Biological Sciences Awards

Assignment of all awards is made by the Biology Honors Committee following the Biology Undergraduate Research Colloquium held annually during the last week of classes.  Awards are announced and presented at the Biology Undergraduate Reception following the UConn Commencement Ceremony. Students seeking a combined MS/BS degree should present their thesis during their fourth and/or senior year of the BS portion of their degree or sooner. Mid year graduates are eligible to participate during the academic year of their graduation or sooner.

Eligibility Table

Participation in the Biology Undergraduate Research Colloquium is required for a student to be considered for any of these awards.  With the exception of the Honors Award in Life Sciences, students do not need to be part of honors program to be eligible for these awards.  Requirements unique to each award are listed in the table below. Descriptions of all awards are listed below the table.

Award

Distinct Requirements for Eligibility
(beyond research and participation in Colloquium)

Margaret F. Ertman Award Classes must have been taken in all three biology departments: EEB, MCB, and PNB
Claire Berg Award Research must focus on genetics and/or rely heavily on genetic techniques
Female undergraduate student
Connecticut Museum of Natural History Award Research must be focused on natural history, behavior, or overall biology of a focal organism
Honors Award in Life Sciences Student must be graduating with honors
Research must be interdisciplinary (as defined below)
Outstanding Senior in EEB Award Student must be an EEB or Biological Science major with research focused in EEB
Outstanding Senior in MCB Award Student must be a MCB or Biological Science major with research focused in MCB
Outstanding Senior in PNB Award Student must be a PNB or Biological Science major with research focused in PNB
Excellence in Applied Genetics and Technology Award Research must be focused on genetics/genomics project in innovative technology or research applied to a broadly defined problem of interest to society.

 

Award Descriptions:

Margaret F. Ertman Award
$1000 + a book + certificate
Description: The Margaret F. Ertman Award will be awarded to the outstanding senior across all four biology degree programs: Biological Sciences, EEB, MCB, and PNB.  The student will have distinguished herself or himself both through outstanding scholarship in EEB, MCB, and PNB during his or her undergraduate career, and through original research conducted in biology (broadly defined) at UConn.  The Margaret F. Ertman Award was established in 1983 by Irvin L. Ertman (class of 1939) and Ronnie Ertman (class of 1941) in honor of their daughter Margaret F. Ertman (class of 1974).

Claire Berg Award
$100 + a book + certificate
Description: The Claire Berg Award will be awarded to an outstanding female senior in Biological Sciences, EEB, MCB, or PNB who has conducted original research in molecular or microbial genetics.  The award was established in memory of Professor Claire Berg, Molecular and Cell Biology Department.

Connecticut Museum of Natural History Award
$100 + a  book + certificate
Description: The Connecticut Museum of Natural History Award will be awarded to a senior in  Biological Sciences, EEB, MCB, or PNB who has demonstrated an outstanding level of scholarship as an undergraduate at UConn, and who has conducted original research concentrating on the natural history, behavior, or overall biology of a focal organism during her or his undergraduate career.

Honors Award in Life Sciences
$100 + a book + certificate
Description: The Honors Award in Life Sciences will be awarded to an outstanding senior graduating with honors who has conducted interdisciplinary research related to the life sciences, for example (a) majoring in one of the Biology departments (Biological Sciences, EEB, MCB, PNB) and doing his or her thesis research in a non-biology department, (b) majoring in a non-biology department but doing his or her research in one of the biology departments, or (c) demonstrating unusual integration among the life sciences broadly defined.

Outstanding Senior in EEB Award
$100 + a book + certificate
Description: The Outstanding Senior in EEB Award will be awarded to an EEB or Biological Sciences major who has demonstrated exceptional academic and research accomplishment within the EEB department during her or his undergraduate career.

Outstanding Senior in MCB Award
$100 + a book + certificate
Description: The Outstanding Senior in MCB Award will be awarded to a MCB or Biological Sciences major who has demonstrated exceptional academic and research accomplishment within the MCB department during her or his undergraduate career.

Outstanding Senior in PNB Award
$100 + a book + certificate
Description: The Outstanding Senior in PNB Award will be awarded to a PNB or Biological Sciences major who has demonstrated exceptional academic and research accomplishment within the PNB department during her or his undergraduate career.

Excellence in Applied Genetics and Technology Award
$100 + a book + certificate
Description: The applied genetic and technology award will be presented to undergad who conducts best genetics/genomics project in innovative technology or research applied to a broadly defined problem of interest to society.