Awards and Scholarships


Jayhawk Awards that our students receive every year to support their studies of Chemistry.

Through the generosity of private donors, the Department of Chemistry is able to provide several scholarships and awards each year to undergraduate and graduate students for outstanding scholastic achievements. 

An annual Graduation Recognition and Awards Reception is held each May in order to honor our scholarship and award winners. A representative list of the various scholarships and awards which are presented at this event are listed below.

For a full list of all of our undergraduate scholarship and award recipients, please view our "Undergraduate Awards and Scholarship Recipients" page; for a full list of all of our graduate scholarship and award recipients, please visit our "Graduate Student Award and Scholarship Recipients" page. 


Alpha Chi Sigma Award

An award is made to a graduating senior in chemistry for outstanding scholastic achievement through four years of study in their chosen field of chemistry. 

American Institute of Chemists Award

A national award presented to a graduating senior who has achieved an outstanding record as a chemistry major.

The Ginny Adams Research Award

Only our analytical majors qualify for this award. 

This award will be presented each year to undergraduates who demonstrate dedication to exemplary scholarship and research in Analytical Chemistry.

The Keith and Dona Darlington Award

This award will be presented to a student based on their undergraduate research.

The Ted M. Gardiner Award for Undergraduate Research

This award is given for undergraduate research based on merit.

The Jacob Kleinberg Award

This award will be presented to an undergraduate major in the Department who has made outstanding progress in research in chemistry prior to the end of his or her Junior (third undergraduate) year.

Frank A. Newby Physical Science Award

An award presented to an undergraduate with exceptional merit in the area of physical science, a Kansas resident, and graduated from a Kansas high school.

Steve and Susan Snyder Award

Only junior or senior female majors qualify for this award. 

This award will be presented to a junior or senior female undergraduate major.

The Franklin Strain Award

This award is given to a chemistry major with merit.

Wakarusa Valley ACS Section Award

Given to an outstanding graduating senior and is selected by the Wakarusa Valley Section of the ACS.


Drs. Bijan and Mary Taylor Amini Scholarship

Outstanding chemistry major.

The Ralph E. & Esther Weik Badgley Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding female undergraduate student based on need or achievement.

The Clark E. Bricker Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a chemistry major completing his or her second year at the University of Kansas (typically a student planning to graduate in two more years) who is planning a career in chemistry or a career that involves primarily chemical research. The awardee will be selected on the basis of academic record, ambition, and contributions to the Chemistry Department and the University.

The Clark E. and Ann Bricker Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a second-year chemistry major for outstanding performance.

The Chemistry Department Scholarship

Scholarship recognizing excellence in academics, commitment to chemical sciences career.

James P. and Sharon A. Elrod Scholarship

This scholarship recognizes an undergraduate chemistry major for outstanding academic performance.

The Fassnacht Scholarship

Only or juniors and seniors qualify for this award. 

This scholarship will be awarded to an advanced undergraduate student with a declared major in chemistry. The awardee will be selected on the basis of academic record, commitment to a career in the chemical sciences, and participation in research, teaching and/or service to the Chemistry Department. (This scholarship is not available for Spring graduating seniors.)

The Walter Gubar Undergraduate Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving student in Chemistry based on merit and need.

The Reynold T. Iwamoto Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a superior minority student at the undergraduate and/or graduate level who have chosen Chemistry as a major.

The Owen W. Maloney Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to an outstanding first year chemistry student.

The Adrienne Hiscox Mitchell Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to a deserving woman in chemistry based on need or achievement.

The K. Barbara Schowen Undergraduate Chemistry Scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to an undergraduate based on merit and/or need.

Leonard V. Sorg Scholarship 

This scholarship will be awarded to a student who is planning a career in the field of chemistry. The awardee will be selected on the basis of academic record, ambition, and demonstrated need.

Talty Scholarship

Excellent performance by a chemistry major, based upon need and merit.