2013 student awards ceremony

Scholarships, Fellowships & Awards

If you have any questions, please contact:

Undergraduate Chemistry Office
Room 1328 Chemistry Building
UW-Madison Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706
scholarships@chem.wisc.edu
608.263.2424

Awards applied for separate from the Chemistry Undergraduate Scholarship

Chemistry Undergraduate Scholarship General Application Guidelines

Any student who is a chemistry major or is conducting research with a chemistry faculty member is eligible to apply for the scholarships. An overall GPA of at least 3.0 is required for application; awards are based on both merit and financial need. Students may apply for academic year scholarships and/or summer research support. Recipients of academic year scholarships must be enrolled full-time for the semester(s) they receive the award. Recipients of the summer research scholarships must enroll in at least one credit of research for the summer term. Summer research award recipients must also commit to working at least 30 hours per week for eight weeks during the summer, or 240 hours over the entire summer. Students cannot receive both the UW-Madison Hilldale/Holstrom Research Fellowship and a chemistry summer research scholarship for the same summer.

Scholarship applications for summer 2020 and the 2020-21 academic year will be available beginning December, 2019. Applications are due by early February, 2020 (exact dates to be provided soon). Award recipients will be notified in mid-April 2020.

To apply for a scholarship, students must complete an online application through the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH). Students complete just one application, called Chemistry Undergraduate Scholarships in WiSH, to apply for both a summer research award and an academic year scholarship.
Apply to the Chemistry Undergraduate Scholarships

As part of the application, applicants must include a letter of support from a faculty member or mentor, a brief statement of interest, and a resume. Transfer students will also need to submit unofficial transcripts from their former institution(s). For students applying for a summer research scholarship, the letter of support should come from the faculty member who will supervise their summer research project.

The brief statement of interest should include the following information:

  • Describe your current and past activities at UW-Madison. This could include undergraduate research (including the names of your supervisors and dates or semesters), publications, other professionally relevant activities, or any chemistry organizations or outreach programs of which you are a member or with which you are active.
  • Describe any professionally relevant experience (studies or research elsewhere, summer jobs, tutoring, etc.).
  • Tell us about your plans for the future (e.g., will you be doing undergraduate research, are you planning on graduate or medical school, teaching at the high school or college level, working in industry, etc.).
  • Some of our scholarships are financial need based. If you are eligible for financial aid, please state any special circumstances regarding your or your family’s financial need that may not be reflected in your information on file with the Financial Aid Office.

To learn more about how to write a resume and a personal statement, visit L&S SuccessWorks website and/or consider attending a UW Writing Center workshop. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Awards Included in the General Application:

Undergraduate Scholarships

Stephen D. Morton

Stephen D. Morton Research Award

Stephen Morton (B.S. 1954, Ph.D. 1962, chemistry) established this award and attributes his career success to the quality of his education at UW-Madison. This award is given jointly to an undergraduate mentee and a graduate student mentor.


Graduate Student Faculty Liaison Committee Mentor Award

These awards recognize graduate students, postdocs, academic staff, and faculty who have had a profound impact on graduate students in the department. Graduate student mentors can be any member of the chemistry community who have dedicated time to the development and growth of a student’s career. The mentor awardees are selected based on effective mentorship traits as well as their involvement and effect on mentee personal and academic growth.


Robert C. Doban Mentorship Award

During his career, Robert Doban (Ph.D. 1952) led scientific and technical operations at Owens Corning and DuPont, served in the US Navy, and served on numerous boards, including for the National Academy of Sciences and National Institute of Standards and Technology. He survived a catastrophic explosion in a chemistry lab and a mid-air collision with another aircraft, This award encourages graduate students who are involved in mentoring undergraduates.


PPG logoPPG Fellowship and PPG Industries Mentoring Awards

PPG established these award to increase the company’s visibility on campus and to recognize remarkable dedication on the part of student research and of graduate students involved in mentoring undergraduates.

Paul Bender

Paul J. Bender Memorial Award

This award honors Paul J. Bender, who helped created the instrument center, served as its director, and worked for the Department of Chemistry until he retired in 1979.

 


Leah Cohodas Berk Award for Excellence in Chemistry Research

The fund was established with a gift from Myra Cristall in 2001. The purpose of the award is to honor a graduate student doing special research in chemistry.


Roger J. Carlson

Roger J. Carlson Graduate Award

Edward and Marjorie Carlson established this award in honor of their son, Roger (Ph.D. 1989, chemistry).

