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National Awards and Scholarships

Every year, our chemistry majors compete for and win prestigious awards at the national level such as the Hach Scientific Foundation Scholarship, the Goldwater Scholarship, and more.  Find out more below:

National Awards and Scholarships

Each year, Hach Foundation Scholarships are awarded to as many as two Chemistry majors who intend to pursue careers in K-12 teaching. The Hach Foundation mission is “to foster and support chemistry education, and to make evident the interdependence between chemistry education and the public.” Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 3.0. The annual award amount is $6,000.

Current Hach Scholars

Cassidy Camplese 

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Jilian Roebuck

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The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is a distinguished undergraduate scholarship initiative that provides up to $7,500 per year for college sophomores and juniors in the natural sciences, mathematics, and engineering pursuing careers in research. This highly prestigious and competitive award is granted to up to 300 students nationwide.

Learn how to apply!

A Clarkston Scholar is a highly-driven student who excels in the classroom, has a focused interest and passion for the Life Sciences industry, and intends to enter the Life Sciences industry upon graduation. The Clarkston Scholars Program will provide one sophomore attending a four-year college/university undergraduate program in Pennsylvania, majoring in a Life Sciences related field of study, a $10,000 scholarship award ($5,000 per year for junior and senior year). In addition, the Clarkston Scholar will receive exposure to the Life Sciences industry through mentoring with Clarkston Consulting and participation in Life Sciences Pennsylvania (LSPA) events over the course of the two-year scholarship award period. The recipient will be awarded the scholarship at the LSPA Annual Dinner, which will take place on March 11, 2020. Learn more!

ACS National Awards

ACS National Awards are given to a student in each chemistry sub-category annually. Nominations are solicited from Chemistry Faculty members and the winners are then chosen by the Awards Committee. Other ACS awards listed are application-based.

The ACS Inorganic Division Inorganic Chemistry award was established to recognize outstanding academic achievement in inorganic chemistry and to encourage further study in the field

The ACS Physical Chemistry Division award was established to recognize outstanding academic achievement in physical chemistry and to encourage further study in the field.

The ACS Analytical Division award was established to recognize outstanding academic achievement in analytical chemistry and to encourage further study in the field.

The ACS Division of Organic Chemistry is pleased to sponsor an Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry that is intended to recognize senior students who display a significant aptitude for organic chemistry and to encourage further interest in the field.

The ACS Scholars Program awards renewable scholarships to underrepresented minority students majoring in undergraduate chemistry-related disciplines, and are also intending to pursue careers in chemistry-related fields. Selected recipients are awarded up to $5,000* per academic year. To date, over 3,000 students have received a funding from the ACS Scholars Program.

Are you graduating this year? If you are, you're eligible for three years of free ACS membership.

Learn more!

The Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship was established by Paul R. Jones, in memory of his wife, to provide scholarships for female undergraduate majors in chemistry or related disciplines who are beginning their junior or senior years of study. The scholarship is a one-time award on the basis of both need and scholarship. The award amount is subject to available funding, but will be a minimum of $1,500. The award is sent directly to the recipient’s financial aid office and may be used for tuition, books, and lab fees. On-and-off campus housing, transportation, and other personal fees (e.g., sorority dues) may not be paid from this award.

The ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) and Eli Lilly and Company sponsor a program to provide funding for undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral female chemists to travel to meetings to present the results of their research. Through this program, WCC and Eli Lilly and Company continue to increase the participation of women in the chemical sciences.

 

Chemistry Department Awards and Scholarships

The chemistry department is endowed with a number of scholarships and awards specific to Chemistry majors. Students are selected for these awards based on nominations and/or applications, academic performance, and financial need. These scholarships typically range between $1,000 and $3,000 per year, with the amount increasing according to semester standing and GPA. Students are eligible for these awards once they have formally entered the major and are in good academic standing. 

 

Contact

For any questions regarding departmental awards or scholarships please contact Dr. Dan Sykes at dgs12@psu.edu.

Awards involving nominations or applications:

Application

Application directions: To apply, please submit an unofficial transcript and a one-page summary of your summer research plans to Stacy Englert (sle30@psu.edu) by March 15.

Eligibility:The Benkovic Award provides financial support for undergraduates who are conducting outstanding unpaid summer research on campus under the direction of a faculty member. Only undergraduates who are conducting research in chemistry at University Park during the summer of 2019 are eligible to apply.

Application

Application window: call for nominations is typically in March/April with a deadline in early May

Eligibility: Full-time undergraduates in the college of Science and Earth and Mineral Sciences; each recipient must have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement or show promise of such achievement; primary consideration shall be given for academic achievement and ability with financial need a secondary consideration.

This award was created in memory of Peter Breen to recognize a Penn State undergraduate Chemistry major who has achieved excellence in academics and research. Peter was an undergraduate Chemistry major and a Schreyer Honors College student. He exemplified excellence both academics and in research. Peter passed away in 2014. The Breen family has generously established this award in his memory.

Nomination: By research Faculty Member

Eligibility: It is given out yearly to a junior or senior Chemistry major based on course work and research accomplishments.

