The Flores Award for Student Research in Biology was established by an alumna of St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) to support research carried out by undergraduate biology majors at the College. The donor of this award is a former SMCM biology major who went on to obtain MS and PhD degrees in Zoology. The intent of the Flores Award is to support the research of aspiring young biologists.
The award covers a stipend of $3,000 and a research budget of up to $2,000 for the funded project.
Who May Apply for the Flores Award?
All full time undergraduates at the college majoring in or intending to major in Biology are eligible to compete for the award.
What is expected of recipients of the Flores Award?
In addition to devoting the equivalent of 350 hours to carrying out the proposed research, the awardee is expected to submit a progress report to his/her mentor midway through the proposed duration of the research. The report should be two to three pages in length and describe the results obtained up to this point in the project. In addition, following completion of the project the awardee must present their findings in a public forum an example of which might be the Fall or Spring Poster Research Day sponsored by the Biology Department. The student must also write-up the findings of his/her research in the conventional format of a scientific report and deliver it to the mentor within two weeks of completion of the project. This report and the mid-term report will be shared with members of the Flores Award Committee and the donor of the award.