University of Minnesota Duluth
University of Minnesota Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Department Awards & Scholarships

Applications are due no later than 4:30pm on March 27, 2015 (unless otherwise stated on application). Late applications will NOT be accepted.

Freshman Awards

Swenson Family Foundation Scholarships

James R. (Jim) Swenson graduated from UMD in 1959, with a BA in Chemistry. Swenson went on to found Details, Inc., a prolific, high technology, printed circuit shop, which he sold a few years ago. He now wishes to give back to future science students at his alma mater, a place where he says he received much individual attention, outstanding career counseling, and "a real feel for industry and research."

Requirements: Outstanding entering freshman; chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major; financial need; U.S. citizen; eligible for MN in-state tuition. Students apply during the spring of their senior year of high school. Applicants submit an application form, transcript, ACT scores and letters of recommendation. Award winners receive Certificate; Scholarship for the following academic year, renewable for up to four years.

General Chemistry Award for Excellence

Requirements: Outstanding academic achievement in General Chemistry sequences 1151-1152 and 1161-1162. General chemistry instructors select top students in spring. Award winners receive a certificate and gift.

Sophomore Awards

POLYED Undergraduate Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry

Requirements: Outstanding academic achievement in a two-semester organic chemistry sequence.GPA average should be at least B+ (~3.4) and a chemistry major. Organic chemistry instructors select top students in spring. Award winners receive an award letter and certificate.

James H. Maguire Award

Dr. James H. Maguire received a B.S. in chemistry from UMD and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. He taught at the University of North Carolina until his death in 1989. Requirements: Outstanding chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology majors are eligible. Students apply during the spring of their sophomore or junior years for up to two years of scholarship support. Award winners receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year). Download the application (pdf). Additional application information (pdf)

Ballou Scholarship Honoring Dr. John C. Cothran

This scholarship was established in 2007 by Dr. Nathan Ballou and his wife Elaine.  Dr. Ballou received his BS in Chemistry from the Duluth State Teachers College in 1941 and is known for his work on the Manhattan Project creating material for the atomic bomb.  Dr. Ballou was inducted into the SCSE Academy of Science and Engineering in 2007. Requirements: Chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major with a good academic standing. Junior or senior in fall, completed four semesters of chemistry courses, and GPA 3.0 or higher. Award winners receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year). Download the application (pdf).

Robert Bayer Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Raymond Bayer established the Robert W. Bayer Memorial Scholarship in 1965 in honor of his twin brother, Robert, who died of a brain tumor. The Bayer brothers were graduates of the UMD Chemistry Department who both went on to become dentists. Requirements: Chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology majors; junior or senior in fall; planning on graduate school; with financial need. Award winners receive a Certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year). Download the application (pdf).

Catherine E. Cox Scholarship for Chemistry and Biochemistry

Catherine E. Cox was one of the first four female chemistry students at UMD. Requirements: Chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology declared major; sophomore or junior standing; excellent academic record (GPA 3.5 or higher); preference is given to students planning to attend graduate school in their major or related field. Award winners receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year). Download the application (pdf).

Norm & Joan Gill Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2004 by Norman Gill who graduated UMD in 1961 with a chemistry major and mathematics minor. Requirements: Chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major, preferably one who is involved in track or cross-country; scholastic merit; financial need, renewable for up to four years. Award winners receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year). Download the application (pdf).

Junior Awards

ACS Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry

Requirements: Outstanding junior; demonstrated excellence in inorganic chemistry at the undergraduate level based on any combination of research, coursework, and /or motivation / interest / dedication and should have future plans that include a career in chemistry. Analytical chemistry instructors select top students in spring. Award winners receive a certificate; Subscription to Analytical Chemistry.

Hypercube Scholar Award

Requirements: Outstanding chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major; planning to attend graduate school; junior standing. Top students selected by faculty in spring. Award winners receive a framed certificate and HyperChem Software (valued at $995). To apply, students must submit a letter of interest indicating the value of this prize to their education or research interests.

Warren F. Davis Scholarship for Excellence in Biochemistry

Warren F. Davis created this fund in 2013. It supports full-time undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota Duluth who are studying Biochemistry BS at the Swenson College of Science and Engineering. Requirements: Primary consideration is given to students entering their junior year of study; financial need; academic merit (GPA 3.5 or higher). Award winners receive a Certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year). Download the application (pdf).

James H. Maguire Award

Dr. James H. Maguire received a B.S. in chemistry from UMD and a Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina. He taught at the University of North Carolina until his death in 1989. Requirements: Outstanding chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology majors are eligible. Students apply during the spring of their sophomore or junior years for up to two years of scholarship support. Award winners receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year). Download the application (pdf). Additional application information (pdf)

Robert Bayer Memorial Scholarship

Dr. Raymond Bayer established the Robert W. Bayer Memorial Scholarship in 1965 in honor of his twin brother, Robert, who died of a brain tumor. The Bayer brothers were graduates of the UMD Chemistry Department who both went on to become dentists. Requirements: Chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology majors; junior or senior in fall; planning on graduate school; with financial need. Award winners receive a Certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year). Download the application (pdf).

