Biology Scholarships and Awards
The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences offers a number of scholarships and awards to our students in order to help them pursue their educational and career goals.
The Baer Six Professors Pre-Medicine Scholarship was established in 2014 by Dr. Gerald R. Baer ’84 and Rose A. Baer. The Baer Six Scholarship is in honor of admired professors, James L. Dively, J. Robert Heckman, Frederic E. Hoffman, Ronald L. Laughlin, Rollin E. Pepper and Frank P. Polanowski. Criteria for the award include; academic achievement, rising senior, enrolled in the pre-medical core curriculum in preparation for entry to medical school.
The recipients of the Musser Scholarship are selected from sophomore and junior students by the Health Professions Advisory Committee (HPAC) of Elizabethtown College. The Musser Scholarship is given to students who are pursuing studies in preparation for entry to medical, veterinary, and other professional schools of medicine. Criteria for the award include; outstanding academic performance, financial need, and faculty letters of recommendation.
The Conover Scholarship was established in 1976 in memory of Thomas C. Conover (class of 1970) by his friends and family to assist others in their pursuit of studies in biology. Criteria include: 1) academic achievement, 2) scientific attitude, and 3) personal character.
The Dr. Mary Schmidt-Libby Scholarship was established in 2013 by Dr. Mary Schmidt-Libby ’79 to support students who are preparing for careers in medicine, healthcare or medical research. Additional criteria include; minimum 3.25 GPA, financial need, leadership qualities, integrity and consideration of others.
The Weaver Scholarship was established by the late Dr. Charles E. Weaver and his wife Mary E. Weaver to support students who are preparing for careers in medicine, allied health, or teaching. Additional criteria include; academic achievement, financial need, character and citizenship, and class activities.
This award will be given to a student(s) who: 1) is a continuing student having attained at least junior level status, 2) has declared a Biology major with an expressed interest in teaching at the college or university level, 3) has maintained a 3.0 overall grade point average or above and has maintained a 3.0 grade point average within the major.
The scholarship was established by M. Darlene Myer, (class of 1966), to aid students who are planning to pursue a degree in Medicine. Criteria for the award, in addition to plans to pursue an Allopathic or Osteopathic affiliate program, also include preferences given to sophomore, junior or senior, full-time first-generation students, and financial need.
Starting with the 1995-96 academic year, the College instituted Honors in the Discipline to recognize outstanding academic achievement. To receive Honors in Biology, a student must have a 3.5 GPA within their major course requirements and successfully complete an original research project.
The Outstanding Academic Achievement Award is given to senior biology, biotechnology, and environmental science majors having cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 and above.
The Departmental Achievement Certificate is given to junior biology, biotechnology and environmental science majors having a major GPA of 3.5 and above. It is also given to first-year and sophomore biology, biotechnology, and environmental science majors having a major GPA of 3.0 and above.
The Secondary Science Certification Teaching Award was established in 1992 to honor students in secondary science education. The criteria for selection for this award include; graduating senior status, evidence of a strong background in the area of specialization, potential as a teacher and a strong interest in the teaching profession.
In 1991 the biology department instituted the Departmental Service Award to honor graduating seniors who have provided outstanding service to the department, including work as student assistants.