Linda Slakey Award/Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Student Support Endowment
Known in the department as the Linda Slakey Award, the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology Student Support Endowment was established to support students in biochemistry and to contribute to costs for research insofar as this enhances undergraduate participation in research. The award is given to students who want to work in a research-related summer job but would be unable to do so without the award’s financial support. Applicants are expected to: have high enthusiasm for the opportunity to participate in laboratory research; have undergraduate status during the summer in which the research is to be conducted; have been committed to the BMB major for at least one year by the end of their junior year; have fulfilled all academic requirements appropriate for junior BMB majors; be a member in good standing of Commonwealth Honors College/University Honors Program; and carry out senior honors research in the host laboratory during their senior year. Exceptions with regard to junior status and Commonwealth Honors College membership may be made if warranted by the circumstances. Applicants must (1) identify the research lab of a BMB research faculty or adjunct faculty in which they would like to work or, if they are already working in a lab doing independent study, contact their research advisor and discuss whether there is an appropriate research project available or suggest a research project of their own; (2) obtain a written invitation from the faculty member to perform research in the lab during the following summer and discuss the possibility of doing an honors project in their senior year that would follow up on their summer research; (3) prepare a statement describing the research they want to do and, if applicable, how the award would make summer research possible for them financially (limit: 1500 words); (4) include a letter of recommendation from their research advisor. Recipients’ research must be submitted by the following fall.