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The Paul and Thea Sager Scholarship for Scientific Writing

In Memory of Edward W. Weidner

The Sager Scholarship recognizes a UW-Green Bay undergraduate who has demonstrated excellence in scientific writing resulting from a classroom or extracurricular academic activity. The recipient will receive a $1000 award, available for Spring 2015. This competitive scholarship was created by emeriti faculty Dr. Paul Sager and Dr. Dorothea Sager in memory of Chancellor Emeritus Edward Weidner and his commitment to UW-Green Bay and the Cofrin Arboretum.


Deadline for applications is February 28th, at 5:00 p.m. Submit materials to Dr. Robert Howe, via email to



Eligible students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and must be enrolled as a student during Spring Semester.

A broad range of activities at UW-Green Bay can provide the basis for science writing. Examples of acceptable submissions for the Sager Scholarship include a scientific manuscript based on independent student research; an in-depth lab report from a classroom assignment; an online blog describing an academic travel course, student project, or field trip; a review of current scientific literature about a topic of interest; or a grant proposal for future research. Guidance by one or more faculty members is expected, but applicants must show evidence of originality, initiative, and primary authorship of the composition.

Selection of the Sager Scholarship will be made by a committee consisting of the Director of the Cofrin Center for Biodiversity, 2 faculty members from the Department of Natural and Applied Sciences and 2 faculty members from the Department of Human Biology. The major selection criteria will be the quality and originality of the writing, scientific validity of the content and appropriate acknowledgment of information sources.

To Apply

Applications for the scholarship must include the following (.doc, .docx, .rtf, or .pdf format):

  1. Scientific composition, essay, or research paper (The composition may be of any length or form.)
  2. A brief cover letter describing the context of the project, including acknowledgment of contributions by others. 
  3. Optional: A letter from a faculty mentor may be included with the application but is not mandatory. 

Deadline for applications is Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. Submit materials to Dr. Robert Howe, via email to

Past Recipients

2016: Reed Heintzkill “Characterization of poly(3-hexylthiophene)(P3HT) through UV-Vis absorbance and experimental HOMO/LUMO energy level determination” Read more.

2015: Christa Kananen “Drawdown of the Potentiometric Surface of the Cambrian-Ordovician Aquifer in Marinette County” Read more.

2014: Holly Plamann “Can Added Sugar Intake Increase the Risk of Developing Pancreatic Cancer?” Read more.

2013: Jesse Cahill "A Review of Phage Therapy" Read more.

2011: Brian Zaron “Misumena vatia effects on pollinator visitation rates, with particular emphasis on Apis mellifera and syrphid flies.” Read more.

2010: Kari Hagenow “Northern Saw-whet Owl Fall Migration through Woodland Dunes Nature Center and Preserve in Two Rivers, Wis. from 2000-2008.” Read more.

2009: Brittany Brodziski, “An analysis of the presence of diethyl and dibutyl phthalate in scented oil air fresheners." Read more.

2009: Adam Snippen, “Characteristics and microbial respiration analysis of a southern boreal forest in Door County, Wisconsin.” Read more.