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Awards and Scholarships Available to Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors

 

Department Awards and Scholarships that Require an Application

Students must submit an application to be considered for each of the following awards.  Email inquiries should be sent to chemscholarships@txstate.edu.

 

Lois Ann Cofer-Monzingo Scholarship

The Cofer-Monzingo Scholarship is awarded to an entering first-year student who is a declared chemistry or biochemistry major and will be enrolled as a full time student their entire first year.  The applicant must be in the top 25% of his/her high school graduating class.  The award is renewable up to a total of four years, provided that the student maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA, continues to be enrolled as a full-time student, and continues to be a declared chemistry or biochemistry major.  To receive full consideration, application packets must be received by June 1.  Click the link below for more information and an application form:

 

Welch Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

The intent is to award three competitive fellowships to undergraduate students.  The stipend is $4500 for the summer.  The application deadline is 5 p.m. of the first Friday following Spring Break. Click the link below for more information and an application form:


 

Department Awards and Scholarships that Require a Faculty Nomination

Nomination by a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is required to be considered for these awards.  Applications are not accepted. 

Notes:  (1) For the following awards, classification (freshman, sophomore, ….)  is based on the student’s progress toward completion of his/her chemistry/biochemistry course worknot on the student’s official Texas State classification.  (2) The freshman-level award is based entirely on the student’s academic record and potential for advanced study.  As the classification level increases, more and more consideration is given to additional factors—such as involvement in the department/university and effective participation in research.  At the graduate level, both academic achievement and research success are important considerations.

Outstanding Freshman (Chemistry or Biochemistry Major)

Awarded annually to a first-year chemistry or biochemistry major who demonstrates ability and potential for advanced study in chemistry.  The recipient must be nominated by faculty who teach the introductory chemistry courses.  The awardee is honored publicly by the department, receives a check for $200, receives the Key-Parks Scholarship, and receives the CRC Handbook award.  Normally, the recipient of this award will have completed Chem 1341 and 1141 in the fall semester, and will be on schedule to complete Chem 1342 and 1142 in the spring.

Outstanding Sophomore (Chemistry or Biochemistry Major)

Awarded annually to a second-year chemistry or biochemistry major.  The awardee is honored publicly by the department and receives a check for $200.  Normally, the recipient will have completed Chem 2341 and 2141 in the fall semester, and will be on schedule to complete Chem 2342 and 2142 in the spring.

Outstanding Junior (Chemistry)

Awarded annually to a third-year chemistry major.  The awardee is honored publicly by the department and receives a check for $200.  Normally, the recipient will have completed Chem 3330 and 3410 by the end of the fall semester, and will be on schedule to complete Chem 3340 and 3245 in the spring.  The awardee may also be nominated for the Smith-Willms, the Mariel Muir, or the Presidential Upper Level Scholarship.

Outstanding Junior (Biochemistry)

Awarded annually to a third-year biochemistry major.  The awardee is honored publicly by the department and receives a check for $200.  Normally, the recipient will have completed Chem 3330 and 3375 by the end of the fall semester, and will be on schedule to complete Chem 3380 and 3275 in the spring.  The awardee may also be nominated for the Smith-Willms, the Mariel Muir, or the Presidential Upper Level Scholarship.

Outstanding Senior (Chemistry)

Awarded annually to a senior chemistry major who is expected to graduate in the spring, summer, or fall of the current calendar year.  The awardee is honored publicly by the department and receives a check for $200.  Normally, the recipient will have completed Chem 4331, 4231 and 4375 by the end of the fall semester, and will be on schedule to complete Chem 4341 and 4241 in the spring.  The awardee receives an ACS Central Section Outstanding Senior Award, and may also be nominated for the College of Science Outstanding Undergraduate Student award.

Outstanding Senior (Biochemistry)

Awarded annually to a senior biochemistry major who is expected to graduate in the spring, summer, or fall of the current calendar year.  The awardee is honored publicly by the department and receives a check for $200.  Normally, the recipient will have completed Chem 4360 and 4481 by the end of the fall semester, and will be on schedule to complete Chem 4385 and 4482 in the spring.  The awardee receives an ACS Central Section Outstanding Senior Award, and may also be nominated for the College of Science Outstanding Undergraduate Student award.

