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Honors and Scholarships

Honors for Graduating Seniors

Information regarding Latin Honors at graduation and eligibility for the Biological Sciences Honors Program can be viewed here.


The UCI Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences offers scholarships for motivated, high achieving majors in the school each year. The following is a list of the Scholarships available through the Bio Sci Student Affairs office.

Instructions on how to apply for the scholarships can be found here and the application can be accessed here.

Junior Scholarships

Brian Atwood Scholarship
Awarded to Junior-level Biological Sciences major who has demonstrated outstanding achievement in both scholarship and service to the UCI community. Evidence of corporate internship or laboratory research experience.

Neuroscience Specific Awards:

Instructions and the 2018 application for the following three Junior level scholarships can be found here.

The following three awards are specifically for Bio majors completing their 3rd year of study, who have participated in neuroscience research. These award applications go directly to a committee formed by the Center for Neurobiology of Learning & Memory and the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior.

Carol Becker McGaugh Award–3rd year student scholarship
Awarded to 3rd year student for outstanding research in the neurobiology of learning and memory.

Carol and James McGaugh Award–3rd year student scholarship
The award recognizes a hard working student with a strong moral character, integrity, and demonstrated potential for making a difference in neuroscience.

The James Tait Goodrich Award for Excellence in Neurobiology in honor of James McGaugh–3rd year student scholarship
The award recognizes an undergraduate completing his/her junior year, for outstanding achievement in neurobiology.

Senior Scholarships

Robert H. Avnet Memorial Scholarship 
In memory of Robert H. Avnet, the Avnet Scholarship was established to support a graduating biological sciences major accepted to medical school (or has a great likelihood of being accepted).
Criteria: Biological Sciences major, acceptance into medical school, and demonstrates financial need.

Kyle Farol Memorial Award
The Kyle Farol Memorial Award is presented to an outstanding undergraduate Biological Sciences major who has dedicated their time as a volunteer in a clinical setting.

M. Marlene Godoy Award
Awarded to a graduating senior in the Biological Sciences.
Criteria: must be pre-med or pre-dental, actively involved with philanthropic community service, University service, and active in undergraduate research.

William F. Holcomb Scholarship Fund 
The scholarship is to be used to support an undergraduate or graduate student conducting research in the area of biomedical, marine biology, and/or related studies.

Laurence J. Mehlman Prize
Established to honor the memory of Larry Mehlman, an outstanding undergraduate of Biology at UCI.
Criteria: Undergraduate Biological Sciences student demonstrating outstanding achievement in both scholarship and service to the school. The student should be of extraordinary character and integrity; a person esteemed by his/her peers for ethical and moral strength.

Edward Mittelman Memorial Fund Scholarship
A scholarship in memory of Mrs. William D. Redfield’s first husband, Edward Mittelman, and her son, Dr. David C. Redfield.
Criteria: Outstanding Biological Sciences student pursuing a career in the medical field.

Jayne Unzelman Scholarship 
Criteria: Undergraduate student, academic excellence, service to the School of Biological Sciences and/or the University, and service to the community.