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The College of Sciences has several opportunities that are available to students. Please read each of these carefully for their specific rules and eligibility requirements. Click on the individual scholarships, awards, or grants to apply or to find out more information.

Scholarships

William E. Adams Memorial Scholarship Information Application
COS Advisory Board Scholarship Information Student Application
Faculty Recommendation
Dr. Harold M. and Alice D. Cavins Scholarship Fund Information Application
Eunice W. Dougherty Scholarship Information Application
Margaret and Walter Lowell Voluntary Scholarship Fund Information Application
Patricia Stal Markowski Science Scholarship Information Application
Myerscough and Pfeffinger Service Award Information Application
Don and Ferne Rogers and Daughters Scholarship Information Application
Gerardo J. Solis Scholarship Information Application
Lewis T. White Memorial Scholarship Information Application

Questions?  Contact cos@eiu.edu.


Awards

Graduate Student Investigator Award - GSI

The Graduate Student Investigator Award (GSI) program was developed by the Dean of the College of Sciences to support graduate research and to provide a forum for the presentation of superior graduate student research.

The faculty reference form is emailed to the faculty member when the student submits their own application. Both the student and faculty forms must be submitted for a complete application.

  • Applications due February 20, 2017. 

Questions?  Contact cos@eiu.edu.

 

Scholars in Undergraduate Research at Eastern Award - SURE

The SURE program fosters undergraduate research participation in COS. Undergraduate involvement in research with mentoring professors is a rewarding experience for students. The goal of the SURE program is to facilitate research activities and provide a forum for the presentation of undergraduate research.

The SURE awards are given to undergraduate students in their junior or senior years. Students are encouraged to present their research in a professional setting (a local or state conference, student association/club meeting or classes).

The faculty reference form is emailed to the faculty member when the student submits their own application. Both the student and faculty forms must be submitted for a complete application.

  • Applications due February 20, 2017.

Questions?  Contact cos@eiu.edu.

 

Social Science Writing Award

Applications are submitted to the chairs of listed departments.

The Departments of Economics, Geology-Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology-Anthropology of Eastern Illinois University invite students to participate in the Annual Social Science Writing Awards competition. Regardless of major, undergraduate students who write research papers as a regular assignment in all social science courses may submit them for recognition.

The Selection Committee requires double-spaced, typed papers that consistently follow a recognized style of documentation and prefers papers between eight and thirty pages. Winning papers will have the following qualities:

  • Precise and Effective Use of Language
  • Well-defined and Logically Developed Thesis
  • Creative Topic Development
  • Relevant, Superior Documentation
  • Strong Command of the Subject – Including Current Points of View
  • Cogent Synthesis and Conclusions

The contest guidelines are as follows:

  • Undergraduates (or instructor with the consent of the student) may submit graded papers to one of the chairpersons of the Departments of Economics, Geology-Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology-Anthropology.
  • Include two cover sheets: one with the student’s name, paper title, course number, and semester taken for which the paper was originally written; the second with the paper title only.
  • Papers may be submitted to Department Chairs any time during the year, but must be submitted by the posted due date.
  • Chairpersons will submit no more than three papers to the Dean of the College of Sciences by the due date. The Dean of the College of Sciences presides over the Selection Committee, which is composed of a faculty member from each of the participating departments.
  • Applications are due February 20, 2017.

For further information, see your instructor, department chairperson, or one of the following Social Science Writing Award Selection Committee members:

Dr. Des Adom, Economics

Dr. Betty Smith, Geology-Geography

Dr. Charlie Foy, History

Dr. Karen Swenson, Political Science

Dr. Meg Floress, Psychology

Dr. Jennifer Stevens, Sociology-Anthropology

 

COS Student Advisory Board Student Assistance Award

Student Application  |  Faculty Recommendation

Financial need is a consideration for this award. The recipient may be eligible to apply for and receive the award again provided she/he continues to meet the criteria stated.

  • Must be facing or have overcome some sort of hardship that has impacted the student's college career.
  • Full-time sophomore or higher majoring in a COS academic program.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.
  • Students must have a faculty member submit the faculty recommendation.
  • Applications due February 20, 2017.

Questions?  Contact cos@eiu.edu.

 

COS Spring Commencement Speaker Competition 

A student speaker representing the College of Sciences will be featured during the Spring 2017 morning ceremony on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

To be eligible for the competition, students must submit an essay about the theme listed below, provide evidence from the degree audit that they will meet the requirements for graduation in the commencement ceremony they seek to represent, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher for courses completed at EIU at the time that they submit their materials for consideration.

The Essay Theme for this year is: Explain how your academic and service experiences at Eastern Illinois University taught you to become part of a community, and how you will use these experiences to influence communities, whether it is local, regional or global, in your future.

  • 2016 College of Sciences Commencement Speaker
  • 2016 College of Sciences Alternate Commencement Speaker
    • Christian Ilunga-Matthiesen - Speech

Questions?  Contact cos@eiu.edu.

 

Grants

COS Undergraduate and Graduate Student Travel Grant

Applications are submitted to the chair of your department for approval before being forwarded to the College of Sciences Dean's Office.

COS Undergraduate and Graduate Travel Grants were established to provide travel support for College of Science majors who have papers or creative works accepted for presentation at regional, state, national, or international conferences during Fall, Spring, or Summer terms. These funds may be used for travel related to the student's research. Grants will be made based on the quality of the application and availability of funds. A contribution from the candidate's department is encouraged.

Questions?  Contact cos@eiu.edu.

 

COS Undergraduate and Graduate Student Research Grant

Applications are submitted to the chair of your department for approval before being forwarded to the College of Sciences Dean's Office.

COS Undergraduate and Graduate Research Grants provide funds for students conducting research. These funds may be used for supplies and/or travel related to the student's research. Grants will be made based on the quality of the application and availability of funds. A contribution from the candidate's department is encouraged.

  • Grant applications are not being accepted at this time.

Questions?  Contact cos@eiu.edu.

 

COS Undergraduate and Graduate Summer Research Grant

Applications are submitted to the chair of your department for approval before being forwarded to the College of Sciences Dean's Office.

COS Undergraduate and Graduate Summer Research Grants are available to help support students conducting research with faculty members during the Summer semester.

  • Grant applications are not being accepted at this time.

Questions?  Contact cos@eiu.edu.