Scholarships, Grants & Financial Aid

College of Science Scholarship Opportunities


The College of Science offers a number of scholarship opportunities for incoming, undergraduate and graduate students. Scholarship applications may be found through Academic Works, the University's scholarship application portal. Complete the University General Application then you will see the Science scholarship opportunities.

It is highly recommended that all students fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each year to determine what state or federal aid for which you may be eligible, including work-study opportunities and grants.

First-year and transfer students must have an active Campus Information Services (CIS) account and University E-mail account (UMail) before applying for scholarships.


 

Graduate student emergency scholarship

The College of Science Graduate Student Emergency fund can provide financial support when an unexpected event creates immediate financial hardship. If funds are granted, they do not have to be repaid.

  • Typical awards made through this program are limited to be between $500 and $2500.
  • This program is subject to the availability of funds.
  • If you are receiving financial aid, please contact the financial aid office to see how such an award might impact your financial aid.

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Multi-Year Housing Scholarships for American Indian Students

The College of Science is pleased to announce two Multi-Year Housing Scholarships for American Indian Students valued at $12,500 per year for 4 years. Scholarship recipients will receive funding for fall and spring semesters that covers on-campus housing, a full meal plan, and some support for books and other expenses.

Incoming freshman or current undergraduate American Indian students who are majoring in the College of Science are encouraged to apply.

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Career exploration scholarship

This $750 award is for College of Science students participating in a career-related opportunity such as an internship. All scholarship applications will be reviewed and considered by the scholarship committee. Preference will be given to candidates who meet one or more of the below criteria:

• Are participating in an unpaid or low-paid internship
• Have “high need” as determined by the Scholarship office (must have completed a FAFSA)
• Are earning internship credit

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Incoming Student Opportunities

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Current Student Opportunities

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Questions

Questions about scholarships and financial aid? Make an appointment with a financial aid counselor!

If you have questions about a specific College of Science opportunity, please email office@science.utah.edu.

Departmental Scholarship Opportunities


Office of Nationally competitive scholarships


The Office of Nationally Competitive Scholarships maintains a list of highly prestigious scholarship opportunities. Applications for these opportunities are maintained by this university department.

 

 

Explore the SRI

At many universities undergraduates have the opportunity to engage in scientific research only in their junior or senior years. Yet successful scientists all have the same core attributes—curiosity, communication skills and a willingness to learn interdisciplinary techniques— traits that many students already possess as first year students. In 2020, College of Science will give hundreds of undergraduates the opportunity to contribute to real research projects the year that they step onto campus.

The Science Research Initiative (SRI) is a team-based program that will connect students to discovery-based research early in their education to gain valuable scientific skills. The vision is to provide an opportunity to do research for any incoming student in the College of Science. Additionally, the cohort model makes research opportunities more equitable for students from all backgrounds.

The initiative is self-sustaining by design with experienced students tasked with training incoming first year students—a model that could allow hundreds of students to contribute to a principal investigator’s research for decades. The initiative has support from the university, the state, and industry partners who see the benefit of producing students who are ready to thrive in Utah’s STEM workforce.

“Research opportunities for undergraduates are transformative experiences. The problem that the college has historically faced is that there are many more science majors than there are openings in faculty research laboratories. The SRI solves that problem by scaling up the model of one-on-one faculty mentorship in the framework of vertically integrated research streams,” said Peter Trapa, Dean of the College of Science.

The SRI aims to give 500 undergraduates per year the opportunity to contribute to scientific discoveries, just like Bridget Phillips, a Crocker Science House Scholar and sophomore biology major with a math minor, had this summer.

Phillips was working in biologist Mike Shapiro’s Pigeon Genetics Lab writing code for a project looking for genes that determine the birds’ eye color. She was mining mountains of data searching for a quantitative trait locus (QTL) peak.

She was comparing the genotypes of two groups of pigeons with different eye colors. Because pigeons breeds are the same species, their genetics should look identical except for the gene locus underpinning eye color.

