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Scholarships & Awards

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, the Graduate School, and other external sources offer scholarships and awards throughout the year. NIU has a scholarships finder that provides a list of scholarships that relate to current individual academic standing. Premade filtered searches focusing on Chemistry and Biochemistry can be accessed directly:


For a significantly expanded list, visit NIU's scholarships finder and setup customized search criteria using the helpful guide.


Undergraduate Departmental Scholarships and Awards

Most committee decisions regarding these awards are made in April. Awards are recognized at the annual Chemistry Club Awards Banquet. Deliver application materials to Linda Davis in the main office (Faraday 319).

NameEligibilityApplication/Deadline
American Institute of Chemists Award Senior with outstanding GPA Selection by Committee
Chemistry Alumni Undergraduate Endowed Scholarship One year remaining in undergraduate program; based on academic performance April 1 (Annually)
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College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Award Senior with at least a 3.0 GPA who has made outstanding contributions Selection by Committee
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergraduate Scholarship Declared undergraduate chemistry major with a financial need, an anticipated graduation in December 2016 or May 2017, and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. April 1 (Annually)
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Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award Based on academic performance in General Chemistry (CHEM 210, 211) Selection by Committee
Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award—Honorable Mention Based on academic performance in General Chemistry (CHEM 210, 211) Selection by Committee
John and Lili La Tourette Student Research Award Good academic standing; junior or senior chemistry major currently conducting research in chemistry April 1 (Annually)
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NIU Chemistry Club Edwards–Hyland Award A second semester junior (72–90 credit hours) chemistry major with at least a 3.0 GPA and who is active in Chem Club April 1 (Annually)
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NIU Chemistry Club Edwin Hyland Memorial Fund Chemistry major; based on academic merit; preference given to veterans and those in active service, ROTC, pre-med programs, and/or the Chem Club April 1 (Annually)
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NIU Chemistry Club Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award Graduating senior with at least 1 semester in CHEM 498, 499, or URAP; research poster presentation required April 1 (Annually)
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Outstanding Junior Award Based on academic performance in Physical Chemistry (CHEM 440, 441, 442, and 443) Selection by Committee
Outstanding Senior Award Graduating senior; based on highest cumulative GPA Selection by Committee
Outstanding Sophomore Award Based on academic performance in Organic Chemistry (CHEM 336, 337, 338, and 339) Selection by Committee
Rock River ACS Introductory Chemistry Award Based on academic performance in Introductory Chemistry (CHEM 110) Selection by Committee
Rock River ACS Undergraduate Research Award Graduating senior with at least 1 semester in CHEM 498, 499, or URAP; research poster presentation required April 1 (Annually)
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Rosalie Reynolds Endowed Memorial Scholarship Undergraduate or graduate student in a chemistry teacher licensure program Selection by Committee
Undergraduate ACS Award in Analytical Chemistry Based on academic performance in Analytical Chemistry (CHEM 325, 425, and/or 498/499) Selection by Committee
Undergraduate ACS Award in Inorganic Chemistry Based on academic performance in Inorganic Chemistry (CHEM 460, 461) Selection by Committee
Undergraduate ACS Award in Organic Chemistry Based on academic performance in Organic Chemistry (CHEM 336, 337, 338, and 339) Selection by Committee
Van Acker–Duminy–Kovarik Endowed Scholarship Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing teaching or inorganic chemistry. In these categories, preference is given to female students. Selection by Committee

Graduate Awards and Scholarships

Most committee decisions regarding these awards are made in April. Awards are recognized at the annual Chemistry Club Awards Banquet. Application materials are due to Gary Baker, Director of Graduate Studies, by the specified department deadline below.

* denotes Departmental Awards and Scholarships
Dates will be updated as scholarship information becomes available.

NameEligibilityApplicationDeadline(s)
Dissertation Completion Fellowship Doctoral candidate approaching final year of study; 5 page research proposal required. PDF Departmenal Deadline
January 27, 2016

Graduate School Deadline
February 10, 2016
University Fellowship Award Students in all graduate programs except doctoral programs, provided they are pursuing their first graduate degree. PDF Departmenal Deadline
January 27, 2016

Graduate School Deadline
February 10, 2016
Carter G. Woodson Scholars Program Minority student with admission to a doctoral program by June 1; and must be planning to seek a teaching or administrative position in higher education. Selection by Nomination Graduate School Deadline
February 10, 2016
Jeffrey Lunsford Fellowship Underrepresented graduate student working towards an M.S. degree. Selection by Nomination Graduate School Deadline
February 10, 2016
Rhoten A. Smith Assistantship Program Minority student with departmental teaching or research assistantship as nominated by department faculty. Limited to U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents only. Selection by Nomination Graduate School Deadline
April 18, 2016
Outstanding Graduate Student Award Outstanding classroom performance and research productivity as nominated by faculty. Selection by Nomination March 7, 2016
Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award One master's level student and one doctoral level student per department, as nominated by faculty. For full eligibility requirements, please visit the award website. Selection by Nomination Nomination Materials Deadline
March 4, 2016
Great Journeys Graduate Assistantship Graduate students as nominated by faculty. Selection by Nomination March 1, 2016
* John D. Graham Scholarship Passed the Ph.D. qualifying exam, outstanding classroom performance, and research productivity. Selection by Nomination April 1, 2016
* Kevin Cull Memorial Teaching Awards Outstanding teaching performance in upper‐ and lower‐level courses. Selection by Committee April 1, 2016
* Rosalie Reynolds Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry Full‐time graduate (or undergraduate) students as nominated by department faculty. Selection by Committee April 1, 2016
Thesis and Dissertation Competition Graduate Students who have submitted theses or dissertations in Summer 2014, Fall 2014, or Spring 2015. Selection by Nomination TBA