The University of Iowa

Undergraduate Scholarships & Awards

The Department of Chemistry honors its outstanding undergraduates with annual scholarships and awards. Chemistry majors are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships.

Donald J. Burton and Margaret A. Burton Scholarship

The Donald J. Burton and Margaret A. Burton Scholarship is an annual award given to a chemistry major who demonstrates outstanding academic achievement in the classroom and in his/her research. One scholarship of approximately $1000 is awarded annually. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • be a chemistry major in your sophomore, junior, or senior year
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.4
  • be a United States citizen
  • have a minimum registration of 12 semester hours

E. David Cater Scholarship

The E. David Cater Scholarship is an award given to a chemistry major who demonstrates outstanding academic performance and research accomplishments. Preference is given to students who intend to become high school chemistry teachers. One or more scholarships are awarded annually in the range of $1200 and are renewable, contingent upon maintained eligibility and availability of funding. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • be a chemistry major in your sophomore, junior, or senior year
  • have a minimum GPA of 2.5
  • be a United States citizen
  • have a minimum registration of 12 semester hours

Russell K. Simms Scholarship

Scholarships named in honor of Russell K. Simms (B.A. Chemistry, 1935) are annual awards given to outstanding undergraduate chemistry majors. Preference is given to students who have been involved in undergraduate research for a minimum of two semesters. One or more scholarships are awarded annually in the range of $500. To be eligible for this scholarship, you must:

  • be a chemistry major in your sophomore, junior, or senior year
  • have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • be a United States citizen
  • have a minimum registration of 12 semester hours

To Apply

To apply for any of these scholarships, please submit the following materials directly to chem-awards@uiowa.edu by April 4, 2014:

  • A concise description of your academic and research accomplishments, a list of current scholarships, and a description of your career goals (2 pages maximum)
  • A letter of recommendation from your research advisor and/or a Chemistry professor
  • Academic transcripts from all undergraduate institutions

The final decision for award of the scholarships will be made by the Undergraduate Awards Committee and the Chair of the Department of Chemistry.

Award winners will be honored at the Chemistry Appreciation Night on May 15, 2014.

Questions about scholarships and the application process should be directed to betsy-stone@uiowa.edu.

Chemistry Awards

The following are competitive awards based on academic achievement and, with the exception of the Shoemaker-Strickler Scholarship, are given annually during the Departmental Awards Ceremony.

  • American Institute of Chemists Award
  • Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
  • American Chemical Society Organic Chemistry Award
  • American Chemical Society Inorganic Chemistry Award
  • Chemistry Alumni Award for Sophomores
  • Chemistry Alumni Award for Juniors
  • Chemistry Alumni Award for Seniors
  • Merck Index Award
  • Ken Sando Undergraduate Scholarship
  • Viksnins, Harris & Padys Award
  • Shoemaker-Strickler Scholarship