Paul L. Drotch Scholarships

This scholarship was set up by the Drotch family in memory of Lt. Paul L. Drotch, USMC, class of 1957. This scholarship is open to undergraduates across the biological science majors. Students demonstrating outstanding scholarship as well as financial need are highly encouraged to apply. Deadline is Nov. 17, 2023.

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PNB Undergraduate Mentoring Program (PUMP)

PUMP is the department’s new tutoring and peer-mentoring network. The program was designed to support the success of our undergraduates in key PNB courses. Our mentors are dedicated, friendly, and excellent science communicators. They work closely with professors to address students’ needs and are committed to fostering a supportive and inclusive learning environment.


Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Program

The NSF Research Experience for Undergraduates site in the Physiology and Neurobiology department at the University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT) offers paid summer research opportunities in the areas of renal and muscle physiology; developmental neurobiology, synaptic plasticity and neural circuits; and other areas in molecular and cell biology, microbiology and immunology. Interested students, especially underrepresented minorities, veterans, first-generation college students, and students with disabilities from institutions with limited research opportunities are encouraged to apply.


UCONN Nu Rho Psi

UCONN Nu Rho Psi is the University of Connecticut chapter of Nu Rho Psi, the National Honor Society in Neuroscience. The goal of UCONN Nu Rho Psi is to recognize those who excel in the academic field of neuroscience in addition to encourage the discipline of neuroscience throughout the UCONN community. Those who meet certain academic requirements are eligible to become lifetime members of Nu Rho Psi and have access to internships, scholarships, grants, and other awards.


Learning by Experiencing and Applying Principles (LEAP)

The LEAP program is a two-year program that is designed to provide early biology students (PNB, EEB, MCB) a unique experience to maximize their academic potentials. Early research experience and community building have shown to improve students’ academic success.  Each participant will receive specialized faculty mentoring and be exposed to research training starting at a freshman level. The faculty involved will help you to hone your academic skills, build a community with research faculty and other participants, and increase research readiness.  Diversity of thought, perspective, and approach is essential to the success of a field and a country. Therefore, we would like to offer this program to students with a diverse background and who are interested in pursuing research careers in biomedical sciences.


Cynthia and Beatrice Swol Scholarship in Physiology and Neurobiology

The Department of Physiology and Neurobiology will award a qualified applicant who meets the eligibility criteria listed below. Awards for juniors are renewable for a second-year contingent upon satisfactory performance.

Cynthia Swol received her BS in 1969 at UConn’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Child Development and Family Relations. She was the first in her family to attain a college education. Through her work-study experience with a faculty mentor in a laboratory in Physiology and Neurobiology, she acquired invaluable work skills that were critical for her successful career as a research technician at a major university.

Cynthia and her mother Beatrice, who worked for many years at UConn, have made a generous gift to provide scholarships to students in physiology and neurobiology in appreciation of the education Cynthia received from UConn and with the hope that the recipients would in turn become generous donors to the University after attaining their degrees and becoming established in their careers, thereby helping future generations in their academic aspirations.


  • Enrolled full time as a major in Physiology and Neurobiology
  • Must be a junior or senior and must have been a student at the Storrs campus for at least two semesters
  • Must be a first-generation college student in the family
  • Demonstrate a desire to pursue an advanced degree in biological sciences or medicine

How to Apply

  1. Email to pnb.awards@uconn.edu (Spring 2025 deadline to be determined), a single pdf file containing items 1-4 of the following and have the recommendation letter emailed separately and directly to the same address.
  2. Your career aspirations (no more than 150 words)
  3. A description of your experience as a first-time college student in your family (no more than 350 words)
  4. How you will benefit from the scholarship (no more than 150 words)
  5. An unofficial transcript
  6. One letter of recommendation from a faculty at UConn

Review Process

Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee, and selected candidates will be invited for an interview in Spring of 2025. The successful applicant will be notified shortly thereafter.

Questions regarding the award or application process may also be sent to

Deligeorges Family Scholarship in Bioengineering

The Deligeorges Family Scholarship is a gift of the Deligeorges family of Waterford, CT, to undergraduate students who have a significant interest in Bioengineering related research.

Students from Physiology and Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, Molecular and Cell Biology or related departments with an interest in Bioengineering are encouraged to apply. Applicants may major in any discipline buy they must be participating in, or be planning to participate in bioengineering related research.

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