Scholarships

Undergraduate Scholarships 

Biology and Environmental Science Academic Scholarships

Several academic scholarships are available to undergraduates majoring in Biology or Environmental Science, and are funded through the Biology Endowment Fund. This fund was established from donations of Friends of the Department and from sales of laboratory manuals prepared by department faculty and staff since 1970. The BIO/ESC Academic Scholarships are available to entering freshmen as well as to on-campus students having GPA's of at least 3.0. (up to $1,000 per year) 

Claude McLeod Academic Scholarship

This scholarship honors a distinguished Biology professor, Claude McLeod, and is supported through the Biology Endowment Fund created by sales of department laboratory manuals and by contributions of relatives and friends in memory of Professor McLeod. Mr. McLeod served the Biology Program from 1940 to 1980, during which time he introduced many students to the study of plants. His seminal work, the Big Thicket Forest of East Texas (1967), was instrumental in the eventual development of the Big Thicket National Preserve. (up to $1,200 per year)

Emma Normand Academic Scholarship

This scholarship honors a distinguished Biology professor, Emma Normand, and is supported through the Biology Endowment Fund created by sales of department laboratory manuals and by contributions of relatives and friends in memory of Emma Normand. Miss Emma Normand served as a highly dedicated professor of Biology from 1922 to 1965. She was committed to excellence in the classroom and expected the same from her students. (up to $1,200 per year) 

James Patrick Weber Environmental Science Award

Established to honor Dr. Weber's tireless efforts on behalf of the health of the people of Huntsville and East Texas. A former Professor of Psychology at SHSU, Pat Weber used his research expertise to cross academic boundaries in pursuit of the truth about the water we drink, the air we breathe, and their effects on our total well-being. The James Patrick Weber Environmental Science Award is supported from an endowed fund established by the East Texas Quality of Life Coalition, Huntsville, Texas, on December 14, 1984. This award is given to Environmental Science majors having outstanding academic records. (up to $200 per year) 

The S.C. Wilson Sr., Logan Wilson and S.R. Warner Endowed Scholarships

The Wilson-Warner Scholarships, the most prestigious of all awards in the Department of Biological Sciences, are made available due to the generosity of S. Calhoun Wilson and family in recognition of the contributions to Sam Houston State University and higher education in Texas made by S.C. Wilson, Sr., Logan Wilson and S.R. Warner. S.C. Wilson, Sr. and S.R. Warner were long-time chairs and leaders of the Departments of Agriculture and Biology, respectively, at SHSU. Logan Wilson, son of S.C. Wilson, Sr., served with distinction as President of The University of Texas. The Wilson-Warner Scholarships, initiated in 1994, are award to outstanding Biology and Environmental Science majors having a minimum GPA of 3.5. The Department of Agriculture at SHSU also award the Wilson-Warner Scholarships to outstanding students majoring in Agriculture. ( up to $1,500-$3,000 per year) 

S.R. Warner Academic Scholarship

This scholarship honors Seldon R. Warner who joined the faculty in 1912 and was the first faculty member at Sam Houston to hold the Ph.D. degree. Dr. Warner published extensively on the ecology of plants in East Texas and served as department chair, retiring in 1946. Through his leadership as scientist, teacher and administrator the Biology Department thrived and attained a level of prominence in Texas. 


For information about Departmental Scholarships, contact:

Chair of Biological Sciences 
Sam Houston State University
P.O. Box 2116 
Huntsville, TX 77341 
(936) 294-1540 or FAX (936) 294-3940



Department of Biological Sciences

1900 Ave. I, Lee Drain Building (LDB) Suite 300
P.O. Box 2116
Huntsville, Texas 77341
Phone: 936.294.1540 Fax: 936.294.3940

DNA electrophoresis showing the inserts in eight different (Escherichia coli) clones. We are cloning promoters from Mycobacterium smegmatis which are active in stationary phase.

Primm Lab

The Steelcolor Shiner (Cyprinella whipplei) is a common minnow that consumes terrestrial and aquatic insects and is an important player in regulating nutrient dynamics in stream ecosystems.

Hargrave Lab

Habitat assessment and inventories of small mammal populations.

Thies Lab

Reconstructing the paleoenvironment of northwestern Botswana by comparing indigenous species with fossil material excavated from two cave systems.

Thies Lab

The orangethroat darter (Etheostoma spectabile) is a common darter that consumes benthic grazing invertebrates affecting a stream primary productivity and creating a trophic cascade within an aquatic ecosystem.

