Margaret McLean Bender Scholarship
As a scientist, Margaret Bender investigated radiocarbon dating and the mechanisms of photosynthesis. She worked at UW-Madison as director of the UW Radiocarbon Laboratory and was affiliated with the UW Center for Climate Research and the Institute for Environmental Studies. She was married to former chemistry Professor Paul Bender.
This scholarship is one of many available through the Chemistry Undergraduate Scholarships application. To be eligible for a chemistry scholarship, students must be a chemistry major or be conducting research with a chemistry faculty member, and have an overall GPA of at least 3.0.
How to Apply
To be considered for all available chemistry summer research and academic year scholarships, log in and complete the General Application on your WiSH Dashboard. The Chemistry Undergraduate Scholarships application opens in late December and closes in early February. During this open period, you can find the application under “Other Recommended Opportunities” on your WiSH Dashboard. The department’s Fellowships and Scholarships Committee will review all completed applications and evaluate which scholarships are best suited to an individual student on the basis of merit and/or financial need. Award recipients are notified in mid-April.
Conditions of Award
Recipients of academic year scholarships must be enrolled full-time for the semester(s) they receive the award. Recipients of the summer research scholarships must enroll in at least one credit of research for the summer term. Summer research award recipients must also commit to working at least 30 hours per week for eight weeks during the summer, or 240 hours over the entire summer. Students cannot receive both the UW-Madison Hilldale/Holstrom Research Fellowship and a chemistry summer research scholarship for the same summer.
Scholarships with a financial need component require a completed FAFSA form on file with UW-Madison. Student financial aid packages can be impacted by scholarship awards. It is recommended that students contact the Office of Student Financial Aid to learn about potential impact on current aid packages.
For more information about the Department of Chemistry Scholarships, visit Chemistry Scholarships.