Northrop Frye Summer Research Experience Scholarship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Northrop Frye

First awarded in 2001, the Northrop Frye Summer Research Experience Scholarship in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology enables an outstanding student who has recently completed BIO120H to spend four months (May to August) in the laboratory of a faculty member. This year the faculty advisor is Megan Frederickson. See below for project description. 

Scholarship value: $5,700 for four months (May to August)

Application & Eligibility

Application deadline: 5:00 p.m. on Monday March 11, 2019 | Application form (.doc)

To apply you must (1) have completed BIO120H (St. George campus) (note that priority will be given to students who completed BIO120 in the Fall 2018 session), and (2) obtain an average of at least 85% in the university courses you are presently taking or have taken (e.g., if you are taking five courses this year, you estimate that your average among these courses will be at least 85%).

  • In the application you will be asked to provide a statement, not to exceed 500 words in length, telling us about yourself (such as academic interests, extracurricular activities, hobbies, career aspirations) and discussing what you hope to gain from this research experience.
  • In order to be considered, your application must be e-mailed to Laura Heslin Piper ( by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019 with “Northrop Frye Award” in the subject line.
  • Short-listed applicants will be contacted in late March or early April (via e-mail) for an interview. 

Project Description

Professor Megan Frederickson

The student will carry out a research project in the Frederickson Lab, which studies the ecology and evolution of plant-animal and host-microbe mutualisms. The Frederickson Lab is currently developing a high-throughput experimental system to study how plants and their microbiomes evolve in different environments. Under the supervision of Frederickson Lab members, the student will be involved in the design and execution of lab experiments on plant-microbe interactions, and will learn how to culture plants and bacteria. The student may also have the opportunity to acquire some basic molecular biology, field sampling, or data analytic skills. The successful student will be required to take Biosafety training through EHS, to attend Frederickson Lab meetings and training sessions, and to contribute to general lab maintenance.