Award applications are now available! Due Date: 5:00 p.m. February 5, 2021

The Department of Integrative Biology has a long history of proudly honoring its outstanding students with undergraduate awards. The Department is pleased to offer these awards annually to sophomores, juniors, and seniors majoring in Biology, Physiology, or Zoology at OSU. The awards provide recognition and financial support to students.

Currently the Department of Integrative Biology offers 12 awards to our undergraduate students:

The Spring 2021 IBIO Undergraduate Award Application is closed. Please look for future award applications in December 2021.

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Applications for these awards are available at the beginning of the spring semester and due in January/February each year.  Applicants are required to complete the application (with 2-3 essay responses) and request a letter of recommendation from a science faculty to be submitted electronically to  More information can be found in the application form.

Selection Criteria
Recipients are selected using the criteria as described below, listed in order of importance, number one being most influential. Keep in mind that the most competitive applicants will also address how they are exceptionally qualified for the particular award(s) for which they are applying. 
1) Academic Excellence - indicated by GPA and completion of Integrative Biology’s most challenging courses
2) Participation in the Scholarship of Discovery - indicated by involvement in meaningful and productive research experiences and letters of recommendation
3) Service - indicated by involvement/leadership in scientifically or educationally related organizations, service to the department, and professional service to the community
4) Professional Maturity - indicated by an essay that shows evidence of reflection about accomplishments and goals

Who should I ask to write me letter of recommendation?

The Selection Committee prefers your recommendation letter come from full-time faculty members in a science discipline.Your letter should be submitted electronically to

What do I gain from applying?

These awards are competitive and prestigious. Receiving an award is an acknowledgement and record of strong academic and professional performance that will bolster your CV considerably, regardless of your career goals (e.g., medical school, vet school, graduate school, STEM career). In addition, you will receive anywhere between $150 and $1,050!

Should I apply for an award based on my number of earned hours or by the years I’ve attended college?

Apply based on year and expected graduation date instead of earned hours. The Selection Committee reserves the right to move your application to the appropriate category if you do apply based on these instructions.

Can I receive the same award twice?

This depends on the award. Most awards are offered as one time honors. The Chappabitty Award can be renewed.


Additional questions should be sent to