Outstanding Graduate Student (Chemistry)

Awarded annually to a graduate student majoring in chemistry.  The awardee is honored publicly by the department and receives a check for $200.  The awardee is also nominated for the College of Science Outstanding Graduate award and is automatically extended an offer of a Welch Summer Fellowship.

Outstanding Graduate Student (Biochemistry)

Awarded annually to a graduate student majoring in biochemistry.  The awardee is honored publicly by the department and receives a check for $200.  The awardee is also nominated for the College of Science Outstanding Graduate award and is automatically extended an offer of a Welch Summer Fellowship.

Outstanding Undergraduate Instructional Assistant (Chemistry or Biochemistry Major)

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student based on outstanding performance as an instructional assistant.  The recipient must be nominated by faculty who supervise one or more of the laboratory courses.  The awardee is honored publicly by the department and receives a check for $200.

Outstanding Graduate Instructional Assistant (Chemistry or Biochemistry Major)

Awarded annually to a graduate student based on outstanding performance as an instructional assistant.  The recipient must be nominated by faculty who supervise one or more of the laboratory courses.  The awardee is honored publicly by the department and receives a check for $200.

Wilcox Family Endowed Scholarship

To be considered for this award the student must be a Chemistry major or Chemistry minor, officially enrolled and in good standing at Texas State as an undergraduate or graduate student, and have a minimum GPA of 3.0.    The scholarship will be awarded to a student who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to and has been actively involved in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Faculty nominations should clearly delineate the basis for recommendation.  Recipients will be named each spring, and will receive two equal award payments each semester the following academic year, to be applied toward university fees and expenses.

 

Awards and Scholarships that are Automatically Awarded or Offered

The following awards are automatically offered.  Applications are not accepted.

 

Key-Parks Scholarship

The Outstanding Freshman (Chemistry or Biochemistry) is the automatic recipient of the Key-Parks Scholarship.  In recent years, this award has been $1000 per semester for both long semesters of the student’s sophomore year.

CRC Press Handbook Award

The Outstanding Freshman (Chemistry or Biochemistry) automatically receives the latest edition of the CRC Press Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.

ACS Central Texas Section Outstanding Senior Award

The Outstanding Seniors in Chemistry and in Biochemistry are automatic recipients of this award.  Awardees are honored at the ACS Central Texas Section Awards Banquet, including a complimentary dinner for themselves and two guests.  They will receive a certificate of award plus a one year paid membership in the American Chemical Society (ACS).

Welch Graduate Research Fellowship

The Outstanding Graduate Students in Chemistry and in Biochemistry are automatically offered a Welch Graduate Research Fellowship.  In order to receive the award and $6000 stipend, each student must remain enrolled as a Texas State graduate student during the entire summer of the award, and must submit a written statement indicating their agreement to the conditions and terms of the award.  


 

College of Science Awards and Scholarships

This section is only a summary.  Complete information regarding the College of Science scholarships and awards is available on the College of Science scholarship web page:  http://www.science.txstate.edu/student-resources/college-of-science-scholarships/cos-scholarships.html.

 

College of Science Awards and Scholarships that Require an Application

Students must submit an application to be considered for each of the following awards. 

Joint Application Medical Program [JAMP]

JAMP is a special program created by the Texas Legislature in 2002 to support and encourage highly qualified, economically disadvantaged students who are interested in pursuing a medical education.  The online application becomes available in May and is due October 1 of the sophomore year.  For more information, go to the College of Science scholarship page and/or click on the following link:  http://www.bio.txstate.edu/prehealthadvising/freshman-programs/jamp.html.

Dorothy Coker Fellowship

Available to all graduate students pursuing a degree in the College of Science.  The normal application deadline is the Monday immediately following spring break.  For more information and an application form, go to the College of Science scholarship web page.

Durrenberger Scholarship for Women in Science

Available to female students pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in the College of Science.  Awards are competitive, and will be between $1000 and $6000.  The normal application deadline is the Monday immediately following Spring Break.  For more information, go to the College of Science scholarship page.

Joan Austin Memorial Scholarship

$500 awarded to a science undergraduate major with a minimum 3.0 Texas State GPA, and is based on financial need.  Documentation of financial need is required.  The award is $250 per semester.   For more information, go to the College of Science scholarship page.