“I got a QTL peak that showed where the gene might be,” she said, smiling. “It was nice. I impressed the postdocs.”

Phillips has been working in Shapiro’s lab since her freshman year. She is an alum of ACCESS, a program where rising freshman in STEM disciplines join a cohort of like-minded undergrads ahead of their first semester in college. ACCESS facilitated her placement in the lab where she found her passion—coding and genetics, two things she never knew existed in a one career.

“Starting in a lab as a freshman is so useful, but the fear is that you don’t know what you’re doing. But you learn the skills really quickly,” Phillips said. “The earlier you can start, the better. If you find out your freshman year that you don’t like research, that’s good to know. If you like research, like I do, then you know what to aim for.”

The college based the SRI on a similar program at the University of Texas-Austin that impressed Henry White, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and former dean of the college who championed the initiative during his tenure. Since starting the program 20 years ago, UT-Austin has increased enrollment and improved student success, particularly among those from underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

“Students from families who’ve been going to college for generations come to campus recognizing that research opportunities are just as important as the classes themselves,” said White. “This program is meant to promote students who haven’t had the opportunity to be involved in research. We hope to introduce underrepresented, first-generation students to research opportunities, enriching their experience at the U.”

During the first semester, a cohort of students will take a research course to learn basic lab techniques that will replace a traditional prerequisite class. The second semester, the students begin work in a lab led by a principal investigator. They continue the research for their third and fourth semesters, and train an incoming cohort to create a “steady-state” model. During their third year, the students can do an internship or work on an individual project that resembles a more traditional undergraduate lab experience. The college aims to have different streams of research in data science, molecular biology and many disciplines across the College of Science.

In January 2020, a small pilot cohort began the SRI journey. White, Shelley Minteer, professor of chemistry, Markus Babst, professor of biology, and Braxton Osting, professor of mathematics, have committed to developing initial projects. The goal is to eventually have 500 freshmen, sophomores and transfer students participate every year.

SRI brings benefits beyond campus. Others outside the university see benefits beyond student success. Funding has come from many sources, including corporate, foundation and individual gifts and workforce development funds from the Utah State Legislature. ARUP Laboratories, a national pathology lab, research facility and a nonprofit enterprise of the University of Utah, and BioFire, a medical diagnostics company, are sponsoring SRI because they view the partnership as mutually beneficial.

“We are constantly looking for well-qualified people to work in labs. It’s a career that’s understaffed—graduates have no problem finding a job, but there’s not a good awareness of this as a possible career path,” said Sherrie Perkins, CEO of ARUP Laboratories and professor of pathology at the U School of Medicine. “We’re so pleased to be a part of this exciting new program and to continue the pipeline of excellent students coming out of the university that we employ.”

Research opportunities indeed open many doors, agreed Rachel Cantrell, a senior chemistry major and Goldwater Scholarship recipient. Also an ACCESS alum, Cantrell has worked in Ryan Looper’s organic synthesis lab since her freshman year. At the time, she thought she wanted to be a pharmacist. Instead, she fell in love with research.

She is developing a scaffold for new antibiotic candidates, a crucial field of inquiry as bacteria are constantly building resistance to current antibiotics. Cantrell’s molecule is modeled after a natural product that kills both bacteria and human cells. Her project focuses on modifying the molecule so that it will only kill the bacteria and leave human cells alone. She plans to pursue a PhD after graduating this year. Beyond the research, the community and networking aspects of ACCESS made a big impact on her life.

“I met a lot of great people there that I’m still friends with. I got to meet faculty and was selected for a scholarship to study in Germany—the community aspect was huge,” she said. To undergrads thinking about whether they want to work in a lab, Cantrell has this advice, “You have to give it a chance. I worked as a pharmacy technician for a while, but I loved being in the lab more. Check out what you like. It can open some huge doors.” The new SRI aims to do just that.

 

 

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Academic Resources

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Achieving a degree in the College of Science can be challenging. Faculty and staff are here to help you succeed!

