Chemistry and Biochemistry

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Awards and Scholarships

Each year, the College of Science and Math as well as the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry give out a number of awards in recognition of our outstanding majors. Some of these awards are named after a distinguished emeritus or alumnus. View past winners of these awards.

In addition, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry provides (if sufficient funds are available) a number of scholarships that are set up by our generous emeriti, alumni and friends. These scholarships are chosen from qualified students who have submitted applications. A description of each of these including application forms, eligibility, requirement and nature of the scholarships, is also listed below. All qualified students are urged to apply to any of these awards. Completed applications must be received by the department office before the posted deadline. A list of students who have won these scholarships in previous years can be found here.

COLLEGE OF SCIENCE AND MATH SCHOLARSHIPS (deadlines are near the end of March - click on award name for details of award and application):

Undergraduate student scholarships:

Donald E. Bianchi Outstanding Undergraduate Student Award
Hugo and Irma Oppenheimer Student Award
The Robert R. Sprague Foundation Scholarship

Graduate student scholarships:

Donald E. Bianchi Outstanding Graduate Student Award
Mack I. Johnson Research Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in the College of Science and Mathematics
Hugo and Irma Oppenheimer Student Award
The Robert R. Sprague Foundation Scholarship

 

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AND BIOCHEMISTRY SCHOLARSHIPS

Undergraduate student scholarships - all Undergraduate student scholarships and links can be found using our flowchart (pdf)

 

Patricia A. Maloney Student Travel Fund Award

Qualification: Undergraduate Chemistry and Biochemistry major that plans to attend a conference in the following academic year at which they will deliver a verbal and/or poster presentation.

Award: $1000. The award recipient's name will be added to the department permanent award roster and a certificate will be presented at the annual Department Awards and Commencement Reception. A check will be disbursed in the fall to the recipient of this award. The student will be responsible for any taxes due.

Application cover page (PDF)

Detailed application and award criteria (PDF)

Deadline: 5:00pm on the 4th Friday in March.

 

Dr. Lan K. Wong Undergraduate Research Scholarship

Qualification: Applicants must be a CSUN-registered junior majoring in Chemistry or Biochemistry and have a minimum 3.25 GPA. The majority of the funds are to be used by the recipient for supplies and minor equipment related to the approved research.  However, some funding may be used to produce a poster and/or attend/travel to a conference specifically to present the approved research.  Funds may not be used for salary or tuition.

Award: $1000 (2 awards available per year). The award recipient's name will be added to the department permanent award roster and a certificate will be presented at the annual Department Awards and Commencement Reception. A check will be disbursed in the fall to the recipient of this award. The student will be responsible for any taxes due.

Application cover page (PDF)

Detailed application and award criteria (PDF)

Deadline: 5:00pm on the 4th Friday in March.

 

David A. Miller Award for Excellence in Analytical Chemistry

Qualification: Chemistry or Biochemistry major that received “A” grades in CHEM 321/L and CHEM 422/L 

Award: $500. The student will be responsible for any taxes due.

Application form (fillable PDF)

Deadline: 5:00pm on the 4th Friday in March.

 

Weigand-Jewett Award for Outstanding Senior in Biochemistry

Qualification: B.S. Biochemistry student demonstrating excellence in the CHEM 461/L / 462/L / 465 sequence that will graduate within the calendar year of the award.

Award: $1000. The student will be responsible for any taxes due.

Application form (fillable PDF)

Deadline: 5:00pm on the 4th Friday in March.

 

Henry Klostergaard Award (Outstanding Graduating Chemistry/Biochemistry Major)

Qualification: Applicants must be a graduating Chem/Biochem major with a GPA of 3.7 or better (at least 24 Chemistry units must have been taken at CSUN). The applicant must have also distinguished themselves by notable achievement outside the normal curriculum (e.g. independent research).

Award: $1000. The student will be responsible for any taxes due.

Application form (fillable PDF)

Deadline: 5:00pm on the 4th Friday in March.

 

Graduate student scholarships - all Graduate student scholarships and links can be found using our flowchart (pdf)

 

Sandra L. Jewett Scholarship in Biochemistry

Qualification: Applicants must be classified graduate students enrolled in the MS Biochemistry Program with a demonstrated need for financial assistance. A student is ineligible if they are in the last semester of the masters program.

Award: $1000. The award recipient's name will be added to the department permanent award roster and a certificate will be presented at the annual Department Awards and Commencement Reception. A check will be disbursed in the spring to the recipient of this award. The student will be responsible for any taxes due.

Application cover page and instructions (fillable PDF)

Detailed application and award criteria (PDF)

Deadline: 10:00 am on the first Friday in December

 

Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Assistant Award

Qualification: Applicants must be a Teaching Assistant with a GPA of 3.0 or better with excellent teaching evaluations from students.

Award: TBD

Application package must include: (i) A list of courses taught at CSUN with semester and course coordinator for each course, (ii) Recommendation letters from course coordinator(s) of classes taught and from research mentor. (iii) Copies of student evaluations for at least three course sections taught at CSUN. (iv) Any additional evidence of teaching excellence (such as unsolicited notes/e-mails of appreciation from students). Please email all documents to chemistry@csun.edu before the deadline.

Deadline: 5:00pm on the 4th Friday in March.