The goal of the Awards Committee is to help our graduate students to win OSU Graduate School Awards in recognition of their hard work and in celebration of their successes.

Here is the link for these awards.

For awards focused on recruiting (for example the Provost’s Distinguished Scholarship) the graduate recruiting committee will select candidates and complete the nomination packages.

Our program is one of the largest on campus and should be well represented in these awards. The Chemistry Department Awards Committee will use the following process for nomination:

Number of Nominations Per Group: Each group can only nominate one student per award. One student is allowed to be nominated to no more than three awards. These requirements are applicable to the forthcoming awards this year. They are set because the number of nominees from each department is limited, typically one or two per award.

Departmental Application Materials: Include the following items in the application materials for each student nomination.

  1. A brief recommendation from the PI, (a single paragraph will be fine)
  2. Student’s updated CV.

Please send your application as one PDF file to:

Departmental Deadline: A major change is that the deadline for submitting a nomination to the Awards Committee will be 11:59 pm on the day exactly three weeks before the deadline for the Graduate School. The deadlines of the Department for each award will be held with no exceptions to be made. Please mark the deadline for each award in your calendar if you intend to nominate your students for certain awards. Thank you for cooperating.

Reviewing Process by the Awards Committee: Reviewing by the committee will take no longer than a week. The PI of the selected nominees will be informed by email two weeks before the deadline for the Graduate School.

Preparation of Application Packages to the Graduate School: It is the PI’s responsibility to gather the required nomination materials, including drafts of recommendation letters. The main office may help with transcripts or some other required documentation. You will have two weeks for the preparation.

Lastly, it will be the PI who submits the forms on behalf of the Department to the Graduate School: However, please fill in the official nominator’s name, Dr. Mike Lerner or Dr. Paul Blakemore (Grad Chair).

