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Awards and Scholarships Available to Chemistry and Biochemistry Majors


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 application process opens on July 15 and the deadline for completion is August 20. 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. Students should apply using the BOSS system.

Larry D. Herwig Research Scholarship

Awarded to an undergraduate student committed to performing research under the supervision of a faculty member in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. The application process opens on July 15 and the deadline for completion is August 20. The total funds awarded for this scholarship varies, contingent on funding and other relevant factors. One half of the funds will be credited to the student’s university account each long semester during the academic year of the award. Students should apply using the BOSS system.

Minimum Qualifications
•    Full-time undergraduate student in good standing enrolled at Texas State University
•    Cumulative Texas State GPA of 3.0 or better based on 24 or more Texas State hours
•    Majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry
•    Committed to pursuing research and enrolling in Chem 4299 the full year of the award
•    Identification of a faculty mentor for the project, who must submit a letter of support
•    Will be in the second, third, or fourth undergraduate year during the time of the award

Larry and Barbara Wright Endowment Award

Awarded to chemistry majors with financial need who have demonstrated outstanding academic performance. The application deadline is 5 PM on January 25. These scholarships are typically awarded in the amount of $1,500 -¬‐ $2,000 each. One half of the award amount will be credited to the student’s university account each long semester during the academic year of the award. Actual amounts may vary, depending on available funding and other factors.

Minimum  Qualifications
•    Texas State GPA of 3.25 or better based on 24 or more Texas State credit hours.
•    For MA and MS students: only your graduate GPA and credit hours are considered.
•    Chemistry major at Texas State, at the time of application and when funds are received
       [Note that only chemistry majors are eligible for this award]
•    Natural born citizen of the United States
•    Financial need (student must have filed a FAFSA form and been confirmed as eligible for Texas State Financial aid by the Financial Aid Office).

Bounita Favorite Society of Plastics Engineers South Texas Section Endowed Scholarship

This award was established by the Society of Plastics Engineers to promote student success and engagement in the plastics industry. Recipient must be an undergraduate or graduate student involved in polymer research. Student will be majoring in a science or engineering field with a TxState GPA of 3.0 or better. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system before January 15. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award.

Wilcox Family Endowed Scholarship

Awarded to a Chemistry major or Chemistry minor, officially enrolled and in good standing at Texas State as an undergraduate or graduate student, and who has 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. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system. The application process opens on September 1 and the deadline is January 15. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award. Recipients will be named each spring, and will payments during each semester of the following academic year to be applied toward university fees and expenses.

Easter Endowed Scholarship for Excellence in Physical Chemistry

This award is given to chemistry majors with a TxState GPA of 3.0 or better who have demonstrated outstanding performance in physical chemistry. Students will have completed Physical Chemistry II lecture (CHEM 3340) and Physical Chemistry Lab (CHEM 3245) by the end of the current spring semester. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system. The application process opens on January 1 and the deadline is April 15. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award.

Dorothy and Billy Yager Endowed Scholarship in Organic Chemistry

Recipient must be a continuing undergraduate B.S. student majoring in chemistry or biochemistry who will have completed Organic Chemistry I and II (CHEM 2341 and 2342) by the end of the current spring semester. The winner should have a TxState GPA of 3.2 or better. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system. The application process opens on January 1 and the deadline is April 15. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award.

Key-Parks Scholarship

An outstanding freshman is selected annually to be the recipient of the Key-Parks Scholarship. Winner is a first-year chemistry or biochemistry major who has completed CHEM 1341 in the fall semester and is on schedule to complete CHEM 1342 in the spring.

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 receive a certificate of award plus a one year paid membership in the American Chemical Society (ACS).


Outstanding Student awards

Award amounts will be based on annual fund availability. Selected outstanding students could be nominated for additional college and university level awards, including:
• Smith-Willms
• Mariel Muir
• Presidential Upper Level Scholarship
• College of Science Outstanding Undergraduate Student award
• College of Science Outstanding Graduate award

 

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/biochemistry. Normally, the recipient of this award will have completed CHEM 1341 in the fall semester and will be scheduled to complete CHEM 1342 in the spring. Student must have a GPA of 3.5 or better. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system. The application process opens on December 15 and the deadline is January 15. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award. The awardee is honored publicly by the department and receives the Key-Parks Scholarship.

Outstanding Sophomore (Chemistry or Biochemistry Major)

Awarded annually to a chemistry or biochemistry major who will complete organic chemistry I and II courses during the current academic year. Normally, the recipient will have finished CHEM 2341 in the fall semester and will be on schedule to complete CHEM 2342 in the spring. Student must have a GPA of 3.5 or better. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system. The application process opens on September 1 and the deadline is January 15. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award. The awardee will be honored publicly by the department.

Outstanding Junior (Chemistry)

Awarded annually to a third-year chemistry major. Normally, the recipient will have completed CHEM 3330 by the end of the fall semester and will be on schedule to complete CHEM 3340 and 3245 in the spring. Student must have a GPA of 3.5 or better. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system. The application process opens on September 1 and the deadline is January 15. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award. The awardee will be honored publicly by the department. The recipient may also be eligible to apply for the higher level Smith-Willms, Mariel Muir, or Presidential Upper Level Scholarship awards.

