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ChemScholars Program

ChemScholars Program

Several years ago the Department of Chemistry established the ChemScholars Program. This program is designed to identify talented undergraduates interested in pursuing a degree in Chemistry, early in their academic careers, and providing them with an enhanced educational experience. The program will include individualized advising by a member of the Chemistry faculty, undergraduate research/teaching experiences, and a Freshman/Sophomore seminar.

The centerpiece of this program is a scholarship providing $1500 per year for up to four years to exceptional freshmen. As a member of the ChemScholars program, you will be paired with a faculty mentor when enrolling as a freshman at KU. This mentor will provide advice for academic decisions, including course enrollment, during your first semester at KU. During your first semester, you will have the opportunity to meet the entire faculty in the Department of Chemistry and to choose an academic mentor to advise you for the rest of your time at KU.

In addition, you will participate in research in your academic mentor’s laboratory and be given opportunities to present the results of your research at national scientific meetings, in Chemistry Department Seminars, and at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium sponsored by the University Honors Program. As a ChemScholar, you will be encouraged to enroll in the Honor’s program of the Chemistry Department.  Upper level ChemScholars may also be encouraged to assist with instruction in introductory chemistry laboratories as a paid undergraduate teaching assistant.

The criteria for selection as a ChemScholar are:

  1. declaration of a major in Chemistry
  2. excellent academic record in high school
  3. ACT mathematics score of 30 or higher or SAT mathematics score of 675 or higher
  4. two or more letters of recommendation

The requirements for retaining the ChemScholar scholarship in subsequent years are:

  1. continuous enrollment as a Chemistry major
  2. maintain an overall KU grade point average (GPA) of 3.25
  3. maintain a 3.5 GPA in Chemistry
  4. enrollment in Chemistry Honors Courses
  5. participation in research or teaching each semester starting by the beginning of junior year
  6. completion of CHEM 180 by the end of sophomore year

For additional information and application materials:

Dr. David Benson
Associate Chair for Undergraduate Affairs
(785) 864-4090
Betsy Carlson
Undergraduate Programs Administrative Assistant 
1140 ISB/CDS1

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