Awarded beginning of Fall Term
Milton Harris Graduate Teaching Award The Honors and Awards committee calls upon faculty and staff (via E-mail) for nominations in early September. The committee makes recommendations to the department chair. These awards are presented at the fall picnic put on by the Department of Chemistry.
Awarded end of Spring Term:
Awards that do NOT include a Summer Stipend
Ingram Award Annual award is given to the student who has compiled the best record in all first-year courses and graduate student responsibilities. William Jackson Ingram was born in 1905 into a pioneer Oregon family that came to this valley in the 1840's from England. They settled around the Lebanon area. At one time the family group owned 15 miles of farms across this valley. There is an island named after the Ingrams, and a city park in Lebanon named after his uncle, Booth.William did his undergraduate work at Lewis and Clark College - then known as Albany College. He chose Oregon State for his graduate work in chemistry for the fine reputation of its professors. For most of his life he worked for the State of Oregon in the Agriculture Department in Salem. He was an analytical, research chemist. (He belonged to the American Chemical Society for years.) His work covered many topics. His efforts on analyzing milk resulted in the statement on the back of our milk cartons governing the contents, and he found mercury in fish and arsenic in animal feed - all things that protect the people of Oregon.
Benedict Award Annual award is given to the second-year graduate student who has compiled the best record in all courses and has a strong start on research. Dr. Benedict was an eminent scholar and highly respected in his field.  He served for many years on the faculty at Chico State, beginning in the 1930s. He obtained bachelor's and master's degrees at Stanford University and his doctorate at Northwestern University. He served as a research chemist for Standard Oil before entering the field of education. During World War II, Dr. Benedict served in the U.S. Navy, part of the time as an instructor in celestial navigation. His background in this field included sailing experience, having on one occasion taken a sailboat through the Panama Canal. When he left the Navy at the end of World War II, he held the rank of lieutenant commander.
Fellowships that include a Summer Stipend
N.L. Tartar Research Project The department provides competitive summer support to students whose research is related to human health. Awards assist graduate students in chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology. Priority given to US Citizens. Dr. Tartar was born in 1894 in Pedee. His family moved to Corvallis in 1899. He completed schooling in Corvallis and graduated from the school of pharmacy at OSU in 1915 after which he practiced pharmacy in Corvallis for a few years. He then went to the University of Chicago and obtained an M.D. in 1922. He spent his entire professional life in Corvallis and when he died he left in his will a trust, the income from which was to "be applied and used to awarding research fellowships to promising scientists in the fields of chemistry and bacteriology relating to human diseases..."
Milton Harris Graduate Fellowship Awards are based on achievements in academics and research as well as performance in teaching roles. Milton Harris grew up in Portland, Oregon where his parents ran a small grocery store.  He graduate from OAC in chemistry at the age of 19 in 1926.  Although he had never even considered a research career, the chair of chemistry at the time, Professor Floyd Rowland, encouraged him to go to Yale to study organic chemistry.  At Yale, he was courted by the synthetic chemists, but chose to work in protein structures and polymer chemistry.  This lead to a career that began in the textile industry, followed by NBS, founding of Harris Laboratories, buy-out by Gilette, a distinguished career as VP for research there and finaly after retirement, Chairman of the Board of ACS.  Milton Harris has been a benefactor to OSU and the Chemistry Department, beginning with our seminar room, the Harris Professorship of Materials Science held by Mas Subramanian, the College of Science's Milton Harris Award in Basic Research, the Harris Teaching Awards and these Graduate Research Awards.
David P. Shoemaker Memorial Fellowship Awards provide one or more fellowships to exceptional advanced Ph.D. students in chemistry. Students who are completing the spring term of their second year, or more advanced, are eligible. Dr. Clara B. Shoemaker established this Fund in recognition of her husband's dedication to education and his research accomplishments. He developed an international reputation in the determination of the structure of metals and alloys using X-Ray Crystallography. He served as chair of the chemistry department at Oregon State University from 1970-1981. Among his many accomplishments, he developed a strong research and teaching faculty, and led the planning and construction of the Gilbert Hall Addition. He was the author (with C.W. Garland and later J.W. Nibler) of the laboratory text Experiments in Physical Chemistry, now in its seventh edition. He was well known for inspiring and motivating bright and creative graduate students in physical chemistry.
Ken & Lise Hedberg Fellowship Award to assist graduate students in chemistry. Students engaged in research on chemical structure receive priority for consideration. Ken Hedberg received a B.S. from the Department in 1942. After wartime work at Shell and receiving a PhD at Cal Tech, he returned as a faculty member in 1956 and became a leader in the field of molecular structure using electron diffraction techniques. His wife Lise was a constant helpmate and contributor to their scientific work. They established an endowment to fund a graduate fellowship in chemistry in 2005 for full-time PhD students who are high achievers, have demonstrated exceptional promise and dedication and who are engaged in physical chemistry or who are conducting research in an area that follows the work of the Hedbergs.
Arnold Johnson Jr. Fellowship for Doctoral Candidates Award for graduate students (PhD candidates) in chemistry. From an early age, Arnold was intrigued with chemistry and built a small lab in the garage. Through high school, college and junior college, he continued this pursuit and graduated with a degree in chemistry from Fresno State College in 1951. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army and spent most of his four years as a research chemist at Army Chemical Center in Edgewood, MD. Upon completion of his military obligation, Arnold began work as a research chemist with Socony Mobil Oil Co. in Paulsboro, New Jersey. In 1956 he began his graduate studies at Oregon State University, culminating in a PhD in 1962. His dissertation was entitled "Spectrophotometric Determination of Hafnium in the Presence of Zirconium."Arnold was Assistant Professor at the University of Wyoming before accepting a position at Minot State College in Minot, ND in 1965. For the next 21 years he was Professor of Chemistry and for the final years was Chair of the Department of Chemistry.
Whiteley Graduate Fellowship for Material Sciences Award for graduate students in chemistry and physics with research in material sciences. The Ben and Elaine Whiteley Endowment for Materials Research established in 2007 provides support for materials research in the College of Science. In particular, it provides fellowship support for students to work full-time during the summer in a research laboratory, working on materials research related topics.
Dorothy and Ramon Barnes Graduate Fellowship This fellowship was established in 2013 to provide funding for graduate students in the Department of Chemistry.
Bruce Graham Memorial Scholarship Was established to commemorate the life of Dr. Bruce Graham.  Dr. Graham was born in Crete, Nebraska in 1916. His family later moved to Oregon when he graduated from Monmouth Teachers College and became principal of Knappa Grammar School at age 18. He married his lifelong love, Hermine (Judy) Zwanck in June 1937. In early 1941 he returned to school at Oregon State College (now University), and was awarded a Ph.D. in chemistry in 1945 for his work on anti-malarial compounds. He, Judy, and their first three children then moved to Rochester, NY where he worked as a research chemist at Eastman Kodak and taught chemistry at the University of Rochester. In 1952 the family, now with five children, moved to the Bay Area where he took a position with Stanford Research Institute in Menlo Park. At SRI he started the Life Sciences Division and directed its growth into a highly respected and successful part of the organization. In 1965 he became the founding president of Gulf South Research Institute in Louisiana. In 1970 he left GSRI and worked in Washington, D.C. as a consultant in the contract research area, in particular for the Illinois Institute of Technology Research Institute, until his retirement back to the family home in Los Altos in 1981. Dr. Graham was well known for his kind personality, sense of humor, good-natured battles with golf courses and love of singing.
Dr. Sheng Chung Fang Fellowship To be used for fellowship support for graduate students in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Science. Students shall be full-time students who have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or above. Preference shall be given to international students and those who qualify for financial assistance.