Departmental Scholarships and Awards

Scholarships and Awards for BMB Undergraduates

The Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and the College of Natural Sciences offer a variety of scholarships and awards to recognize the hard work and academic success of our students, assist students with the expense of their education, and support student research and internships. The majority of these scholarships and awards are funded through the generosity of alumni and other members of the CNS community. We encourage all current BMB students to apply.

BMB Awards in AcademicWorks

Linda Slakey Award

The Linda Slakey Award is given to students who want to work in a research-related summer job but would be unable to do so without the award’s financial support. 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; 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; and carry out senior honors research in the host laboratory during their senior year. Exceptions with regard to junior status and Commonwealth Honors College membership may be made if warranted by the circumstances.

Jessica Hayes Memorial Scholarship

The Jessica Hayes Memorial Scholarship was established through the generosity of the Hayes family. Jessica Hayes ’01 was a staff member of the Biochemistry office and her family wanted to imbue the award in her memory with her positive outlook, concern for others, warmth, and humor. The scholarship is awarded to a sophomore or junior student majoring in biochemistry who has a record of high academic achievement and also bears the qualities of boldness in pursuing non-traditional challenges and a great breadth of interests. The award is automatically renewed until graduation. Two faculty nominations are required as part of the application.

How to Apply for Scholarships in AcademicWorks

The university has implemented AcademicWorks, an online application system for scholarships offered at UMass Amherst. Simply enroll in AcademicWorks, fill out both the UMass general application and the CNS application. The system will automatically submit your application to the scholarships and awards for which you are fully eligible and will inform you of other scholarships for which you would need to supply additional materials to apply.

Enroll in AcademicWorks

Go to the AcademicWorks webpage and sign in with your UMass Net ID and password.

  • Complete both the general application and the CNS application. The system will show if you are eligible for scholarships that require additional application materials.
  • Click on each scholarship link and upload any required supplementary materials (such as resumes or faculty recommendations).
  • Submit your application and check your dashboard to see the status of any pending and submitted applications.

Check out this video tutorial on how to apply for scholarships and awards in AcademicWorks, and email if you have any questions.

Additional BMB Awards

Recipients of these awards are selected by the department. Students do not need to apply.

Henry Little Award

Each year the BMB Department recognizes a Biochemistry major who has shown academic excellency throughout their college career.

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.

Carol F. Ryan Award

Each year the BMB Department chooses a Biochemistry major who has significantly contributed to the department through their service to peer advising, admissions, and departmental events.

BMB Award Ceremony Recordings