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Undergraduate Scholarship & Awards

29th Annual Celebration

The Department of Chemistry is dedicated to student success. We are committed to helping each student achieve academic excellence and realize their educational goals. Towards this, Chemistry recognizes through scholarships and awards the outstanding achievement of our students who have demonstrated performance in learning, research and service. These scholarships and awards are made possible through the generosity of faculty, organizations, corporations and individuals like you. Recipients are recognized at our annual Scholarship and Alumni Celebration held in the spring each year.

Past Events


Division Awards


Analytical Division

ACS Analytical Chemistry Award

The American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry and the Journal of Analytical Chemistry sponsor an undergraduate award to encourage student interest in this discipline and to recognize students who display an aptitude in analytical chemistry. The Department of Chemistry’s analytical division selects a student each year from those who have completed all the undergraduate analytical courses for a one-year membership in this society and the student is presented with a trophy.

Hypercube Scholar

HyberCube, Inc. provides a software package each year to a senior B.S. chemistry major. The winner must have a GPA of 3.5 or better, 20 hours of chemistry courses at USF including Methods I, and completed or be enrolled in Methods II. The recipient receives a trophy and the software package.

Robert S. Braman Analytical Chemistry Award

The analytical award is named in honor of Dr. Robert S. Braman, who was a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemistry from 1967 to 2003. The award is given to the top student in Analytical Chemistry as determined by the faculty member of the analytical division. The recipient is awarded a trophy and a scholarship.

Biochemistry Division

T.C. Owen Biochemistry Award

The biochemistry award is named in honor of Dr. T.C. Owen, who was a member of the Department of Chemistry faculty from 1964 to 1998. He also served as the chair from 1974-1978. He maintained his extraordinary service as Emeritus after his retirement. This award is given to the top student in Biochemistry and the lab. The instructors select this recipient who will receive a trophy and a scholarship.

General Chemistry Division

Jesse S. Binford General Chemistry Award

The general chemistry award is named in honor of Dr. Jesse S. Binford, who was a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemistry from 1961-2003. The award recipient is selected by the members of the faculty who teach the general chemistry classes from among the students who earned an A in both General Chemistry I and General Chemistry II. The recipient is presented with CRC Handbook of Chemistry published by Taylor & Francis. The recipient is also awarded a scholarship.

Inorganic Chemistry Division

Joseph Stanko Inorganic Chemistry Award

The inorganic chemistry award is named in honor of Dr. Joseph Stanko, who was a member of the Department of Chemistry faculty from 19973-2003. This award is given to the top student, as determined by the instructors, among those who have taken Intermediate Inorganic and Advanced Inorganic Chemistry the previous year. The award winner will receive a trophy and a scholarship.

Jay Worrell Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. Jay Worrell, who was a member of the chemistry faculty from 1967-2002. He retired as a professor emeritus. This scholarship is awarded to a senior BS or BA Chemistry major or BMS major who has a strong performance in academics but who also is motivated and interested in chemistry with special emphasis on inorganic chemistry.  The student has also demonstrated excitement about chemistry and is interested in a career in chemistry. The recipient, chosen by the inorganic division and approved by the undergraduate council, is presented with a trophy and a scholarship.

Organic Chemistry Division

George Wenzinger Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is named in honor of Dr. George Wenzinger who was a member of the Department of Chemistry faculty from 1963-1999. He was also an emeritus professor.  This scholarship is awarded to a senior BS or BA Chemistry major or BMS major who has a strong performance in academics but who also is motivated and interested in chemistry with special emphasis on organic chemistry.  The student has also demonstrated excitement about chemistry and is interested in a career in chemistry. The recipient, chosen by the organic division and approved by the undergraduate council, is presented with a trophy and a scholarship.

Jack E. Fernandez Organic Chemistry Award

The organic chemistry award is named in honor of Dr. Jack E. Fernandez, who was a member of the chemistry faculty and served as the department chair for 1994-1995. The award is given to the top student in the organic chemistry classes and labs as selected by the organic course coordinator in conjunction with the faculty who teach who Organic Chemistry I and Organic Chemistry II. The recipient is awarded with a trophy and a scholarship.

Physical Chemistry Division

Jeff C. Davis Physical Chemistry Award

The physical chemistry award is named in honor of Dr. Jefferson C. Davis, Jr.  Dr. Davis was a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemistry from 1965-1998. He served as the Chair of the Department from 1978-1982 and again from 1995-1998. This award is given to the top student in the physical chemistry courses held through the spring, summer and fall of each year. Nominations are made at the end of the fall semester by the instructors of the physical chemistry classes with the final recipient determined by all the instructors and ratified by the Department of Chemistry’s Undergraduate Council.  The physical chemistry classes include Physical Chemistry I, Physical Chemistry II and Biophysical Chemistry. The award winner receives a trophy and a scholarship.


Research Awards


Clear Springs Land Undergraduate Research Award

Clear Springs Land is a local company that has endowed money with the Department of Chemistry towards student research. Each year members of the faculty can nominate students who are majoring in chemistry and have contributed through papers or presentations to research. These are submitted to the undergraduate council who selects the award winner. The recipient is presented with a trophy and a scholarship.


