Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program

Research is a critical component for the development and advancement in the life science community. We want to further scientific achievement by helping students who are interested in developing a career in science.

The Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program is awarded to students pursuing a degree in a science related field twice a year. A $1500 (or international currency equivalent) scholarship will be awarded to one student for the fall and spring semesters.

Fall 2015 Scholarship Program:
We are now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 Scholarship!
How to apply
  • Fill out the scholarship application form. Download the scholarship application form
  • Submit a transcript of all college/post-secondary coursework (if high school student submit high school transcript).
  • Submit a written statement addressing the following topics:
    • Make a top ten list of your favorite scientists.
    • Write a personal statement of 500 words or less on how you plan to use your degree to further advance science in your field of interest.
  • Applicants must have a major declared in a science related field.
  • Open worldwide.
  • Enrolled or accepted for enrollment (baccalaureate, graduate, associate degree, or diploma) with a declared major in a science related field.
Selection and notification process
  • Deadline for this application is July 10, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. MST.
  • Finalist will be notified by July 24, 2015.
Submission guidelines
  • Please submit your application and written statement to by July 10, 2015 to be considered for the Fall 2015 Novus Biologicals Scholarship.

Thank you for your interest in the Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program!

Spring 2015 Scholarship Winner

Johnstun We would like to congratulate Kimberly Bellingham-Johnstun from North Carolina State University who was selected as the recipient!
  1. Insulin: From its humble beginnings as a pig pancreas extraction to the molecular methodology used today, the discovery and generation of this simple protein has led to a great improvement in the quality of life for millions. Getting diagnosed is no longer a death sentence - a transition that will hopefully happen with many of the other diseases we struggle with today.
  2. Golden Rice: Golden Rice’s brilliance comes from more than just its color. Hundreds of thousands of children die every year of vitamin A deficiency, a completely avoidable outcome.  In comes, Golden Rice, a genetically engineered organism made to produce over 23 times more beta-carotene than normal rice.
  3. Cloning/subcloning: It’s  so common place today that it’s odd to think of a time when we weren’t able to insert and ligate whatever sequence of DNA we favored and slap it into a vector. It’s always satisfying to see those little blue and white colonies.
  4. CRISPR-cas9: Although bacteria have been using this for eons, we’ve just recently been able to adapt this nuclease for our own purposes. Using both gRNA and the cas9 nuclease, it’s able to cause a double-stranded break and insert (or disrupt) any fragment of DNA. From bacteriology to food science to genetics to anything in between, this shows great promise to do fantastic things!
  5. Sanger sequencing: Even with the progression of technology to Second Generation and Third Generation, Sanger sequencing still has a stable presence in the scientific community. In a field where antiquated techniques are left by the wayside, that means a lot.
  6. X-ray crystallography: Thanks to Rosalind Franklin, we know the structure of life itself: DNA! Watson and Crick wouldn’t have been able to do it without her.
  7. Immortalized cell lines: Although ethical concerns were raised in the gathering of some lines, like HeLa, I’m honestly not sure where medical science would be without them. After primary cell lines have long petered out, these guys keep going for, well, forever, making them an obvious choice for both virological and immunological studies.
  8. Thermocycler: Not only does it amplify your area of interest in the sequence, it gives you the perfect amount of time to grab a coffee and go on a walk! Win-win.
  9. Flow Cytometry: Sorting your cells based on scatter since 1968! Although reading the data output certainly takes some getting used to, it’s definitely better than separating all those cells by hand.
  10. Autoclave: Some really gross things come through a lab. From that weird thing growing on the old PhD student’s project to all those E. coli plates after a successful transformation, the autoclave assures you that it’s not going to haunt you later. It’s definitely one of the hardest workers in the lab—when it isn’t out-of-order.

Fall 2014 Scholarship Winner

Thank you to everyone who applied for the Fall 2014 Novus Biologicals Scholarship Program.

Catherine Millar-Haskell We would like to congratulate Catherine Millar-Haskell from Arizona State University who was selected as the recipient!