Scholarships And Awards
The Department of Chemistry annually administers a number of awards and scholarships. Some require that students submit applications, other awardees are nominated for recognition by faculty in the department.
THE LARRY VOCKLER SCHOLARSHIP FUND
This scholarship was established to honor Larry Vockler, founder of ICD High Performance Coatings. The scholarship is awarded annually to two outstanding Sophomore Chemistry Majors, providing each with a $2,500 scholarship, and is intended to help promising students complete their studies. Larry Vockler Scholarship awards are administered in concert with the Office of Financial Aid. Students may apply for this scholarship - and search other scholarship opportunities - via the University's Online Scholarship Application.
Application materials are due February 1 annually.
THE CARL WAMSER STUDENT SUMMER RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP
This award was established by Richard and Helen Phillips to honor Professor Carl Wamser, who served as the faculty research mentor to Richard Phillips when he was an undergraduate student. The award provides a summer stipend of $5,000 to support a PSU undergraduate Chemistry Major pursuing a research project in the laboratory of a departmental faculty member, in particular those focused in the areas of chemical biology, biochemistry, or organic chemistry.
Application materials are due the first Friday in April and include a one-page essay written by the student describing their research plans for the summer, a listing of their remaining courses needed to graduate PSU, and a letter of recommendation from their research advisor.
LOCAL ACS SECTION SCHOLARSHIP
This scholarship is sponsored by the Portland Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) to help a chemistry major in their senior year. To be eligible, the student must have completed the last year of their secondary education in Oregon, Washington, or Idaho. Students are nominated for this award by the chemistry faculty at Portland State University and selected by the members of the local ACS. Nominations are due during the first week of the winter term annually.
OTHER SCHOLARSHIP AND FELLOWSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
The University offers a number of scholarship opportunities for students at every level of education, including incoming freshmen, undergraduate, international, post-baccalaureate, and graduate students. Visit the Scholarships webpage for information about available scholarships, upcoming workshops, and application tips and deadlines.
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD
The Undergraduate ACS Student Travel Award is sponsored by the Portland Local Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and adjudicated by the faculty of the Department of Chemistry at Portland State University. The award supports students who wish to attend an ACS National meeting. To be considered for this travel award students must be pursing an undergraduate degree (B.S./B.A.) in Chemistry/Biochemistry at Portland State University and working in a research laboratory. Applications for this award are due the first Monday in December. (However, travel awards are not currently being accepted because of the Covid-19 pandemic.)
Students should discuss their interest in applying for this award with their research advisor before beginning the application process. When students submit an application form, their advisor will receive an e-mail with details for submitting their letter. Advisor letters are due the first Friday after the first Monday in December and must include information about the applicant's ability and achievements to date and the importance of conference attendance to their career path.
ACS UNDERGRADUATE TRAVEL AWARDS & DIVISION EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Several divisions within the American Chemical Society (ACS) offer undergraduate travel awards. Students having submitted an abstract to present their research at a conference are encouraged to review their eligibility and discuss the opportunities with their research advisor.
GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVEL AWARD
The Graduate Student Travel Award supports students pursuing a graduate degree (Ph.D./M.S.) in Chemistry at Portland State University who are presenting the results of their research at a conference. Students should apply to give an oral presentation, unless poster presentations are the only option (e.g., a Gordon Research Conference). A student who applies to a conference to give an oral presentation but is offered a poster presentation instead will still be eligible for the travel award. Applications for this award are due the first Monday in December. (However, travel awards are not currently being accepted because of the Covid-19 pandemic.)
Students should discuss their interest in applying for this award with their research advisor before beginning the application process. Advisor letters are due the first Friday after the first Monday in December and must include information about the applicant's ability and achievements to date, the significance of their work, the importance of conference attendance on their career path, and a statement about the availability of additional funds to support the applicant's travel if needed.
DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY AWARDS
Each year, the Department of Chemistry honors outstanding undergraduate and graduate students with a number of other awards. Students are nominated for these awards by faculty in the Department of Chemistry.
- The George S. Hammond Award in Organic Chemistry and the Analytical Chemistry Award each recognize excellent coursework by undergraduates in upper division classes, while the Outstanding Senior Award is presented to an outstanding student at the end of their undergraduate degree program.
- The Clyde Johnson Award is named for the the Founding Department Chair and Professor of Chemistry at Portland State from 1950 to 1964 and recognizes the outstanding Chemistry Major in their Junior year.
- Established in honor of Paul Emmett, Professor of Chemistry at Portland State from 1971 to 1985, member of the National Academy of Science, and friend and brother-in-law of Linus Pauling, the Paul Emmett Award recognizes an outstanding Ph.D. student in the Department of Chemistry in his or her penultimate year.
- The Alfred S. Levinson Award for Outstanding Teaching, which recognizes outstanding teaching by a Graduate Teaching Assistant in Chemistry, was established in honor of Alfred S. Levinson, Professor of Chemistry at Portland State from 1963 to 1994, recognizing the value that Al placed on excellence in teaching.
The Department of Chemistry gratefully relies on donations to the funds that support these student awards and scholarships. More information about these funds and how to contribute to the Department is available on the Giving page of our website.