Application Deadline: 10:00 PM, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013

The Department of Biology scholarships were made possible through an endowment established by a bequest from the estate of M. Frances Adams.  Frances Adams was born in 1914 in Fayetteville, Arkansas.  She attended Shawnee High School in Shawnee, Oklahoma, before obtaining a B.A. in Biology from the Oklahoma College for Women in Chickasha, Oklahoma, and a M.S. in Geography, with a minor in Zoology (Ecology), from the University of Oklahoma.  Frances began her career as a science instructor in the Oklahoma School System for eight years, then worked for various companies including General Electric, Henry Holt and Company, Pfizer, Inc., ITT – Federal Electric Corporation, and Argonne National Laboratory.  Her last position, with Argonne, was as a Senior Technical Editor, Unit Supervisor.  Frances had one brother and one sister, M. Blanche Adams, for whom the scholarship trust is also named.

To view the available scholarships and specific criteria for each, click on the scholarship links in the table below.

Scholarship Name  GPA Graduate Students Financial Need Rec. Letter Amount
 M. Blanche Adams & M. Frances Adams Scholarship
(undergrad-academic year)
3.5 No Yes Yes $1,000
M. Blanche Adams & M. Frances Adams Scholarship
(undergrad-summer research)
3.5 No No Yes $2,500
 M. Blanche Adams & M. Frances Adams Scholarship
(grad-academic year)
  Yes Yes Yes $1,000
 M. Blanche Adams & M. Frances Adams Scholarship
(grad-summer research)
  Yes No Yes $2,500
         

THINGS YOU SHOULD DO BEFORE FILLING OUT THE BIOLOGY APPLICATION:

  • Letters of Recommendation/Approvals

    a.  Undergraduate - Academic Year Scholarship: Identify and obtain the email address of a faculty member who is willing to submit a recommendation for you.  It is important to contact this individual well in advance to give him/her time to submit the recommendation by the 10:00 PM, Friday, Feb. 1, deadline.

  • b.  Undergraduate - Summer Research: Identify and obtain the email address of the faculty member, who will supervise your research, to submit a recommendation for you.  It is important to contact this individual well in advance to give him/her time to submit the recommendation by the 10:00 PM, Friday, Feb. 1, deadline.

    c.  Graduate - All graduate students applying for the academic year and/or summer research scholarships must seek prior approval from his/her major advisor and must indicate the approval on the application.  

  • Report

    Graduate students applying for the academic year and/or summer research scholarships must submit a report, not to exceed 1 page (12 pt. font, single spaced), in a word processing program such as Microsoft Word and saved as a .pdf document for uploading to the application.  The report should describe your principal accomplishments so far in pursuit of graduate educational goals. This can include progress in research, attendance or presentations at meetings, publications, special courses, and participation in other educational experiences.

  • Research Plan

    a. Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship:  Create a research plan, not to exceed 3 pages (12 pt. font), in Microsoft Word or similar program and saved as a .pdf. for uploading to the application.  The plan should summarize the of the goal of the study, the hypothesis (or hypotheses) that is being tested, preliminary research experience, if any, and a description of the experimental or field work that is planned.

    b. Graduate Summer Research Scholarship: Create a research plan, not to exceed 3 pages (12 pt. font), including any figures, tables and literature citations, in Microsoft Word or similar program and saved as a .pdf for uploading to the application. The plan should be for the coming summer and academic year, regardless of the type of scholarship for which application is being made.

  • Progress Report

    a.  Undergraduate students, who are previous recipients of the Adams Undergrduate Academic Year Scholarship, must submit a 1-page (12 pt. font) progress report, for the most recent award, in Microsoft Word or similar program and saved as a .pdf for uploading to the application. The report should include a description of that year's research activity and how you used the funding.  Be sure to include the date and type of the award.

    b.  Graduate students, who are previous recipients of the Adams Graduate Academic Year or Summer Research Scholarship, must submit a 1-page (12 pt. font) progress report, for the most recent award, in Microsoft Word or similar program and saved as a .pdf for uploading to the application.  The report should include a.description of that year's research activity and how the funding was used. The date and type (summer or academic year) of award must also be included.   

  • Resume/Curriculum Vitae

    All undergraduate students must complete the Arts and Sciences Scholarship Resume for uploading to the application. Please follow this link for instructions. All graduate students must upload a vitae in lieu of the resume. 

  • Transcript

    All applicants must save or scan a web-based or official or unofficial transcript to .pdf for uploading to the application. Transcripts must include Fall 2012 grades. Please see the transcript section of the application for available resources if you do not have a program or scanner to PDF documents. Fall grades will be available Friday, Dec. 21, 2012. The office of Academic Records will be closed Monday, Dec. 24 - Tuesday, Jan. 1, with respect to obtaining paper transcripts.

  • Essay-Not required if applying for Biology scholarships ONLY

    Compose a two-page, double-spaced essay in Microsoft Word or similar program for which to copy and paste into the application.  Scholarship Essay Topic: What challenges have you faced in successfully achieving your educational goals and how have you overcome these challenges?