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Ribble Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Gertrude Flora Ribble Scholarship 

The Biology Department recognizes exceptional research activity with $2,000/year Gertrude Flora Ribble Research Scholarships awarded to Biology majors on the basis of academic and research potential. Ribble Scholars must spend at least one year in a Biology department faculty member’s laboratory engaged in independent research.

The Ribble Research Scholarship, administered by the Biology Department, will support up to 4 students each semester for two consecutive semesters with awards of $1,000 per semester each. Applicants must be Kentucky residents entering their junior or senior year of study as Biology majors at UK (at least 60 credits earned toward the degree). 

Criteria for this award are:

  • Kentucky residency (required by Mrs. Ribble’s bequest)**
  • Biology major, junior or senior status when research project begins
  • Faculty mentor in the Biology department
  • Excellent achievement and promise in biology
  • Potential for a productive research experience as exemplified by the research plan
  • Need for scholarship to enhance education

Ribble Scholars must engage in research for a minimum of 2 semesters for a total of 6 credit hours in BIO 395, BIO 397, or BIO 398 (if it involves lab or field research) with a faculty mentor from the Department of Biology. $1,000 will be disbursed to each Scholar during each of the two academic semesters, the second payment being contingent upon satisfactory progress. Scholars are expected to present their work at the spring research poster session.


Application Deadline: Fall Semester: October 15; Spring Semester: March 15

Download the application hereAttach a write up of your proposed research plans to the application. Completed applications and proposals should be emailed to

Progress Report in the Second Semester

Students in their second semester of research must submit a progress report; download here

Deadline to submit the progress report: Fall semester: October 31st; Spring semester: March 31st

Completed progress reports should be emailed to

List of recent recipients

Ribble Banquet 2017

Ribble Banquet 2018