T.C. Owen Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award

Dr. Owen initiated this scholarship to encourage undergraduate research. Each year members of the faculty nominate students who are majoring in chemistry and have contributed through papers or presentations to research. These are submitted to the undergraduate council who selects the award winner. The recipient is presented with a trophy and a scholarship. See the full list of past recipients.



Undergraduate Council Awards


American Institute of Chemists Award

Founded in 1923, the American Institute of Chemists has fostered the advancement of the chemical profession in the United States. This organization has a student award program to honor outstanding seniors majoring in chemistry. The awards are given in recognition of demonstrated ability, leadership, and professional promise. The department’s undergraduate council selects the recipients from the top chemistry students.


Calvin Maybury Department Scholarship, BS

This award is named in honor of Dr. Calvin Maybury who was a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemistry from 1961-1987. He also served as the chair from 1963-1974. This award is presented to a student who is a BS chemistry major within one year of graduation. This student must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better and a 3.5 or better GPA in chemistry coursework with a minimum of 20 hours in chemistry classes. The recipient is presented with a trophy and will receive a scholarship.


Dean Martin Outstanding Chemistry Major, B.A.

This award is named in honor of Dr. Dean Martin who served as a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemistry from 1964 to 2006. Dr. Martin is an emeritus professor and continues to work in the department even in retirement. This award is presented to a student who is a BA chemistry major with a 3.5 or better GPA and who has completed at least 20 hours of chemistry coursework. The recipient is presented with a trophy and will receive a scholarship. See the full list of past recipients.


Dean Martin Outstanding Chemistry Major, B.S.

This award is named in honor of Dr. Dean Martin who served as a member of the faculty in the Department of Chemistry from 1964 to 2006. Dr. Martin is an emeritus professor and continues to work in the department even in retirement. This award is presented to a student who is a BS chemistry major with a 3.5 or better GPA and who has completed at least 20 hours of chemistry coursework. The recipient is presented with a trophy and will receive a scholarship. See the full list of past recipients.


Outstanding Biomedical Science Award

This award is presented to a student majoring in biomedical sciences who has maintained a3.5 or better GPA and who has completed at least 20 hours of chemistry coursework. The recipient is presented with a trophy and will receive a scholarship.


Phi Lambda Upsilon Award

The aims and purposes of Phi Lambda Upsilon are the promotion of high scholarship and original investigation in all branches of pure and applied chemistry. Phi Lambda Upsilon was founded as an honorary chemical society in March 1899, at the University of Illinois. This organization recognizes students majoring in chemistry for outstanding academic achievement. The undergraduate council selects the recipient from among those students who have completed at least 30 hours of chemistry course work with a 3.5 GPA or better. The recipient is nominated by the Department of Chemistry for membership in Phi Lambda Upsilon and is presented with a trophy.


Richard Bowman Scholarship

The Richard Bowman Scholarship is presented to B.A. or B.S. chemistry majors. The recipients of this scholarship must have an overall GPA of at least 3.5, completed 20 hours of chemistry classes with at least a 3.5, and demonstrated extracurricular activities outside of Chemistry. The recipient of this award receives a trophy and a scholarship.


Graham Solomons Department Scholarship, B.A.

This award is named in honor of Dr. T.W. Graham Solomons, Professor of Chemistry Emeritus, charter faculty member who served 1960-1990. A department pioneering researcher in drug design, he authored Organic Chemistry. This award is presented to a student who is a B.A. Chemistry major within one year of graduation. This student must have an overall GPA of 3.5 or better and a 3.5 or better GPA in chemistry coursework, with a minimum of 20 hours in chemistry classes. The recipient is presented with a trophy and will receive a scholarship.



Other Prestigious Awards


The Kevin L McKeown Memorial Scholarship


Sally Everett Memorial Scholarship

Sally A. Everett was an alumnus of USF with a Bachelor of Science degree in medical technology. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2000, Sally faced her illness as she did any other challenge presented to her, be it personal or business, with a positive and forthright attitude. Sally was an inspiration to anyone she came in contact with. In loving memory of Sally’s accomplishments and her fondness for USF her husband, Ward LaFrance, created a scholarship in her name. The Sally Everett Memorial Scholarship is awarded to Medical Technology junior or senior students who have demonstrated academic success. The recipients of this award receive a scholarship. See the full list of past recipients.


Chemistry Honor Roll

The Chemistry Honor Roll is comprised of students majoring in Chemistry with a BA or BS, Medical Technology, Biomedical Sciences and Interdisciplinary Natural Sciences. To qualify, a student must complete a minimum of 60 USF hours and 18 hours of USF chemistry coursework maintaining a 3.75 GPA or better. Each student must also have an overall GPA of 3.75 or better. Each honor roll member is presented with a certificate.


Undergraduate Teaching Award


Peer Leading Awards

This award identifies a peer leader who exemplifies the traits of clear communication, respect for students, and the promotion of intellectual inquiry. The faculty who teach Peer Leading in Chemistry selects the recipients from among those students who have served as a peer leader.


Outstanding Chemistry Alumni

Each spring since 1988, nominations are sought from the Department of Chemistry faculty for an outstanding chemistry alumnus or alumna.  The selection has then been made by a subcommittee of the Undergraduate Council.  The awardee is invited to attend the annual Scholarship and Awards Banquet, and make a presentation to those in attendance. View the list of past recipients.