Support for Research in Biology

Dr. Robert Sullivan

Dr. Robert Sullivan onboard the Calicuchima, en route to Galapagos Islands, January 1975

Sullivan Scholarship for Expanding Biological Horizons
As the result of a generous bequest from former colleague, Professor Robert L. Sullivan, who passed away unexpectedly before he retired, the Department of Biology is able to administer the Sullivan Scholarships program.  Dr. Sullivan was a strong proponent of students being able to take advantage of off-campus opportunities for study and research.  Undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing biological studies beyond the classroom at Wake Forest may apply for funds to support these and similar activities:

  • Summer experiences at a research laboratory or field station.
  • Independent biological studies projects away from Winston-Salem in laboratories or the field.
  • Participating in organized field trips during the summer under the direction of a faculty member.

In recent years, students have taken summer courses in Jamaica, Peru, Australia, Kenya, and the Turks & Caicos islands. They have pursued research experiences in the Arizona-Sonora Desert, the Galapagos Islands, Bolivia, Spain, Canberra Australia, and at the University of Cape Town. Others have had internships in International Health with the World Bank in London, worked with the Nature Conservancy, and participated in workshops on Chagas Disease in Ecuador.

The two application** deadlines are in the fall (for activities that might occur over the semester break or occasionally during Spring Break) and in the spring (for programs that would occur during the summer).  Proposals will be reviewed by the Department of Biology and grants awarded according to financial need and scientific merit.  The amount of funds awarded per proposal is usually less than $2,500.  Watch for fliers around Winston Hall announcing the current year’s application deadline.  Grants will be awarded in November and March.

**PRIORITY FOR FUNDING FROM THE SULLIVAN SCHOLARSHIP FUND IS AN ACTIVITY WITH EITHER FIELD EXPERIENCE AS A PRIMARY COMPONENT OR TRAVEL TO A LABORATORY TO LEARN A NEW TECHNIQUE NOT AVAILABLE AT WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY

Click HERE to apply for this scholarship fundgeneric-application
for more information contact Dr. Kathleen Kron — kronka@wfu.edu


Wake Forest Research Fellows Program
The Wake Forest Research Fellows Program (WFRFP) is designed to encourage collaborative research between faculty and students.  While improving opportunities for mentoring and helping students progress into advanced work, these are also a means of supporting successful and dedicated students with financial scholarships. Scientific research done through the WFRFP will satisfy the requirement for a research experience for those students earning the BS degree in biology.

The award provides a $4,000.00 stipend. If on-campus housing is desired, the award will also provide one-half the cost of a double room for both summer sessions. An expense budget (for travel and supplies related to the research) of up to $500 may accompany the fellowship.

Additional information and the application form can be found at http://college.wfu.edu/research-fellowship.


Richter Scholarships

The Richter Scholarship is a competitive, independent study scholarship awarded to students proposing an independent study project requiring travel away from Winston-Salem. International projects are especially encouraged.  Most projects are expected to occur in the summer, and are expected to be enriching and potentially life-changing.  The Richter Scholar awards are for up to $5,000. Each student is required to have a faculty mentor for his or her project.

Deadlines for applications are November 15th and March 15th. For further information, contact Associate Dean Toby Hale at haleta@wfu.edu.


Environmental Studies Grants

Biology majors are eligible for grants of up to $3000 from the Wake Forest Environmental Studies Program. These grants support undergraduate students for environmental activities including:

  • Environmental work with non-profit, governmental, and industrial organizations, including internships.
  • Environmental research of one’s own design.
  • Environmental research with Wake Forest faculty or faculty at other institutions
  • Participation in programs which have a significant environmental component such as School for Field Studies, Sea Education Association, School for International Training, and Oxford University Environmental Program.

Funds are available for students of ALL majors, including interdisciplinary activities.  The application consists of a one-page description of the project, a proposed budget and a letter of recommendation (from the project or program director if applicable).

Application review occurs every month.  For additional information, contact Dr. Robert Browne, Environmental Studies Program Coordinator, at brownera@wfu.edu.


URECA – Undergraduate Reseach and Creativity Center

For additional opportunities and information, students should also visit the Wake Forest College URECA program.

From their webstie: “The Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Center is about “promoting and celebrating” mentored scholarship. Undergraduate research has been a longtime cornerstone of the College’s commitment to academic excellence. Our goal is to provide undergraduate students that opportunity to engage in mentored or independent scholarship. Please explore this site and learn how you can best take advantage of URECA in your academic pursuit.”

linkClick here to visit this site (http://college.wfu.edu/ureca)