Help Build The Future In Biological Sciences
Your generous gifts have a direct impact on the lives of students and faculty members. Through your donation, you are investing in the future of scientific research by helping to sponsor students, fund state-of-the-art equipment and labs, and provide conference travel for our outstanding students and faculty.
Whether big or small, we thank you for your gifts. You help transform students’ lives, attract world-class faculty members, and foster an exceptional educational experience for undergraduate and graduate students.
What Your Gift Could Accomplish
Matthew Songer, (Biological Sciences ’79) and Laura Songer (Biological Sciences ’80) have generously donated funds to support undergraduate and graduate student research, the Songer Research Award for Human Health. Remembering their own eagerness to engage in research during their undergraduate years, the Songers established these awards to stimulate and encourage opportunities for original research by current Michigan Tech students. The Department is extremely grateful for the Songers’ continuing interest in, and support of, Michigan Tech’s programs in human health and medicine.
Donor- and State-matching opportunities are available. Contact Casey Huckins at email@example.com to explore ways your support can multiply—ensuring your gift has maximum impact.
There are a variety of needs in the Department. Choose from the following and make your gift today.
Your gift to the Biological Sciences Fund supports special project needs in the department. These are primarily student-experience-strengthening projects. Your donation:
- Support for seminars
- Assisting undergraduate student participation in research
- Special student laboratory needs.
Additionally, this fund helps the department leverage funds from elsewhere in the University for special projects. Increased support for this fund will allow for greater student project support.
Bioathlon and Outreach
Your gift to the Bioathlon and Outreach Endowment helps build awareness of and enthusiasm for the biological sciences among the next generation. The Bioathlon is a biology competition for high school sophomores held each May. As many as 20 high schools from across the Upper Peninsula participate in a day-long competition, using their skills and knowledge to solve biological problems along the way. Many high school teachers use the team selection process (four sophomores per school) as a means to motivate their students throughout the school year. The endowment covers half the costs associated with this activity.
Outstanding Student Scholarship
Your gift to the Gopi K. Podila Research Award helps the Department recognize outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in biological sciences. This award is dedicated in memory of Dr. Podila, in recognition of his contributions to undergraduate and graduate student research and his high standards of scholarship. It is given in recognition of the student's high standard of scholarship, as demonstrated by the individual for whom the award is named and dedicated. The award is given annually to student(s) demonstrating outstanding dedication and potential for biological research and helps support them to undertake research projects.
Medical Laboratory Sciences
Give now to the Medical Technology/Laboratory Science Fund. Your gift supports special projects and recruitment for the medical technology/medical laboratory sciences (MLS) program, such as student field trips to hospitals, equipment upgrades in the MLS laboratory, visits by MLS professionals to campus, and recruitment of prospective students into MLS.
Your gift to the Nursing Program Fund helps build the launching pad for Tech’s newest degree program. Your generosity supports equipment and scrubs purchases, visits to hospitals, and infrastructure needed to teach the next generation of nurses in the Upper Peninsula.
The Jack Holland Endowed Scholarship, established in honor of Dr. Jack Holland, Professor of Medical Technology (1966-1988) is awarded to an outstanding first-year medical laboratory sciences student, based on professional attitude, communication skills and academic grade point.
Former students, upon Dr. Holland's retirement, originally set up the endowment. Those wishing to donate to the endowment will be assisting with a greater portion of the selected student's second-year tuition.
- 2016 - 17: Autumn Tallman
- 2015 - 16: Larissa Kramer
The Kathy Jean Jensen Endowed Scholarship was established by gifts from Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Jensen in memory of Kathy Jean, a 1974 Medical Technology graduate. The scholarship is awarded to a Michigan Tech junior or senior majoring in pre-health studies (with a 3.25 minimum GPA) with financial need. The recipient must be a Michigan resident.
The endowment has grown under the leadership of Dr. E. Michael Balok and his wife Amy through the generous contributions of former recipients of the award, alumni, and friends of the Department of Biological Sciences. Donations to this endowment will allow the scholarship amount to increase, with a goal of providing full tuition support for an academic year.
