 seniors who have exemplified both personal and academic achievement at Michigan State University. These students have demonstrated their dedication to Michigan State through their academics, leadership, and involvement on campus and in the community. Laura Gnyp, BMB major, was selected for this award in Spring 2011.
National Awards top2012:
Joshua M. Smith received an American Society for Microbiology Undergraduate Research fellowship. He is currently working on, "Identification of Small Molecules that Antagonize GGDEF Enzymes and Inhibit Biofilm Formation."
Samuel Saitie and Evan Pratt received one of three outstanding undergraduate poster awards at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Section of the American Society of Plant Biologist for their work on "Characterization of Two Chloroplast Envelope Proteins with a Possible Role in C4 Photosynthesis."
Urs Benning received one of three outstanding undergraduate poster awards at the Annual Meeting of the Midwest Section of the American Society of Plant Biologists for his work on "Identification of Lipid Binding Proteins in the Phloem and their Role in Plant Development and Stress Response."