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School of MCB Fellowships for Summer Undergraduate Research

Continuing undergraduate students interested in applying for research fellowships through the School of MCB, Department of Biochemistry or Department of Microbiology, should apply using this common application form. Students may be eligible for multiple fellowships, but each student may accept only one. Eligibility requirements for each fellowship can be found below.

Fellowships range from $2,000 to $5,000. Students currently receiving financial aid or other scholarships should be sure to check with a financial aid officer to understand how accepting a fellowship might affect other awards. Please complete the application in its entirety and submit prior to the deadline, Monday, February 12, 2018, at 11:59 PM, for full consideration.

Requirements to complete this application are listed below. All documents (excluding the P.I. nomination letter and microbiology recommendation) should be saved as one single PDF before uploading.

  1. One-page proposal (excluding any necessary references) of research to be conducted. The proposal should be typed using 11 point Arial font (or equivalent), single-spaced with 0.5 inch margins on all sides and include a title/topic of research project. It should describe the overall goals and objective of the project along with the specific research that will be undertaken by the student. This document should be an original and professional document prepared by the student with input from the principal investigator (P.I.) of the laboratory.
  2. Current CV/Resume for applicant.
  3. Unofficial undergraduate transcript available from Enterprise Student Self-Service.
  4. Nomination letter from Principle Investigator (PI) supporting the applicant's research, uploaded as a PDF at the following site, http://go.illinois.edu/sroprec.
  5. Required for Microbiology Fellowships only. Recommendation letter from your direct mentor (supervising graduate student or post doc), who can critically comment on the research you have already conducted in the Microbiology faculty member's laboratory. This letter should be e-mailed to dtsevele@illinois.edu by the application deadline.

MCB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

Fellowships are available to undergraduate MCB and Biochemistry majors to provide the basis for a Senior Research Thesis in MCB or Biochemistry. The School of MCB will contribute $2,000 in fellowship money to the undergraduate student and $500 to the approved, supporting lab to fund supplies which support the undergraduate summer research. A total of twenty fellowships will be available for 2018.

Eligibility Requirements for MCB Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships:

  • Must be an officially declared Biology, MCB or Biochemistry major for the semester immediately preceding the fellowship.
  • Must be continuing as an MCB or Biochemistry major in the fall semester following receipt of the fellowship. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • Must be conducting MCB 290, MCB 492 or BIOC 290 research in an approved lab during the preceding spring semester or have written approval of the faculty research advisor.
  • Student must agree to continue their research project for course credit during the following fall and, if applicable, spring semester and submit a senior thesis prior to graduation.
  • The recipient cannot accept more than one School of MCB research fellowship. MCB Fellowship recipients are ineligible for the Biochemistry, Microbiology, Jenner Family Research Fellowship or the Carlson Women in Science Fellowship.

Jenner Family Research Fellowship

The School of Molecular and Cellular Biology has received a generous donation from Dr. Kris Jenner and his family of Annapolis, Maryland to fund premier fellowships providing $5,000 toward summer research for undergraduate MCB and Biochemistry majors to provide the basis for a Senior Research Thesis in MCB or Biochemistry.

Dr. Jenner credits his own research experience as an undergraduate at Illinois as an important factor in his career successes in medicine and business.

Eligibility Requirements for Jenner Family Research Fellowship:

  • Must be an officially declared Biology, MCB or Biochemistry major for the semester immediately preceding the fellowship, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.50.
  • Must be continuing as an MCB or Biochemistry major in the fall semester following receipt of the fellowship. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • Must be conducting MCB 290, MCB 492 or BIOC 290 research in an approved lab during the preceding spring semester or have written approval of the faculty research advisor.
  • Student must agree to continue their research project for course credit during the following fall and, if applicable, spring semester and submit a senior thesis prior to graduation.
  • Must be free of academic integrity violations.
  • The recipient will be asked to provide a written summary of their research for Dr. Kris Jenner and family members, during the fall semester following receipt of the fellowship. The deadline for this requirement will be the same as the university deadline to drop a fall semester course.
  • The recipient cannot accept more than one School of MCB research fellowship. Jenner recipients are ineligible for the Biochemistry, Microbiology or the Carlson Women in Science Fellowships.

Dawn M. Carlson MD, MPH Research Fellowship for Women in Science

Dr. Dawn Carlson, a UIUC alumnus (1982 BS Microbiology) currently works for Abbvie and has generously offered to fund a $3,000 fellowship for undergraduate MCB students who are conducting summer research.

Eligibility Requirements for Dawn M. Carlson Fellowship for Women in Science

  • Must be a female (Woman in Science).
  • Must be an Illinois High School Graduate pursuing a career in science or medicine.
  • Must be an officially declared MCB major for the semester immediately preceding the fellowship.
  • Must be continuing as an MCB major in the fall semester following receipt of the fellowship. Graduating seniors are not eligible.
  • Must be conducting MCB 290 or MCB 492 research in an approved lab during the preceding spring semester or have written approval of the faculty research advisor.
  • Student must agree to continue their research project for course credit during the following fall and, if applicable, spring semester and submit a senior thesis prior to graduation.
  • Must be free of academic integrity violations.
  • Recipient cannot accept more than one School of MCB research fellowship. The Carlson recipient is ineligible for the Biochemistry, Microbiology, MCB or the Jenner Fellowships.

Department of Biochemistry Research Fellowships

Eligibility Requirements for The William T. and Lynn Jackson Fellowship

  • Must be an undergraduate performing biochemistry-related research projects

Eligibility Requirements for the Biochemistry Research Fellowship ($3,000)

  • Must be a junior performing biochemistry-related research projects.

Department of Microbiology Undergraduate Student Fellowships

Eligibility Requirements for the Undergraduate Student Research in Microbiology Summer Support Fellowship

  • Must be committed to conducting research in the Microbiology faculty‘s laboratory over the ENTIRE summer of 2018. The entire summer is defined as the entire 12-week period between the beginning of the 2018 Summer Session Term I and the end of the 2018 Summer Session Term II.
  • Must submit a recommendation letter from your direct mentor (supervising graduate student or post-doc), who can critically comment on the research you have already conducted in the Microbiology faculty member's laboratory.

You are responsible for ensuring that the submitted proposal conforms to all of the formatting requirements and instructions. The online submission system will not notify you if your application fails to conform to the formatting guidelines. As such, students are strongly encouraged to review their proposals before submitting. Applications that fail to conform to the formatting requirements and instructions will not be considered.

Please be sure that you click SUBMIT to complete your application. If you simply SAVE AND FINISH LATER, we will NOT get your submission and you will NOT be eligible for any of the fellowships. You should receive an email confirmation, which includes your responses after clicking submit. Please save this email for your records. If you do not receive an email confirmation then your submission did not go through and you should try again.

Students selected for any of the fellowships will be notified on, or shortly after, March 16, 2018. Students cannot accept more than one School of MCB research fellowship.