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Undergraduate Scholarships and Awards

The following scholarships are decided on the basis of faculty nominations of students followed by a vote by the entire faculty at a regular faculty meeting, normally in March or April. One, or on occasion more, of each award will generally be made each year.

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Charles W. Armbruster Scholarship: These scholarships are awarded to outstanding transfer students. The recipients are selected on the basis of need and merit and they must be enrolled in at least 9 credit hours.

Lawrence Barton Scholarship: The annual Lawrence Barton scholarship to be awarded to a junior, preferably a first generation college student.

Barbara Willis Brown Scholarship for Women in Chemistry: Candidates for this scholarship should be female chemistry majors at least 25 years of age. The award consists of a stipend. The student is encouraged to enroll in undergraduate research (chem 3905), and if so the department will cover the cost for one credit, however research is not a requirement for receipt of this award. Student financial need is a consideration.

Eric G. Brunngraber Undergraduate Research Fellowship: This award is given annually to a chemistry major based on GPA, research interests, financial need, and performance in course work. The recipient is expected to be involved in undergraduate research (chem. 3905) for both semesters of the following year. 

William and Erma Cooke Scholarships: These scholarships may be given to more than one student and nominees must meet the following criteria: (a) be at least a sophomore as defined by the University (> 30 hours), (b) be enrolled for at least 9 hours, (c) have an outstanding academic record, (d) be a declared Chemistry major, and (e) have a financial need. These are the major departmental scholarships and they were endowed by in honor of  William and Erma Cooke, the parents of Dorothy Cooke, BS 1971.

Eugene and Joyce Corey Undergraduate Scholarship in Chemistry: This is designated for students majoring in chemistry.  Preference will be given to students who have made outstanding service contributions to the department.  Such service can include one or more of the areas: research, undergraduate teaching, student organization leadership and other contributions as deemed appropriate by the committee.   Merit will be a principal feature among the selection criteria and need is a secondary criterion.  Awards will be made for a full academic year and candidates may not receive more than one Eugene and Joyce Corey Scholarship.

Friends and Alumni Scholarship: There are two such scholarships made available and endowed from contributions from mostly alumni of the department. the criteria include high financial need, currently enrolled and pursuing a chemistry degree full time.

Hal and Mary Harris Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry: Recipients must be juniors seeking a degree in chemistry with a minimum GPA of 3.0 and enrolled in a minimum of 12 credit hours.

The Gary S. Jacob PhD and Karen A. Jacob Endowed Scholarship was established by Kathy and Gary Jacob BS 1969 and is awarded to full-time students in chemistry or biochemis-try/biotechnology programs who have achieved a 3.00 GPA or earned an ACT score of at least 24 for incoming students.

Stephen S. Lawrence Endowed Scholarship in Chemistry: Recipients will be junior or senior chemistry majors, who demonstrate financial need, are enrolled in a minimum of 9 credit hours and maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.8.  Awardees will have demonstrated a good record of departmental citizenship which may include tutoring, teaching, activity in the chemistry club, or other departmental volunteer activities.

Monsanto Scholarship in Biochemistry and Biotechnology: This scholarship, endowed by the Monsanto Company, is open to full-time students at the University pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology. Recipients shall be of Sophomore, Junior or Senior status.

The Rath Family Scholarship: The scholarship shall be awarded to a full-time, undergraduate student who is interested in pursuing a degree in the STEM disciplines at UMSL.  Preference may be given to a student who is majoring in Chemistry/Biochemistry and demonstrates financial need, and in addition to students from first generation populations from the Indian Subcontinent/South Asia where possible. .  A GPA of 3.0 or better and a minimum ACT score of 24 (ACT is only applicable for US students) is required.   Award recipients will be encouraged to participate in peer-mentoring, tutoring, or similar programs in the STEM disciplines.

John J. Taylor Scholarship: The recipient must be a high financial need student, full-time, pursuing a chemistry degree and currently enrolled, either of junior or senior status There are two such scholarships made available and endowed from the estate and family of John J. Taylor, BA chemistry 1979. John was a chemist at Mallinckrodt Inc., in St. Louis who studied for many years in the Evening College while working full-time. He was very loyal and generous to the department over many years. 

Other Awards

The following awards are made by faculty nomination and approval.

    1. Award for Outstanding Performance in Introductory Chemistry

    2. Award for Outstanding Performance in Sophomore Chemistry

    3. American Chemical Society Outstanding Junior Award

    4. Alan F. Berndt Outstanding Senior Award.

    5. American Chemical Society Award for Analytical Chemistry

    6. American Chemical Society Award for Analytical Chemistry

    7. American Chemical Society Award for Inorganic Chemistry

    8. American Chemical Society Award for Organic Chemistry

    9. American Chemical Society Award for Physical Chemistry

    10. Award for Outstanding Service to the Chemistry Department and Campus Community

    11. Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Award

    12. Aid to Education Award. Runner-up candidates from the Outstanding Junior Chemistry Major ballots are considered for departmental Aid to Education Award

Additional discretionary financial awards may be made by the department Chair and require supporting nomination letters.