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Scholarships and Awards

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The department, the Graduate School and other external sources offer scholarships and awards throughout the year. In addition to the below resources, check out NIU AcademicWorks for scholarships in areas that interest you.


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 Faraday 319.

Scholarship Name Eligibility Application/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)
Application
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Dean's Award Senior with at least a 3.0 GPA who has made outstanding contributions
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Undergraduate Scholarship Declared undergraduate chemistry major with a financial need, an anticipated graduation in December or May and a GPA of 3.0 or higher April 1 (Annually)
Application
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)
Application
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)
Application
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)
Application
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)
Application
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)
Application
Rosalie Reynolds Endowed Memorial Scholarship Undergraduate or graduate student in a chemistry educator 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
Winifred Halsey Endowed Scholarship

This award is presented annually to an outstanding female undergraduate in biological sciences. The award was established by Winifred Halsey, an alumna of the Department of Biological Sciences and in memory of her mother, Winifred Ethel Halsey.

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 Lee Sunderlin, Director of Graduate Studies, by the specified department deadline below.

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

Scholarship Name Eligibility Application Deadline(s)
Dissertation Completion Fellowship Doctoral candidate approaching final year of study; 5 page research proposal required. Visit the NIU Graduate School page. Departmenal Deadline
TBA
Graduate School Deadline
TBA
University Fellowship Award Students in all graduate programs except doctoral programs, provided they are pursuing their first graduate degree. Visit the NIU Graduate School page. Departmenal Deadline
TBA
Graduate School Deadline
TBA
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
TBA
Jeffrey Lunsford Fellowship Underrepresented graduate student working towards an M.S. degree. Selection by Nomination Graduate School Deadline
TBA
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
TBA
Outstanding Graduate Student Award Outstanding classroom performance and research productivity as nominated by faculty. Selection by Nomination TBA
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
TBA
Great Journeys Graduate Assistantship Graduate students as nominated by faculty. Selection by Nomination TBA
* John D. Graham Scholarship Passed the Ph.D. qualifying exam, outstanding classroom performance and research productivity. Selection by Nomination April 1 (Annually)
* Kevin Cull Memorial Teaching Awards Outstanding teaching performance in upper‐ and lower‐level courses. Selection by Committee April 1 (Annually)
* Rosalie Reynolds Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry Full‐time graduate (or undergraduate) students as nominated by department faculty. Selection by Committee April 1 (Annually)

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