Students in lab


Each year, the Department of Biology and Chemistry offers a limited number of fellowships to select undergraduates to participate in the Student-To-Scholar (S2S) program involving laboratory research with a faculty-mentor.

The S2S program immerses students in hands-on research across a wide variety of topics, such as using mass spectrometry to study the metabolism of efavirenz (an anti-HIV drug), or determining the effect of pollution on the growth and function of native southern California plant species. Working alongside expert faculty, students gain valuable lab/field experience as they work with cutting edge research equipment and techniques. Students’ projects typically culminate in the opportunity to present their work at local, regional, and national conferences, distinguishing them as excellent candidates for graduate programs at prestigious schools around the country. The S2S research program is one of the key ways through which APU is raising up the next generation of scientists, doctors, and teachers.

Other Scholarships

  • The Robert and Roberta Wright Pre-Medical Scholarship is awarded to a chemistry, biochemistry, biological sciences, or allied health major who has been accepted into APU’s premedical/predental track and has completed at least one CHEM, BIOC, or BIOL class at the 300 level or higher.
  • The Stauffer Scholarship is a competitive award of $2,000-$5,000 for outstanding biochemistry or chemistry majors.
  • The Women of Excellence in Chemistry Scholarship is awarded to one junior female chemistry or biochemistry major who excels in her chemistry courses and demonstrates service to the department.

Contact the department for more information.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.