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Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry


Scholarships and Awards

Below is a list of potential scholarships and awards the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry may give out each year.  The call for applications and faculty recommendations goes out in late February or early March via blackboard and is also posted on the department's homepage on our website.  The winners are announced at University Awards Day in April.

American Chemical Society Division of Environmental Chemistry Undergraduate Award

This is awarded to an outstanding full-time undergraduate student currently enrolled at the University of South Carolina in chemistry, environmental engineering or other programs emphasizing environmental chemistry.  The student must have completed one full year of study at USC.  The award sponsored by the American Chemical Society Division of Environmental Chemistry consists of a one year membership in the ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry and a certificate.

American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award

This award recognizes achievement by students who have demonstrated excellence in inorganic chemistry at the undergraduate level and have future plans that include a career in chemistry.

American Chemical Society South Carolina Section Outstanding Undergraduate Senior Award

This award is presented to a senior chemistry or biochemistry major based on faculty recommendation, undergraduate research participation and outstanding grades.  As a recipient of this award, the student will be honored at the annual meeting of the South Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society and will receive a certificate and a subscription to The Journal of Chemical Education.

American Chemical Society Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry

This award is presented to a top graduating senior student, majoring in either chemistry or biochemistry, who has demonstrated excellence in organic chemistry based on a combination of research experience, coursework, and a desire to pursue a career in chemistry.

Analytical Chemistry Award of the American Chemical Society

This award encourages student interest in analytical chemistry, and is awarded for outstanding performance in chemistry 321 or 621.  The award is sponsored by the American Chemical Society's Division of Analytical Chemistry.  It includes a subscription to the journal Analytical Chemistry, and an honorary membership in the Division of Analytical Chemistry for the same period.

Betty R. Fundenberg Undergraduate Biomedical Research Award

This award is given to provide support for chemistry or biochemistry undergraduates performing biomedical research at the University of South Carolina, Columbia Campus.

Drew Becker Memorial Award

This award of $2000 is given in memory of Drew Becker who graduated with a B.S in Chemistry, Cum Laude.  Prior to attending the University, Drew served his country in the US Army as a Staff Sergeant Combat Medic for six years deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.  The award was established by his family, friends, Red Devil Medics in the Armed Services, and IRIX Pharmaceuticals where he was employed.

Hiram and Lawanda Allen Award for Excellence in Chemistry Award

This award is given to a graduating chemistry or biochemistry senior based on faculty recommendation for undergraduate research participation in some area relevant to the chemical industry.  This award is funded by Mr. and Mrs. Hiram S. Allen.

Hiram and Lawanda Allen Scholarship for Excellence in Chemistry

This scholarship is awarded to a rising senior chemistry or biochemistry major with 75 semester hours completed prior to this semester, physical chemistry or all prerequisites completed, a GPA of 3.5 or better, and outstanding lab proficiency demonstrated by research participation.  This award is funded by Mr. and Mrs. Hiram S. Allen.

Hypercube Award

This award, presented by Hypercube, Inc., is given in recognition of an outstanding upper-class or graduating senior judged to be most likely to need to use molecular modeling in postgraduate studies.  The award consists of a copy of Professional HyperChem software plus a framed commemorative HyperChem Scholar certificate.

Joseph W. and Julia L. Bouknight Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to students majoring in chemistry or biochemistry who plan to teach high school chemistry.  The scholarship can be awarded to freshman and upper-class students each semester until the B.S. and M.T. or MAT degrees are completed.  The student must maintain a 3.0 GPA and must be making satisfactory progress toward a degree.

Merck Index Award

The Merck Index Award is given to an outstanding student in Organic Chemistry 333/334.  This award is sponsored by Merck & Co. Inc., and includes a personalized copy of The Merck Index. 

Royal Society of Chemistry Certificate of Excellence

The award is sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry and is given to an outstanding chemistry or biochemistry undergraduate major to recognize outstanding achievement in the study of organic chemistry.

The Max G. Gergel Award

This award is in honor of Max Gustove Gergel, B.S. 1942, and is awarded to a graduating B.S. in a Chemistry major or Biochemistry Molecular Biology major with the highest GPA.  The award is funded by Dr. Davinder Singh, a former mentee of Mr. Gergel's.

Tommy L. and Fred E. Hickman III Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a worthy student majoring in chemistry or biochemistry with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Preference is given to underrepresented groups to promote diversity among the student body.  This scholarship is supported by a gift from Tommy L. and Fred E. Hickman III.

Victor Laurie Junior Year Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a rising junior.  The student must have completed forty-eight semester hours prior to this semester with a GPA of 3.50 or higher, participated in undergraduate research, and is based on faculty recommendation.  This award is supported by a gift from Dr. Victor Laurie and his wife.

Victor Laurie Senior Year Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to a rising senior with 75 semester hours completed prior to this semester with a GPA of 3.50 or higher, who must have completed physical chemistry, participated in undergraduate research, and is recommended by faculty.  This scholarship is supported by a gift from Dr. Victor Laurie and his wife, Donna.