Graduate Awards

Brinton Award for First-Years ($1,500)

The Robert K. Brinton Graduate Award in Chemistry is awarded to graduate students who have just completed their first year of Ph.D. work. This award is meant to support continuing graduate students in chemistry who have successfully completed their first year of graduate study. Dr. Brinton was first a lecturer then faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at UC Davis from 1948 until his retirement in 1976. During these years he developed an active research program in physical chemistry, specifically in the fields of photochemistry and chemical kinetics. More about Dr. Brinton is available here

 

Brinton Award for Seniors ($1,500)

The Robert K. Brinton Graduate Award in Chemistry is awarded to graduate students in their fifth year (or beyond) of Ph.D. work. This award is meant to support continuing graduate students in chemistry who are preparing to graduate. Dr. Brinton was first a lecturer then faculty member in the Department of Chemistry at UC Davis from 1948 until his retirement in 1976. During these years he developed an active research program in physical chemistry, specifically in the fields of photochemistry and chemical kinetics. More about Dr. Brinton is available here

  

Dissertation Award ($500)

The Outstanding Dissertation Award in Chemistry is an award of $500 and eligible candidates should meet the following criteria:

1) Students who have graduated or will file to graduate during the period of October 1, 2020 - September 30, 2021.

2) A letter of support from the nominee's adviser.

3) A copy of the nominee's CV.

4) A copy of the nominee's research summary (1-page max, single space).

 

Fink Award ($3,000)

This award will be awarded to a theoretical or physical chemistry student based on high academic merit and research promise. This award was created by Dr. William H. Fink, emeritus of the Department of Chemistry.

 

Kauzlarich Award ($4,000)

The Susan M. Kauzlarich Graduate Fellowship in Inorganic Chemistry is a $4,000 fellowship to be awarded to graduate students pursuing a Ph.D. in chemistry who have a research area focused on inorganic chemistry. Dr. Kauzlarich has been a member of the Chemistry Department faculty since 1987 and served as the Chemistry Department Chair from 2013-2016. Preference for this fellowship will be given to inorganic materials chemistry students. Fellowship recipients must have completed and passed their Qualifying Examinations and hold good academic standing (GPA >3.0). (The award will be disbursed to the chosen student in Fall of the following academic year)

 

Keefer Award ($1,500)

The Raymond M. Keefer Graduate Student Fellowship is a fellowship to be awarded to graduate student pursuing a Ph.D. in Chemistry. Dr. Keefer was the first chemistry student to conduct his Ph.D. research at UC Davis and was a member of the Davis faculty from 1940-1983, serving as chemistry department chair from 1962-1974. Dr. Keefer passed away in 2009 and this fellowship was established by his wife, Hilda Keefer, in support of graduate students. More about Dr. Keefer is available here.

 

Rock Award ($1,500)

The Peter A. Rock Graduate Fellowship in Chemistry is awarded to a student who best exemplifies the highest academic merit and research promise in the field of Physical Chemistry. Dr. Rock was a professor in the Chemistry department for 42 years as well as the founding dean of the Division of Mathematical and Physical Sciences.

 

Volman Award ($2,400)

This award is given to a graduate student based on high academic merit and research promise. Dr. Volman was in memoriam and more information about his life and legacy can be found here

View recent awardees of these honors here: https://chemistry.ucdavis.edu/student-awards