Awards and Opportunities

Each year a number of undergraduate Chemistry Majors at Emory participate in rigorous and exciting research programs and opportunities. These programs include Emory sponsored opportunities and opportunities sponsored by the Federal Government and private foundations. A few examples of common programs that our undergraduate chemistry students participate in are outlined below. The department has the opportunity to recognize these students and our other accomplished majors with a series of annual awards reconigizing student accomplishments in research as well as in the classroom.

Early Career Achievement Research Grant

Candidates can be any chemistry major in their freshman or sophomore years who will be/wishes to be conducting research in the chemistry department. The award includes a $100 stipend and $1000 Chemistry Department lab budget. Students are to submit a proposal for research (either novel or based on work already begun) to be considered for the award.

Outstanding 1st Year Chemistry Student

This award is granted to a student who excels in General Chemistry both in lecture and the lab.  The award is not just for highest academic achievement, but also promise of inquiry and future success in the department.

Excellence in Analytical Chemistry

Granted each year to 1 outstanding student from Analytical Chemistry class and lab.

Hypercube Outstanding Physical Chemistry Student

Granted each year to 1 outstanding student from Physical Chemistry class and lab.

Excellence in Undergraduate Educational Support

Three awards are given annually to undergraduates who have excelled in mentoring and instructing undergraduate students through being a TA or ChemMentor.

William Jones Scholarship

This scholarship is a merit based scholarship honoring 2 outstanding senior chemistry majors each year. Priority consideration is given to students from southern states and those with financial need but all students are encouraged to apply. Students are eligible to apply for the award during their junior year and the award will consist of a onetime award of an $8,000 tuition grant during their senior year. 

Excellence in Undergraduate Research

Candidates are students who have performed research within the chemistry department and are in their final semester of their undergraduate career. The candidate must be a chemistry major.

Outstanding Chemistry Major

Candidates must be Chemistry majors in the final semester of their undergraduate career at Emory. Though not required, research within the university is strongly encouraged. This is our highest recognition.

Note: All awards are announced at the Undergraduate Poster Session and Awards Ceremony in April.

Scholarly Inquiry and Research at Emory (SIRE)

The SIRE program promotes unique faculty student-research partnerships to support undergraduate research efforts. The SIRE program provides both research grants and in some cases summer research stipends for undergraduates students. The SIRE program also organizes annual research conferences at Emory each year. For more information on the SIRE program, please visit:

Summer Undergraduate Research Program at Emory (SURE)

The Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program at Emory offers Emory and visiting undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research in the sciences mentored by an Emory faculty member. SURE Fellows receive training in research methods, ethics in research, and professional development for a successful graduate career. SURE Fellows present their research findings in a formal research symposium at the end of the summer. More information about funding and applications can be found at:

National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (NSF-REU) Program

Each year, undergraduate chemistry majors at Emory apply for NSF-REU Program Fellowships. These programs are very similar to the Emory SURE program described above but they are funded by the National Science Foundation. Emory undergraduate students have conducted REU fellowships at a variety of NSF-REU partner institutions including Florida State, Colorado State, and Auburn University to name just a few. The sponsoring institutions for NSF-REU programs are constantly changing. An updated list can be found at the website below.

Clare Boothe Luce Research Scholars Program

Emory College has received a grant from the Clare Boothe Luce Foundation to support this program. This program supports undergraduate females pursuing degrees and research in the physical sciences. This program is designed to give talented young women an extended research experience conducting research with a faculty member. Funding includes support to cover summer stipends and research expenses.

For more information, please visit the website.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF-GRFP)

Each year graduating senior chemistry majors apply for NSF-GRFP Fellowships. These fellowships provide funding for students going on to graduate programs in the sciences. Some of our recent Emory NSF-GRFP fellowship recipients have gone on to pursue Ph.D.s in chemistry at institutions like UC Berkeley, Columbia, and Caltech.

Each year, the department celebrates undergraduate accomlpishments with the Undergraduate Poster Session and Awards Ceremony. Undergraduate awards are distributed at this event and undergtraduates involved in research are given the opportunity to present posters in concert with the campus-wide Undergraduate Research Week run by SIRE and the Center for Science Education.

Previous keynote speakers for this event have included Nobel Laureate Dr. Roald Hoffmann who presented the paper: "The Chemical Imagination at Work in Very Tight Places" and Laura Kiessling from the University of Wisconsin, Madison with "Us versus Them: Targeting Microbial Cell Surface Glycosylation." Speakers invited to particiapte in this important undergraduate event are asked to give lectures appropriate to the undergraduate audience, involving students in active discussion regarding cutting-edge research in the field of chemistry. 

Posters entered in the poster session are judged by a panel of graduate students and typically awarded monetary prizes for First Place as well as runners-up.