Student Awards

Graduate Students – to see undergraduate awards, click here

Students in the Department of Chemistry at UTSA have available award opportunities that recognize their achievements through Department, College of Science, and University programs. Several of these awards are endowed and are thereby offered annually. Also available are Travel Awards to professional meetings. Criteria for application usually require one or more letters of recommendation, a CV (curriculum vitae), and may require a transcript of grades so attention should be given to “who can and should write letters on your behalf?”, and “what constitutes an impressive CV?”. Selection for awards is defined by specifications made by the donor. Information on individual awards can be obtained from members of the chemistry department’s Award Committee.

Graduate Student Awards

ENDOWED AWARDS (available every year)

Abrams Fellowships are annually awarded to encourage and reward graduate students in the Ph.D. program based on their accomplishments in their first year of studies in the Department of Chemistry and their promise for future achievements. The Fellowship will be effective at the beginning of his/her second year in the program. Each award will be in the amount of $2,000.

2019 Awardees

Viet Nguyen – member of Dr. Larionov’s group

Yanshu Shi – member of Dr. Chen’s group

2018 Awardees

Nicholas Clanton – member of Dr. Frantz’s group

Andrea Kelley – member of Dr. Bach’s group

The Walmsley Award  will annually provide $1,000 award(s) to Ph.D. program graduate student(s) in the Department of Chemistry who have completed their Directed Research Proposal (DRP).  The intent is to recognize one or more students who have made extraordinary progress in their research as demonstrated by publications, presentations, and other accomplishments prior to their final year of research and thesis preparation.

2019 Awardees

Madeline Colley – member of Dr. Bach’s group

Vu Nguyen – member of Dr. Larionov’s group

2018 Awardee

Andrea Kelley – member of Dr. Bach’s group

ANNUAL AWARDS (will be announced each year)

DPT Laboratories Annual Scholarship – To be announced. 

Department of Chemistry Scholarships (2018). The Department of Chemistry made available three $1000 scholarships to graduate students based on merit.

Krista Berlin – member of Dr. Bach’s group
Grace Sameruk – member of Dr. Bach’s group
C. Vance Thompson – member of Dr. Tonzetich’s group

Department of Chemistry Bridge to the Doctorate Awards.  The Department of Chemistry made available up to two $3000 2019 summer awards to assist students who plan to complete requirements for their Ph.D. degree prior to June of 2020.

Brenda S. Benavides – member of Dr. Kurtz’s group
Charissa Munteanu – member of Dr. Frantz’s group

UTSA DPT Chemistry Awards used for student travel ($500) to professional meetings if making a presentation (oral or poster)

Mahesh Krishnan – graduate student with Dr. Tonzetich – to attend the National ACS Meeting in Orlando, FL.

Luca De Angeles – graduate student with Dr. Doyle – to attend the National ACS Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Nicholas Clanton – graduate student with Dr. Frantz – to attend the European Federation of Medicinal Chemistry Symposium on Advances in Synthetic and Medicinal Chemistry in Athens, Greece.

OTHER AWARDS (will be announced each year)

ACS Graduate Student Travel Award
Purpose: Funding graduate students to travel to a National ACS meeting to present orally the results of their research.

From Inorganic Division ($400): V. Mahesh Krishnan – graduate student with Dr. Tonzetich – to attend the National ACS Meeting in Orlando, FL