The Penn State Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology is offering scholarship support for students interested in the broad area of industrial biotechnology, ranging from biopharmaceutical manufacturing and food biotechnology, to the production of bio-based chemicals. Two levels of scholarships are available: 

CSL Behring Innovation Scholarship $2,000 

CSL Behring Biotechnology Scholarship $1,000 

Learn more!

Awards where recipients are selected by a committee:

Undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the Department of Chemistry who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success, and who have demonstrated outstanding service to the Department of Chemistry. Preference shall be given to students transferring to University Park from a Penn State Commonwealth campus.

The Excellence in Service Award was created to acknowledge the contributions of undergraduate students in building the pillars of the department: academics, research, and service. The awardees are students who have dedicated themselves to their department, their profession, and their fellow students.  The award recognizes service as Learning Assistants, Teaching Assistants, and service in general.

Chemistry majors enrolled/planning to enroll in the University, who have achieved superior academic records or manifest promise of outstanding academic success, and who have financial need. In the event no eligible recipient majoring in chemistry are available the scholarship may be awarded to the student enrolled in the College of Science who is otherwise eligible

All undergraduate students majoring in or planning to major in Chemistry, or successor degree program, in the Eberly College of Science, or successor academic unit, at The Pennsylvania State University who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success, and who have a demonstrated financial need.  Scholarships may be awarded to eligible students regardless of enrollment status so long as the recipient is in good academic standing and intends to continue their education in the Eberly College of Science at The Pennsylvania State University.

Superior academics, fulltime enrollment, major in Chemsitry, financial need

All undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the Eberly College of Science at Penn State University Park who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success and who are majoring in or planning to major in Chemistry, or successor degree program(s).

Full-time senior undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in the major area of Analytical Chemistry, College of Science, who have demonstrated outstanding activity in Analytical Chemistry along with superior overall academic performance.

Full-time students entering their senior year in the Chemistry Department who have achieved superior academic records and who have a proven financial need.

Full-time undergraduate/graduate students enrolled/planning to enroll in the physical sciences (astronomy, astrophysics, chemistry or physics); preference given to students involved in an NCAA sport, residents of PA, or from a financially-disadvantaged background 

Full-time undergraduate students enrolled/planning to enroll in the Department of Chemistry who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success.

Full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in Chemistry who have achieved superior academic records or who manifest promise of outstanding academic success, and who have a demonstrated financial need.

All full-time undergraduate female students majoring in Chemistry in the Eberly College of Science at The Pennsylvania State University who have achieved superior academic records; whose home address of record is in the state of Pennsylvania; and who, to the extent permitted by law, are United States citizens.

All full-time undergraduate students enrolled or planning to enroll in the Eberly College of Science who are also enrolled or planning to enroll in the Schreyer Honors College at The Pennsylvania State University. First preference to Chemistry majors.

All full-time undergraduate students who are majoring or planning on majoring in chemistry in the Eberly College of Science and have financial need.

Full-time students enrolled/planning to enroll with a major in Chemistry who have demonstrated their superior academic ability by performance in the Scholastic Aptitude Tests, in their high school grades or by other measures of achievement, including their predicted University grade-point average.

Undergraduate degree candidates enrolled/planning to enroll, as full-time students in Chemistry; other conditions of eligibility are superior academic record, or superior academic potential, evidence of financial need, and a Pennsylvania domicile.

Full-time undergraduate/graduate students enrolled/planning to enroll in the Department of Chemistry who have achieved positive academic records or who manifest promise of academic success.

Full-time undergraduate students who are currently enrolled in the Chemistry Department of the College of Science,who have expressed the intention to pursue a career in analytical chemistry, and who have completed at least six semesters of undergraduate work.

 

Travel Support

Attending scientific meetings is an important way to broaden one’s perspectives on chemistry and the chemical profession and to begin establishing a professional network. There are several sources of funding to help cover the costs associated with meeting attendance. Some funds may be available from external grants associated with the research. Ask your preceptor about this possibility. The local section of the ACS also provides travel awards for active members of the Nittany Chemical Society. Speak to the NCS faculty advisor for more information. Finally, Penn State has a university-wide program for funding undergraduate conference travel. Details on how to apply can be found at https://undergradresearch.psu.edu/travel/index.cfm. Conference travel request forms should be submitted to the chemistry department's Undergraduate Program Office.

 

University Scholarship Resources

In addition to the above chemistry-specific scholarships and awards, Chemistry majors often compete effectively for university-wide as well as nationally prestigious awards such as the Goldwater, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholarships. For more information, visit the University Fellowships Office website or speak to the staff in the University Fellowships Office (321 Boucke Building), who are happy to assist you in the preparation and submission of scholarship applications.

 

University Scholarship Resources

In addition to the above chemistry-specific scholarships and awards, Chemistry majors often compete effectively for university-wide as well as nationally prestigious awards such as the Goldwater, Gates Cambridge, Marshall, and Fulbright Scholarships. For more information, visit the University Fellowships Office website or speak to the staff in the University Fellowships Office (321 Boucke Building), who are happy to assist you in the preparation and submission of scholarship applications.