Chemistry Majors Scholarships & Awards | Department of Chemistry

Chemistry Majors Scholarships & Awards

Each year the Chemistry Department recognizes several outstanding undergraduate chemistry majors through scholarships and awards.

Undergraduate Awards

(Go to Graduate Awards)

VIRGINIA H. AND NORMAN E. WEST SCHOLARSHIP - given to an outstanding incoming undergraduate chemistry major. Students are required to fill out an application, have their official ACT or SAT scores sent to UNT, and have a letter of recommendation sent from their high school science teacher, or in the case of a transfer student, from a previous science teacher. Members of the Undergraduate Affairs Committee determines the winner of the award.

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.

An application form for the Virginia H. and Norman E. West Scholarship is now available on line. Deadline for 2017 Applications is March 31, 2017.


OUTSTANDING FRESHMAN AWARD - given to the outstanding freshman chemistry student. Students must have freshman standing during the Spring semester the award is announced. The award is based on performance on an Outstanding Freshman Exam which was administered in late April. Students are individually selected by their instructors to participate in the exam.

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.


ADDIE MAE LLOYD CURBO AWARD - given to the outstanding freshman chemistry major. Students must have freshman standing during the Spring semester the award is announced. The award is based on performance on an Outstanding Freshman Exam which is administered in late April. Students are individually selected by their instructors to participate in the exam.

The award consists of a monetary award, which is used to defray tuition and fees for the following academic year, certificate, name engraved on permanent plaque located in the Chemistry Conference Room. The awardee is recognized at the Department's Honors Day Ceremony held in early May.


HERMAN AND CLOTA VAUGHAN AWARD -given to the outstanding chemistry majors of either sophomore standing or in sophomore level classes. It was endowed by Clota and Herman Vaughan who received their B.S. Degrees in Chemistry from UNT in 1950. It was first awarded in 1991.

Members of the Undergraduate Affairs Committee determine the winner of the award. Students must attend UNT the following year to receive any benefit.

The award consists of a monetary award which is used to defray tuition and fees for the following academic year, certificate, name engraved on permanent plaque located in the Chemistry Conference Room. The awardee is recognized at the Department's Honors Day Ceremony held in early May.


W.N. MASTERS AWARD - given to the outstanding junior or senior major in the natural sciences. The award was first given in 1980. Students must submit an application form accompanied by a set of transcripts and a listing of faculty references who are requested to supply recommendation letters.

Members of the Undergraduate Affairs Committee determine the winner of the award. Students must attend UNT the following year to receive the award.

The award consists of a monetary award which is used to defray tuition and fees for the following academic year, 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.

An application form for the W.N. Masters Award is now available on line (updated 2/29/16) The deadline for applications is March 31, 2017.


J.L. CARRICO AWARD - given for outstanding performance by a senior chemistry major. It is the Department's oldest and most prestigious award. It was established in honor of Dr. James L. Carrico who was a long standing chairman of the Chemistry Department. The award was first awarded in 1969.

It is based on a student's academic record in the sciences and math along with any other considerations such as senior level research participation. All chemistry graduating seniors are automatically considered for this award. Members of the Undergraduate Affairs Committee determine the winner of the award.

The award consists of a monetary award, certificate, and name engraved on a permanent plaque located in the Chemistry Conference Room. The awardee is also recognized at the University's Honors Day Ceremony held in late April, and at the Department's Honors Day Ceremony held in early May.


RE CALDERON SCHOLARSHIP AWARD - Awarded every other year to Chemistry with the first award given in 2007. This award was established by Dr. Jose Calderon and his wife, Dr. Alicia Re Cruz. This award is given to an undergraduate chemistry major for outstanding research at the undergraduate level. 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.


VIRGIL E. AND CATHERINE A. ROGERS SCHOLARSHIP - This award is given to an undergraduate chemistry major for outstanding research at the undergraduate level. This award was first given in 2006. 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.


BURL GORDON ROGERS AWARD - given to the chemistry major with the highest GPA who has been accepted to, and enrolled in medical school. The award consists of a monetary award and certificate. The awardee is recognized at the Department's Honors Day ceremony held in early May.


LOIS HONEYCUTT BODINE SCHOLARSHIP (beginning Spring 2018)- Given as a memorial for former UNT Chemistry student, Lois Honeycutt Bodine. This scholarship will be awarded for the first time in Spring 2018. 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.


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.


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