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The Department of Chemistry presents annually a number of awards and scholarships to undergraduate students enrolled in Chemistry programs, in recognition of their academic achievements. No application is necessary. All students enrolled full-time in an Honours Chemistry program are automatically considered.
Carey Bissonnette Memorial Scholarship
A scholarship, valued at up to $1,200, will be awarded annually to a graduating undergraduate student in the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science. Selection is based on academic achievement (minimum 80% cumulative average) combined with a commitment to undergraduate research or teaching assistantships. This fund has been made possible by family and friends of Carey Bissonnette, a dedicated colleague, lecturer, academic advisor and teaching fellow at the University of Waterloo where he devoted himself for over 24 years.
Robert J. Le Roy Memorial Scholarship
A scholarship, valued at $2,000, will be awarded annually to a full-time undergraduate student enrolled in Year Three or Four in the Department of Chemistry in the Faculty of Science. Selection is based on academic excellence (minimum cumulative average). This fund is made possible by a donation from family and friends of Professor Bob Le Roy to help support and sustain the next generation of scientific inquiry.
Gretchen E. Mueller Memorial Biochemistry Scholarship
A scholarship, valued at up to $2,000 is awarded annually to an outstanding undergraduate student enrolled in Year Three (and in Year 4, when available) of the Honours Biochemistry programs, Regular or Co‐operative in the Faculty of Science. Recipients must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents who do not simultaneously hold any other major internal or external scholarships. This fund was established in memory of Gretchen Mueller through donations by family and friends.
Don E. Irish Scholarship in Science
One scholarship, valued at $300, is awarded to each full‐time first‐year student, in Honours Chemistry and in Honours Biochemistry, who earns the highest weighted average in the Fall Term, Year One, Honours Chemistry course and laboratory. The scholarship honours the Executive Director of the Faculty of Science Foundation during its formative years.
One award, valued at $400, is presented annually to the highest ranking Science student in second‐year thermodynamics courses offered by the Chemistry Department.
Harry McLeod Co‐op Chemistry Scholarship
Two scholarships, valued at up to $1,250 each, are awarded annually to upper year undergraduate students in the Department of Chemistry. One award will be given to a full‐time student entering into Year Three of the Honours Chemistry Co‐op Program and the second will be awarded to a full‐time student entering into Year Four of the Honours Chemistry Co‐op Program at the University of Waterloo in recognition of their academic achievements. These scholarships are made possible through the support of faculty members and friends in the Faculty of Science as well as through the generosity of Kay and Harry McLeod. The McLeod’s have a long standing relationship with the Department of Chemistry, where Dr. Harry McLeod was a former Chair of the department, a respected faculty member and one of the founders of the Faculty of Science and Chemistry co‐operative education programs.
Jerome T. Miller Memorial Prize
A $50 prize was established in 1968 by relatives and friends in memory of the late Jerome Thomas Miller, BSc, MSc U66 (Honours Chemistry and Physics). The cash prize is awarded each year, on the basis of marks, to the student in third‐ year of a program which combines studies in Chemistry and Physics.
W.A.E. (Peter) McBryde Memorial Scholarship in Chemistry
This fund has been established by the estate of Peter McBryde and his family, and has been named in his memory. The scholarship, valued at approximately $1,000, will be awarded annually to a full‐time undergraduate second‐ or third‐ year student who has achieved academic excellence and who is enrolled in a Chemistry program in the Faculty of Science at the University of Waterloo.
Upper Year-Chemistry Senate Scholarships
A limited number of scholarships, valued at up to $350 each, is awarded annually to outstanding full‐time undergraduate students enrolled in the second-, third-, or fourth year of a Chemistry program, in recognition of their academic achievements.
The Department of Chemistry hosts the ChemBioChem Career Nights in collaboration with the Chem and Biochem undergrad clubs. At the Career Nights, various professionals (often Waterloo alumni) offer information and advice about possible opportunities and career pathways for biochemists and chemists.
Explore careers in chemistry
The American Chemical Society and the Royal Society of Chemistry have very good websites that explore various careers in chemistry. Please visit these sites to see the many career options that chemists can pursue.
Note: Honours Chemistry and Honours Biochemistry are accredited programs with the Chemical Institute of Canada and the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC). Any student graduating with an honours Chemistry or honours Biochemistry degree is eligible for membership in the CSC. Please visit the Chemical Institute of Canada website for a complete description of the benefits of being a member as well as the membership fees.