Scholarships offered by FSU Chemistry and Biochemistry

Scholarships offered by the FSU Chemistry and Biochemistry department, with the exception of the Herron scholarship, are intended mainly for upper-division majors who are planning to participate in undergraduate research. Department advisors will send information on how to apply directly to students in departmental majors in the spring. These scholarships include: 

 

FSU Chemistry and Biochemistry Students who've Recently Earned International, National, Regional, and Institutional Awards

 

The Charles A. Brautlecht and Louise I. Brautlecht Scholarships in Chemistry Back to top

The Brautlecht Scholarships in Chemistry are awarded to undergraduate students who are planning a career in chemistry and entering their senior year  (i.e. students with at least 90 credit hours, including transfer courses). Selection for the Brautlecht Scholarships will be based primarily on academic performance. Secondary consideration will be given to the student's past and/or planned research, a recommendation by the professor directing the research, and a statement of the student's career goals. 

 

The Katherine Blood and Harold H. Hoffman Scholarships in Chemistry Back to top

These scholarships are offered to help qualified students enjoy the subject central to other sciences and fundamental to the well being of the world. It is hoped that whoever employs it will appreciate the land, sky and water, and try to make the universe a better place in which to live. Each scholarship is given on a rotating basis in honor of a faculty member who particularly helped to impart fine liberal education at Florida State College for Women, which served as a foundation for the modern Florida State University. The professors so honored include Edward Conradi, psychology, philosophy, and the presidency; Jennie Tilt, chemistry; Alban Stewart, bacteriology; Myrtle Dolbee, German; and Sadie Young, economics. 

Selection Process

Applicants must be upper-level undergraduate (60 credit hours or more, including transfer courses) Chemistry or Biochemistry majors at Florida State University with a minimum 3.2 grade point average on academic courses. Evaluation will be made on the basis of academic performance, honors, career goals, letters of recommendation, research experience, and evidence of motivation, character, and initiative. At the option of the scholarship committee, members of the scholarship committee may interview top candidates. The Hoffman Scholarship Committee will select scholarship recipients. Members of the Hoffman Scholarship Committee are selected by and serve at the pleasure of Katherine Hoffman. 

Brief Sketch of the Lives of the Donors 

Harold and Katherine Hoffman grew up in Winter Haven, Florida, and graduated from the local high school there. Harold Hoffman graduated with a degree in chemistry from the University of Florida, while Katherine's degree from Florida State College for Women was in bacteriology. They married in 1938 and moved to Tallahassee in 1940. There Harold performed feed analysis in the chemistry labs of the Florida Department of Agriculture, advancing to the position of Associate State Chemist. Katherine became an instructor in chemistry at Florida State College for Women. At the close of their forty-plus years apiece of service, Harold was the Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture and Katherine was Professor of Chemistry at Florida State University. Their son, Norris Hoffman, is Associate Professor of Chemistry at the University of South Alabama. 

 


The Delos F. DeTar and Frances L. DeTar Scholarships in Chemistry Back to top

These scholarships are offered to foster academic excellence and encourage senior research for those planning a career in chemistry.

Selection Process

The DeTar Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students entering their senior year (i.e. students with at least 90 credit hours, including transfer courses). Selection for the DeTar Scholarships in Chemistry will be based primarily on academic performance. Secondary consideration will be given to the student's past and/or planned research, a recommendation by the professor directing the research, and a statement of the student's career goals. 

Brief Sketch of the Lives of the Donors

DeLos F. and Frances Patty L. DeTar graduated from Elgin High School in Elgin, Illinois. They both attended the University of Illinois. After receiving the B.S. in 1941, DeLos attended the University of Pennsylvania and received the Ph.D in chemistry in 1944, working under Martin Caarmack. After two years with the Pioneering Research Division of duPont in Buffalo, N.Y., he held a postdoctoral appointment with C.S. Marvel at Illinois. He was on the faculty at Cornell University for seven years, then joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina to help start a Ph.D program in chemistry. He became a member of the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University in 1960, and served as professor until his retirement in 1999. 

Patty worked in a cancer research laboratory at Lankenau Hospital in Philadelphia. She received the M.S. degree in chemistry at Florida State University. 

