Student Awards & Support

Undergraduate Awards

  • Ackerman Scholarship
    Donald and Mary Jane Ackerman established the Ackerman Scholarship fund in memory of their sons, David and Donald Ackerman, who attended UW-Madison in the 1960s.
  • ACS-Hach Land Grant Undergraduate Scholarship
    The scholarship was established by Clifford and Kitty Hach in 1982 and is awarded to undergraduates who plan to teach high school chemistry after graduation.

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  • American Chemical Society
    The ACS offers several awards including the ACS Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry, the ACS Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry, and the ACS Undergraduate Award in Physical Chemistry.

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  • Alpha Chi Sigma Alumni Endowed Scholarship
    This award is funded from an endowment established in 2006 for the purpose of providing undergraduate support to students in chemistry, biochemistry and chemical engineering at UW-Madison.
Margaret McLean Bender
Margaret McLean Bender
  • 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.
Richard Boomer
Richard Boomer
  • Richard J. Boomer Student Support Fund in Chemistry
    The donor wishes to support undergraduate and/or graduate students in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The recipient of the award shall be selected using normal department procedures. The donor expresses a preference for the award to be issued to students with financial need.
Don Brouse
Don Brouse
  • Don Brouse Memorial Scholarship
    A bequest in the will of Margery Brouse (B.S. 1929, home economics) established this fund in 1990. It is in memory of her late husband Don, who received a doctorate in chemistry from UW-Madison in 1931.
  • Department of Chemistry Chair’s Scholarship
    In recognition of excellence in undergraduate chemistry, the Department honors students with this prestigious award.
Kenneth Edmund Dempsky
Kenneth Edmund Dempsky
  • Dempsky Chemistry Scholarship
    The donor appreciates the value of his B.S. degree in Chemistry (’61) from UW-Madison and he wishes to establish endowed undergraduate scholarships for students majoring in Chemistry at UW-Madison. The Fund’s annual distributable amounts shall be used to provide scholarship support to undergraduate students majoring in Chemistry who have financial need, as determined by the Department in cooperation with the Office of Student Financial Aid.
  • Department of Chemistry Scholarship
    This year’s Department of Chemistry Scholarship was funded by alumni and friends who wish to support undergraduate education.
Andrew Dorsey
Andrew Dorsey
  • Andrew Dorsey Memorial Scholarship
    This scholarship is in memory of Andrew Dorsey, who received his B.S. from UW-Madison in 2000, double-majoring in chemistry and German while researching with Professor Dan Rich. Andrew died in 2001 while pursuing a doctorate at UC-Berkeley. His parents, Dr. David and Mrs. Klara Dorsey, established this scholarship for chemistry students at UW-Madison.
  • Henry and Eleanor Firminhac Chemistry Scholarship
    This scholarship is in memory of Ralph Firminhac’s parents. Ralph received his degree from UW-Madison in 1941. He worked on the Oakridge Project in the 1940s, for Halliburton in the 1950s, and retired from Boeing. He died in 2000.
Richard Fischer
Richard Fischer
  • Richard Fischer Scholarship
    Richard Fischer came to Wisconsin in 1894 and joined the pharmacy program as an instructor. He joined the Chemistry Department in 1909 and later established this scholarship in his will.
Patricia Herscher
Patricia Herscher
  • Eugene and Patricia Kreger Herscher Scholarship
    Patricia Herscher received a B.S. in chemistry from UW-Madison in 1955. Her husband, Eugene, established this scholarship in 2002.

