Antonio H. and Marjorie J. Romano Graduate Education Fund Helps Microbiology Students so they can Continue their Research in the Summer.

November 9, 2022

Marjorie “Jean” Romano ’77 MA wanted to both honor her late husband and support graduate students conducting summer research. Jean-and-Antonio-Romano

So, she decided to set up a bequest that will supplement a scholarship that she and her husband, Antonio, a UConn biology professor and CLAS dean, established several years ago. Her planned gift will support the Antonio H. & Marjorie J. Romano Graduate Education Fund.

Traditional support for graduate students, including teaching assistantships and external grants, usually provides funding only for the school year. The fellowship provides funding for microbiology students so they can continue their research uninterrupted throughout the summer.

“The scholarship helps students concentrate on research through the summer break,” Jean explains. “Previously, many students had to leave and work at Domino’s or someplace else for the summer. It really bothered Tony to see a student who had been right on the edge of doing something really promising lose their scholarship funding and have to take off for the summer.”

Her planned gift will honor Tony’s legacy at UConn.

“I think it’s important to carry Tony’s name and passion on through the university,” Jean says. “I want to leave that for UConn.”

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Paul L. Drotch Undergraduate Biology Scholarship Competition is OPEN

November 7, 2022

Scholarships of $1000 or more are offered in memory of Lt. Paul L. Drotch, class of 1957. This competition is open to UConn undergraduates in Biology, including Biological Sciences, EEB, MCB, PNB and Structural Biology & Biophysics who have demonstrated both financial need and outstanding scholarship, and who have completed a minimum of 3 and maximum of 7 semesters of study.

Deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, at 4 PM

Application forms:  https://eeb.uconn.edu/drotch-scholarship

Applications should be emailed to the Biology Advising Center at biologyadvising@uconn.edu

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