- 2017 - 18: Dana Anderson, Gavin Rye
- 2016 - 17: Leah Kimminau, Anna Caramella
- 2015 - 16: Luke Dalton, Misty Brouillete, Carine Netch-Toakom, Brittany Erickson, Valerie Taglione, Alyssa Vinckier, Kayle Stemberger
Phi Sigma is the National Biological Science Honor Society. Students in the Michigan Tech Beta Chi Chapter support undergraduate research awards for Biological Sciences and Medical Lab Sciences students. Phi Sigma raises funds through book sales and, occasionally, Winter Carnival activities. Designation of contributions to this fund will help Phi Sigma in its mission of supporting student scholarship within the biological sciences.
The Medical Technology "Tech Is" Award Scholarship was originally funded by the three monetary awards received by the Society of Medical Technologists for first-place awards in the "Tech Is" student competitions (1981, 1983 and 1986). The "Tech Is" program no longer exists, however the endowments provides a partial scholarship to a junior-class student based on participation in the Society of Medical Laboratory Scientists, extracurricular activities, grade point, and faculty interviews.
Contributors to the endowment will be helping with the scholarship amount.
- 2017 - 18: Caitalyn Nielson
- 2016 - 17: Melanie Batchelor
- 2015 - 16: Luke Dalton
The purpose of the scholarship is to provide support to junior or senior students in either biological sciences or medical laboratory sciences who have a minimum grade point of 3.25 and intend to pursue a professional medical graduate degree such as a MD, DO, DDS, and so on.
The Michigan Tech Medical Alumni Endowed Scholarship is supported by alumni and friends in various medical professions—make your gift now.
- 2017 - 18: Piersan Kimmes, Callie Swaney, Matthew Tocco
- 2016 - 17: Greg Kaurala, Chase McNamara, Lynea Hautamaki
- 2015 - 16: Courtney De Cramer, Rebecca Mills, Abigail Meisel, Mindy Harrington, Ted Ylitalo
The Soldan 4+1 Scholarship, named in honor of Alice Soldan, one of the original MLS faculty who taught for over 33 years, is awarded to a senior Medical Laboratory Science student in their last semester at Michigan Tech. They must be able to document acceptance into an accredited "+1" practicum and be enrolled in one of the following concentrations:
4+1 Medical Laboratory Science
Upon retirement, Soldan's generosity provided the original funding for this scholarship. The fund can be been augmented by alumni who wish to donate in her honor.
- 2017 - 18: Melanie Batchelor
- 2016 - 17: Katie Schjoth
- 2015 - 16: Brook Bedore
The John T. and Lillian MacFarland Baklarz Endowed Scholarship was established by Mrs. Baklarz in 2000. She heard about MTU from a friend and decided to establish the scholarship to support students majoring in Biological and Medical Laboratory Sciences.
The Cornish-Kimball Endowed Scholarship was established by Olive Cornish Kimball '52, a native of Calumet, in 2012 to support returning Medical Laboratory Science, Biochemistry, and Molecular Biology students.
The Hon and Nottoli Family Scholarship is a multi-year scholarship established to provide material support for students who are interested in pursuing medical school. This scholarship wishes to honor Lt. Col. Robert N. Nottoli USAF (Ret.) and Samuel C. Hon M.D. F.A.C.S, both of whom believed that quality education was the gateway to success in service to others. The couple from California who established the scholarship (although not Tech graduates) have chosen to invest in the University’s growing health sciences area. Preference is given to Copper Country students in the hope that recipients who pursue becoming physicians will return to the Copper Country to practice and provide sustainable care to citizens of the region.
The Dr. Kathryn Cramer Endowed Scholarship was established in 2014 by an estate gift from Dr. Cramer '82 following her courageous battle with cancer, to support outstanding returning Medical Laboratory Science (MLS) students who are active in MLS activities.
The Laurel Baumel Zechlinski Endowed Scholarship was established in loving memory of Laurel, a 1978 graduate of Michigan Tech by her husband, Ron in 2022 to support Medical Laboratory Science students.
The Upper Peninsula Human Biology Endowed Scholarship was established by Camille Kempke '75 to support Upper Peninsula students like her mother, Viola I. Brown (Elo), who was able to attend college only because of the scholarship she received. Awards support third- and fourth-year Human Biology students.