  • Hilldale-Holstrom Research Fellowship
    This award supports research training for undergraduate students in multiple degree programs. Each year, a number of chemistry students find funding for their projects through this program. More information is available here.
  • Hodge Scholarship
Francis Craig Krauskopf
Francis Craig Krauskopf
  • Francis Craig Krauskopf Memorial Award
    This award honors Francis Craig Krauskopf (Ph.D. 1907, chemistry), a former UW-Madison chemistry professor, who taught general chemistry throughout his entire career, beginning in the early 1900s.
Edwin and Kathryn Larsen
Edwin and Kathryn Larsen
  • Edwin M. and Kathryn M. Larsen Scholarship
    Edwin Larsen, (B.S. 1937, chemistry) worked for the Manhattan Project, then joined UW-Madison in 1946 as an inorganic chemistry faculty member. He and his wife, Kathryn, established this scholarship for students who conduct research in the department.
  • James J. Leddy Scholarship
    This scholarship, established in 2008, honors James J. Leddy (Ph.D. 1955), who studied with Professor Edwin Larsen and worked as a research chemist at Dow Chemical Company.
John & Elizabeth Moore
John & Elizabeth Moore
  • John W. and Elizabeth A. Moore Award for Excellence
    Professor John Moore and his wife, Elizabeth, who also works in the Department of Chemistry, established this award fund to recognize students who excel in Chemistry 109, Advanced General Chemistry, and Chemistry 108, Chemistry in Our World.
Wayland E. Noland
Wayland E. Noland
  • Wayland E. Noland Research Fellowship
    Following college, Wayland Noland (B.S. 1948, chemistry) earned a doctorate in chemistry from Harvard University. He retired as a chemistry faculty member at the University of Minnesota, after more than 64 years of service.
  • Edward J. Panek Memorial Scholarship
    As a college student at UW-Madison, Edward (B.S. 1963, chemistry) conducted undergraduate research with Professor Howard Zimmerman, which sparked his interest in a career in chemistry. He taught at Tulane University, then joined the R&D branch of BASF in Michigan. His wife, Mary, established this scholarship in his memory.
  • Robert and Diane Paulick Undergraduate Scholarship
    Robert Paulick received his PhD in 1976 from the Department of Chemistry at the UW-Madison. Robert and his wife Diane established a scholarship to support undergraduate chemistry majors with financial need. Preference is given to veterans or their family members.
Lindsey Plank
Lindsey Plank
  • Lindsey T. Plank and Richard H. Putze Memorial Scholarship
    Lindsey Plank and Richard Putze worked in the Chemistry Department to help create, prepare, and conduct chemistry demonstrations for lectures. They were engaged and died while still in school. Established by Lindsey’s uncle, James Maynard (B.S. 2000, chemistry), this fund supports students who are involved in chemistry demonstrations.
Ieva L. Reich
Ieva L. Reich
  • Ieva L. Reich Undergraduate Scholarship
    James Berbee (B.S. 1985, M.S. 1987 mechanical engineering; MBA 1989) and Karen Walsh (B.S. 1981, M.S. 1989, journalism) created this award in honor of Ieva Reich, who taught thousands of undergraduates during her time as a lecturer at UW-Madison.

  • Mabel Duthey Reiner Scholarship
    Mabel received a master’s from UW-Madison in 1928. A trust established in 1972 endows the Mable Duthey Reiner Scholarship, which is intended to encourage women undergraduate students pursuing the study of chemistry at UW-Madison.

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  • Saco Polymers Scholarship
    Saco Polymers established this award to increase the company’s visibility on campus and encourage the next generation of chemists and scientists.
  • Robert Franklin Taylor Scholarship
    This fund was established by Robert Fredrick Taylor in memory of his father, Robert Franklin Taylor (Ph.D. 1941, chemistry).
  • Karen M. Telander Undergraduate Research Award
    Dr. Marc Muskavitch (B.S. 1975, biochemistry) established this fund in honor of his late wife, Karen (B.S. 1975, chemistry, biochemistry), an adjunct assistant professor of biology at Boston College.
  • James Y. and Harriet P. Tong Scholarship in Chemistry
    Prof. James Y. Tong and Harriet P. Tong created this scholarship to support undergraduate chemistry majors at UW-Madison. Consistent with the University and College’s plan to achieve a diverse student body, preference is given to qualified female candidates.
Walter W. and Young-Ja C. Toy
Walter W. and Young-Ja C. Toy
  • Walter W. and Young-Ja C. Toy Scholarship
    Walter Toy (B.S. 1945, M.S. 1946, chemistry) worked at Rohm and Haas Co. for many years. Because he had received a departmental scholarship in the 1940s, he and his wife, Young-Ja, established this scholarship fund in order to continue the cycle of generosity.