The DeTars have two sons and two daughters. Carleton is Professor of Physics at the University of Utah, Marvin worked for many years at Lubrizol and currently is working for a small chemical company in Cleveland, Ohio. Caroline Mautz is a programmer for a company in Salt Lake, Utah, that provides software for real estate companies. Martha Jolley works as receptionist in a physical therapy clinic in Utah. 

 

The Russell H. and Dorothy P. Johnsen Scholarships in Chemistry Back to top

These scholarships are awarded to assist students in their pursuit of careers in chemistry and in that connection encourage a program of senior research.

Selection Process

Selection will be based on academic performance with preference given to those interested in physical chemistry. Additionally preference will be given to veterans of the US armed forces or descendents of veterans.  Consideration will be given to the applicant’s planned research, a recommendation by the professor directing that research, and a written statement of the student’s career goals.

Brief Sketch of the Lives of the Donors

Russell Johnsen is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  He came to FSU in 1951 and retired in 1993.  His interests are in the field of radiation chemistry and the teaching of chemistry to non scientists.  After a period of 26 years of research supported by the Department of Energy he accepted a position s Associate Provost of the College of Arts and Sciences and later became Dean of Graduate Studies.  Dorothy Johnsen is a graduate of FSU in history, an interest she continues to pursue along with her activities as residential engineer.  The Johnsens have a son who is the director of the USDA laboratory in Peoria, IL and a daughter who is a business continuity manager for Georgia Power Co.

 

Herron Scholarship Back to top

Application for the Herron Scholarship is by invitation only and extended during a student’s first year at FSU. Qualifications for the Herron scholarship are based on high school GPA, standardized test scores and first-semester grades. Invitations to apply are usually extended early in the spring semester.

 

Math, Science, and Engineering Scholarships through FSU’s Office of National Fellowships

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Visit the FSU Office of National Fellowship website to learn about other scholarship opportunities in the areas of math, science, and engineering.

 

FSU Chemistry and Biochemistry Students who've Recently Earned International, National, Regional, and Institutional Awards Back to top

 

International / National Awards

ACS Organic Research Award

2015      Ilya Piskun

Energy & Fuels Student Award

2009      Amy McKenna

Fulbright Fellowship

2010      Kerry Gilmore

2012      Alexis Baxter

2014      Alexandra Morgan (Finalist)

Goldwater Scholarship

2007      Priya Pal

2008      Rebecca Stone

2010      Kristen Ramsey

2012      Daniel Stribling

2014      Tessa Bartges (Honorable Mention)

Howard Hughes Undergraduate Research Fellowship

2004      Chris French

2006      Priya Pal

James R. Fisher Fellowship, American Cancer Society

2001      Melissa Naiman

NSF Graduate Student Fellowship Program

2013      Zach Rengert

2015      David Barsoum

2016      Tessa Bartges

2016      Joseph Accardo (Honorable Mention)

Pfizer Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship

2001      Cyrus Monroe

Phi Kappa Phi Marjorie Schoch Fellowship

2007      Pankaj Pal

UNCF-Merck Scholarship

2013      Elizabeth Ogunrinde

 

Regional Awards

ACC Collaborative Summer Research Award

2014      Ilya Piskun

Atlantic Coast Conference Fellowship

2010      Andrew Attar

2014      Ryan Rhoades

Avery Brundage Fellowship

2004      Melissa Naiman

Howard W. Smoyer Scholarship in Chemistry

2015      Juan Nogues

Women in Defense-CFC Scholarship

2015      Thais de Faria

Travel Award, Florida-Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance For Minority Participation Meeting

2011      Catherine St. Laurent (3rd place)

Poster Award, ACS Florida Annual Meeting and Exposition

2010      Catherine St. Laurent (2nd prize)

2011      Zach Rengert (1st prize)

2011      Samantha O’Hara (1st prize)

2015      Ian Murphy (1st prize)

2015      Chris Brewer (2nd prize)

Poster Award, Florida Inorganic/Material Symposium

2015      Ian Murphy (1st prize)

2015      Catherine Kent (2nd prize)

 

Florida State University Awards

IDEA Grant

2013      Alexandra Morgan

Mentored Research and Creative Endeavors Awards

2009      Andrew Rice

2015      David Allenger

Outstanding Undergraduate Golden Key Award

2000      Cyrus Monroe

Stephen Madden Undergraduate Fellowship

2015      Juan Nogues

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Award

2008      Rachel Abrams