Norris-Richards Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship
The Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society established the James Flack Norris and Theodore William Richards Undergraduate Summer Scholarships to honor the memories of Professors Norris and Richards by promoting research interactions between undergraduate students and faculty.
Research awards of $3500 will be given for the Summer of 2016. The student stipend is $3000 for a minimum commitment of ten weeks of full-time research work. The remaining $500 of the award can be spent on supplies, travel, and other items relevant to the student project.
Institutions whose student/faculty team receives a Norris/Richards Undergraduate Summer Research Scholarship are expected to contribute toward the support of the faculty members and to waive any student fees for summer research. Academic credit may be granted to the students at the discretion of the institutions.
Award winners are required to submit a report (5-7 double-spaced pages including figures, tables, and bibliography) of their summer projects to the NESACS Education Committee by October 23, 2016 for publication in The Nucleus. They are also required to participate in the Northeast Student Chemistry Research Conference (NSCRC) in April 2017.
Applications will be accepted from student/faculty teams at colleges and universities within the Northeastern Section. The undergraduate student must be a chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, or molecular biology major in good standing, and have completed at least two full years of college-level chemistry by Summer 2016.

Criteria for Selection:

  • scientific merit - important factors include the originality of the project, the depth of the investigation, the significance of the scientific questions you pose, and the methods you propose to use.
  • feasibility - evidence must be provided to demonstrate that the project can be completed by you in the time available and with the facilities at your disposal.
  • preparation - your academic record, your ability to handle the project, and the background study you have made on your research problem will be taken into consideration.
  • commitment - the depth of your commitment, and that of your department, faculty, and institution to independent research as a vital component of science education will be assessed.
Completed applications were to be submitted via email (PDF format) no later than March 25, 2016 at 5:00 pm, to the Chair of the Selection Committee:
Professor Jonathan Rochford
Department of Chemistry
University of Massachusetts Boston
100 Morrissey Boulevard
Boston, MA 02125-3393

Applicants will be notified of the results by email by April 22, 2016, with written confirmation to follow.

Application for 2017