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

Department Awards & Scholarships

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

CRC Freshman Award for Excellence in General Chemistry
Requirements: Outstanding academic achievement in General Chemistry sequences 1151-1152 and 1161-1162. General chemistry instructors select top students in spring. Award winners receive CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics

Sophomore Awards

Achievement in Organic Chemistry (ACS) Award

Requirements: Outstanding academic achievement in organic chemistry sequence. Organic chemistry instructors select top students in spring. Award winners receive a 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).

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

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; sophomore or junior standing; planning on graduate school; with financial need. Award winners receive a Certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year)

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 major; sophomore or junior standing; excellent academic record; preference is given to students planning to attend graduate school. Award winners receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year)

Norm & Joan Gill Scholarship

Requirements: Chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major, preferably one who is involved in track or cross-country; scholastic merit; financial need. Award winners receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year)

Junior Awards

Undergraduate Analytical Chemistry Award

Requirements: Outstanding junior; demonstrated interest and ability in analytical 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 plaque; HyperChem Software

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

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. Download a flyer (pdf) for more information. Requirements: Outstanding chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology majors. 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)'

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 major; sophomore or junior standing; planning on graduate school; with financial need. Awardees selected by faculty in spring and the award winners receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year)

Kenneth E. Differt Scholarship

Requirements: High scholastic merit and potential 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).

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).

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. The awardees are selected by faculty in spring and the award winners would receive a certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year)

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 major; sophomore or junior standing; excellent academic record; preference is given to students planning to attend graduate school. Awardees selected by faculty in spring. The winners will receive a Certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year)

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

Requirements: Chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major, preferably one who is involved in track or cross-country; scholastic merit; financial need. Awardees selected by faculty in spring. The winners will receive a Certificate; Scholarship (awarded in spring for the following academic year)

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

Lake Superior Section of ACS Outstanding Senior

Requirements: Outstanding graduating senior; chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major. Students apply for award in spring semester of their senior year. The winners will receive a Certificate; Monetary Award; and an Invitation to ACS Lake Superior Local Section Spring Banquet

American Institute of Chemists Outstanding Senior

Requirements: High scholastic standing; leadership and character; graduating senior; intent to pursue a career in field; chemistry or biochemistry and molecular biology major. Students apply for award in the spring semester of their senior year and the winners will receive a certificate.

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

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: scholarship and excellence; 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.

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. Students compete for award by submitting an abstract, paper, 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.

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.