Awards and Scholarships | Department of Chemistry

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Awards and Scholarships

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The Department of Chemistry offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for our graduate students. Additional scholarships and fellowships are offered through the Toulouse Graduate School and the College of Science.

To apply for Toulouse Graduate School scholarships and fellowships, click here. To apply for Departmental and College scholarships and fellowships, click here.

Most scholarships require recommendation letters. Your recommenders will receive instructions about how to submit recommendation letters.

If additional information is needed, you will be contacted.

If you have any questions, please email CHEMinquiry@unt.edu.

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY GRADUATE AWARDS

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. The scholarship alternates annually between graduate and undergraduate students, with graduate students receiving the scholarship in 2020.

Students must submit an application form, a faculty letter of recommendation, and complete the FAFSA. 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.

R.B. ESCUE CHEMISTRY EDUCATION RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP
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 pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry who shows strong emphasis in teaching. Consideration will be given to the student's teaching experience and evaluation.

Students must submit an application form and a faculty letter of recommendation.

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 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.

Students must submit an application form and a faculty letter of recommendation. 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.

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 was awarded for the first time in Spring 2017.

This award is given to an outstanding Ph.D. student with a focus in Chemistry Education. The awardee is recognized at the Department's Honors Day Ceremony held in early May.

Students must submit an application form, CV, essay describing their goals in education and a faculty letter of recommendation.

JAMES J. AND RUTH I. SPURLOCK SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
This scholarship is 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.

Students must submit an application form. 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.

GEORGE VAUGHAN MEMORIAL AWARD
This award is 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.

Students must submit an application form and a faculty letter of recommendation. 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.

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE GRADUATE AWARDS

JOHN A. ALTERMANN AND KATHERINE M. BRADFORD SCHOLARSHIP
This is a College of 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 scholarship, 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.
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.

Students must submit an application form, 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
This award is 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.

Students must submit an application form and a faculty letter of recommendation. 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 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
This awared is 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
This awared is 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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