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Scholarships and Funding - Undergraduate Students

The SFSU Financial Aid office is the first stop for all prospective and current undergraduate students seeking funding. The counselors will help you apply for the most available general forms of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans, and part-time employment.

University Support

-The Fellowships Office offers updated information on available fellowships and scholarships.

The College of Science and Engineering (COSE)

COSE scholarships are for students in all departments in the College (Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematics, and Physics & Astronomy). Check this site for deadlines and applications.

The Beckman Scholar's Award 

The Student Enrichment Opportunities Office (SEO) lists information and administers several large federally funded fellowship programs. These include the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE) and the MA-MS/PhD Bridge to the Future programs.

The Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) administers programs that engage graduate students in Biology and Science education.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) Prorgram provides academic support for underrepresented minority students who either intend to major in or are majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) at San Francisco State University, Skyline College or City College San Francisco.

Department of Biology Support

  • Fellowships  (Note:  Discipline specific research fellowship programs for undergraduates are also administered through the Biology department at SFSU.)

NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Biological Research in Ecological and Evolutionary Developmental Biology (BREED)

The UMEB/UMB Program: Undergraduate Mentoring in Environmental Biology and the Undergraduate Mentoring in Quantitative Environmental Biology. The goal of this program are to stimulate and mentor talented undergraduate students to pursue careers in environmental biology

BI-OMP Program: Biotechnological Investigations - Ocean Margins Program - Summer Research. To support summer training of undergraduate students who are pursuing study in the biological sciences at the Romberg Tiburon Center of SFSU

CCSF/SFSU NIH Bridge Bridges to Baccalaureate Program -This program seeks to increase recruitment, retention, transfer rates, and graduation of underrepresented minority students with baccalaureate degrees in science to prepare them to pursue careers in biomedical research.

  • Scholarships

2014 Undergraduate Scholarship Information and Application Form  

 Application deadline:  April 17 (Noon)

John Hensill Scholarship

Dr. John S. Hensill (d. 1998) joined the Biology facult in 1947.  While at SF State, he co-wrote a text "Biology of Man" and taught human biology and marine and invertebrate biology.  Dr. Hensill served as Chair of the Division of Biology in the late 1950s.  In 1969, Dean Hensill oversaw the rapid growth of SF State's School of Natural Sciences (now the College of Science and Engineering).  During his tenure, the physical science (Thornton Hall) and life science (Hensill Hall) buildings were built.  He retired in 1975.


Dr. Jan Kuby

Janis Kuby Memorial Fund Scholarship

Dr. Janis Kuby (d. 1996) received her Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of Califiornia, Berkeley and joined SF State's Biology faculty in 1979.  Her teaching and research accomplishments in Immunology were widely recognized.  She was the author of three editions of an Immunology textbook (first published in 1997) which gave a comprehensive introduction to the principles and research in the field.  The quality of the original textbook was so great newer editions have been continued in Janis Kuby's name by a trio of authors.  As one of her students (Elizabeth Crabb Breen) later wrote, "Janis Kuby will never be forgotten by anyone who has ever had the benefit of her knowledge and love of immunology, either face-to-face, or through her writing."


Dr. Felipe-Andres Ramirez-Weber

Felipe Andres Ramirez-Weber (FARW)

Undergraduate in Cell and Molecular Biology Scholarship

As a genetics and cell biology instructor, mentor and groundbreaking researcher in cell communication, Dr. Ramirez-Weber (1964-2007) empowered hundreds of Biology students in their professional development as scientists.   He received his Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley in 1995, and joined the SF State Biology faculty in 2003. Along with his passion for research, Dr. Ramirez-Weber worked to improve minority access to education, and increase diversity in science. 

Instructructionally Related (IRA) Research Awards (up to $500.00)

Instructructionally Related (IRA) Travel Awards (up to $600.00)

  •  Travel Support

CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology (CSUPERB) 
Student Travel Grants