 

 

 


Chuck & Martha CaseyCharles P. and Martha L. Casey Excellence in Research Award (Inorganic/Organic/Chem)

Charles Casey, emeritus professor of chemistry, and Martha Casey, emerita assistant vice chancellor for academic planning and analysis, established this fund to benefit outstanding chemistry graduate students. Both Charles and Martha hold doctorates in chemistry and have been part of the UW-Madison campus community for more than 45 years.

 


Farrington Daniels Ethical Leadership Award

William (Ph.D. 1946, chemistry) and Virginia Hendrickson established this award in 2004 in honor of William’s doctoral advisor, former Professor Farrington Daniels.


William B. Dickinson Fellowship in Organic Chemistry

Dr. “Bill” Dickinson received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 1950, after attaining his bachelor’s (1946) and master’s (1947) degrees in organic chemistry from Emory University. He never married or had any kids, so a long time ago he decided he would like his legacy to be fellowship grants at both universities he attended. Bill died in 2019, leaving a path for other students to pursue their passion for organic chemistry.

 


Robert C. Doban Mentorship Award

During his career, Robert Doban (Ph.D. 1952, chemistry) led scientific and technical operations at Owens Corning and DuPont. This award serves to encourage graduate students who are involved in mentoring undergraduates.


Eastman Summer Research Award

Eastman Chemical Company Research Division established this graduate student summer support award to recognize outstanding research achievement in the areas of organic, inorganic, or bio-organic chemistry.


Eli Lilly Organic and Summer Fellowships

Eli Lilly and Company established these awards to increase the company’s visibility on campus and honor outstanding graduate student scientists studying organic chemistry. In 2016, the company established a special award, for which select incoming graduate students are invited to conduct a summer research internship at Eli Lilly.


Harlan L. GoeringHarlan L. and Margaret L. Goering Organic Chemistry Fellowship

Margaret Goering established this fund in 2004 in honor of her late husband, Harlan L. Goering, a former UW-Madison professor of chemistry.

 


Graduate Student Faculty Liaison Committee Mentor (GSFLC) Award

These awards recognize graduate students, postdocs, academic staff, and faculty who have had a profound impact on graduate students in the department. Graduate student mentors can be any member of the chemistry community who have dedicated time to the development and growth of a student’s career. The mentor awardees are selected based on effective mentorship traits as well as their involvement and effect on mentee personal and academic growth.


Richard and Joan Hartl Excellence in Research Award

As a chemistry major, Richard (B.S. 1960, chemistry) worked with Professor Farrington Daniels. The Hartls support this award as a way to honor the strong chemical education Richard received at UW-Madison, which prepared him for a career as an industry leader at GE, Avery Dennison, and Calmar.


Hirschfelder Prize

Elizabeth Hirschfelder established this award in 1993 in honor of her late husband, Joseph O. Hirschfelder, a former UW-Madison professor of chemistry.


Harold HayHarold Hay Fellowship

Harold Hay is best known for his work in solar energy. After his retirement, he focused on funding and supporting research.

 

 


Ralph F. Hirschmann and Daniel H. RichRalph F. Hirschmann – Daniel H. Rich Fellowship in Bio-organic Chemistry

Ralph Hirschmann (Ph.D. 1950, chemistry) established this award in honor of his friend Daniel Rich, a former UW-Madison professor of chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences.

 


Michael McCoyMichael W. McCoy Memorial Scholarship

Bill and Sue McCoy established this scholarship in memory of their son, Michael, who died suddenly in 2010. He was a graduate student in materials program and a member of the Hamers group. This scholarship honors graduate students who, like Michael, exemplify a love of life, love of people, and love of chemistry.

 


Gary Parr Memorial Award

Thelma Parr established this award in 1998 in memory of her son, Gary (Ph.D. 1973, chemistry).


PPG logoPPG Fellowship and PPG Industries Mentoring Awards

PPG established these award to increase the company’s visibility on campus and to recognize remarkable dedication on the part of student research and of graduate students involved in mentoring undergraduates.

 


K.V. & Sara Reddy with their granddaughterK.V. and Sara Reddy Award in Physical Chemistry

K. V. Reddy (Ph.D. 1977, chemistry) is an expert in fiber-optics laser and amplifiers, founder of PriTel Inc, and a member of theDepartment of Chemistry Board of Advisers. He and his wife, Sara, established this award to honor excellence in Physical Chemistry.


