Undergraduate Funding

The Office of Financial Aid is the first stop for all prospective and current undergraduate students seeking funding. The counselors will help you apply for the most available general forms of financial aid, including grants, scholarships, loans and part-time employment.

John Hensill Scholarship (for undergraduate biology majors)

Dr. John S. Hensill (d. 1998) joined the Biology faculty in 1947. While at SF State, he co-wrote a text "Biology of Man" and taught human biology and marine and invertebrate biology.  Dr. Hensill served as Chair of the Division of Biology in the late 1950s. In 1969, Dean Hensill oversaw the rapid growth of SF State's School of Natural Sciences (now the College of Science and Engineering). During his tenure, the physical science (Thornton Hall) and life science (Hensill Hall) buildings were built. He retired in 1975.

Janis Kuby Memorial Fund Scholarship

Dr. Janis Kuby (d. 1996) received her Ph.D. in 1978 from the University of Califiornia, Berkeley and joined SF State's Biology faculty in 1979. Her teaching and research accomplishments in Immunology were widely recognized.  She was the author of three editions of an Immunology textbook (first published in 1997) which gave a comprehensive introduction to the principles and research in the field. The quality of the original textbook was so great newer editions have been continued in Janis Kuby's name by a trio of authors. As one of her students (Elizabeth Crabb Breen) later wrote, "Janis Kuby will never be forgotten by anyone who has ever had the benefit of her knowledge and love of immunology, either face-to-face or through her writing."

Felipe Andres Ramirez-Weber (FARW) 
Undergraduate in Cell and Molecular Biology Scholarship

As a genetics and cell biology instructor, mentor and groundbreaking researcher in cell communication, Dr. Ramirez-Weber (1964-2007) empowered hundreds of Biology students in their professional development as scientists. He received his Ph.D. in molecular and cell biology at UC Berkeley in 1995, and joined the SF State Biology faculty in 2003. Along with his passion for research, Dr. Ramirez-Weber worked to improve minority access to education and increase diversity in science.

Note: Discipline specific research fellowship programs for undergraduates are also administered through the Biology department at SF State.

NSF Summer Research Experience for Undergraduates 
(REU) Biological Research in Ecological and Evolutionary Developmental Biology (BREED)

CCSF/SF State NIH Bridge Bridges to Baccalaureate Program
This program seeks to increase recruitment, retention, transfer rates and graduation of underrepresented minority students with baccalaureate degrees in science to prepare them to pursue careers in biomedical research.

Research Intensive Pedagogical Training for Interdisciplinary Estuarine Scientists

CoSE Scholarships
For students in all departments in the College (Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geosciences, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy).

The Beckman Scholars Award 
The Beckman Scholars program provides scholarships to advance the education, research training and personal development of outstanding students (Junior/Senior level) majoring in chemistry, biochemistry and/or the biological sciences.

The Student Enrichment Opportunities Office (SEO) lists information and administers several large federally funded fellowship programs. These include the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC), Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement (MBRS-RISE) and the MA-MS/PhD Bridge to the Future programs.

The Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) administers programs that engage graduate students in Biology and Science education.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (CSU-LSAMP) Prorgram provides academic support for underrepresented minority students who either intend to major in or are majoring in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) at San Francisco State University, Skyline College or City College San Francisco.

The Fellowships Office offers updated information on available fellowships and scholarships.

The Office of Academic Honors and Scholarships offers updated information on available scholarships.

Instructionally-Related Activities (IRA) Research Awards

If you are an undergraduate or graduate student in the Biology Department and are conducting a research project, then you are eligible to apply for a small grant from the Instructionally-Related Activities (IRA) Advisory Board to support your research. Announcement for this awards are generated through the department.

Instructructionally-Related (IRA) Travel Awards