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Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry Scholarships

The Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry has a number of scholarships available for our students. We encourage you to apply by filling out the scholarship application and any secondary documentation required and turn it in by the deadline.

To apply for any of the scholarships listed below, go to the following page: Scholarship Application  

Robert C. Belloli Future Chemistry Teacher Scholarship

Amount: $500

Established by: This scholarship was established by Professor Belloli to provide encouragement and support to students preparing to teach Chemistry in grades 7-12. An ad-hoc committee will review the student's academic record and the information provided on the scholarship application.

Open to:This scholarship is open to graduating senior majors in Chemistry and Biochemistry committed to becoming chemistry teachers in junior high or high school.

Criteria:Formal application to Secondary Credential in Chemistry program. Pass CSET in Chemistry

Application Procedure:1) Complete the Scholarship Application , answer all 7 questions and sign the certification; and 2) Submit application to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, MH-580.

Application Deadline: February 24

Eric and Alyse Streitberger Science Education Endowed Scholarship

Amount:$1000

Established by:This scholarship was established by Professor Emeritus of Chemistry Dr. Eric Streitberger to provide support to Chemistry majors who wish to pursue a career in middle or high school science education.

Open to:This scholarship is open to sophomore and junior Chemistry majors who want to pursue a career in middle or high school science education.

Criteria: Continuing sophomore or junior students ♦ Demonstrate merit and financial need ♦ A Chemistry major with the career objective to apply for teaching credential and teach middle or high school science

Application Procedure:1) Complete the Scholarship Application, answer all 7 questions and sign the certification; and 2) Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or have one on file, for establishing financial need; 3) Submit application to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, MH-580.

Application Deadline: February 24

Glenn Nagel Scholarship

Amount: $4,000

Established by: This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. Glenn Nagel, Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, to support research experiences for undergraduates. A departmental committee will select the recipient.

Open to: This scholarship is open to undergraduate students interested in doing summer research.

Criteria: Academic achievement and academic potential

Application Procedure: 1) Complete the Scholarship Application, answer all 7 questions, and sign the certification; and 2) Submit application to the CSUF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, room
MH-580.

Application Deadline: February 24

Glenn Nakaya Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Established by: This scholarship is named in memory of Glenn Nakaya, an outstanding biochemistry graduate of Cal State Fullerton, who succumbed to cancer. It is awarded to a student who has shown academic potential or achievement. The recipient is awarded $800 cash plus a $200 book credit.

Open to: This scholarship is open to undergraduate students in chemistry/biochemistry.

Criteria: Full-time student, academic achievement, academic potential

Application Procedure: 1) Complete the Scholarship Application, answer all 7 questions and sign the certification; and 2) Submit application to the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, MH-580.

Application Deadline: February 24

James Sternberg Scholarship

Amount: $500

Established by: This scholarship was established in memory of Dr. James Sternberg, a distinguished scientist with Beckman Instruments to assist students who excel in academic performance and show promise in research. The department chair and graduate advisor will make the selection. Finalists may be interviewed.

Open to: This scholarship is open to a first year graduate students completing research.

Criteria: Academic achievement, academic potential

Application Procedure: 1) Complete the Scholarship Application, answer all 7 questions, and sign the certification; 2) Provide a letter of recommendation from your faculty mentor; 3) Submit application materials to the CSUF Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, MH-580; and 4) If selected, complete interview.

Application Deadline: February 24

Glorya Welch Scholarship

Amount: $1,000

Established by: This scholarship is named in memory of Glorya Welch, whose estate provided the endowment to fund the scholarship.

Open to: This scholarship is open to new community college transfer students based on their first semester at CSUF in a minimum of 6 units of chemistry or biochemistry major coursework.

Criteria: GPA, academic achievement, academic potential, financial need

Application Procedure: 1) Complete the Scholarship Application, answer all 7 questions, and sign the certification; 2) Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), or have one on file, for establishing financial need; 3) Submit letter of recommendation from a faculty member from your previous college; 4) Provide another letter of recommendation from a CSUF faculty member of the Chemistry and Biochemistry department; 5) Submit application materials to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, MH-580, (657) 278-3621; and 6) If selected, complete an interview.

Application Deadline: February 24

Wegner Family Scholarships

Amount:  $7,000

Established by:  This scholarship was established in 2014 in memory of the late Dr. Patrick A. Wegner, former faculty member and Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. Dr. Wegner was an innovator in his field, a talented teacher of general and inorganic chemistry, a successful researcher and an accomplished chemist who always sought ways to help students succeed in chemistry. An avid researcher, Dr. Wegner secured grants for his projects from agencies such as NASA and the American Chemical Society Petroleum Research Fund. In the early 1990s, Wegner also engaged in pioneering work in chemical education and innovative software development for teaching freshman chemistry. This led to several large grants from the National Science Foundation, which included a collaborative study with colleagues at Fullerton and UCLA to develop a systemic reform for undergraduate chemistry education. The overall grant was valued at $2.5 million with CSUF receiving about $800,000. He developed MCWeb (Mastering Chemistry Web), an online learning system that has been used by students at dozens of colleges, universities and high schools. Dr. Wegner is remembered by his colleagues as kind with a sense of humor, and mostly as a professor who cared deeply about his students’ success and was eager to work with colleagues to improve education quality.

Open to:  This scholarship is open to undergraduate majors in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry who have taken their first two years of work at California State University Fullerton. All candidates must have completed the first year course (General Chemistry) and be enrolled in the final term of the second year course (Organic Chemistry).

Criteria:  The primary selection criteria are academic performance which shall be considered in this order: 1) Chemistry course, 2) ancillary science and mathematics courses, and 3) all courses. Evidence of potential ability to successfully undertake scientific research may be used as a secondary criterion. Need also may be considered as a secondary criterion but never as a primary one.

Application Procedure:  1) Complete the Scholarship Application answer all 7 questions, must indicate CSUF email address, and sign the certification; 2) Prepare a candidate’s statement (one page maximum) of his/her interest in science in general, and chemistry and biochemistry in particular, as well as future educational and career plans; 3) Obtain at least two letters of recommendation from chemistry or science faculty; and 4) Include your transcript of all coursework taken at all college institutions; 5) Submit application materials to the Chemistry and Biochemistry Department, MH-580, (657) 278-3621. The Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry may specify additional application materials consistent with gaining further information relevant to the primary selection criteria but should strive for brevity and conciseness in the application process.

Application Deadline:  February 24