John and Beverly Schrag Analytical Chemistry Outstanding Peer Award

This award honors John Schrag, former UW-Madison chemistry professor, and his wife, Beverly. It celebrates a peer-nominated graduate student, committed to pursuing excellence in teaching/mentorship, leadership, scientific excellence, and community-building throughout their tenure.


Sam SlifkinSam C. Slifkin Award in Chemistry

Sam Slifkin (B.S. 1942, chemistry) established this award to recognize chemistry students who are doing excellent research in organic, inorganic, or organometallic chemistry.

 


Pei WangPei Wang Fellowship

This scholarship was established through an estate gift from Pei Wang (Ph.D 1952, Chemistry) and provides support for chemistry graduate students.  Dr. Wang focused on metallurgy and devoted much of his career to developing the production of silicon wafers for use in computer memory systems.

James W. Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award

In 2002, the Pharmacia Corporation endowed the Taylor Excellence in Teaching Award in honor of Professor Emeritus James Taylor. Prior to 2002, the Excellence in Teaching Award was supported by Celanese, Hoechst-Celanese, Pharmacia, and Pharmacia-Upjohn at various points in time.

Taylor Teaching Award Recipients:

2018-19: Daniel Fredrickson
2017-18: Paul Hooker
2016-17: Randy Goldsmith & Tehshik Yoon
2015-16: Brian Esselman & Nicholas Hill
2014-15: Stephen Block & Matthew Bowman
2012-13: Tony Jacob
2011-12: Jeanne Hamers
2010-11: Laura Kiessling & Allen Clauss
2009-10: Mahesh Mahanthappa
2008-09: Jim Maynard
2007-08: Helen Blackwell
2006-07: Mark Wendt
2005-06: Ieva Reich
2004-05: Rodney Schreiner
2003-04: Mark Ediger
2002-03: Robert West & Edwin Sibert
2001-02: Bassam Shakhashiri & Paul Treichel
2000-01: Cathy Middlecamp & Jim Skinner
1999-2000: Steven Burke & Hyuk Yu
1998-99: Samuel Gellman & Claude Woods
1997-98: Jim Taylor & Edwin Vedejs
1996-97: Clark Landis & Jim Weisshaar
1995-96: Art Ellis & Hans Reich
1994-95: John Moore & Gil Nathanson
1993-94: Fleming CrimJohn Wright


Departmental Academic Staff Excellence Award

2019: Betty Moore


Outstanding Chemistry Teaching Assistant Award

2018-19: Thomas Kuborn, Kate Nicastri, Vanessa Orr, Andrew Owen, Michael Roy, Daniel Santalucia, Susan Schueneman, Michael Trenerry
2017-18: Steven Chapman, Jiehao Guan, Matthew Haveman, Shane Lies, Mackenzie Miller, Marshall Padilla, Hazel Schira, Yuzhou Zhao, Katie Ziebarth
2016-17:
Alex Foote, Michael Johnson, Lida Khalafi, Sam Kougias, Lydia Manger, Andrew Maza, Mehmet Yilmaz, Maria Zdanovskaia
2015-16:
 Arya Baghkhanian, Naomi Biok, Amanda Buchberger, Stephanie Dillon, Matt Dorris, Moira Esson, Brian Graham, Cara Schwarz, Blaise Thompson, and Vincent Yannello
2014-15: Manar Alherech, Eric Cueny, Greg Eyer, Reb Pinhancos, Sarah Specht, Lindy Stoll, Kelly Suralik
2013-14: Ben Dunnington, Chris Jordan, Megan Livingston, Matt Stolt, Valerie Tripp, Michael Tylinski, Anastasiya Vinokur
2012-13: Brent Amberger, Jeremiah Erickson, Judy Hines, Brandon Kilduff, Sriteja Mantha, Kaz Skubi, Daniel Tabor
2011-12: Hannah Bowman, Travis Blum, Laura Kopff, Terese Kreifels, Alice Reznickova, Kate Skog, Kristine Smith
2010-11: Mary Beth Anzovino, Josh Carr, Helen Dauer, Brian Esselman, Tyler Greer, Aaron McCoy, Eleanor Rolfe, Adam Schmitt
2009-10: Teresa Beary, Lauren Buchanan, Alex Clemens, Kelly Jetzer, Jennifer Laaser, Kelsey Mayer, Lianne Schroeder, Justin Shorb, Aaron Smith