Below are some services that are intended to empower students to succeed in their course content and develop transferable skills to help them in their academic careers.

Top 5 tips from College of Science advisors:


1. Go to class – and participate.
Class attendance actually does affect your grade. Exams are sometimes based on lectures and not chapters of the book, so it is important to be present in class. Also, instructors will sometimes make important announcements during class pertaining to assignments and exams.

2. Learn how to take notes.
The Learning Center can help you improve on note-taking strategies. Develop good study habits by reviewing your notes often, and writing down questions you have to address with the instructor.

3. Utilize a planner or electronic calendar.
Time management is critical to becoming a successful student. Write down deadlines for items that involve classes, study time, campus activities, and work obligations. Here is the University of Utah’s Academic Calendar for important dates for registration, finals, etc.

4. Don’t be afraid to ask for help – and don’t wait until it’s too late.
Reach out to instructors, TAs, and LAs during their office hours to get help with assignments and other issues relating to the class. Make an appointment with an advisor, and utilize the tutoring resources below!

5. Don’t give up!
We know college can be hard, and life often throws additional challenges your way. You can do this, and we are here to help.

Student Resources

Forms and Tools

COS Advisors are here to help. Make an appointment for a virtual session.

Science Ambassadors

science ambassadors


Our College of Science Ambassadors are a group of University of Utah students who are passionate about science and their education. Ambassadors are leaders in our college and help with a wide variety of events, the recruitment of new students, and keeping current students engaged and excited about science.

Meet Our Current Ambassadors


Click on the photos below to learn more about each of our Science Ambassadors!

You can reach out to them via email to ask questions or to schedule a one-on-one meeting with them.

They can talk to you about:

  • Choosing a major or minor
  • Getting into research
  • Gaining leadership experiences
  • Succeeding in classes
  • Finding your community on campus
  • and much more!

Please don't hesitate to reach out to one of our Student Ambassadors. They are here for you!

Alex

Biology │ she/her

Alex

Biology │ she/her
Hello! I'm Alex Acuna, a fifth-year student pursuing a BS in Biology with a Cell and Molecular emphasis and minors in Chemistry and African American Studies. I was born in Venezuela and have lived in Salt Lake most of my life. I currently do pediatric cardiology genetics research in Dr. Martin Tristani-Firouzi's lab where I use molecular biological processes to investigate the genetic basis of Familial Atrial Fibrillation. My passions include social and environmental justice, family, and exploring new places.
 u1044578@utah.edu

Anna

Physics, Chemistry │ she/they

Anna

Physics, Chemistry │ she/they
Greetings! My name is Anna and I’m from Pleasant Grove, Utah. I am currently a senior pursuing a double major in Physics and Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics. I am currently working for the amazing Telescope Array research group on campus studying the properties and origins of cosmic rays. I enjoy reading, writing, and all things space-related.
 u1086169@utah.edu

Brennon

Biology │ he/him

Brennon

Biology │ he/him
Hello! My name is Brennon. I'm a senior studying Cell and Molecular Biology with a Chemistry minor, and I'm currently doing microbiology research here on campus. I'm from Idaho Falls, Idaho, and I enjoy reading, hiking, and cooking. After I graduate, I plan to pursue a PhD in Genetics.
 u1043444@utah.edu

Ella

Chemistry │ she/her

Ella

Chemistry │ she/her
Hey there! My name is Ella and I am in my senior year at the University of Utah. I am a Chemistry major with a double emphasis in Materials Science and Engineering as well as Biology. Once I graduate with my HBS, I would like to attend graduate school, possibly out of the country if I can swing that. I tend to spend my infrequent free time training on the aerial hoop, going down Googling rabbit holes about random science facts, or trying to catch up on reading all of the classics I missed by not taking AP Lit. If you see me around campus, feel free to ask me questions about chemistry or just say hello!
 u1182164@utah.edu