Harold and Regine Deutsch


  • Undergraduate Student Support in Chemistry Scholarship
    Harold (B.S. 1940, bacteriology; Ph.D. 1944, physiological chemistry) and Regine Deutsch established this scholarship in 1997. Harold passed away in 2017. Read the full obituary from C&E News here.

Martha Gunhild Week
Martha Gunhild Week
  • Martha Gunhild Week Scholarship
    Martha Gunhild Week grew up in northern Wisconsin and graduated with a BS in natural sciences in 1884. In 1922, her will established a fund for women majoring in chemistry.
  • Wisconsin ACS
    The local chapter of the American Chemical Society established exam-based awards for Excellence in Analytical/Inorganic/Physical. Learn more about this section of the ACS here.
George J. and Arleen D. Ziarnik
George J. and Arleen D. Ziarnik
  • George J. and Arleen D. Ziarnik Scholarship
    George Ziarnik received a B.S. in chemistry from UW-Madison in 1957. He worked for Esso/Exxon, developing new types of polymers in New Jersey and Belgium. George passed away in 2007. Read his complete obituary from here.

Combined Undergraduate/Graduate Student Awards

Stephen D. Morton
Stephen D. Morton
  • Stephen D. Morton Research Award
    Stephen Morton (B.S. 1954, Ph.D. 1962, chemistry) established this award and attributes his career success to the quality of his education at UW-Madison. This award is given jointly to an undergraduate mentee and a graduate student mentor.

Graduate Awards

Paul J. Bender
Paul J. Bender
  • Paul J. Bender Memorial Award
    This award honors Paul J. Bender, who helped created the instrument center, served as its director, and worked for the Department of Chemistry until he retired in 1979.
  • Leah Cohodas Berk Award for Excellence in Chemistry Research
    The fund was established with a gift from Myra Cristall in 2001. The purpose of the award is to honor a graduate student doing special research in chemistry.
Roger Carlson
Roger J. Carlson
  • Roger J. Carlson Graduate Award
    Edward and Marjorie Carlson established this award in honor of their son, Roger (Ph.D. 1989, chemistry).
Chuck & Martha Casey
Chuck & Martha Casey
  • Charles P. and Martha L. Casey Excellence in Research Award (Inorganic/Organic/Chem)
    Charles Casey, emeritus professor of chemistry, and Martha Casey, emerita assistant vice chancellor for academic planning and analysis, established this fund to benefit outstanding chemistry graduate students. Both Charles and Martha hold doctorates in chemistry and have been part of the UW-Madison campus community for more than 45 years.
  • Farrington Daniels Ethical Leadersip Award
    William (Ph.D. 1946, chemistry) and Virginia Hendrickson established this award in 2004 in honor of William’s doctoral advisor, former Professor Farrington Daniels.
  • William B. Dickinson Fellowship in Organic Chemistry Old photo of Bill next to new photo of Bill
    Dr. “Bill” Dickinson received his Ph.D. from UW-Madison in 1950, after attaining his bachelor’s (1946) and master’s (1947) degrees in organic chemistry from Emory University. He never married or had any kids, so a long time ago he decided he would like his legacy to be fellowship grants at both universities he attended. Bill died in 2019, leaving a path for other students to pursue their passion for organic chemistry.
  • Robert C. Doban Mentorship Award
    During his career, Robert Doban (Ph.D. 1952, chemistry) led scientific and technical operations at Owens Corning and DuPont. This award serves to encourage graduate students who are involved in mentoring undergraduates.
  • Eastman Summer Research Award
    Eastman Chemical Company Research Division established this graduate student summer support award to recognize outstanding research achievement in the areas of organic, inorganic, or bio-organic chemistry.
  • Eli Lilly Organic and Summer Fellowships
    Eli Lilly and Company established these awards to increase the company’s visibility on campus and honor outstanding graduate student scientists studying organic chemistry. In 2016, the company established a special award, for which select incoming graduate students are invited to conduct a summer research internship at Eli Lilly.
Harlan L. Goering
Harlan L. Goering
  • Harlan L. and Margaret L. Goering Organic Chemistry Fellowship
    Margaret Goering established this fund in 2004 in honor of her late husband, Harlan L. Goering, a former UW-Madison professor of chemistry.
  • Graduate Student Faculty Liaison Committee Mentor (GSFLC) Award
    These awards recognize graduate students, postdocs, academic staff, and faculty who have had a profound impact on graduate students in the department. Graduate student mentors can be any member of the chemistry community who have dedicated time to the development and growth of a student’s career. The mentor awardees are selected based on effective mentorship traits as well as their involvement and effect on mentee personal and academic growth.
  • Richard and Joan Hartl Excellence in Research Award (Physical/Materials/Analytical)
    As a chemistry major, Richard (B.S. 1960, chemistry) worked with Professor Farrington Daniels. The Hartls support this award as a way to honor the strong chemical education Richard received at UW-Madison, which prepared him for a career as an industry leader at GE, Avery Dennison, and Calmar.
  • Hirschfelder Prize
    Elizabeth Hirschfelder established this award in 1993 in honor of her late husband, Joseph O. Hirschfelder, a former UW-Madison professor of chemistry.
Harold Hay
Harold Hay
  • Harold Hay Fellowship
    Harold Hay is best known for his work in solar energy. After his retirement, he focused on funding and supporting research.
Ralph F. Hirschmann and Daniel H. Rich
Ralph F. Hirschmann and Daniel H. Rich
  • Ralph F. Hirschmann – Daniel H. Rich Fellowship in Bio-organic Chemistry
    Ralph Hirshmann (Ph.D. 1950, chemistry) established this award in honor of his friend Daniel Rich, a former UW-Madison professor of chemistry and pharmaceutical sciences.
Michael McCoy
Michael McCoy
  • Michael W. McCoy Memorial Scholarship
    Bill and Sue McCoy established this scholarship in memory of their son, Michael, who died suddenly in 2010. He was a graduate student in materials program and a member of the Hamers group. This scholarship honors graduate students who, like Michael, exemplify a love of life, love of people, and love of chemistry.
  • Gary Parr Memorial Award
    Thelma Parr established this award in 1998 in memory of her son, Gary (Ph.D. 1973, chemistry).

