Chemistry Undergraduate Scholarships
The Department of Chemistry provides summer research and academic year scholarships to undergraduate students who are chemistry majors or are conducting research with a chemistry faculty member, and who 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.
- Department of Chemistry
- Supplemental Questions
- Are you currently a chemistry major, or are you conducting undergraduate research with a chemistry faculty or staff member?
- Are you applying for academic year scholarships or summer research scholarships (choose either or both)?
- Please select your current year of schooling:
- Please identify chemistry faculty with whom you have conducted research and the corresponding semester (write "none", if you have not performed any research with chemistry faculty):
- Please provide the names of any other faculty who know you best (if none, please write "none"):
- Please provide the name and email of the faculty member or mentor expected to provide a letter of support ("recommendation"):
- Do you intend on applying for the Hilldale Research Fellowship or the Holstrom Scholarship?
- Please provide the phonetic pronunciation of your name (i.e. Raul Gonzalez is rah-OOL gon-SAH-les):
- If you are a transfer student, please indicate where and when you previously attended:
- The Chemistry Undergraduate Scholarships Application does not automatically import records from previously attended institutions. Therefore, transfer students who are currently enrolled as undergraduates at UW-Madison are required to attach their transcripts to this section of the application. Even though this section is not marked as required, transfer students must provide the requested document. Unofficial transcripts are sufficient for the Committee's review. Transcripts should be uploaded as a single PDF document.
Please note that all work completed at UW-Madison is automatically pulled into the application. Therefore, only students who have completed undergraduate work at another institution need to provide and upload a transcript.
- Please provide a brief statement of interest to best present yourself as an applicant for a scholarship. The statement should address the following topics:
- Describe your current and past activities at UW-Madison. This could include undergraduate research (including the names of your supervisors and dates or semesters), publications, other professionally relevant activities, or any chemistry organizations or outreach programs of which you are a member or with which you are active
- Describe any professionally relevant experience (studies or research elsewhere, summer jobs, tutoring, etc.)
- Tell us about your plans for the future (e.g., will you be doing undergraduate research, are you planning on graduate or medical school, teaching at the high school or college level, working in industry, etc.)
- If you are eligible for financial aid, please tell us briefly of any special circumstances regarding you or your family's financial need that may not be reflected in your information on file with the Financial Aid Office
- Please provide a resume that details your academic and professional experiences. In particular, please highlight any academic honors, research experience, civic leadership, extra-curricular activities, and community service that may best present you as a candidate for an award.
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