Arthur Furst Undergraduate Scholarship

The Arthur Furst Undergraduate Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate science major who demonstrates outstanding academic ability and a strong desire to pursue research. Established in 1995, this award has been presented to 28 USF students across the science disciplines. Awardees receive a $2,500 scholarship presented at an annual ceremony, during which the award recipient has the opportunity to present their work. This ceremony is co-sponsored by NeoLife, in recognition of Dr. Furst’s years of service as Senior Member of the NeoLife Scientific Advisory Board.

Applicants must be currently enrolled as a USF student, have completed 60 or more units towards graduation at the time of application, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.  

To apply, interested students must submit:

(1) an essay (approx. 300 words) describing a current or previous research project that you have participated in. The essay should also detail your specific contributions to the research project, and outline the impact of this experience on your development as a scientist.

(2) a letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to your involvement in, and desire to pursue research.  

The invitation to apply will be sent out to all qualified applicants by Tonya Miller each year. 

The following students have been awarded the Arthur Furst Undergraduate Scholarship:

2023 – Makena Gichuru - Environmental Science
2022 – Kate Skardon - Computer Science
2021 – Allyson Kuwana - Biology
2020 – Ria Laxa - Biology
2019 – Stephanie Stephens - Biology
2018 – Justin Azar - Chemistry and Biology
2017 – Theresa Keith - Biology and Spanish
2016 – Kelechi Nwachuku - Chemistry
2015 – Aisling Sinclair - Biology
2014 – Zachary Gallegos - Biology
2013 – Jordan Nelson - Chemistry
2012 – Long Yan Yung - Mathematics and Physics
2011 – Benjamin Rayikanti - Biology
2010 – Natalie Hollick - Biology
2009 – Jie Sun - Biology
2008 – Elizabeth Noey - Chemistry
2007 – Mary Gertrude Gutierrez - Chemistry and Biology; Miles Braten - Chemistry
2006 – Ryan Pemberton - Chemistry
2005 – Colleen McShane - Chemistry
2004 – Eliot Metzger - Environmental Science and Business Administration
2003 – Brett Sharp - Biology
2002 – Yuliya Zabiyaka - Mathematics and Computer Science
2001 – Jennifer Sabado - Biology
1999 – 2000 Collin Elsea - Biochemistry
1998 – Saly Sisouvong - Biology
1997 – Raymond Sy - Biology
1996 – Rachel Bahr - Chemistry
1995 – Jennifer Carroll - Chemistry
 

Man handing an award placard to a student standing in front of a podium
Environmental Science student Makena Gichuru with Mark Lowman, 2023

 

Two people smiling at the camera and holding an award placard
Computer Science student Kate Skardon with John Miller, 2022

 

Two individuals in professional clothing, one person is wearing a medal
Biology student Stephanie Stephens with John Miller, 2019

 

Two individuals in professional clothing, one person is holding a glass award
Chemistry & Biology student Justin Azar with John Miller, 2018

 

Five individuals in formal clothing, one person is wearing a medal and holding a glass award. There is a research poster next to them.
Biology and Spanish student Theresa Keith with Diane Clayton, Mark Lowman, and Biology Professor Deneb Karentz, 2017

 

Two individuals in professional clothing, one person is holding a glass award
Chemistry student Kelechi Nwachuku with Anjana Srivastava, 2016

 

Three individuals in formal clothing, the middle person is wearing a medal and holding a glass award
Biology student Aisling Sinclair with Anjana Srivastava and John Miller, 2015

 

Three individuals in formal clothing, the middle person is wearing a medal and holding a glass award
Biology student Zachary Gallegos with Anjana Srivastava and John Miller, 2014

Three individuals in formal clothing, the middle person is wearing a medal and holding a glass award
Mathematics & Physics student Long Yan Yung with Anjana Srivastava and John Miller, 2012

Three individuals in formal clothing, the middle person is wearing a medal and holding a glass award
Biology student Benjamin Rayikanti with Anjana Srivastava and John Miller, 2011 

Three individuals in formal clothing, the middle person is wearing a medal and holding a glass award
Biology student Natalie Hollick with Anjana Srivastava and John Miller, 2010

 

Three individuals in formal clothing, the middle person is wearing a medal and holding a glass award
Biology student Jie Sun with Anjana Srivastava and John Miller, 2009

 

Two individuals in professional clothing shaking hands, one person is holding a glass award
Chemistry student Elizabeth Noey with John Miller, 2008