Department of Biological Sciences Awards and Scholarships
Each year, the department recognizes student achievement by awarding several awards and scholarships to deserving students.
Deborah K. Smith Award for Achievement in Biology
Named in memory of biology professor Deborah K. Smith, this award is given to one or more graduating seniors in biology. The criteria for the award are scholarship, research, service, and leadership in the field of biology.
Tiana Nicole Williams Award in the Biological Sciences
This award is given to one or more graduating seniors in biology with a Pre-Med concentration with a minimum 3.2 GPA overall and a minimum 3.6 GPA in her biology major. This award was created in order to motivate and support future Meredith students in their efforts to achieve their dreams.
John Yarbrough Awards: Outstanding Rising Junior, Senior in Biology
The Yarbrough Awards, named in honor of a former biology professor, honor one rising junior biolgy major and one rising senior biology major who have maintained high grades, shown potential in biology, and have been of service to the department.
Martha Nell Tucker Freshman Biology Award:
Mr. and Mrs. Royster Tucker established this honor in memory of their daughter Martha Nell Tucker who was a Meredith student in 1978. It is awarded to a fresman student who demonstrates a determination to achieve her full potential in the field of biology, a concern for her fellow students, an interest in solving the problems of mankind through biology, and an attitude towards life that demonstrates the virtues of courage and self-giving.
Martha Tucker Science Award
GlaxoSmithKline Women in Science Scholars Progam Scholarship
This Scholars Program is to encourage outstanding young women undergraduates in North Carolina to pursue careers in the sciences and raise awareness of job opportunities in various scientific fields.
Betty Hyatt Biology Scholarship
This fund was established by Susan Jackson Mellette in memory of her parents, Donald R. Jackson and Bessie Mull Jackson, Class of 1915; her grandfather, Joseph Cullen Mull; and her husband Peter. A. Mellette. This scholarship fund is to provide financial assistance to a student majoring in biology.
Deborah K. Smith Scholarship
In celebration of her memory, and in appreciation for her many contributions to Meredith College, to women, and to science, the former students and friends of Dr. Deborah K. Smith created the Deborah K. Smith Scholarship Fund. In doing so, they seek to perpetuate Dr. Smith's legacy through providing support for women who wish to manifest their potential as scientists, as medical professionals, or in other careers in the biological sciences.
The department also nominates sophomore and junior students for the national Udall scholarship.
Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarships
In 2007, the Foundation expects to award 80 scholarships of up to $5,000 and 50 honorable mentions on the basis of merit to sophomore and junior level college students. Scholarships are offered in any of three categories:
- To students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to the environment; or
- To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to tribal public policy; or
- To Native American and Alaska Native students who have demonstrated commitment to careers related to Native health care.
The Udall Foundation seeks future leaders across a wide spectrum of environmental fields, including policy, engineering, science, education, urban planning and renewal, business, health, justice and economics. The Foundation also seeks future Native American and Alaska Native leaders in public and community health care, tribal government, and public policy affecting Native American communities, including land and resource management, economic development and education.
Please contact Assistant Professor of Biology Erin Lindquist for further information or questions on the Udall Scholarship:
Office: SMB 142
Campus Phone: 919-760-8754