Scholarships and Awards

Undergraduate Students

David Plamondon Memorial Award


  • 2012 Cassandre Aman
  • 2013 Matthew Morris
  • 2014 Jesse Wang and Myriam Wilson
  • 2015 Jamie Moffa and Raymond Uymatiao

Lt. Paul Drotch Memorial Scholarship

The Drotch family established the Lt. Paul Drotch Memorial Scholarship for undergraduate Biology majors forty years ago in memory of Paul, a 1957 graduate of the UConn Bacteriology Department. It is a testament to this family’s devotion to their lost loved one and its gratitude for UConn’s contribution to their lives.

Paul attended UConn when there were several biological sciences departments, including Bacteriology, a discipline later combined into the Department Molecular and Cell Biology. Paul was a serious and confident student, but also knew how to balance this with his playful side. He graduated in 1957 and planned to further his education in a biology Masters degree program. At the time, the military draft was in effect, so he enlisted in the Marine Corps, joining its officer candidate school to make his military service more rewarding. He was admitted to flight school and trained as a fighter pilot, an exciting and still relatively new job in the military. While Paul was stationed in South Carolina, his wing was sent to California in winter 1959-60 for winter survival training. These were tense times in US relations with Cuba; by spring 1960, Fidel Castro was establishing close ties with the USSR and the US bolstered its forces at the Guantanamo naval base. Paul’s wing returned to South Carolina and was then sent to Guantanamo in May for training. Paul flew an A-4 jet, an aircraft designed to support ground forces by flying at only a few hundred feet or less. The hilly Cuban terrain was challenging. In late May, Paul’s aircraft was lost during a training exercise. The Lt. Paul Drotch Memorial Scholarship was created by the family in 1960 to recognize Paul’s accomplishments at UConn and UConn’s role in his aspirations. Originally an award was made to a single student in Bacteriology, but the scholarship fund has grown, in part from generous contributions by Paul’s brother Peter. Now the awards are made annually to several high achieving students in MCB, EEB, PNB or Biological Sciences.

Deligeorges Family Scholarship in Biomedical Engineering

The Deligeorges Family Scholarship is a gift of the Deligeorges family of Waterford, CT to undergraduate students with an interest in Biomedical Engineering. Applicants may major in any discipline, but they must be participating in, or be planning to participate in, research involving biomedical engineering. For more information contact Linda Armstrong at 860-486-3290 or Lisa Ephraim at 860-486-5838.

Life Sciences Honors Thesis Awards – more information…

Awarded by the Honors program to support the completion of Honors theses in the life sciences.

Margaret F. Ertman Award

The Margaret F. Ertman Award was established in 1983 by Irvin L. Ertman (class of 1939) and Ronnie Ertman (class of 1941) in honor of their daughter Margaret F. Ertman (class of 1974). The Margaret F. Ertman Award is awarded annually to the outstanding senior across all four biology degree programs: Biological Sciences, EEB, MCB, and PNB. The student will have distinguished herself or himself both through outstanding scholarship in EEB, MCB, and PNB during his or her undergraduate career, and through original research conducted in biology (broadly defined) at UConn. The student must also have taken at least one course in each of EEB, MCB and PNB.

Outstanding Graduating PNB Student Award

The Physiology and Neurobiology Department makes this award annually to a graduating PNB student who has excelled in research and academics.


  • 2012 Christopher Lemoine
  • 2013 Nisarg Chhaya
  • 2014 Nick Gallo and Ye Sun
  • 2015 Bingyao Zhou and Richard Wolfrez
  • 2016 Nikita Sturrock and Ashley Trinh

Graduate Students

James S. Romanow Memorial Award – more information…

Jim Romanow (1950 – 2011) served the University for 31 years as an Academic Assistant in the Bioscience Electron Microscopy Laboratory of the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology. Over the course of his career, his superb technical aptitude and careful instruction benefited the research and research training of more than 1000 faculty, students and staff. To honor Jim’s memory, the Physiology and Neurobiology department makes an annual $1000 award to a PNB graduate or advanced undergraduate student who has not only excelled in research, but has also contributed to the research training of others outside of the classroom.


  • 2012 Jessica Lennington
  • 2014 Krishna Karunakaran
  • 2016 Joshua Lubner

Outstanding PNB Teaching Assistant Award

Presented annually by the Physiology and Neurobiology Department.


  • 2006 Elizabeth Ssebayigga
  • 2007 Andrew Pagano
  • 2008 Amy Coleman
  • 2009 Stephanie Andrade
  • 2010 Brett Shook
  • 2011 Jelena Medved
  • 2012 Alex Reis
  • 2013 Megha Sa
  • 2014 Pei Zhang
  • 2015 Ashley Kilcollins
  • 2016 Joanna Hawryluk