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Student Support

Beyond the many college-wide support programs at C-N, students majoring in biochemistry have the opportunity to apply for additional scholarships, awards, and memberships. These opportunities not only provide financial assistance but enhance the learning experience through interactions with other majors outside the classroom. We have memberships to both local and national organizations that the students may participate in.

Scholarships and Grants

Dr. and Mrs. Chris Mathews, benefactors of the Mathews Scholarship for Biology Majors.

Mathews Scholarship
Dr. Chris Mathews and his family have generously provided an endowed scholarship for awards for up to two students each year who are majoring in biochemistry. These awards are currently available to freshman through senior students who have declared biochemistry as their major. Awards are decided upon based on academic proficiency and letters of support. Interested students should contact Dr. Morton for application materials.

Mathews Scholarship Application Form

Departmental scholarships
Biochemistry students are also eligible to apply for the various scholarships available to other students within the department of chemistry.


Research Grant
Participation in a research project is a vital and required component of the biochemistry program. While the department supports each research project with the appropriate equipment and supplies, we have also made available a competitive student research grant to students as they enter into this phase of the program. This gives them the opportunity to learn about grantsmanship and project justification. Two grants providing funds for additional supplies or books will be awarded each semester. Interested students should contact Dr. Wright for application materials. We have provided a list of faculty research interests, previous student projects, and current research areas.


Biochemistry is one of the most rapidly-changing discipline, so biochemists must use many modes of communication to keep up. Students can develop vital communication skills through participation in student organizations. These out-of-class interactions should include students from other departments and colleges. We encourage biochemistry students to participate in at least one of the following science-oriented groups.

KEM - The chemistry club, Kappa Epsilon Mu (KEM) (, is a Student Affiliate of the American Chemical Society. The C-N chapter of the SAACS is a student-led organization open to all chemistry majors and non-majors taking 16 hours of chemistry. KEM sponsors social events like the Waffle Extravaganza and Game Night at one of the professor’s houses. Students in KEM also participate in service events such as hands-on chemistry activities with the Girls and Boys Clubs of Jefferson City and chemical demonstrations at Jefferson Middle School.

TriBeta -Student Organization for Biology Majors.Since 1960, the Department of Biology has offered membership to the biological honor society, Beta Beta Beta. Tri-Beta is a society for students, particularly undergraduates, dedicated to improving the understanding and appreciation of biological study and extending boundaries of human knowledge through scientific research. Regular membership is open to biology majors who are second semester sophomores and have completed at least three term courses in biology with a 3.0 GPA or better and are in good academic standing. Associate membership is open to students who do not yet meet the regular membership criteria.For more information contact Robert Trentham or Patsy Boyce in the Biology Department.

CN Biology site
National home page

ASMBM American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (

This is a student organization where students can keep up with developments around the country. They encourage undergraduate participation and you can join at:


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