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Awards, honors and scholarships
National Goldwater Scholars
The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry has been fortunate in recent years to have several students selected to be National Goldwater Scholars. These students are selected by the trustees of Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. This is the premier undergraduate award of its type in the fields of mathematics, the natural sciences and engineering. For example, the Foundation awarded 260 scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year to undergraduate sophomores and juniors from the United States. The Goldwater Scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit from a field of 1,206 students nominated by the faculties of colleges and universities nationwide.
Mitchell Thayer, 2011
The awards, honors and scholarships listed below are presented each year to students as selected by faculty within the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry to recognize leadership, excellence and achievement.
The graduating student in each major, Chemistry and Biochemistry, with the highest GPA is selected for class honors.
ONU Student Members of American Chemical Society (SMACS) Student Assistant Award
Supported by the student members of ACS, this award is given to students judged to have done the most service to support instructional activities in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.
American Institute of Chemists Award
This award recognizes graduating students who show a great potential to contribute to the field of chemistry or biochemistry. The department may nominate two students (one in chemistry and one in biochemistry). The award includes a one-year membership in the American Institute of Chemists along with a subscription to the publication of the society.
Chemistry Alumni Scholarship
Nearly 20 years ago Dr. Jerry Franz, a prominent cardiologist then practicing in San Antonio, Texas, formed a group of chemistry alumni for the purpose of endowing a scholarship for rising juniors or seniors in the Department of Chemistry. At that time and in the years since, this fund has continued to grow through the contributions of alumni and faculty members alike.
The donor’s intent is that one or more outstanding students be honored every year by being designated Chemistry Alumni Scholar. The donors simply intend to aid deserving chemistry students whether these young scholars wish to pursue careers in chemistry, medicine or other areas. The Chemistry Alumni Scholars are listed in the hallway opposite the chemistry departmental office.
The Chemical Rubber Company Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award
The chemistry faculty selects students for the Achievement in Freshman Chemistry Award based on the recipient’s performance in general chemistry courses during the previous school year. The student receives a copy of the CRC-Handbook of Chemistry and Physics.
The American Chemical Society Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry
The chemistry faculty selects students for the American Chemical Society Award for Achievement in Organic Chemistry based on the recipient’s performance in organic chemistry during the previous school year. This award is sponsored by POLYED, which is a consortium of groups interested in science education in general and polymer education in particular. Their membership is derived from the American Chemical Society (ACS) Divisions of Polymer Chemistry (POLY) and Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE).
Organic Division Undergraduate Award
The American Chemical Society’s Division of Organic Chemistry (ORGN) sponsors this award that is intended to recognize a top graduating senior student majoring in either chemistry or biochemistry who has demonstrated excellence in organic chemistry based on a combination of research experience, coursework and a desire to pursue a career in chemistry. More information on the award is available here.
Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry
This award is sponsored by the American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry and the journal Analytical Chemistry to encourage interest in analytical chemistry and to recognize students who display an aptitude for a career in the field. The award is presented annually to the student who best displays these attributes after finishing the first course in analytical chemistry.
Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry
Awarded by the American Chemical Society Division of Inorganic Chemistry to a student who has demonstrated excellence in inorganic chemistry, based on any combination of research, coursework, or motivation / interest / dedication. Award is limited to students with future plans that include a career in chemistry.
James H. Kritzler Memorial Premedical Scholarship
In 1998 the Community Hospital Foundation of Houston, initiated an endowed award for students planning a career in clinical medicine. The James H. Kritzler Memorial Premedical Sciences Scholarship is presented annually to a rising junior or senior majoring in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Chemistry faculty choose the recipient of this award.
Dr. Kritzler, who came from rural origins near Ada, established a medical career that spanned almost five decades of active practice in both rural and urban settings. This award in his honor is made with the wish that the recipient may find the joy and fulfillment in practicing medicine that he found throughout his long and varied career. The criteria for Kritzler Premedical Scholarship Recipients are outstanding academic performance and strong promise of a career in clinical medicine.
Linda S. Schultz Scheuerman Award
Linda Schultz Scheuerman, an Ohio Northern chemistry alumna, supports an annual scholarship award to one or more rising juniors in the Department of Chemistry. The Scheuerman Award is donated each year in honor of former Chairman and Dean Byron Hawbecker, who was Mrs. Scheuerman's organic chemistry Instructor. Chemistry faculty recommends a chemistry major for the award and the department chair selects the winner. The criteria for Scheuerman Scholars are outstanding academic performance and the promise of growth in a scientific or medical profession.
Mildred Osman and Paul P. Smith Award
Many years ago Mildred Osman Smith set up an award in memory of her husband, Paul P. Smith. Both were alumni of Ohio Northern; Paul was a chemistry department alumnus and practicing chemist, while Mildred studied music. The funds were used to set up a trust to be used for financial aid for an Ohio Northern University senior majoring in chemistry that shows unusual promise for making contributions to the field of chemistry. The faculty of the department selects majors to uphold this award based on the students outstanding performance and reliability.
Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemical Society
The faculty of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry nominates senior students for membership in Phi Lambda Upsilon Honorary Chemical Society. Selection for nomination is based on academic performance and potential to contribute to the field of chemistry.
The aims and purposes of Phi Lambda Upsilon are the promotion of high scholarship and original investigation in all branches of pure and applied chemistry. Phi Lambda Upsilon was founded as an honorary chemical society in March 1899, at the University of Illinois. This was the first honor society dedicated to a single scientific discipline. For more information see: http://philambdaupsilon.org/. Membership is free for the nominee for six months.
The Erika Jane and Andra Elaine Brubaker Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry
The Erika Jane and Andra Elaine Brubaker Memorial Scholarship was established by Dr. Inara Mencis Brubaker, BS 1959, of Bluffton, Ohio, in memory of her daughters, Erika Jane and Andra Elaine Brubaker. The award goes to a worthy student pursuing a major in chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty members of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry select the award recipient.
Martha Gesling Weber Award for Allopathic Medicine
In 1984, Joseph E. Weber established the Martha Gesling Weber Award for Allopathic Medicine in honor of his wife, Martha, whose last years had been comforted by excellent medical care during a long illness. The award recipients are chosen annually by the chemistry chair from among graduating chemistry and biochemistry majors at Ohio Northern who have been admitted to schools of allopathic medicine. The substantial amount of money is to be used to defray the expense of medical study at the discretion of the recipient.
According to the ONU Catalog, The Martha Gesling Weber Award was established by Dr. Martha Gesling Weber, BA 1935, and her husband, Joseph. The award will go to one or more chemistry major(s) who have been accepted for admission to an M.D. degree granting medical school.