UMD Peterson Memorial Scholarship

The Peterson Memorial Scholarship is funded by an estate gift from Paula Tabler in honor of her parents, Hazel and Paul Peterson. Requirements: Chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, physics or biology major with a financial need. Awardees selected by faculty in spring and the award winners would receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year). Download the application (pdf).

Ballou Scholarship Honoring Dr. John C. Cothran

This scholarship was established in 2007 by Dr. Nathan Ballou and his wife Elaine.  Dr. Ballou received his BS in Chemistry from the Duluth State Teachers College in 1941 and is known for his work on the Manhattan Project creating material for the atomic bomb.  Dr. Ballou was inducted into the SCSE Academy of Science and Engineering in 2007. Requirements: Chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major with a good academic standing. Junior or senior in fall, completed four semesters of chemistry courses, and GPA 3.0 or higher. Award winners receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year). Download the application (pdf).

Catherine E. Cox Scholarship for Chemistry and Biochemistry

Catherine E. Cox was one of the first four female chemistry students at UMD. Requirements: Chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology declared major; sophomore or junior standing; excellent academic record (GPA 3.5 or higher); preference is given to female students planning to attend graduate school in their major or related field. Award winners receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year). Download the application (pdf).

Ione Thompson Goodman Scholarship

Requirements: Chemistry, biochemistry and molecular biology, mathematics or statistics major; strong academic record; financial need; preference is given to female students, especially those motivated to pursue a career in higher education either in chemistry or mathematics. Awardees selected by faculty in spring. The winners will receive a Certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year).

Norm & Joan Gill Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 2004 by Norman Gill who graduated UMD in 1961 with a chemistry major and mathematics minor. Requirements: Chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major, preferably one who is involved in track or cross-country; scholastic merit; financial need, renewable for up to four years. Award winners receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year). Download the application (pdf).

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award

Requirements: Outstanding undergraduate teaching assistant; taught at least two semesters as an undergraduate. Awardees selected by faculty in spring. The winners will receive a certificate.

Senior Awards

ACS Achievement in Organic Chemistry Award

Requirements: Outstanding senior students who display a significant aptitude for organic chemistry and encourage further interest in the field. Organic chemistry instructors select top students in spring. Award winners receive a certificate and one year membership to the ACS Organic Division.

Lake Superior Section of ACS Outstanding Senior

Requirements: Outstanding graduating senior; chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major. The winners will receive a certificate; monetary award; and an invitation to ACS Lake Superior Local Section Spring Banquet & Seminar.

American Institute of Chemists Outstanding Senior

Requirements: High scholastic standing; demonstrated leadership and character; graduating senior; intent to pursue a career in field; chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major. Winners will receive a certificate and Student Associate AIC membership.

James C. Nichol Scholarship

Merit-based scholarship awarded to students who exemplify Professor Emeritus Nichol’s dedication to academic excellence and commitment to scholarly research. Requirements: Full-time undergraduate student majoring in Chemistry; complete the Physical Chemistry two-course sequence; demonstrate interest in carrying out undergraduate research in Physical Chemistry; aspire to attend graduate school; participating in the summer undergraduate research program (SURP) in Chemistry. Physical chemistry instructors select top students in spring.The award winners will receive both a certificate and a monetary award.

Larry C. Thompson Inorganic Chemistry Award

Professor Larry C. Thompson retired from the Department of Chemistry in fall 2003, leaving a forty-three year legacy of excellence and commitment. Requirements: Outstanding achievement in Inorganic Chemistry; graduating senior; chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major. Inorganic chemistry instructors select top students in spring. The award winners will receive both a certificate and a monetary award.

F.B. Moore Academic and Leadership Award

Dr. Francis B. Moore received his Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Iowa State University in 1940. He joined the UMD faculty in 1952 and served as Department Head of Chemistry until his retirement in 1974. Requirements: excellent academic record; outstanding graduating senior; chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major; intent to pursue a career in chemistry. Students apply for award in spring semester of their senior year. The award winners will receive both a certificate and a monetary award. Download the application (pdf).

Casmir Ilenda Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Research

Dr. Casmir Ilenda earned his B.S. degree in Chemistry from UMD in 1969, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Colorado. Dr. Ilenda holds a research scientist appointment at Rohm and Haas Pharmaceutical, Inc. Requirements: outstanding accomplishment in undergraduate research; major in chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology; excellence in oral presentation and written report; graduating senior (spring or following fall); faculty sponsorship; Registration in Chem 4184-85. Students compete for award by submitting an Abstract, Research Content, Student Contribution, and presentation at the annual Chemistry and Biochemistry Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium. The award winners will receive both a certificate and a monetary award.

Departmental Honors

Eligible applicants must have a high academic achievement, research project in chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology. Qualified Chemistry or Biochemistry and Molecular Biology majors may apply to participate in the Honors Program after the fall semester of their sophomore year. The recipients of such honor would receive a certificate.

Outstanding Departmental Service Award

Eligible applicants must be chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology majors, senior standing, with outstanding leadership and service to the department. Awardees selected by faculty in spring and the award winners would receive a certificate.