Kay

Math, Biology │ they/them

Kay

Math, Biology │ they/them
Hello! My name is Kay and I'm in my 5th year here at the U. I love the ocean! I'm actually studying math and biology in hopes of doing the mathematical side of marine biology. I'm from the small town of Enterprise, Utah and I'm super excited to be a College of Science Ambassador!
 u0984833@utah.edu

Riley

Physics │ she/her

Riley

Physics │ she/her
My name is Riley Murray, and I'm a Computational Physics and Linguistics double-major! I like a good challenge, and I love to learn new things from the people around me. My two disciplines have allowed me to explore interesting intersections between the sciences and the humanities, which have really rounded out my education as a scientist. As an Idaho native transplanted in Utah, I love the outdoors-- hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, you name it! I also enjoy learning languages (I've got Japanese, French, and some Scots Gaelic now) and playing guitar, ukulele, and piano. One of my biggest goals in life is to see as much of the world as possible, and to make friends all over it!
 u1195514@utah.edu

Sahar

Biology │ she/they

Sahar

Biology │ she/they
Hi everyone! My name is Sahar, and I am a junior majoring in biology and business administration. In the future, I plan on pursuing an MD/PhD degree. I was born and raised in Sugarhouse, but my family is originally from Afghanistan. I hope to one day return to Afghanistan and provide medical care and resources. In my free time, I like to hang out with family and friends, hike, and online shop. Go Utes!
 u0902561@utah.edu

Sydney

Chemistry │ she/her

Sydney

Chemistry │ she/her
Hi! I'm Sydney and I am going into my third year at the University of Utah in the Fall of 2021. My major is chemistry with a biological emphasis and I hope to go to medical school after completing my undergraduate degree. I've been so lucky to be a part of the Velayutham Lab in the Department of Nutrition, studying the dietary effect of blueberries on the cardiovascular health of mice and the gut microbiome. Outside of College of Science Ambassadors, I work with the Union Programming Council and I am a teaching assistant for the Biology 1615 lab. In my free time I love to go snowboarding, climb at the summit, and paint.
 u1194073@utah.edu

Vivek

Physics │ he/him

Vivek

Physics │ he/him
Heyo! My name is Vivek, hailing from Sandy, Utah. I am a senior majoring in Physics with minors in Astronomy and Computer Science. I have had a great time at the U so far and I am thrilled to be one of your College of Science Ambassadors! I aspire to become a professional astronomer and pun master. When I am not approximating cows as spheres, I enjoy doing astronomy outreach, browsing Reddit, learning useless fun trivia, and eating really spicy food!
 u0902561@utah.edu

Alice

Chemistry │ she/her

Alice

Chemistry │ she/her
Hi! My name is Alice and I’m from Northern California. I’m a senior at the U double majoring in Biochemistry and International Studies, with a minor in Chinese. Currently I work as an undergraduate researcher in the Puri Lab where we study how bacteria interact with the environment and each other, and how bacteria produce anti-fungal and antibiotic compounds. Outside of school and research, I love hiking, skiing, rock climbing, and volunteering with the American Chemical Society.
 a.snelling@utah.edu

Ava

Biochemistry │ she/her

Ava

Biochemistry │ she/her
Hi! I'm Ava, and I'm from Boise, Idaho! I am pursuing a biochemistry major with a minor in psychology through the Honors College. I hope to continue on to an MD-PhD degree, specializing in infectious disease research and treatment. I currently serve as the Chair-Elect of the Honors Student Advisory Committee, and I conduct research as part of Dr. Ming Hammond's biological chemistry lab. I love practicing and teaching yoga, skiing, going on long drives, and getting to know new friends!
 u1305645@utah.edu

Brian

Physics │ he/him

Brian

Physics │ he/him
Hi, I'm Brian! I am a senior majoring in physics and piano performance. I'm from Syracuse - Utah, not New York - and I love books, food, and board games. I play piano and cello, and between the two of my majors, I spend far more time locked alone in a practice room or laboratory than is healthy for any sane human being, but I also love being around friends and other people. I am a part of the U's Center for Acoustic Cooling Technology, and build and test thermoacoustic engines. Whether you see me walking around with or without the bow tie, come say hello!
 u1028469@utah.edu

