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BS/MS Scholarships

BS/MS candidates may apply for one of two scholarships, the Menegus and Marquis awards in microbiology, which support an equivalent of 25% of the BS/MS tuition. Candidates may apply to only one these scholarships.

The Menegus Scholarship

Dr. Marilyn A. Menegus, PhD

Dr. Marilyn A. Menegus, Ph.D.

This scholarship is intended for candidates belonging to groups recognized to be underrepresented in biomedical research, by the National Institutes of Health (NIH; see below).

Dr. Marilyn A. Menegus, Ph.D., was an extremely accomplished and well respected microbiologist who joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in 1976 and who trained more than 40 clinical microbiology fellows and five infectious disease fellows during her 41 years career.

Interested candidates should submit their application during the last undergraduate semester or no later than July 31 of their graduation year. The application material should include:

  1. Statement of membership of a group recognized to be underrepresented in biomedical research by the NIH, including: (A) individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (African Americans, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Hispanics (or Latinos), Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders); (B) individuals with disabilities and (C) individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, as defined by NIH*
  2. One page personal statement addressing the following three criteria
    1. Academic performance
    2. Independent research experience and scientific motivation
    3. Long-term career goals, and reasons for applying to the program
  3. An official or recent academic transcript
  4. A curriculum vitae (CV)

*: NIH defines individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds as:

  • Individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds. These thresholds are based on family size, published by the U.S. Bureau of the Census; adjusted annually for changes in the Consumer Price Index; and adjusted by the Secretary for use in all health professions programs. The Secretary periodically publishes these income levels here.

​The Marquis Scholarship

Dr. Robert E. Marquis, PhD

Dr. Robert E. Marquis, Ph.D.

This scholarship is intended for candidates with outstanding academic standing and research achievements. Merit will be evaluated on the basis of academic excellence, outstanding research experience and achievement, and demonstrated mastery of complex challenges.

Dr. Robert E. Marquis, Ph.D., past chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, was the advisor to many Microbiology undergraduates and a beloved teacher to many students who trained at the University.

Interested candidates should submit their application during the last undergraduate semester or no later than July 31 of their graduation year. The application material should include:

  1. One page personal statement addressing the following three criteria
    1. Academic performance
    2. Independent research accomplishment and scientific motivation
    3. Long-term career goals, and reasons for applying to the program
  2. An official or recent academic transcript
  3. A curriculum vitae (CV)

Interested candidates should submit their application during the last undergraduate semester or no later than July 31 of their graduation year.

All application materials should be sent to Jacques Robert, Ph.D. via e-mail at: Jacques_Robert@URMC.Rochester.edu

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt by an admission committee made up of 3 Faculty members of the department of Microbiology and Immunology, and a decision communicated to the applicant within a month of submission.