Houston-Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation in Scholars Program [H-LSAMP]

This program is designed to substantially increase the quality, quantity, and diversity of students graduating with baccalaureate degrees in STEM fields—the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics.  Individual awards are for $1500 - $2000 per long semester, and are renewable.  Application deadlines are June 15 for fall awards and October 15 for spring awards.  For an online application, eligibility requirements, and additional program information, go to the College of Science scholarship page, and click on the H-LSAMP website link.

Mariel M. Muir Endowed Science Scholarship

Awarded to a science major with a minimum Texas State GPA of 3.60.  The applicant must be in his/her junior year (60 credit hours, 30 of which must have been earned at Texas State).  Successful applicants must have shown a commitment to campus and/or community activities that demonstrate leadership outside the classroom.  The award is $500 per semester during the senior year, to be credited toward the student’s tuition and fees.  The normal deadline is the Monday immediately following Spring Break.  For more information, go to the College of Science scholarship page.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

Awarded to a College of Science undergraduate who exhibits outstanding performance in scholarship and service.  Recognition is awarded in the form of a plaque presented to the student.  In addition, a perpetual plaque with the student’s name is displayed outside the office of the Dean of Science.  The normal application deadline is January 25.  For more information, go to the College of Science scholarship page.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Awarded to a College of Science graduate student who exhibits outstanding performance in scholarship, research, teaching, and service.  Recognition is awarded in the form of a plaque presented to the student.  In addition, a perpetual plaque with the student’s name is displayed outside the office of the Dean of Science.  The normal application deadline is January 25.  For more information, go to the College of Science scholarship page.

Presidential Upper Level Scholarship

Awarded to a limited number of undergraduate students with exceptional academic achievement in their college work.  Students receiving other scholarships funded by Student Service Fees are not eligible unless they elect to forfeit the other scholarship(s) for that year.  The award is $1200 ($600 for each long semester).  The applicant must be full-time student with 60 or more credit hours by the beginning of the fall semester, 30 of which must have been earned at Texas State.  Recipients must maintain a minimum course load of 12 hours each semester.  The application deadline is February 15.  For more information, go to the College of Science scholarship page.

Craddock Scholarship

As many as nine $1500 scholarships are awarded to students majoring in Chemistry, English, History, or Physics who are entering Texas State University’s General Honors Programs.  Freshmen must have composite ACT scores of 25 or above, or minimum scores of 1150 on the SAT, or rank in the top 10% of their high school graduating class.  Transfers and Texas State students may apply if their overall GPA is 3.5 or better.  Recipients are expected to enroll in at least 15 hours each semester and earn a minimum GPA of 3.5.  Applications can be obtained from:  Director, Texas State University Honors Program (email:  honors@txstate.edu).  The application deadline is January 15.

Denison-Koehn Endowed Science Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in the College of Science to help provide financial support.  Applicants must be full-time students, have a minimum Texas State GPA of 3.00, demonstrate financial need, and not receive other forms of financial aid.  The normal application deadline is the Monday following Spring Break.  For more information, go to the College of Science scholarship page.


 

College of Science Awards and Scholarships that Require a Faculty Nomination

Nomination by a faculty member at Texas State is required to be considered for these awards.  Applications without a faculty nomination are not accepted.  Students may discuss their interest directly with faculty members who are teaching their current and/or past chemistry courses, faculty who are supervising the laboratory courses they are teaching (or have taught), and/or faculty who are or have been their research advisors.

Smith-Willms Scholarship

The awardee is selected from students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Physics.  The successful applicant must have demonstrated academic excellence.  Preference is given to students who have expressed an interest in graduate studies and a career in teaching and research.  Nominees must be in their junior year.  The scholarship consists of a plaque and a $500 tuition credit.  The normal application deadline is the Monday immediately following Spring Break.  For more information, go to the College of Science scholarship page.

 

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Scholarship Committee

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Texas State University-San Marcos

601 University Drive

San Marcos, TX  78666

email:  chemscholarships@txstate.edu


 Notes:  1.  All monetary awards are contingent on financing, and every award may not be available every year;  2.  Normal application deadlines are provided.  Actual deadlines may change from year to year.  Applicants should verify the actual deadline(s) that apply to their application(s).