Emma

Math │ she/her

Emma

Math │ she/her
Hello! My name is Emma Kerr and I am from Fruit Heights, Utah. I am pursuing a Math and Physics major here at the U seeking an emphasis on computation. I have loved my college experience thus far, and have especially loved my research in the Physics department studying spin dependent electronic processes. After obtaining my undergraduate degree, I hope to work towards a math Ph.D and become a professor and researcher. I love meeting new faces around campus, and when I'm not in school, I enjoy being in the outdoors.
 u1151003@utah.edu

Mary

Math │ she/her

Mary

Math │ she/her
My name is Mary and I am originally from Denver, Colorado. I am a fourth-year majoring in Math with a minor in Computer Science. With my degree, I hope to go into Data Science, specifically something related to the health fields such as epidemiology. I am also in the Honors College and a Resident Advisor in the STEM Initiatives Tower. In my free time, I enjoy being outdoors, working out, and hanging out with friends. If you see me around campus, come say hi!
 u1196723@utah.edu

Ritu

Biology │ she/her

Ritu

Biology │ she/her
Hello Everyone!! My name is Ritu Shah and I’m a senior originally from San Diego, California studying Biology with an emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology with a minor in Strategic Communications on Pre-Physical Therapy track. I love being involved in all aspects of campus ranging from research, Greek life, university ambassadors and of course science ambassadors! I can’t wait to share my love of science with all of you!
 u1153305@utah.edu

Sam

Biology │ she/her

Sam

Biology │ she/her
Hi! My name is Sam Nestel and I am from Ogden, Utah. Here at the U, I am pursuing a Biology major with a possible minor in disability studies, math, or political science. After getting my degree, I want to go on to medical school to become a physician specializing in women’s health. I have loved many of my experiences here at the COS but my favorite has been participating as an undergraduate biology researcher studying metabolic phenotypic plasticity in nematodes. Outside of school I enjoy doing musical theatre, playing with cats, being outdoors, and meeting new people.
 u1249590@utah.edu

Tay

Physics, Biology │ any pronouns

Tay

Physics, Biology │ any pronouns
Hi! My name is Tay and I moved to Utah from Castle Rock, Colorado about 5 years ago. I am double majoring in Physics & Biology and moving happily at my own pace while working full time in a medical manufacturing lab. I one day hope to pursue a graduate degree in neurobiology studying alternate treatment methods for mental disorders. In my free time I am almost always playing a video game - I frequent Animal Crossing and the Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
 u1126824@utah.edu

Warren

Biology │ he/him

Warren

Biology │ he/him
Hello! My name is Warren, and I am starting my second year at the U pursuing a Biology major with a Physiology and Anatomy emphasis and a Chemistry minor. After graduating, I plan to pursue an M.D./Ph.D. program with a research-focused surgical practice. At present, I work in Dr. Hong Mu’s immunology research laboratory as an undergraduate research assistant, exploring immunological pathways and analyzing the effects of environmental factors, specifically Mycoplasma arthritidis mitogen, on the induction and proliferation of rheumatoid arthritis. I also spend at least one day a week working in procedure rooms or the operating room in Endoscopy at the University of Utah medical center. During my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, hiking, skiing, kayaking, exercising, stargazing, and baking!

Amaya

Biology │ she/her

Amaya

Biology │ she/her
Hello, my name is Amaya and I am from Provo, UT but my parents are from the Navajo Reservation. I am a fourth-year student pursuing a Biology major with an emphasis in Human Anatomy and Physiology with a minor in Chemistry. I enjoy meeting new people with different diverse cultures and learning about how their culture has shaped their personalities. Also, I plan on enrolling in a MD/PhD program after graduating from the U and helping the Navajo people live a better and healthier life.
 u1097513@utah.edu

Braeden

Biochemistry │ he/him

Braeden

Biochemistry │ he/him
I am a senior studying Biochem with hopes to apply to medical school and become a surgeon someday. I entered school majoring in kinesiology and fell in love with chemistry so I switched my major. I grew up in Murray, Utah and have been a diehard Utah football fan my whole life. I love anything sports and love to watch the Utah Jazz, Denver Broncos and of course, the Utes!

