The Bayer School Science Scholars Program

Scholarship application for the 2022-2023 Academic Year is now open.

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The Bayer School Science Scholars Program is a cooperative program between Duquesne University and the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences that provides a full-tuition scholarship for four years of undergraduate study for incoming freshmen who are from an under-represented population in the sciences. (See "Admissions Requirements for Bayer School Science Scholar Applicants" below.

Benefits of this program can include the following:

  • Full-tuition scholarship for four years of undergraduate study while pursuing a degree in one of the majors offered by the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences. Each of the following Departments or Programs will be admitting one Bayer School Science Scholar in Fall 2022: Biological Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Physics, Environmental Science (through the Center for Environmental Research and Education (CERE)), and Forensic Science and Law.
  • Participation in a funded summer research experience at Duquesne University during the summer of the freshman year
  • Assistance with securing a funded research during the summer of your sophomore and junior years or internship experience within Duquesne University or external to the University which could include local organizations such as the Citizens Science Lab, University of Pittsburgh, UPMC Children's Hospital, Magee Women's Research Institute and beyond
  • Personalized mentorship opportunities by Bayer School faculty
  • Specialized academic and career development programming
  • Networking opportunities with Bayer School alumni

"This scholarship has been a significant factor in determining my success in college. Not only was I provided with the funding that made furthering my education possible, but it gave me the resources to become involved in undergraduate research, access to faculty and peer mentors, and a success network that has pushed me to reach my fullest potential. Being selected as Bayer School Scholar has been one of the best opportunities I have ever received and I appreciate it greatly!" -Olivia Price, Junior, Biological Sciences


How the Bayer School Science Scholars Program Works

  • You apply for admission to Duquesne University via in one of the eligible Bayer School Science Scholars majors and you also apply separately to be a Bayer School Science Scholar (apply link at top of this page.)
  • You are admitted to Duquesne University and into the Bayer School and you are one of the students selected as a Bayer School Science Scholar.
  • You receive a full-tuition scholarship for four years of undergraduate study.
  • Summer 1 (after your freshman year) you participate in the 10-week Undergraduate Research Program wherein you receive a generous stipend to work on research in a Bayer School or Duquesne University research lab, participate in a scientific ethics forum, participate in organized community service projects, and attend and present at an Undergraduate Research Symposium. During this 10-week period, you live in the Duquesne University dorms free of charge.
  • Summer 2 (after your sophomore year) and Summer 3 (after your junior year) we assist you with finding a paid summer research or internship experience either locally or within the United States. This opportunity can range from academic institutions, governmental agencies, other non-profit organizations, and private industry. Proper discussion and planning for these opportunities will be conducted in conjunction with the program director ahead of time.
  • You graduate from the program after your fourth year.

Information and Schedule for the Selection of the Bayer School Science Scholar Recipients

  • Your application must be completed with all required accompanying information attached no later than January 15, 2022 deadline. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.
  • The Scholarship Committee will meet in February to review scholarship applications and select finalists who will be further considered for the scholarship.
  • Finalists may be selected for a phone or Zoom interview at a later time.
  • Applicants selected to be a Bayer School Science Scholar are contacted usually in late February or early March to be notified of the award.
  • Admission to the program is extremely competitive. We request that you let us know as soon as possible if you plan to accept the invitation to participate in this program. If you are certain that you will not pursue the Bayer School Science Scholars opportunity, please also notify us right away so that we may offer this opportunity to another qualified student.

Admissions Requirements for Bayer School Science Scholar Applicants

Applicants must be African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander, or female, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and entering a degree program offered in the Bayer School as a freshman student. Admission to this program is competitive and will be awarded to a freshman based on a holistic review of the academic record and a 2-3 page typed essay. No recommendation letter is needed, however, we do reserve the right to request letters of reference from candidates as necessary.  The essay will be uploaded via the application process.

For additional information about the Bayer School Science Scholars Program, please contact Dr. Phillip Palmer, Assistant Dean, at 412-396-4793 or