Every spring semester, the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry selects a graduating senior to receive the college of science Excellence in Undergraduate Research Award.
Candidates for this award have shown outstanding achievement in independent, undergraduate research. In general, the student's work is a significant contribution and shows originality, creativity, and a level of independence appropriate to chemistry/biochemistry. The criteria for this award do not include a minimum GPA, substantial outside activities, or other criteria used for the Outstanding Senior Award.
Students may self-nominate, but candidates who have strong endorsements from Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry faculty are most strongly considered. Application details and forms are sent to qualified students.
Once the winner is chosen at the Department level, the application packet is forwarded to the College of Science for college-wide competition. At a special College award reception, the Department and College award recipients are presented with their awards. Each recipient is also mentioned in the Commencement Booklet at the College of Science graduation ceremony.