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Louella E. Cable Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Louella E. Cable, a native of Chamberlain, SD, earned her B.A. in Zoology at USD in 1926. She then worked under the supervision of Dr. Edward Churchill and earned the first M.A. degree awarded by the Zoology Department at USD, in 1927. She worked as a staff scientist with the US Fish and Wildlife Service until her retirement at age 70. During that period, she also earned a Ph.D. in Marine Biology at the University of Michigan. 

Dr. Cable was greatly respected for her research and the scientific illustrations she drew of her fish specimens. Upon her death, she endowed a fund to provide scholarships for students majoring in Biology, with preference given to students who are interested in the field of Zoology. Funds are typically used to support graduate student research assistantships, travel to professional conferences, and research. 

Students do not apply for these awards but are selected by the Biology Department Scholarship and Graduate Steering Committees.

Edward P. & Nellie Churchill Awards

Professor Edward P. Churchill came to the University of South Dakota in 1920 and spent over 40 years at USD in the Departments of Biology and Zoology, including 22 years as department chair. Dr. Churchill was a beloved mentor to many biology students and published his memoirs, Three Thousand Coyotes and I, in 1962. An endowed fund was established by students and admirers of Dr. Churchill, and the proceeds of this fund are used to reward undergraduate Biology majors for their academic and research excellence. 

A call for applications is sent out early each year, and awards of approximately $1,000 are made to selected senior and junior Biology majors. 

Raymond D. Dillon Memorial Scholarship

Professor Raymond D. Dillon was a professor in the Biology Department from 1965-1990 and served as Chair from 1965 through 1969. This account was established by Bernice Dillon in honor of her husband Raymond. Awards from this account are used to support Biology graduate student travel to professional conferences.

Harrington Book Award

Elbert Harrington was a Professor of Speech and Dean (1945-70) of the College of Arts and Sciences. This award is made to an outstanding senior biology major each spring and is intended to help students pay for textbooks.  Students do not apply for the award but are selected by the Biology Department Scholarship Committee. The award is made in April of each year. 

Matthew A. Johnson Memorial Scholarship

This account was established by Allen and Maxine Johnson in honor of their son Matthew. Professor Johnson spent more than 30 years in the Biology Department (1964-1998) and served as Chair from 1992 to 1997. Awards from this account are used to support graduate students in Biology, with preference given to support Ph.D. students traveling to professional conferences. 

Joseph F. Nelson & Martha P. Nelson Scholarship

This fund was established in 1995 upon the death of Dr. Joseph Nelson, who earned his master's degree in Chemistry from USD in 1933. He went on to earn a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Iowa State University and spent his career with Exxon. 

The endowment is set up to benefit students pursuing degrees in the physical and medical sciences at USD and is administered by the USD Office of Research and Sponsored Programs. The Nelson Scholarship, a $3,000 award made to a junior or senior biology major who has excelled in both academics and research, is the most prestigious undergraduate award made by the Biology Department. Students do not apply directly for this award, but are selected by the Biology Department Scholarship Committee. Awards are announced each spring for the following year.

Webster Sill Memorial Scholarship

Professor Webster Sill was a professor in Biology at USD for many years (1969-1987) and served as Chair from 1969-1978. This account was established by Mrs. Charlyn Sill to honor her husband. Awards from this account are used to support Biology graduate student travel to professional meetings. 

Harold Smith Award

This account was made possible by donations from Dr. Harold Smith, who was a professor in the USD Biology Department for almost 30 years (1964-1993). Professor Smith taught in the introductory biology sequence for most of his career and greatly appreciated the help of his many teaching assistants over the years. Awards from this account are used to support graduate students in Biology, particularly those who have taught in the non-majors biology course. 

Hazel Wier Teot Zoology Award

This account was established by Hazel Wier Teot, who earned her M.A. in Zoology at USD under the direction of Edward Churchill in 1945. Awards from this account are used to support graduate students in Biology, with preference given to students in zoology. 

Lucile B. Wendt Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is for an upper-division Biology major, preferably female, who has an excellent scholastic record and a demonstrated interest in microbiology. Students do not apply, but are selected by the Biology Department Scholarship Committee. The award is usually made in April of each year. 

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Graduate student travel funds are awarded annually in the spring after a call for applications is made. Other support regularly available includes undergraduate research assistantships and research supply money.

For freshman scholarships, also see Financial Aid.