Department Scholarships

Scholarship applications will become available, below. The Department of Biological Sciences appreciates the generosity of those whose donations made these awards possible.

Scholarship Information

Standard Application, Letter of Recommendation form, LORs, Cover Page, Transcripts and all related documents, must be received in the Department of Biological Sciences Office (SQU 202) no later than 12:00 p.m. (Noon) Friday, March 16, 2018. For scholarship purposes, unit eligibility requirements refer to the Fall, when scholarships are awarded, unless specified otherwise.

  • undergraduate, full-time is 12 units, half-time is 6 units
  • graduate student, full-time is 8 units, half-time is 4 units.


Undergraduate and Graduate Scholarships and Awards

  • Biological Conservation Scholarship; flyer
  • Biology Laureates Endowed Scholarship; flyer
  • Julia Marie Camp Memorial Scholarship; flyer
  • William E Clark Memorial Scholarship; flyer
  • Albert Delisle Family Scholarship; flyer
  • Carl Ludwig Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award; flyer 
  • McConnell Family Biology Scholarship; flyer 
  • JoAnne McDougal Robinson Scholarship in Medical Science; flyer
  • John and Kathryn Von Saltza Memorial Scholarship Application; flyer 
  • Marda West Scholarship; flyer

Graduate Student Scholarships

  • Josephine Van Ess Scholarship; flyer
  • M.D.F. Udvardy Graduate Student Award Application; flyer

Biography of Dr. Marda West, Professor of Botany and Ecology

Marda West

Dr. Marda West, Professor of Botany and Ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences (1966 - 2001) was a dedicated master teacher who placed students first on her list of life priorities.  Trained as a plant physiological ecologist under world-renowned UCLA researcher, Hall Mooney, "Marda", as she was known to all who had the privilege of making her acquaintance, studied the plant communities indigenous to the White Mountains of Eastern California (bristlecone pine country) and contributed significantly to our understanding of plants' physiological adaptations to differing geological substrates at high elevations.

At CSUS, Marda was a mentor for countless undergraduate, as well as graduate students, and epitomized our Department's ideal of a teacher as an intellectual magnet who inspired generations of future teachers and researchers to succeed in the face of adversity. The Department is pleased to continue Dr. West's spirit of student encouragement and support by establishing the Marda West Scholarship.