CHOOSE OHIO FIRST SCHOLARSHIP
1. Master's Degree in Bioinformatics
2. Dual-Degree "Pipeline" Program:
(BS in Biology AND MS in Bioinformatics in ~5.5 years)
The Choose Ohio First Scholarship Program provides scholarships and educational opportunities for students interested in pursuing a career in biology and bioinformatics or related fields, and will support studies towards a bachelor's degree in biology and a master's degree in Bioinformatics & Proteomics/Genomics at the University of Toledo. Click here for additional COF Scholarship opportunities at The University of Toledo.
Who Should Apply
We encourage applications from students who have interests in computers and/or biology or chemistry, and especially those who have some background in both. Bioinformatics is very useful in a wide range of fields. The masters degree provides an excellent background for careers in biology, medicine, chemistry, computer science, applied mathematics, and many others. Law students have taken our courses in preparation for careers in intellectual property. If you would like to talk about how the masters in bioinformatics, or the Biology/Bioinformatics pipeline could help your career, please contact us.
ALL CHOOSE OHIO FIRST SCHOLARS MUST BE LEGAL RESIDENTS OF OHIO (i.e. “in-state”)
Applicants to the dual-degree pipeline programs (see below) must have:
- good standing in an appropriate bachelors degree program
- GPA of 3.0 or better (on a 4-point scale), with 3.3 or better in their major
- recommendation letters that indicate commitment to studies, ability to work well in teams, and personal integrity.
- The GRE is waived for students who apply to the dual-degree/pipeline program
To ensure access for all Ohioans, special consideration will be given to underrepresented minorities, students from Appalachia and those who are first generation or low-income.
HOW TO APPLY
1. COF Scholarship in Master's Degree Program
Students with bachelors degrees (or who expect to earn such degrees this year) should apply directly to the masters program in Bioinformatics and Proteomics/Genomics at this link: https://apply.utoledo.edu
2. COF Scholarship in Dual-Degree "Pipeline" Program
This program offers students a BS in biological sciences AND an MS in bioinformatics in approximately 5.5 years. For complete details in HTML format, click here. This “pipeline” program integrates the masters and bachelors curricula so that accepted students can earn both degrees in a total of 5-5½ years. Talk to your academic advisor about how to apply, usually during the junior year. Academic advisors can contact the program director (Robert.Blumenthal@utoledo.edu), if they do not yet participate in the pipeline program, but would like to. Pipeline students who become Choose Ohio First Scholars receive tuition scholarships that cover all credits counting towards the masters degree.
If you wish to be considered for a Choose Ohio First Scholarship, please send an e-mail to the Program Secretary: Joanne.Gray@utoledo.edu, AFTER submitting the online application. This e-mail should include a single-paragraph statement of your long-term career objectives, and how training in bioinformatics will help you achieve those objectives. In a separate paragraph, please note any special considerations relevant to your application.
LINK TO MORE DETAILS ON THE CHOOSE OHIO FIRST SCHOLARSHIP (State of Ohio COF site )