Biology Prizes & Awards

Each year the Department of Biology recognizes its outstanding majors by offering fellowship awards to support summer endeavors that extend a student’s Biology research projects/studies.  These awards are named in honor of former faculty and alumni, and are described below, along with details associated with each award. The Biology faculty encourage all qualified majors to apply for the fellowships described below.  Applications are solicited in March, and award winners are announced in mid-April.

Please click on each prize for a list of past recipients.

The James R. Elster Award

The James R. Elster Award - for research in Biology.  Created in memory of James R. Elster '71 by his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Samuel K. Elster.  This fund has been established for the purpose of providing support in the summer months for a research project to be undertaken by an undergraduate in the Department of Biology.

The Sawyer Prize

The Sawyer Prize is awarded to that second-semester sophomore who, in the opinion of the Biology Department, has shown the most promise as a student of Biology.

The Oscar E. Schotte Scholarship Prize

The Oscar E. Schotte Scholarship Prize is awarded to a member of the junior or senior class majoring in science to enable him/her to complete a special project during the summer.

The William C. Young Prize

The William C. Young Prize, established in memory of William C. Young '21, is awarded to a talented student from the Biology Department to undertake a summer course, a specialized program at an advanced school or institute, a summer field program, or research at a specialized laboratory.

The Harvey Blodgett Scholarship

The Harvey Blodgett Scholarship which was established by Frederick H. Blodgett in memory of his grandfather, Harvey Blodgett of the class of 1829, is awarded to aid student work in Biology and Geology in their educational phases as distinct from their more technical and strictly scientific phases combined with The Phi Delta Theta Scholarship which was established by the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, is awarded as a scholarship at the Woods Hole Marine Laboratory to a student for proficiency in Biology. (Alternates year by year with Geology; Biology recipients are on even years.)

The Oscar E. Schotte Award (Thesis)

The Oscar E. Schotte Award (Thesis) is given to that member of the graduating class who, in the opinion of the Biology Department, has done the best independent work in Biology.