The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences


Scholarships and Awards

The School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences offers several scholarships for undergraduate students. Each scholarship has specific requirements based on the purpose of the scholarship. Please read the criteria and requirements carefully to ensure you meet the qualifications. Other scholarships may be available through the UTD Office of Financial Aid.

Awards to support undergraduate research and professional conference attendance are also available. These awards also have specific requirements, are competitive, and are based on the availability of funds.

Undergraduate Student Scholarships

Helen Small Scholarship — Application Deadline: May 15, 2018

Helen Small

The Helen Small Scholarship was established in honor of UT Dallas alumna Helen Small (BA ’07, MS ’10) by her sons, Dr. Neal Small, Dr. Joel Small and Dr. Stuart Small on the occasion of her 95th birthday. This award supports the education of students who were not able to complete their undergraduate degree immediately following high school or who experienced an interruption in completion of their undergraduate degree.

A $3,000 scholarship will be awarded annually.


  • Full-time or part-time undergraduate student pursuing degree in BBS
  • Student returning to college after delay following high school graduation or interruption of college education
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • FAFSA must be submitted to UTD Financial Aid Office


Diane Milot Tucker Scholarship — Application Deadline: May 15, 2018

The Diane Milot Tucker Scholarship has been established by alumna Nicole J. Tucker (BA ’04) in memory of her mother. Diane Milot Tucker believed strongly in the value of education, and demonstrated this by her persistence in completing her degree despite financial obstacles. A scholarship in the amount of $1,000 will be awarded annually. READ MORE


  • Full-time or part-time undergraduate student pursuing degree in BBS
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • FAFSA must be submitted to UTD Financial Aid Office


Undergraduate Student Awards

Duane and Linda Buhrmester Undergraduate Research Award — Application Deadline: March 26, 2018

Duane and Linda Buhrmester

The Duane and Linda Buhrmester Undergraduate Research Award supports student research activities for students who have demonstrated a commitment to research and will be conducting research during the summer semester. The award was established in memory of Dr. Duane Buhrmester and his wife, Linda. Dr. Buhrmester served as BBS Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education from 1997 — 2010, and spent countless hours mentoring students and developing programs to provide BBS students with strong research skills. Students receiving this competitive award will receive $500 deposited directly into their student accounts to apply toward research supplies and education costs.


  • Research must be conducted in a laboratory of a BBS primary-affiliate faculty member during the upcoming summer semester
  • Students graduating in the current spring semester are not eligible


Santrock Conference Travel Award — Application Deadline: October 15, 2018

John Santrock

Students presenting at or attending a national psychology conference may apply for funds to cover travel expenses. Dr. John Santrock established this award to support students’ attendance of conferences such as Society for Research in Child Development, Society for Research on Adolescence, American Psychological Association, or Association for Psychological Science. Expenses (up to $1,000 maximum) may be awarded to undergraduate juniors and/or seniors to fund conference travel. Priority will be given to students with a primary interest in developmental psychology and to students who serve as authors on conference presentations. Students applying for the award should complete the application form which includes a paragraph describing their research experiences and career goals.


  • Must attend the same conference as faculty mentor
  • Must be enrolled at UT Dallas at the time of travel
  • Priority to students with authorship on presentations
  • Priority to students focused on studying developmental psychology


Larry Cauller Undergraduate Research Travel Award — Application Deadline: Accepting Applications

Larry Cauller

The neuroscience travel award supports undergraduate neuroscience or graduate applied cognition and neuroscience students who are the first and presenting author on a presentation at a scientific conference. The individual requesting travel must be currently enrolled and must be in good academic standing. A completed application includes: