In 2014, American Latvians Kristīna and Laimonis Laimiņš established the Laimiņš Family Scholarship in Microbiology to honour their parents. Dr. biol. L. Laimiņš is the Head of the Department of Microbiology-Immunology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (USA), as well as heads the research on the HPV virus in his laboratory, while Kristīna Laimiņš (née Sīmanis) is an artist and employed in the field of culture.

The scholarship is intended for the University of Latvia (UL) Faculty of Biology students (both bachelor’s and master’s level) specializing in microbiology and immunology. Preference is given to bachelor’s programme students.

Number of scholarships: 1.

Scholarship amount: EUR 2 156 per academic year.

Scholarship Commission: Dean of the UL Faculty of Biology Prof. Didzis Elferts (Chairman of the Scholarship commission), Assoc. Prof. of the UL Faculty of Biology, Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology Nils Rostoks, Public Relations Specialist of the UL Faculty of Biology Madara Rakšte, and the UL Vice-Rector for Natural Sciences, Technology and Medicine Prof. Valdis Segliņš.

Scholarship recipients

In the 2020/2021 academic year - Ksenija Korotkaja.

In the 2019/2020 academic year – Darja Černova.
In the 2018/2019 academic year – Ņikita Zrelovs.
In the 2017/2018 academic year – Ilze Izabella Dindune.
In the 2016/2017 academic year – Zane Ozoliņa.

Within a single academic year, the applicant may receive only one scholarship financed by the patrons of the University of Latvia Foundation.