Departmental Scholarships and Awards

The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department awards the Hayes Scholarship, the Slakey Award, the Henry Little Award, and the Leading Strand Award annually.

Hayes Scholarship

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology invites nominations for the Jessica Hayes scholarship, made possible through the generosity of the Hayes family and in memory of their daughter, Jessica Hayes, who was an alumna of UMass and a member of the Biochemistry Office staff. This scholarship will be granted to a sophomore or junior major in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology who has a GPA of 3.5 or above and also bears the qualities of boldness in pursuing non-traditional challenges and a great breadth of interests. If the awardee is a sophomore, the same student will receive the award annually until he/she graduates. The scholarship is established in memory of Jessica Hayes, whose positive outlook, concern for others, warmth, and humor imbue the spirit of this award.

If you meet the GPA requirement and wish to be considered for the scholarship, we encourage you to meet with your BMB advisor or a BMB faculty member to discuss the nomination process. It would be helpful if you brought along a current resume/CV to discuss with your nominator (a BMB faculty member).  Nomination letters from two individuals (at least one faculty member) are due in the Biochemistry Office on or before February 24th, 2017.

Slakey Award

If you are a BMB major in your junior year and are interested in pursuing summer research, you are invited to apply for the Linda Slakey Award. This award is supported by the Slakey Endowment Fund, established in 1997 by the Department in honor of Linda L. Slakey, who was Head of the Department, Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and until 2006, Dean of Commonwealth College. One of the goals of the Endowment is to make summer research possible for a student who – without financial support from the award – would be unable to work in a research related summer job.

Typically the Slakey Award goes to juniors; however, exceptions with regard to junior status and Commonwealth Honors College membership may be made if warranted by the circumstances.

Applicants are expected to:

  • have high enthusiasm for the opportunity to participate in laboratory research
  • have undergraduate status during the summer in which the research is to be conducted (i.e. students who have received their baccalaureate degree in biochemistry by the summer of the intended research are not eligible)
  • have been committed to the BMB major for at least one year by the end of their junior year
  • have fulfilled all academic requirements appropriate for junior BMB majors
  • be a member in good standing of Commonwealth Honors College/University Honors Program
  • carry out senior Honors research in the host laboratory during their senior year

To Apply

  1. Identify the research lab of a BMB research faculty or adjunct faculty in which you would like to work. If you are already working in a lab doing independent study, contact your research advisor. Discuss whether there is an appropriate research project available or suggest a research project of your own. Obtain a written invitation from the faculty member to perform research in the lab during the following summer, and discuss the possibility of doing an honors project in your senior year which follows up on your summer research.
  2. Prepare a statement describing, in your own words, the research you want to do (1500 words).
  3. If applicable, describe how the award would make summer research possible for you financially.
  4. Include your name, spire ID#, expected graduation date, and whether you are a member of Departmental or Commonwealth College Honors.
  5. Include a sealed letter of recommendation from your research advisor.
  6. The completed application package has to be sent/delivered to the Biochemistry Main Office/Undergraduate Program Coordinator on or before February 24th, 2017.

Henry Little Award

Each year the Henry Little Award is given to the BMB major who has earned the highest cumulative grade point average at the end of the junior year.

Leading Strand Award

Each year the BMB Department chooses a Biochemistry major who has shown leadership, initiative and a demonstrated strength in working well with others as the recipient of this award.

Scholarships and Awards from Outside the Department

The College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics awards a number of scholarships for which there are descriptions and an online application. The deadline is in early May.

UMass Alumni Association Scholarships :  Application period from December 2, 2016 - February 5, 2017.

Also check UMass Scholarship Search to see if you fit the criteria for any other scholarships or awards.