Scholarships Available through the Chemistry Department
ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry - The award is for those with interest in analytical chemistry and to recognize students who display an aptitude for a career in the field. The award consists of a personalized certificate and a one-year membership to the ACS Division of Analytical Chemistry. Students enrolled in CHEM 315 will be automatically considered by the faculty nominators, no application required.
ACS-Hach Scientific Scholarship – Awarded to two undergraduate chemistry majors who are full-time students with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or better, are U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and have a commitment to becoming a high school chemistry teacher. Preference is given to students with demonstrated need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. Recipients will be known as ACS-Hach Land Grant Scholars and must agree to provide the donor with brief statements describing their career status annually for five years after graduation. Approximately $10,000 award. Open to US citizens or permanent residents. AcademicWorks application required.
Dr. Uche Anyanwu Memorial Fund – Awarded to the top three posters by chemistry majors at the Undergraduate Research Poster Session. Established by Dr. Ucheoma O. Akobundu to honor her late husband, who was part of the DV Group.This award is $100. Awarded by Selection Committee. Students must submit abstracts via AcademicWorks.
Roger G. Bates Chemistry Fund – Awarded to a chemistry major of high academic achievement for summer research support in the department. Made possible by the generous gift of Roger Bates. Approximately $2,500 award. If interested, a Faculty member recommendation and AcademicWorks application are required.
Michael Bruno Chemistry Scholarship – Scholarship support for an undergraduate student in the department of chemistry with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and demonstrated financial need. Preference for a student who is a resident of Massachusetts. AcademicWorks application required.
J.F.B. Fund for Undergraduate Research – The award includes $3,000 for summer research for a chemistry major of high academic achievement for research support in the department. Made possible by the gift of Juanita Bradspies, chemistry major, class of 1959. If interested, a Faculty member recommendation and AcademicWorks application are required.
Chemistry Undergraduate Research Fund – The award for the Department of Chemistry Undergraduate Research is funded by donations. The award is given to a chemistry major of high academic achievement to support research in the department. If interested, a Faculty nomination and AcademicWorks application are required.
Sir Harold W. Kroto & Steve F. A. Acquah GEOSET Award – Awarded to a chemistry major who has demonstrated excellence in science communication through digital media. Approximately $400 award. AcademicWorks application required.
Jay A. Pirog Scholarship - Annual award to a chemistry major who has a financial need and maintains a 3.2 GPA. Established in memory of a former student by his mother and raised funds. By Award Selection Committee only.
Positron Award - Honors Professors Dhandapani Venkataraman and Justin Fermann and promotes teaching and research. The award is given to a student who shows a strong interest in Chemistry, has exhibited leadership, has contributed to teaching and research, has given back to the community, and has clear future goals. AcademicWorks application is required, self-nomination, faculty and peer nominations.
Professor Jack Ragle Endowed Fund in Chemistry – Awarded to a chemistry major of high academic achievement for summer research in physical chemistry. Made possible by the generous gift of chemistry alum, Dr. Edward P. Marram '59, '61MS. Approximately $4,000 award. If interested, a Faculty member recommendation and AcademicWorks application are required.
George Richason, Jr. Scholarship for Distinguished Undergraduate TA (In Honor of Earl J. McWhorter and George R. Richason, Jr.) – Honors the late professor and alumnus, and is awarded for excellence in teaching as recognized by students and faculty. Nominated by faculty and students.
Edward Shapiro Fund - Scholarships based on need and scholarship to a son or daughter of a New England Nuclear employee, son or daughter of a Massachusetts subsidiary of Dupont, or, if no candidates from these two categories, a chemistry major at any of the UMass campuses. Awarded to students who are matriculated at UMass, chemistry majors, and in the freshman to junior classes. Awards are 2-5 awards of $600 each. By Award Selection Committee only (no application or nomination required).
Thomas R. "Casey" Stengle Scholarship - Awarded to one rising junior in the Chemistry Department who demonstrates financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office. The donor has a strong interest in supporting women in science and first-generation college students. The student must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. $2,000 award. AcademicWorks application required.
Tarselli Family Research Award – Awarded to 2-3 rising chemistry juniors with future interests in the biotech and/or pharmaceutical fields. Must apply and get letter of recommendation from a faculty member. Only second semester sophomores (i.e. rising Juniors) may apply. Average award: $500+ each for summer research. Made possible by the generous gift of a chemistry alum. If interested, a Faculty member recommendation and AcademicWorks application are required.
Mr. Tompkins Award – Awarded to two chemistry majors who have shown devotion to the discipline by success in the research lab. $150 prize. If interested, a Faculty member recommendation and AcademicWorks application are required.
Robert Maxwell Williams Memorial Scholarship – This award was established in memory of Dr. Robert Maxwell Williams, who taught organic chemistry for students not majoring in chemistry. The scholarship recognizes accomplishments of three sophomores ($200 each) in the non-majors organic chemistry courses. If interested, a Faculty member nomination and AcademicWorks application are required.