The Zoology Department has two annual awards for which its majors may apply:

  • The Edward L. Rice Scholarship offers financial assistance to zoology students who, in the summer, broaden their experience by taking a course at a biological field station or participate in research (typically unpaid) at a similar field site during the summer.
    More information about the Rice Scholarship.
  • The Elizabeth Cass-Wills Prize offers a cash prize (typically $500) to either a senior Zoology major or a recent graduate who is beginning graduate school for the first time within three years of graduation. The nonrenewable prize will be awarded in the fall to the recipient upon evidence of her/his matriculation into graduate school in the zoological sciences.
    More information about the Cass-Wills Prize.

Other Awards

The Department of Zoology has several other awards for graduating seniors. Recipients are selected annually after deliberation by the faculty. Names are announced at the department’s spring picnic; they are included in the University’s graduation program, and inscribed on plaques in the display case opposite room 302 in the Schimmel-Conrades Science Center. Each of these awards carries a cash prize as well.

  • The Edwin Grant Conklin Award recognizes excellence in independent research by a senior zoology major.
  • The George Barnes Harris Award is given for outstanding academic achievement by a senior major.
  • The Ralph Alvin Bowdle Award recognizes exceptional contributions to the Department by a senior major.
  • The Esther Carpenter Award honors a senior woman zoology major who best exemplifies the ideal of a liberal arts education and shows potential for future contributions to her profession and society at large.
  • The Kraus Research Fellowships support field research at the 80-acre Kraus Nature Preserve.

Finally, the Department also sponsors the William D. Stull Curatorship, which supports a student who performs curatorial duties in the Ohio Wesleyan Museum of Zoology.