Awards and Scholarships | Department of Chemistry

Awards and Scholarships

UNT and the Department of Chemistry offer a variety of scholarships and fellowships. Additional scholarships and fellowships are offered through the Toulouse Graduate School.

Graduate Awards

(Undergraduate Awards can be found here.)


GEORGE VAUGHAN MEMORIAL AWARD - given to the outstanding first or second year graduate student in the department. This award was established by Herman Vaughan in memory of his brother, Dr. George Vaughan. Dr. Vaughan received his B.S. degree in Chemistry and Physics from UNT in 1942. In 1947 he received his M.S. in Chemistry at UNT. The award was instituted in 1972.

Nominations are solicited from faculty, and the Graduate Affairs Committee determines the winner of the award. There is a monetary award, certificate, and name engraved on a permanent plaque located in the Chemistry Conference Room.

The awardee is recognized at the University's Honors Day ceremony held in late April, and at the Department's Honors Day Ceremony held in early May.


JAMES J. AND RUTH I. SPURLOCK SCHOLARSHIP AWARD - given for outstanding research achievement by a graduate student in Chemistry. This award was established in 1992 by Ruth I. Spurlock and first awarded in 1994. The fund was developed in honor of Dr. Spurlock's many years of instruction and leadership in the field of chemistry, and in support of outstanding students studying the discipline of chemistry at the University.

Criteria for the award is as follows: a) must be a full-time Chemistry graduate student; b) maintain a G.P.A. of at least 3.50; c) demonstrate superior research abilities through letters of recommendation from their research advisor and other appropriate means approved by the chemistry department.

The Chemistry Graduate Affairs Committee and Undergraduate Affairs Committee will administer the application and selection of the awardee. There is a monetary award, certificate, and name engraved on a permanent plaque located in the Chemistry Conference Room. The awardee is recognized at the Department's Honors Day Ceremony held in early May.


ED AND JULIA HODGES MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP - given first in 2007, the Ed and Julia Hodges Memorial Scholarship will be available to Outstanding Graduate Students in the Department of Chemistry. The purpose of the scholarships is to recognize graduate students for their outstanding academic endeavors, with a focus upon research accomplishments.

This award is awarded to Doctoral students who have made significant progress in their graduate school academics including research via publications, presentations, grades, etc. Students must be nominated by their research advisors and must be returning for another year of graduate studies after the awardees are named. Beginning Spring 2008, students must have fully and successfully completed the CHEM 6010 sequence, including both the written and oral portions of the exam to be considered for these awards.

The Chemistry Graduate Affairs Committee will select the awardee. There is a monetary award used to defray tuition and fees for the following Fall and Spring semesters, certificate, and name engraved on a permanent plaque located in the Chemistry Conference Room. The awardee is recognized at the Department's Honors Day Ceremony held in early May.


DR. R.B. ESCUE SCHOLARSHIP AWARD IN CHEMISTRY EDUCATION - this award was endowed by Dr. R.B. Escue, UNT Alumnus and Faculty Emeritus in the Department of Chemistry at UNT. It was first awarded in 2007.

This award is given to the outstanding chemistry graduate student pursing a Ph.D. in Chemistry specializing in Chemistry Education.


TINA MEWHINNEY SCHOLARSHIP FOR Ph.D. STUDIES IN CHEMICAL EDUCATION - this award was endowed by UNT Chemical Education alumni, Dr. Christina Mewhinney. This award recognizes excellence in chemistry education and academic achievement, and will be awarded for the first time in Spring 2017.

This award is given to an outstanding Ph.D. student with a focus in Chemistry Education. Applicants are required to submit a CV and an essay describing their goals in education, due Friday, April 21st, 2017. The awardee is recognized at the Department's Honors Day Ceremony held in early May.


CHEMISTRY CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION STUDENT ENDOWMENT - this scholarship was created and funded by our alumni and faculty in celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the Chemistry Department. The award is open to both undergraduate and graduate Chemistry students, and recognizes excellence in academic achievement and financial need.

Students must submit an application form, a faculty letter of recommendation, and complete the FAFSA; applications are due Friday, April 21st, 2017. The award consists of a monetary award, which is used to defray tuition and fees for the following academic year, and a certificate. The awardee is recognized at the Department's Honors Day Ceremony held in early May.

APPLICATION FORM (2017)


LOIS HONEYCUTT BODINE SCHOLARSHIP - Given as a memorial for former UNT Chemistry student, Lois Honeycutt Bodine. This scholarship recognizes excellence in academic acheivement and is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

Students must submit an application form and a faculty letter of recommendation; applications are due Friday, April 21st, 2017. The award consists of a monetary award, which is used to defray tuition and fees for the following academic year, and a certificate. The awardee is recognized at the Department's Honors Day Ceremony held in early May.

APPLICATION FORM (2017)


JOHN A. ALTERMANN AND KATHERINE M. BRADFORD SCHOLARSHIP - This is a College of Arts and Science Award which is awarded to a graduate student in chemistry, biology, math or physics. It is rotated so each department has a recipient every four years beginning with Chemistry in 2008. Recipient of scholarship will be chosen based on overall achievement. To be eligible for consideration for the Arts and Sciences Scholarships, an applicant must meet the following requirements: a) Meet the minimum entrance and continuing academic performance standards of the department's graduate program in effect at the time of the award, and b) Maintain full time enrollment at the University, unless they have fewer than twice the number of semester hours required to be full-time remaining in their degree program. c) Provide at least two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the applicant's academic work; and, d) Complete the scholarship application form and submit with the letters of recommendation, transcripts of all college work along with a narrative statement discussing career goals, work record, and extracurricular activities.


Departmental Service Award

ROBERT WADE BROWN AWARD - given to the outstanding undergraduate or graduate student who has most helped the chemistry department through his or her service activities. This award was established by Robert Wade Brown and was first awarded in 1985.

Nominations are solicited from chemistry faculty. Together, members of the Undergraduate Affairs Committee and Graduate Affairs Committee decide on the winner of the award. There is a monetary award, certificate, and name engraved on a permanent plaque located in the Chemistry Conference Room. The awardee is recognized at the University's Honors Day held in late April, and at the Department's Honors Day Ceremony held in early May.

Teaching Awards

These Awards are given by Alpha Chi Sigma, Beta Eta Chapter

OUTSTANDING FRESHMAN LEVEL T.A. AWARD - given to the outstanding T.A. in the freshman level labs. The awardee is recognized at the Department's Honors Day Ceremony held in early May.


OUTSTANDING UPPER-LEVEL T.A. AWARD - given to the outstanding T.A. in the upper-level labs. The awardee is recognized at the Department's Honors Day Ceremony held in early May.

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