Outstanding Junior (Biochemistry)

Awarded annually to a third-year biochemistry major. Normally, the recipient will have completed Chem 3375 by the end of the fall semester and will be on schedule to complete Chem 3380 and 3381 in the spring. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system. The application process opens on September 1 and the deadline is January 15. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award. The awardee will be honored publicly by the department. The awardee may also be eligible for the higher level Smith-Willms, Mariel Muir, or Presidential Upper Level Scholarship awards.

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. Normally, the recipient will have completed CHEM 4331 and 4231 by the end of the fall semester and will be on schedule to complete CHEM 4341 and 4241 in the spring. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system. The application process opens on September 1 and the deadline is January 15. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award. The awardee will be honored publicly by the department. The awardee receives an ACS Central Section Outstanding Senior Award and may also be eligible to apply 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. 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 4382 by the end of the spring. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system. The application process opens on September 1 and the deadline is January 15. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award. The awardee will be honored publicly by the department. The awardee receives an ACS Central Section Outstanding Senior Award and may be eligible for the College of Science Outstanding Undergraduate Student award.

Outstanding Graduate Student (Chemistry)

Awarded annually to an M.S. degree graduate student majoring in chemistry. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system. The application process opens on September 1 and the deadline is January 15. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award. The winner will be honored publicly by the department. The awardee may be eligible to apply for the College of Science Outstanding Graduate Student award. 

Outstanding Graduate Student (Biochemistry)

Awarded annually to an M.S. degree graduate student majoring in biochemistry. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system. The application process opens on September 1 and the deadline is January 15. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award. The winner will be honored publicly by the department. The awardee may be eligible to apply for the College of Science Outstanding Graduate Student award.

Outstanding Undergraduate Instructional Assistant (Chemistry or Biochemistry Major)

Awarded annually to an undergraduate student based on outstanding performance as an instructional assistant. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system in conjunction with a supportive faculty member who supervises one or more of the department’s laboratory courses. The application process opens on January 3 and the deadline is March 1. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award. The awardee will be honored publicly by the department.

Outstanding Graduate Instructional Assistant (Chemistry or Biochemistry Major)

Awarded annually to either an M.S. degree graduate student or an MSEC program Ph.D. student based on outstanding performance as an instructional assistant in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system in conjunction with a supportive faculty member who supervises one or more of the department’s laboratory courses. The application process opens on January 3 and the deadline is March 1. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award. The awardee will be honored publicly by the department.

Outstanding Undergraduate Research Student (Chemistry or Biochemistry Major)

Awarded to an undergraduate who has excelled in performance of research while working with a faculty member in the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department during the past year. Qualified students may apply through the BOSS system with the support of their faculty research advisor. The application process opens on September 1 and the deadline is March 1. Faculty members will also nominate students for the award. The winner will be publicly honored by the department.


College of Science and Engineering Awards and Scholarships

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


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 and Engineering 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 and Engineering.  The normal application deadline is the Monday immediately following spring break.  For more information and an application form, go to the College of Science and Engineering scholarship web page.

Durrenberger Scholarship for Women in Science

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

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

In partnership with the National Science Foundation, the H-LSAMP Scholars 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. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply.  Available to undergraduate students. Student must be a declared major in one of the following: biochemistry, biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, engineering technology, mathematics, or physics. Individual awards are $3000 per long semester. This is a continuing, renewable award as long as funds are available and all program requirements are met each semester.  Application Deadline: See website for complete eligibility information, how to apply, and for application deadlines.

http://hlsamp.cose.txstate.edu/

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 and an application form, go to the College of Science and Engineering scholarship web page.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award

Awarded to a College of Science and Engineering 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 and an application form, go to the College of Science and Engineering scholarship web page.

Outstanding Graduate Student Award

Awarded to a College of Science and Engineering 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 and an application form, go to the College of Science and Engineering scholarship web 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 and an application form, go to the College of Science and Engineering scholarship web page.

Craddock Scholarship

Up to (9) scholarships are awarded annually to qualified students majoring in Chemistry, Physics, English, or History who are entering Texas State's University Honors College. Freshman applicants must have composite ACT scores of 27 or above or minimum score of 1270 on SAT or rank in the upper 10 percent of their high school graduating class. Transfers and Texas State University students may apply if their overall GPA is 3.5 or above. Recipients are expected to enroll in at least 15 hours each semester and earn a minimum GPA of 3.5. Annual award are $1,500. Application deadline is March 1st. This scholarship can be applied for through the Texas State scholarship system. To apply for the scholarships and access the scholarship system go to  http://scholarships.txstate.edu

Denison-Koehn Endowed Science Scholarship

Awarded to a student majoring in the College of Science and Engineering 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 and an application form, go to the College of Science and Engineering scholarship web page.


CONTACT INFORMATION:

Scholarship Committee

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Texas State University-San Marcos

601 University Drive

San Marcos, TX  78666

email:  ll18@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).