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Chemistry Grad Program
Graduate Student Awards


Current Graduate Student Awards 2019-20

Graduate students are invited to apply for Department research awards which are to recognize research accomplishments, publications and talks. The awards are recommended to be used to assist students with travel for scientific/educational purposes.

The following awards are available this year:

Graduate Research Awards, ranging from $1,000 - $4,000 each, to acknowledge important research accomplishments in any field

Award announcements will be made by the end of the summer and all research award winners will have the award monies deposited into their student Bursar account in the beginning of the Fall 2019 semester.

How to Apply:
  • Inform your advisor that you are applying for the Chemistry Continuing Graduate Student Award
  • Submit the following items (one pdf file) via email to Stephanie Hill ( Friday, September 13, 2019 at noon
    • Chemistry Continuing Graduate Student Award Application Page
    • Statement of Research Accomplishments – one page maximum, 12 point font, single spaced, one additional page for figures and references
    • Complete CV
      • Publications- include published and in-press only (Note: if you are using in-press publications you must attach the letter of acceptance from the journal)
      • Posters/oral presentations (PSU work only)
    • Once your application materials are received the Graduate Office will contact your preceptor to submit the Preceptor Recommendation Form


Travel Awards

Travel Award applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.  All students should apply 60 days prior to their dates of travel.

Individual Chemistry Travel Awards are intended to assist Chemistry Graduate students in attending scientific meetings in which they present results of their research work.  Applications for more extended travel, for example to participate in research at another institution, will also be considered.  Students considering this latter type of award are advised to discuss the possibilities with the award committee chair prior to submitting an application.  Requests for support of extended travel should include a letter of recommendation from the student's preceptor.

Eligibility & Selection Criteria:

Any full-time graduate student in the Chemistry Department is eligible to apply for a Travel Award.   No student may receive more than one travel award per year (August 1, 2019 - July 31, 2020). Requests must be made individually and students should apply for Travel Awards in consultation with their research advisors.  Sharing of accommodations within groups is encouraged for larger meetings (such as ACS National Meetings). Please receive approval from your lab's research staff assistant before submitting the form to 104 Chemistry Building.

Award Deposits
  • Money will be deposited into the student’s bursar account at the end of the month prior to travel. (i.e. travel in May, money deposited at the end of April)
  • Chemistry students must be registered for the semester (Fall or Spring) the award will be deposited
  • Money for travel during the summer will be deposited in August.

PLEASE NOTE: Students can access funds by transferring the money via eRefund in LionPATH.

International Students: It is the student’s liability to pay any taxes if their country does not participate in a  treaty with the US.

  • Complete the Travel Award Request Form
  • Attach the applicable documents
  • Return the paperwork to your research staff assistant
  • A memo will be distributed via email to the student, research assistant and advisor announcing your award


The Student Services Award

This award was designed to recognize graduate students who have proven to be outstanding examples of dedicated service to either their research lab, student organization, or departmental committee. The winner is awarded $1000.

Past Recipients 

2018: Santina Cruz

2019: Nicole Famularo


The Student Leadership Award

This award is designed to recognize graduate students who have proven to be outstanding leaders, within either the research lab or the science community at large. The winner is awarded $1000.

Past Recipients 

2018: Fatma Pir Cakmak

2019: Conner Hoelzel