Fellowships and scholarships acknowledge outstanding Department of Chemistry students and provide assistance in their studies. These scholarships augment awards made to students supported by Western Michigan University, the Lee Honors College and the American Chemical Society. Scholarships are open to declared chemistry majors and are awarded on the basis of criteria listed for each specific scholarship.
Applications should be submitted to the Department of Chemistry office prior to Jan. 1. Applications are reviewed after Jan. 1 by the gifts and awards committee. Scholarships awarded in January will be applied beginning in the fall or spring semester of the following academic year.
Undergraduate and graduate level
Elemental Chemistry Fund
This fund sustains efforts to assist students having financial or personal difficulties to continue their studies. It has supported a number of students since 2005. Under other circumstances, these students may not have completed their degrees. Selection is made on the nomination by a faculty member and a faculty vote. Contributions to this fund can be made through the Buy an Element fundraiser. Donors are recognized by a plaque that appears by the sponsored element on the tile mural in the main floor lobby of the Chemistry Building.
Dr. Susan Burns Scholarship
This annual scholarship was established by the Burns family as a memorial to faculty member Dr. Susan Burns, who passed away in 1999. It is based on the financial need and academic performance of a female student at the graduate or undergraduate level, particularly individuals interested in environmental chemistry. Recent awards have been up to $2,000 per year. Burns joined the WMU chemistry faculty in 1996 after serving as a visiting assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry at the State University of New York-Syracuse, where she received her Ph.D. Dr. Burns conducted research on the interaction of natural organic matter (including humic acids) with pesticides in water. Her work significantly assisted Great Lakes researchers and regulators from the U.S. and Canada to better regulate pesticide use and disposal.
Dr. Don Berndt Endowment for Chemistry
This scholarship was established in 2013 by Dr. Hashem and Mrs. SuzAnne Akhavan-Tafti, in honor of Professor Emeritus Don Berndt. The fund will be used at the discretion of the chair of the Department of Chemistry to support a full-time graduate chemistry student with a 3.0 or higher grade point average, serving the department as an effective teaching assistant in general or organic chemistry.
Dr. Hashem and SuzAnne Akhavan-Tafti Chemistry Fund
This scholarship was established in 2014 by Dr. Hashem and Mrs. SuzAnne Akhavan-Tafti. The fund will be used at the discretion of the Chair of the Department of Chemistry to support a full-time graduate chemistry student with a preference given to those from a historically underrepresented population.
Frederick W. Stanley Memorial Chemistry Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1996 by the family of Frederick Stanley. Stanley received his B.S. and M.S. degrees at WMU in chemistry. It is awarded annually to a full-time junior, senior or graduate student majoring in chemistry and is based on academic performance.
Lillian Meyer Graduate Scholarship
This scholarship was established in late 2005 by Ms. Christine Weisblat, wife of Dr. David Weisblat, an alumnus of the department. It was instituted in honor of former department chair Dr. Lillian Meyer (1956-68). It is awarded annually to a full-time junior, senor or graduate student majoring in chemistry with a minimum GPA of 3.0 Preference is given to a female student.
Dr. Nagler Endowment for Chemistry
This scholarship was established in 2012 by Dr. Hashem and SuzAnne Akhavan-Tafti, in honor of Professor Emeritus Robert Nagler. The fund will be used at the discretion of the chair of the Department of Chemistry to support a full-time chemistry graduate student with a GPA of 3.5 or higher from a historically underrepresented population.
Colonel Charles E. Bayliss Scholarship
This scholarship was established in memory of Colonel Charles E. Bayliss. It is awarded annually to a student based on academic performance.
MPI Research Undergraduate Scholarship
This annual award, established in 2005, is provided to a qualified student based on academic performance and research in chemical, biochemical and life sciences.
Marc W. Perkovic Memorial Scholarship
This annual scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Marc Perkovic, a valued faculty member who passed away in 2006. The award will be made to a full-time undergraduate student majoring in chemistry who is conducting research in some field of chemistry. Preference will be given to a student considering pursuit of advanced graduate training,
Contact Dr. Donald Schreiber.