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  • PPG Industries Mentoring Award
    PPG established this award to increase the company’s visibility on campus and to recognize remarkable dedication on the part of graduate students involved in mentoring undergraduates.
K.V. & Sara Reddy with their granddaughter
K.V. & Sara Reddy with their granddaughter
  • K.V. and Sara Reddy Award in Physical Chemistry
    K. V. Reddy (Ph.D. 1977, chemistry) is an expert in fiber-optics laser and amplifiers, founder of PriTel Inc, and a member of theDepartment of Chemistry Board of Advisers. He and his wife, Sara,established this award to honor excellence in Physical Chemistry.
  • John and Beverly Schrag Analytical Chemistry Outstanding Peer Award
    This award honors John Schrag, former UW-Madison chemistry professor, and his wife, Beverly. It celebrates a peer-nominated graduate student, committed to pursuing excellence in teaching/mentorship, leadership, scientific excellence, and community-building throughout their tenure.
Sam Slifkin
Sam Slifkin
  • Sam C. Slifkin Award in Chemistry
    Sam Slifkin (B.S. 1942, chemistry) established this award to recognize chemistry students who are doing excellent research in organic, inorganic, or organometallic chemistry.
  • Pei WangPei Wang Fellowship
    This scholarship was established through an estate gift from Pei Wang (Ph.D 1952, Chemistry) and provides support for chemistry graduate students.  Dr. Wang focused on metallurgy and devoted much of his career to developing the production of silicon wafers for use in computer memory systems.


  • Harry and Helen Cohen Chair’s Discretionary Fund
    Frederick Cohen and Kathy Whalen
  • Alfred L. Wilds Scholarship
    Established in 1985 by inventor Chester Davis (M.S. 1945, chemistry), this scholarship honors former UW-Madison chemistry Professor Alfred Wilds.