Hargrave Lab

A collaboration with Dr. Howard K. Reinert at the College of New Jersey to investigate habitat use of the Boa constrictor which has recently invaded the island of Aruba. Potential niche overlap could become a concern for the conservation of the endangered Aruba Island Ratttlesnake.

Lutterschmidt Lab

Rhodobacter sphaeroides, a purple photosynthetic bacteria, whose genome has been completely sequenced and fully annotated.

Choudhary Lab

Methyl green agar plates for examining whether microorganisms synthesize and secrete DNAse enzymes which degrade extracellular DNA for nutrient acquisition.

Primm Lab

The desert bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis nelsoni) of California's and Mexico's Peninsular Ranges is a federally listed endangered species. Physiological adaptations allowing this large mammal to survive desert conditions are studied in Turner's lab.

Turner Lab

A chromatogram of DNA sequences from various clones.

Choudhary Lab

A gregarine (Nubenocephalus secundus) parasitizing the midgut epithelium of the blue-ringed dancer (Argia sedula). This is one of many new gregarine species described from an investigation for the biodiversity of these aquatic insect parasites.

T. Cook Lab

Parental feeding rates to nestlings are monitored at nests of Carolina Wrens as part of a study on parental investment strategies.

Neudorf Lab

A unicellular bi-flagellated alga (Chlamydomonas reinhardtii) is a model organism for studying the inctracellular signaling mechanisms that control movement of eukaryotic cilia and flagella.

Gaillard Lab

A genus of parasitic plants (Harveya) depends entirely on its hosts for water, minerals, and photosynthates. Such plants are of unique interest in molecular evolution and systematics.

Randle Lab

A fossil jaw of a gerbil lying outside of Gcwhihaba cave, Botswana. Gerbils are important indicators for paleoenvironmental reconstruction in the region.

Lewis Lab

A radio-tracked female Northern Cardinal as part of a study on extra-pair mating strategies.

Neudorf Lab

The white-tailed deer persists in historic home ranges despite encroaching development. Studies of urbanization influences fecundity, distribution, enzootic and epizootic disease, and parasites are of interest.

Turner Lab

Chromatophore is the photosynthetic apparatus of R. sphaeroides which allows this organism to harvest light energy.

Choudhary Lab

Female timber rattlesnakes (Crotalus horridus) demonstrate seasonal differences in baseline and stress-induced hormone responses due to reproductive condition. Corticosterone is significantly higher in gravid females due to stressors related to reproduction.

Lutterschmidt Lab

By examining what causes variation in modern African rodents, like this gerbil, we can better understand how environments have changed where we find their fossil ancestors.

Lewis Lab

A population of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii cells exhibiting phototaxis, migration toward light. Some pharmacological agents inhibit phototaxis by inhibiting flagellar motility of the cells.

Gaillard Lab

Species-specific mange mite recorded for the first time in Texas from 6-year-old male white-tailed deer. Infection of the deer may be related to effects of crowding in rural/urban deer herds.

Turner Lab

The southern redbelly dace (Phoxinus erythrogaster) is a common stream minnow that consumes benthic algae, playing an important role in the regulation of periphyton biomass in small headwater streams.

Hargrave Lab

Male Northern Cardinals are banded and measured as part of a study of extra-pair mating behavior.

Neudorf Lab

We are investigating the reproductive timing and potential of the Boa constrictor which has recently invaded the island of Aruba and has become a concern for the conservation efforts of the endangered Aruba Island Rattlesnake.

Lutterschmidt Lab

Distribution, abundance, and reproduction of rural/urban deer herds are a growing concern in southeast Texas. Habitat impacts relative to human encroachment and high deer populations are being studied by Turner's lab.

Turner Lab

A large lineage of small moths (Gelechioidea) remains poorly known in the Nearctic, with only 30% of its species described. Modern morphological and molecular systematics are used with behavioral and ecological data to study and infer systematic relationships.

Bucheli Lab

A gregarine (Nubenocephalus secundus) parasitizing the intestine of the blue-ringed dancer (Argia sedula) by attaching to the epithelium with a long slender epimerite and a wide "suction cup"-like protomerite at its anterior.

T. Cook Lab

The reptile fauna from northwestern Botswana, including this chameleon, is helping us better understand how and why the climate has changed in this region over the last two million years.

Lewis Lab

This neotropical hemipteran (Neoplea absona) in the family Pleidae was a specimen used to revise the genus. Pleids, or pygmy backswimmers, are predators of micro-crustaceans in stagnant waters.

J. Cook Lab

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