Graduate Awards and Scholarships

The following list describes some but not all available scholarships, bursaries and prizes for graduate students in Biological Sciences. For further details you may contact the chair of the awards committee Dr. Jennifer McLeese or the Financial Aids and Awards Office, at the University of Manitoba

CURRENT DEPARTMENTAL AWARDS APPLICATION * Award Application Form Competition is now closed. Next call for applications will be in September 2018.

Travel Award

The Department of Biological Sciences provides funds to Master's and Ph.D students to assist with conference travel costs. The amount is $250.00 if you are presenting (poster or oral talk) and $100 if you are not presenting. Note that this award is available only once to you per year (April 1 to March 31), and ONLY until funds are exhausted. In order to apply for these funds please complete the form and email it to steven.harris@umanitoba.ca. You MUST apply for this award at least 6 weeks prior to the conference your will attend. Once your application is approved you will receive a letter from the department that you MUST use to request matching funds from the Faculty of Science Dean's office. These funds need to be used according to UManitoba travel and expenses policies, and where possible through the Concur system. The office staff can assist with this process. You will also need to have a copy of the conference program (at least the outline that is usually on a meeting website) and keep ALL receipts for travel, hotel, meals (itemized), taxi, and complete a travel claim for reimbursement after your return. Funds may also be available from the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Graduate Students Association. * Travel Award Application Form

NSERC Postgraduate Scholarships

Value: MSc $17,300, PhD $21,000

Deadline: See NSERC Website

Details: NSERC Website http://www.nserc-crsng.gc.ca/Students-Etudiants/StudentDeadlines-EtudiantDatelimites_eng.asp

University of Manitoba Graduate Fellowships

Value: MSc $14,000 PhD: $18,000

Deadline: February 2, 2018

Details: U of M awards site * UMGF Application Form

Major G.E.H Barrett-Hamilton Memorial Scholarship

Value: $8625.00

Deadline: September

Details: For academically excellent students in their 1st or 2nd year of graduate studies

Harold E. Welch Memorial Scholarship

Value: $5,000

Deadline: September

Details: For students entering, or in 1st year graduate study in zoology who does not hold a major scholarship, or similar support valued at $4,000 or more

G.A. Lubinsky Memorial Scholarship

Value: $5050.00

Deadline: September

Details: For breadth and depth of scholarship and research beyond the 1st year of the graduate program

Roger Evans Memorial Scholarship

Value: $3325.00

Deadline: September

Details: Awarded to a graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.5, who is working in the fields of animal behaviour or ecology and intends to present his/her research at a national or international conference

Delgarno Graduate Fellowship

Value: $5950.00

Deadline: September

Details: Awarded to a graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.5, who is working in the fields of plant or fungal biology.

Eugene Reimer Scholarship for Biological Sciences

Value: $14150.00

Deadline: September

Details: Awarded to a graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.5, who is undertaking or has proposed to undertake thesis research with a focus on botanical biology or ecological biology involving plants.

E. Scherer Memorial Scholarship

Value: $21375.00

Deadline: September

Details: Awarded to a graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.5, who is undertaking or has proposed to undertake thesis research in the field of ecology.

Nature Manitoba * Nature Manitoba Scholarship Application Form

Value: $500

Deadline: September

Details: Awarded to a student who has graduated from a university in Manitoba and who, in the following September either enters or continues with a graduate program in Biological Sciences.

Manitoba Association of Plant Biologists Award

Value: $1175.00

Deadline: September

Details: Scholarship and bursaries available

Bursaries and Prizes

Bursary applications are available on the Financial Aids and Awards Office

Josefine C. Rauch Memorial Prize for Teaching Assistants

Value: Bookstore voucher, value varies depending on number of applicants

Deadline: April

Details: Recognises outstanding undergraduate teaching by graduate students. One of four awards annually.

Ileen Stewart Memorial Award

Value: TBA

Deadline: At the deadline for U of M bursary applications

Details: Available to any full time graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and demonstrated financial need based on standard U of M bursary application form.

William O. and Erna Pruitt Graduate Bursary

Value: TBD

Deadline: At the deadline for U of M bursary applications

Details: Available to any full time graduate student in a Master's or Doctoral program offered by the Faculty of Science, with a minimum degree grade point average of 3.0, who is undertaking or proposes to undertake research in the natural history of the boreal forest. The student must also be able to demonstrate financial need based on the standard U of M bursary application.

Important Dates

December 11 – December 21: Fall Term Exam Period (includes tests and midterm exams for Fall/Winter Term classes)

December 22 – January 1: Winter Holiday (University Closed)

Upcoming Seminars

General seminar: Austein Mcloughlin: “The development of RNA interference-based biotechnologies for the sustainable management of Sclerotinia sclerotiorum” — Thursday, December 14 at noon, 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Jennifer Sojka, MSc Defense: “Proximate and ultimate causes of personality in a non-aggressive, African ground squirrel” — Friday, December 15 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Karen Dunmall PhD Oral Defense: “Pacific salmon in the Canadian Arctic Indicators of Change” — Tuesday, December 19 at 10 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.

General seminar: Matthew Doering, PhD Proposal: “Adding spice to fungicides: Discovery of novel genes operating in specialised metabolite biosynthesis in Piper spp. (Piperaceae)” — Wednesday, December 20 at 11 a.m., 304 Biological Sciences.