Undergraduate Scholarships and Fellowships


Todd M. Schuster Award in Molecular and Cell Biology The Todd Schuster Award is dedicated to his memory and seeks to provide fellowship support for a deserving undergraduate student focusing on the field of Biophysics. Dr. Schuster received his BA degree in Humanities in 1958, and his MS in Physical Chemistry in 1960 both from Wayne State University. His Ph.D. was awarded from Washington University in St. Louis in 1963 for Physical Chemistry & Molecular Biology. From 1963-1966 he was a postdoctoral fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Physical Chemistry and was hired as an Assistant Professor at UConn in 1966. He moved through the ranks to Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics and served as the Head of the B&B Section beginning in 1977. During the 1980s, Dr. Schuster began a small biotechnology firm, became the Director of the UConn Biotechnology Center and the Program Director for the National Ultracentrifugation Facility on campus. He served on several NIH and NSF grants review panels and was a member of the Connecticut Academy of Sciences and Engineering. Over 33 years, he published more than 60 scientific articles dealing with a variety of biophysical problems including hemoglobin structure and tobacco mosaic virus assembly and structure.SCHUSTER, T. M., J. M. TOEDT. 1996. New revolutions in the evolution of analytical ultracentrifugation.  Current Opinion in Structural Biology 6:650-658. JOHN J. STECKERT & TODD M. SCHUSTER. 1982. Sequence specificity of trinucleoside diphosphate binding to polymerized tobacco mosaic virus protein. Nature 299, 32 – 36.

Molecular and Cell Biology Fund For undergraduate and graduate education through special seminar programming and colloquia and for advanced research support for students.

The Judith A. and David C. Kelly Summer MCB Research Fellowship  This program will support three rising senior MCB majors in their research activities in an MCB Faculty laboratory during the summer of 2021.  These three fellowships, funded jointly by the Kellys and MCB, in the amount of $8,000 each, are intended to support students with demonstrated financial need who are MCB majors in good standing, and who have career goals aligned with the major.