Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards

The Department of Chemistry honors its outstanding undergraduates with annual scholarships and awards. Chemistry majors are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships.  THE DEADLINE FOR SPRING 2019 AWARDS IS APRIL 19th. 

Donald J. Burton and Margaret A. Burton Scholarship

The Donald J. Burton and Margaret A. Burton Scholarship is an annual award given to a chemistry major who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement in the classroom and in his/her research. One scholarship of approximately $3500 is awarded annually. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • be a chemistry major in your sophomore, junior, or senior year
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.4
  • be a United States citizen
  • have a minimum registration of 12 semester hours

The 2018 recipient of the Donald J. Burton and Margaret A. Burton Scholarship is Hannah Lembke. 

E. David Cater Scholarship

The E. David Cater Scholarship is an award given to a chemistry major who demonstrates outstanding academic performance and research accomplishments. Preference is given to students who intend to become high school chemistry teachers. One or more scholarships are awarded annually in the range of $1200. The award can be received multiple times, contingent upon maintained eligibility and availability of funding. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • be a chemistry major in your sophomore, junior, or senior year
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • be a United States citizen
  • have a minimum registration of 12 semester hours

The 2018 recipients of the E. David Cater Scholarship are Casey Oztel and Neal Hausmann.

Russell K. Simms Scholarship

Scholarships named in honor of Russell K. Simms (B.A. Chemistry, 1935) are annual awards given to outstanding undergraduate chemistry majors. Preference is given to students who have been involved in undergraduate research for a minimum of two semesters. One or more scholarships are awarded annually in the range of $1500. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • be a chemistry major in your sophomore, junior, or senior year
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • be a United States citizen
  • have a minimum registration of 12 semester hours

The 2018 recipients of the Russell K. Simms Scholarship are Jesse Cochran and Olivia Ray.

 

To Apply

To apply for any of these scholarships, please submit the following materials directly to chem-awards@uiowa.edu by APRIL 19, 2019:

  • A concise description of your academic and research accomplishments, a list of current scholarships, and a description of your career goals (2 pages maximum)
  • A letter of recommendation from your research advisor and/or a Chemistry professor
  • Academic transcripts from all undergraduate institutions

The final decision for award of the scholarships will be made by the Undergraduate Awards Committee and the Chair of the Department of Chemistry.

Award winners will be honored at the Chemistry Appreciation Night May 9, 2019.

Questions about scholarships and the application process should be directed to chem-awards@uiowa.edu.

Chemistry Awards

The following are competitive awards based on academic achievement and are given annually during the Departmental Awards Ceremony. To qualify, students must be nominated by a faculty member.

  • American Institute of Chemists Award (2018 recipient: Olivia Ray)
  • American Chemical Society Organic Chemistry Award (2018 recipient: Patrick Dey)
  • American Chemical Society Inorganic Chemistry Award (2018 recipient: Anamar Blanes)
  • Chemistry Alumni Award for Sophomores (2018 recipient: Ali Milani)
  • Chemistry Alumni Award for Juniors (2018 recipient: Zach Theiler)
  • Chemistry Alumni Award for Seniors (2018 recipient: Patrick Dey)
  • Merck Index Award (2018 recipient: Rebecca Fuhrmeister)
  • Viksnins, Harris & Padys Poster Awards (2018 recipients: Alexis Brannan, Jack Feng, & Ali Milani)