The Department of Chemistry is a vibrant community of learners and scholars that, through mentoring and collaborations, help our students achieve the highest possible success. At the undergraduate level, we seek to provide a high-quality, up-to-date learning experience that emphasizes the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for students to work in all careers in the chemical sciences and/or to continue their education in chemistry, biochemistry, and related areas and professions. At the graduate level, we seek to provide advanced training that includes research carried out under the direction of faculty working at the frontiers of their fields. We also seek to provide non-majors with instruction in chemistry that contributes to their understanding of scientific principles and thereby helps produce well-educated citizens. We are committed to having programs of study, approaches to learning, and faculty expertise that meet the needs of our students.
The Department of Chemistry seeks private support that will enhance student learning and programs. Gifts to some of the funds listed help with recruitment and retention of talented students. Other funds focus on support for research for summer research funds for undergraduates and graduates or providing funds that allow improvements and upgrades to instruments and facilities.
Chemistry Department Excellence Fund
The Chemistry Department Excellence Fund provides general support for the activities, programs, and operations of the department. The Fund also helps provide new instrumentation, supports the visits of scholars, and supports local opportunities for presentation of research results by students.
Sol Shulman Scholarship
The Sol Shulman Scholarship was established in 1991 by Sol Shulman. The scholarship is typically awarded to outstanding incoming first-year students, majoring in Chemistry. The scholarship helps defray the rising costs of higher education for these talented students.
Mike Kurz Research Fellowship Award
As former chair Dr. Michael Kurz said in his statement to create the graduate Research Fellowship that bears his name: “A key to the strength of our M.S. program over the years has been the year-round activity that our grad students put in towards completing their M.S. requirements and thesis research, which allows them to earn their degrees in a timely manner. The summer research atmosphere has traditionally been very strong.”The fellowship provides summer stipend support to M.S. students so that they may focus on conducting their thesis research in the laboratory of a Chemistry faculty member.
Undergraduate Chemistry Student Research Fund
The Undergraduate Summer Research Fund provides financial support for undergraduate students who are actively pursuing research activities under the supervision of a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry during the summer. Funds may be used to purchase materials and supplies needed to undertake and complete research projects, support summer stipends, or to support students in disseminating the results of their research at professional conferences or professional publications.