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

Department Scholarships & Awards

An application must be submitted online to be eligible for scholarships. You only need to file one application to be eligible for multiple scholarships, but you MUST check all the scholarships for which you are eligible or to be considered for. Online applications MUST be submitted no later than 4:30pm on March 1, 2017.

Online applications will open on Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

Scholarships

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. Award winners receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year).

Requirements:

  • Chemistry or biochemistry major.
  • Junior or senior in fall.
  • Completed four semesters of chemistry courses.
  • GPA 3.0 or higher.
  • Personal Statement (please address your interest in attending graduate school).
  • Current resume.
  • A current APAS report or unofficial UMD transcript.
 
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. Award winners receive a Certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year).

Requirements:

  • Chemistry or biochemistry major.
  • Junior or senior in fall.
  • GPA 3.0 or higher.
  • Financial need based on current or next academic year (completed FAFSA).
  • Personal Statement (please address your interest in attending graduate school).
  • Current resume.
  • A current APAS report or unofficial UMD transcript.

 

Catherine E. Cox Scholarship for Chemistry and Biochemistry

Catherine E. Cox was one of the first four female chemistry students at UMD. 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).

Requirements:

  • Chemistry or biochemistry major.
  • Sophomore or junior.
  • GPA 3.5 or higher.
  • Personal Statement (please address your interest in attending graduate school in major or related field).
  • Current resume.
  • A current APAS report or unofficial UMD transcript.

 

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. Award winners receive a Certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year).

Requirements:

  • Biochemistry BS major.
  • Full-time junior (in Fall when award starts).
  • Financial need based on current or next academic year (completed FAFSA).
  • GPA 3.5 or higher.
  • Personal Statement of your academic plans and career goals.
  • Current resume.
  • A current APAS report or unofficial UMD transcript.

 

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. 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).

Requirements:

  • Outstanding performance as a chemistry or biochemistry major.
  • Sophomore or Junior (in spring when applying).
  • Personal statement of professional/career goals and how your background/plans match criteria. Additional application information (pdf)
  • Current resume.
  • A current APAS report or unofficial UMD transcript.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation (no more than one of which should be from the UMD Chemistry or Biochemistry faculty) emailed to cmisurac@d.umn.edu.

* Finalists will be asked to participate in an interview with the review committee.

 
F.B. Moore Academic and Leadership Scholarship

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. Award winners receive a certificate; Monetary award (payable in spring).

Requirements:

  • Chemistry or biochemistry major.
  • Graduating senior.
  • GPA 3.5 or higher.
  • Personal Statement (please address your intent to pursue a career in chemistry).
  • Current resume.
  • A current APAS report or unofficial UMD transcript.

 

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. Award winners receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year).

Requirements:

  • Chemistry or Biochemistry major.
  • Junior standing.
  • GPA 3.0 or higher.
  • Financial need based on current or next academic year (completed FAFSA).
  • Personal Statement of your academic plans and career goals.
  • Current resume.
  • A current APAS report or unofficial UMD transcript.

 

Awards

ACS Achievement in Organic Chemistry Award

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

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.

American Institute of Chemists Outstanding Senior

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

Departmental Honors

Eligible applicants must have a high academic achievement, research project in chemistry or biochemistry. Qualified chemistry or biochemistry 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.

General Chemistry Award for Excellence

Requirements: Outstanding academic achievement in General Chemistry sequences 1153-1155 and 1173-1175 by a freshman. General chemistry instructors select top students in spring. Award winners receive a certificate and gift.

Hypercube Scholar Award

Requirements: Outstanding chemistry or biochemistry; 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.

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; 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.

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.

James C. Nichol Chemistry Award

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; graduating senior 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.

Outstanding Departmental Service Award

Eligible applicants must be chemistry or biochemistry, senior standing, with outstanding leadership and service to the department above and beyond research (e.g. outreach). Awardees selected by faculty and staff in spring and the award winners would receive a certificate.

Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award

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

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), sophomore standing, and a chemistry major. Organic chemistry instructors select top students in spring. Award winners receive an award letter and certificate.

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.

 

SCSE Scholarships

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." Apply here.

Requirements: Outstanding entering freshman; chemistry or biochemistry 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.

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: Entering Freshman or Sophomore, Chemistry or biochemistry 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).

Ione Thompson Goodman Scholarship

Requirements: Junior standing, Chemistry, biochemistry, 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).

More SCSE Scholarship Info here.