Awards & Honors for Biology Students The Biology Department awards several academic scholarships for students majoring in biology. These awards come from endowment funds donated by biology alumni and emeritus professors. For more information about the history and purpose of these scholarships click here. These are competitive scholarships, not based on financial need. Students must show academic excellence, a desire to explore biological research topics, and a dedication to pursuing a major in biology.To be eligible to apply for these scholarships, students must: have completed at least one introductory biology course. have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher in college biology courses and cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher in ALL college science courses. be making satisfactory progress toward a biology degree by completing courses outside the biology department required for the biology major (e.g., general chemistry). Eligible applicants will be evaluated based on the following criteria: Demonstrated interest in biology beyond course-related requirements. Outstanding aptitude for biology Evidence of such interest and aptitude may include: exceptional performance and leadership in biology courses independent study projects collaborative research with faculty at Hamline or other universities participation in the Hamline chapter of the Tri-Beta biology honor society, or work-related experience Scholarship Awardees must: Register for and participate in Biology Seminar each semester. Regularly and actively participate in the Biology Scholars Meetings. Continue to meet the GPA requirements for the scholarships. Show increasing levels of participation and leadership within the Biology Department (e.g., collaborative research, development of honors project, Tri-Beta participation & leadership, tutoring, teaching assistant, etc.) between the sophomore and senior years. Apply annually to renew the Biology Scholarship for the next academic year.