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Department Scholarships

Many scholarships are available thanks to alumni and friends’ generous contributions to the Department’s endowment.  These scholarships are awarded to our undergraduate and graduate students by selection from the faculty.   Undergraduate awardees are selected based on the criteria below in addition to their academic performance and involvement in departmental research.  

Chemistry General Scholarship 

The purpose of this scholarship is to receive and award gifts designated for chemistry scholarships that may not meet the minimum needed to set up separate named scholarship funds. Gifts will be administered in accordance with the UM Foundation disbursement guidelines.

Louis F. Kinney Chemistry Scholarship 

This fund provides scholarships to senior students majoring in chemistry who are Montana residents from communities with populations of fewer than 10,000 residents.

Leland M. Yates Outstanding Teaching Assistant 

This fund provides an award to a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Chemistry who has been particularly attentive to other students he/she is assisting. A graduate student may only be recognized with this award once.

Richard H. Jesse Memorial Scholarship

The Jesse scholarship is a Chemistry Department scholarship which honors Dr. Richard H. Jesse who was a Chemistry professor, Head of the Chemistry Department, and simultaneously served as University Vice President.  In this latter role he served as the President’s troubleshooter.  After the departure of President James A. McCain to Kansas State, Dr. Jesse served as acting President of the University until the arrival of new President Carl McFarland.  This scholarship is given to a chemistry major who must be a Montana resident, and whose academic performance in the previous year as a declared chemistry major will be the basis for selection.  The recipient must be a continuing sophomore, junior, or senior in the year the scholarship is received.  Two awards will be given. 

Richard J. Field Physical Chemistry Award

This award is given by the Chemistry Department to the best P-Chem student and is given in honor of Professor Richard J. Field for his years of exceptional service to The University of Montana.

Jon D. Sullivan Chemistry Scholarship 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide an annual award to promising chemistry students who have completed their sophomore year and are beginning their junior year.

Stanley R. Ames Scholarship

A Chemistry Department scholarship which is funded from the estate of Edwina Ames.  The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student in chemistry.  Edwina established this scholarship to honor her husband, Stanley, who was a 1940 graduate of the UM Chemistry Department.

William P. Cahill Memorial Scholarship 

The purpose of this scholarship is to provide an annual award to a student with sophomore or above standing. The recipient must be dedicated to chemistry. High academic standards, scholastic standing, and financial need are considered.

Lola Walsh Anacker Scholarship 

It is a Chemistry Department scholarship which honors Lola Mae Walsh Anacker who received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at UM.  After graduation she held professional positions at the University of Michigan and Princeton University.  Lola was a fine teacher and served as a teaching assistant at both UM and Ohio State University.  She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in India.  This scholarship is awarded each year to a female graduate student in chemistry.

Philip and Sandra Barney Scholarship  

This fund is used to provide scholarships for deserving undergraduate students who are studying chemistry, with preference for Montana residents and for students with a pre-medical science emphasis.

Richard “Dick” Juday Graduate Teaching Assistantship Scholarships

These scholarships provide supplemental support for all graduate teaching assistantships in the department.

The American Chemical Society Analytical Division Award

which consists of a 15 month membership to the Division of Analytical Chemistry with a subscription to Analytical Chemistry.  This award recognizes a student who is completing at least their third undergraduate year and who displays interest in and an aptitude for a career in analytical chemistry. 

Freshman Chemistry Achievement Award

Is an award for outstanding achievement in Freshman Chemistry.  This award consists of a copy of the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, donated by the publisher, with a commemorative scroll mounted on the inside front cover.

Ralph and Joan Fessenden Organic Chemistry Award

  This award honors Ralph and Joan Fessenden.  Ralph retired as Professor of Organic Chemistry after almost 30 years of teaching in the Department of Chemistry. Ralph is known to generations of UM students as an extraordinary classroom teacher.  He and his late wife Joan authored a number of chemistry textbooks.  Awards are for the outstanding female student in organic chemistry and for the outstanding male student in organic chemistry.

The Chemistry Alumni-Faculty Award

A Chemistry Department award that honors former Professors W.G. Bateman, J.W. Howard, and R.J. Jesse.  This award is for a chemistry major, judged by the faculty, to have the most promising future in chemistry. 

Hetler Memorial Award 

The Hetler Award is presented in recognition and acknowledgement for an outstanding chemistry student.

John D. Sullivan Memorial Scholarship

A Chemistry Department scholarship which honors a former alum, John D. Sullivan.  He was a nationally known chemist, who authored numerous technical papers and was active in the American Chemical Society committee work.  The scholarship is to be awarded each year to a chemistry major selection based upon promising talent in chemistry and who will be beginning at least their junior year in the next fall semester. 

Julius and Anna Wiegenstein Scholarship

It is a Chemistry Department scholarship established by John T. Wiegenstein to honor the memory of his grandparents Julius and Anna Wiegenstein.  The scholarship is awarded annually to a chemistry major who is a deserving student.

Eugene Davis Scholarship

A Chemistry Department scholarship established by Eugene Davis who was a 1936 graduate of the UM Chemistry Department.  This scholarship is given to a deserving Chemistry major who graduated from a Montana High School.

Philip and Sandra Barney Scholarship

This a Chemistry Department scholarship established to provide scholarships for deserving undergraduate students who are studying chemistry at The University of Montana, with a preference for Montana residents and a preference for students with a pre-medical science emphasis. 

Graduate Awards

The Leland Yates Award for 2009

 The Yates Award is a Chemistry Department award established to honor the memory of Leland Yates and his dedication to students during his tenure as a faculty member in the UM Chemistry Department.  This award is given to honor the extraordinary effort of a graduate student who has been most available and most helpful to undergraduate students in the chemistry courses.

Lola Walsh Anacker Scholarship

It is a Chemistry Department scholarship which honors Lola Mae Walsh Anacker who received her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at UM.  After graduation she held professional positions at the University of Michigan and Princeton University.  Lola was a fine teacher and served as a teaching assistant at both UM and Ohio State University.  She served as a Peace Corps volunteer in India.  This scholarship is awarded each year to a female graduate student in chemistry. 

Stanley R. Ames Scholarship

A Chemistry Department scholarship which is funded from the estate of Edwina Ames.  The scholarship is awarded to an outstanding graduate student in chemistry.  Edwina established this scholarship to honor her husband, Stanley, who was a 1940 graduate of the UM Chemistry Department. 

College of Humanities and Sciences Scholarships and Fellowships

University of Montana

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Professor Chris Palmer, Chair

Phone: 406.243.4022 | Fax: 406.243.4227

32 Campus Drive | Missoula, MT 59812

chemistry@umontana.edu