Chelsea

Biology │ she/her

Chelsea

Biology │ she/her
Hello! My name is Chelsea and I am in my final year here at the U. I’m from Saratoga Springs, and I have lived in Utah for most of my life. I am majoring in Biology with an emphasis in Anatomy and Physiology and a minor in Chemistry. I am on the pre-med track, hoping to eventually work in pediatrics. I am also a member of the Honors College. I love watching early 2000’s cartoons, documentaries, and playing with my pets.
 u1043488@utah.edu

Josh

Biology │ he/him

Josh

Biology │ he/him
Hi! My name is Josh and I'm currently a sophomore pursuing an Honors B.S. in Neurobiology and Psychology, while minoring in Cognitive Science and Chemistry. I hope to be accepted into a medical school upon graduation and pursue a career in medicine. I currently do research with Dr. Christopher Depner investigating how insufficient sleep and circadian disruption contribute to risk of metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes, with the long-term goal of developing sleep and circadian based interventions that improve metabolic health. I also work as an Endoscopy Technician in the U of U Hospital assisting doctors in various endoscopic procedures. In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing, hiking, weightlifting, and spending time with family and friends!
 u1020296@utah.edu

Nash

Math, Physics │ he/him

Nash

Math, Physics │ he/him
Howdy! My name is Nash Ward, I'm an nth year math and physics double major here at the U! You can always find me doing something winter related whether it's sea ice research or sending down the slopes! I'm hoping to get a PhD after I graduate and maybe one day looking down at earth through a small window in space. If you see me on campus make sure to say hi!
 u1313735@utah.edu

Sahana

Math │ she/her

Sahana

Math │ she/her
Hi, I’m Sahana. I’m a local Utahn from Sandy and am so excited to be attending the University of Utah. I’m a third-year student double majoring in Honors Mathematics and Computer Science. I am looking forward to combining the power of computing with the intricacies of mathematics. While I love all things STEM, I hope to use my knowledge to solve real life problems and bring social reform. My recent computer science research with Dr. Suresh and in conjunction with the ACLU of Utah does just that by using web scraping and data querying to understand trends and identify potential flaws in Utah’s county jails. In my free time, I enjoy performing and teaching Indian classical dance. I also love animals and can talk your ear off with different fun facts. If you ever see me around campus, please introduce yourself! I would be happy to help anyway I can-except with directions!
 u1131034@utah.edu

Shaistah

Biology │ she/her

Shaistah

Biology │ she/her
Hi everyone! My name is Shaistah and I am from Sandy, Utah. I’m a third-year pursuing an honors double major in Health, Society, and Policy and Biology along with a minor in Chemistry. With my degrees, I aim to focus on both the humanities and scientific aspects of medicine and I plan to pursue medical school after graduating. In the future, I hope to volunteer my time as a physician serving the most vulnerable populations. In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, bike riding, and spending time with friends and family.
 u0979861@utah.edu

Tayla

Biology │ she/her

Tayla

Biology │ she/her
My name is Tayla. I am in my third year pursuing a Biology degree with a Neurobiology Emphasis and minors in Chemistry and Pediatric Clinical Research. I was born and raised in Utah and am originally from Herriman, Utah. After my undergrad, I hope to be accepted into medical school or PA school. Outside the College of Science, I'm involved with the Bennion Center (community engagement and volunteer center), and currently, I am a University Ambassador where I give campus tours. During my free time, I enjoy long-distance running, hiking, weightlifting, going to sporting events, and anything outside.
 tayla.chiang@utah.edu