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Fellowships and scholarships acknowledge outstanding chemistry students and provide assistance in their studies. These scholarships augment awards made to students supported by WMU, the 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 are reviewed after Jan. 1 by the Gifts and Awards Committee of the Chemistry Department. Applications should be submitted to the Chemistry Department office before Jan. 1. Scholarships awarded in January will be applied starting in the Fall and/or Spring semester of the following year.

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Undergraduate and Graduate level

Elementary Chemistry Fund
This fund sustains efforts to assist students who are in 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 of 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 element sponsored on the mural that hangs inside 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/year. Dr. 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.
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Frederick W. Stanley Jr. Memorial Chemistry Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 1996 by the family of Frederick Stanley. Mr. 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.
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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 (1956-1968). It is awarded annually to a full-time junior, senior or graduate student majoring in chemistry with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Preference is given to a female student.
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Dr. Nagler Endowment for Chemistry
This scholarship was established in 2012 by Dr. Hashem and SuzAnne Akhavan-Tafti, in honor of Prof. Emeritus Robert Nagler. 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 3.5 or higher grade point average from a historically underrepresented population.
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Undergraduate scholarships

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 is provided to a qualified student bases on his/her academic performance and research in chemical, biochemical, and life sciences. It was established in 2005.

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.

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