Scholarships and Awards

The Department of Nutritional Sciences offers the following scholarships and awards to our graduate and undergraduate students.

Graduate Awards

    • These awards are for advanced graduate students ($1000 per award); students are eligible for only 1 award (Hamilton or Czajkowski).
    • Hamilton Eaton Award for Research Excellence: 1-2 students per year
    • Janina Czajkowski Award for Research Excellence: 1-2 students per year
      • Czajkowski award is preferred but not restricted for graduate students who do research impacting community/society (e.g., human research, epidemiology, translational research).
    • Application deadline: August 31 each year
    • Eligibility Requirements:
      • Academic Progress:
        1. Completed the General Examination by August 23 prior to submitting an application
        2. ≥ 3.5 GPA in NUSC graduate program
        3. Earned a least a “B” grade in all NUSC graduate courses
        4. Currently enrolled in an NUSC graduate program
    • Minimum Criteria
      • Research Productivity:
        1. Minimum 1 publication as first author (published or epub ahead of print)
        2. Minimum 1 abstract as first author at a national or international science meeting (published)
    •  Additional Criteria considered:
      1. Publication record
      2. Internal/external research awards or recognition
      3. Research grants/fellowships
      4. Attendance at NUSC departmental seminars
      5. Graduate leadership in NUSC
      6. Participation in other internal/external service activities

Janina Czajkowski Scholarship for 4+1 NUSC MS students

    • This 1-year scholarship serves as a recruitment mechanism and provides 4+1 MS students with financial assistance for tuitions.
    • $3000 scholarship for the academic year is available for 1-3 students per year; money will be split into 2 semesters.
    • Application deadlines: October 1 (spring) and March 15 (fall)
    • Selection criteria:
      1. ≥ 3.5 GPA
      2. Letter of support/nomination from major advisor
      3. Personal statement including financial need

Margaret Ware PhD Student Recruitment Scholarship

    • The goal of this scholarship is to recruit outstanding PhD students to the NUSC Department.
    • This scholarship provides funds equivalent to a 50% graduate assistant stipend to supplement 50% graduate assistantship provided by an advisor up to 3 years, depending on recipients’ academic progress.
    • Application:
      1. A faculty advisor, who identifies a prospective PhD student, submits a 3-year plan to the Department Head that describes the academic milestones of the prospective student.
      2. Recipients are expected to become PhD candidates by the end of Year 2 and submit a grant application to the USDA predoctoral fellowship program in Year 3.
      3. Funds for each year will be released only when the yearly milestone in the previous year has been completed.
    • Current MS students in the Department are not eligible for this scholarship.
    • Application deadlines: year-round
    • Selection criteria:
      1. MS degree with ≥ 3.5 GPA
      2. GRE (when available)
      3. Evidence of awards, recognitions, and any prior scholarly or creative achievement by the nominee, such as publications and presentations
      4. U.S. Citizen or permanent residency holder

Undergraduate Awards/Scholarships

Nutritional Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award

    • $500 per award for 1-2 students per year
    • Eligibility: NUSC UG students who conduct research under the direction of NUSC faculty are eligible for this award. Only 1 award is allowed per student.
    • Application deadlines: August 31
    • Selection Criteria:
      1. At least 2 semesters in NUSC research lab with at least 3 credits independent study/Honors thesis courses
      2. Letter of recommendation from faculty research advisor
      3. Co-author of at least one paper or abstract (published or submitted) which may be disseminated via local, national, or international conferences or journal

Margaret Ware Scholarship for Nutritional Sciences Excellence in Undergraduate Research

    • This scholarship is to support NUSC UG students who conduct research under the direction of NUSC faculty.
    • $2000 per award for 1-2 students per semester; $4000 per award for 1-2 students for summer; $2000 award will be paid early in a semester.
    • Application deadlines: October 1 (spring), March 15 (summer), and August 31 (fall)
    • Selection criteria:
      1. At least 1 semester in NUSC research lab with at least 3 credits independent study/Honors thesis courses
      2. Letter of recommendation from faculty research advisor
      3. Description of research project: The description should address project objectives, procedures and methods, and expected outcomes. (Maximum 4000 characters).
      4. Personal statement including financial need and social, economic, educational, or other obstacles, if appropriate. (Maximum 1500 characters).

 

More scholarships are available for undergraduate students through the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Click here for more information.

Students who have questions about an award/scholarship are encouraged to talk to their academic advisor in the department.