Chemistry Scholarships

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Through the generosity of alumni and other friends of the department, the Chemistry Department is able to offer scholarships and summer research support. In 2018, the department awarded more than 40 undergraduate scholarships and awards that totaled almost $135,000.

Any student who is a chemistry major or is conducting research with a chemistry faculty member is eligible to apply for the scholarships. An overall GPA of at least 3.0 is required for application; awards are based on both merit and financial need. Students may apply for academic year scholarships and/or summer research support. Recipients of academic year scholarships must be enrolled full-time for the semester(s) they receive the award. Recipients of the summer research scholarships must enroll in at least one credit of research for the summer term. Summer research award recipients must also commit to working at least 30 hours per week for eight weeks during the summer, or 240 hours over the entire summer. Students cannot receive both the UW-Madison Hilldale/Holstrom Research Fellowship and a chemistry summer research scholarship for the same summer.

Scholarship applications for summer 2019 and the 2019-20 academic year will be available beginning December 19, 2018. Applications are due by Wednesday, February 6, 2019. Award recipients will be notified in mid-April 2019.

Application Instructions

To apply for a scholarship, students must complete an online application through the Wisconsin Scholarship Hub (WiSH). Students complete just one application, called Chemistry Undergraduate Scholarships in WiSH, to apply for both a summer research award and an academic year scholarship.

As part of the application, applicants must include a letter of support from a faculty member or mentor, a brief statement of interest, and a resume. Transfer students will also need to submit unofficial transcripts from their former institution(s). For students applying for a summer research scholarship, the letter of support should come from the faculty member who will supervise their summer research project.

The brief statement of interest should include the following information:

  1. Describe your current and past activities at UW-Madison. This could include undergraduate research (including the names of your supervisors and dates or semesters), publications, other professionally relevant activities, or any chemistry organizations or outreach programs of which you are a member or with which you are active.
  2. Describe any professionally relevant experience (studies or research elsewhere, summer jobs, tutoring, etc.).
  3. Tell us about your plans for the future (e.g., will you be doing undergraduate research, are you planning on graduate or medical school, teaching at the high school or college level, working in industry, etc.).
  4. Some of our scholarships are financial need based. If you are eligible for financial aid, please state any special circumstances regarding your or your family's financial need that may not be reflected in your information on file with the Financial Aid Office.

To learn more about how to write a resume and a personal statement, visit L&S Career Services website and/or consider attending a UW Writing Center workshop. Incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

If you have any questions, please contact:

Undergraduate Chemistry Office
Room 1328 Chemistry Building
UW-Madison Department of Chemistry
1101 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53706

View the list of winners recognized at the 2018 Student Awards Ceremony here.