Division of Invertebrate Zoology

Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship

For the 2023 Summer Field Station Season

This scholarship, in memory of Libbie H. Hyman, one of America's foremost invertebrate zoologists, provides assistance to students to take courses or to pursue research on invertebrates at a marine, freshwater, or terrestrial field station. The Hyman Grant is intended to help support a first meaningful field-station experience for a first- or second-year graduate student, or an advanced undergraduate.


  • Awards are limited to advanced undergraduates or first or second year graduate students currently enrolled in degree programs. Previous recipients of this scholarship are not eligible unless they encountered exceptional circumstances regarding the use of their award and the scholarship committee chair has specifically approved their re-eligibility.
  • Applicants do NOT need to be members of SICB.
  • Funds must be used to support coursework or research on invertebrates at a field station (work on research vessels / cruises is not eligible).
  • Funds are awarded to support the first meaningful field station experience for a student. If you have questions about whether or not your proposal meets this criterion, please email the scholarship committee chair (contact information below).
  • This award supports in-person field station experiences: funds are not transferrable to alternative activities. In the event that a scholarship recipient is unable to pursue the activities detailed in their proposal (e.g. due to unforeseen travel restrictions, course cancellation, or health issues) the recipient must inform the scholarship committee. The scholarship committee will review each case individually. If it is determined that the recipient will not be able to use the funds for an eligible experience, the funds will be retained by SICB and the recipient will be allowed to apply in future funding cycles (subject to all other eligibility requirements).

How to apply: Read the instructions carefully, fill in the online application form, and upload transcripts as directed.

For questions regarding the program, contact the chair of the Libbie H. Hyman Memorial Scholarship Committee:

Dr. Abigail Cahill

Biology Department, Albion College

611 East Porter St., Albion MI, 49224

Phone: 517-629-0570




  • Applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically following the instructions and using the forms provided at this website.
  • Complete applications consist of a proposal (see forms below), two letters of reference from faculty members, and copies of undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts. [Graduate student applicants must submit transcripts from graduate AND undergraduate programs]. All materials, including BOTH letters of reference, must be received by the deadline in order for the application to be considered.
  • The student should write the proposal, preferably with the advice of their major professor. However, the major professor should not do the writing, since this will defeat an important part of the process.
  • A form for the proposal is available on this page. You must use this form to submit your application. If you experience problems using the form, contact the webmaster by email.
  • The form has fields for requested information. You must fill in all fields unless noted otherwise. The electronic submittal system will not accept any empty fields! Limits of field length apply. Actual character counts of an entry can be viewed by the applicant on the preview page.
  • Please proofread your application before you submit it.
  • Complete the online form, proofread it again, and submit it via the web to SICB.
  • Copies of official or unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts should be combined into a SINGLE PDF file no more than 2MB in size. The file must be uploaded as part of the application process.
  • Letters of recommendation must be submitted via a separate online form at It is critical that each recommender enters the exact email address that the applicant has used in the application. We use an automated system to attach the letters to the appropriate application using the submitted email address information. If the email addresses do not match, the letter of support will not be attached to the application and the application will not be complete.
  • It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that letters of recommendation are submitted to the website, with the correct student information, by the deadline. Applicants will receive an email notification when each letter of support has been submitted.
  • The closing date for the receipt of applications (including transcripts) AND supporting letters will be February 6, 2023. Notification of awards will occur by: March 15, 2023
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