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Scholarships And Fellowships

The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry is pleased to announce that it has received funding for two Gregory Whitaker Graduate Fellowships of $5,000 each. Applicants will be selected based on undergraduate class performance, GRE scores, previous research experience, and promise to be an outstanding graduate student in the MS Chemistry and MS Biochemistry programs.

Department Competitive Awards

Students in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry may be eligible for a number of scholarship opportunities. Most of these scholarships are applied to through the BeachScholarships system.

The following scholarships are available. Deadline to apply is March 7, 2021 (extended). Please see individual scholarships for eligibility criteria.

Please contact the department for any questions about these scholarships.

Department Academic Achievement Awards

These awards are given annually at the end of spring semester to celebrate the accomplishments of students within our department. Students may not apply for these awards as they are determined by Department faculty nomination only.

Undergraduate Awards

  • ACS Analytical Chemistry Award: Given to the student who exhibits the greatest expertise in analytical chemistry.
  • ACS Polymer Chemistry Award: Given to a student who has completed 320A during the previous Fall or will complete the 320B course in the Spring semester.
  • ACS Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry: Given to the student who exhibits the greatest expertise in organic chemistry.
  • American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Baccalaureate Award Chemistry: Given to a graduating senior who is deemed to have an outstanding record of service and academic accomplishment in chemistry.
  • American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Baccalaureate Award Biochemistry: Given to a graduating senior who is deemed to have an outstanding record of service and academic accomplishment in biochemistry.
  • Analytical Chemistry: Given to the outstanding student of analytical chemistry who has completed both Chem 251 and Chem 451.
  • Biochemistry Award: Given to the outstanding student of biochemistry who has completed Chem 441A and has or will complete 441B in the current academic year.
  • Freshman Chemistry Award: Given to the outstanding student of first semester general chemistry, Chem 111A.
  • Spyros Pathos IV: Given to the outstanding student of second semester general chemistry, Chem 111B.
  • Horalek Award: Given to the graduating student who has rendered an outstanding service to the department.
  • Hypercube Award: Given to a student who has demonstrated excellence in computer applications in chemistry.
  • Inorganic Chemistry: Given to the outstanding student of inorganic chemistry who has completed Chem 431.
  • John H. Stern Award in Physical Chemistry: Given to the outstanding physical chemistry student who has completed Chem 371A and is in the process of completing, or has completed, Chem 371B.
  • Organic Chemistry Award: Given to the outstanding student of organic chemistry who has completed Chem 320A and completed Chem 320B in the Fall Semester of the current academic year.
  • Scoggins Award: Given to an outstanding graduating student who plans to continue graduate work in a health related profession such as medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, or optometry.
  • Departmental Honors for BS candidates: This award is based on service and scholarship and may be given up to three students at the undergraduate levels. The honors will be noted on the transcripts and diplomas of the students.
  • Richard D. Green Dean’s Award: Given by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics to an outstanding departmental graduating senior.

Graduate Awards

  • American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Graduate Award Chemistry: Given to an outstanding graduate student in chemistry.
  • American Institute of Chemists (AIC) Graduate Award Biochemistry: Given to an outstanding graduate student in biochemistry.
  • Outstanding Teaching Associate Award: Given to an outstanding teaching associate in chemistry or biochemistry.
  • Departmental Honors for MS candidates: This award is based on service and scholarship and may be given up to three students at the graduate levels. The honors will be noted on the transcripts and diplomas of the students.
  • Graduate Dean's List of Scholars and Artists: Given by the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics to three students. This is an honor accorded to only the top 1% of the master's students.
  • Outstanding MS Thesis Award: Given to the student whose Master's thesis is judged to be the most outstanding by our Department.

Additional Competitive Awards and Student Fellowship Programs

These programs at the College and University levels are open for students to apply to each academic year. Students should consult the appropriate CSULB links below for more information.