School of Chemical Sciences


Scholarships and awards

There are many scholarships and awards available to undergraduate students, including first-year students. To find out more, follow these links to the central University site.

Each year The University of Auckland awards scholarships and prizes worth more than NZ$20 million to thousands of students. Chemistry students are encouraged to make the most of what is offered.

For more information on scholarships and financial assistance at The University of Auckland, visit the Scholarships and awards website.

The School of Chemical Sciences acknowledges the excellence of its students with the following scholarships, prizes and awards:

Charmian J. O’Connor Scholarship in Chemistry


Eligibility

The Scholarship will be awarded to an academically gifted female student, enrolled in Stage II Chemistry courses in the Degree of Bachelor of Science, who has paid the fees, or has arranged to pay the fees, for full-time enrolment.

Award

$1,000

Applications

the scholarship will be awarded by The University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of the Head of Department of Chemistry (or nominee)

Regulations

  1. The Scholarship shall be known as the Charmian J. O’Connor Scholarship in Chemistry.
  2. One Scholarship will be awarded annually, for a period of one year, and will be of the value of $1,000.
  3. The Scholarship will be awarded to an academically gifted female student, enrolled in Stage II Chemistry courses in the Degree of Bachelor of Science, who has paid the fees, or has arranged to pay the fees, for full-time enrolment.
  4. The basis of selection will be academic merit and commitment to the study of Chemistry, usually as evidenced by best overall performance in Stage I Chemistry courses CHEM 110 and CHEM 120, and enrolment in stage II Chemistry courses.
  5. The Scholarship is tenable by a student who is a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand.
  6. The Scholarship will be awarded by The University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of the Head of the School of Chemical Sciences (or nominee).
  7. The University of Auckland Council, in consultation with the Donor, has the power to terminate or suspend a Scholarship if it receives an unsatisfactory report on the progress of a Scholar from the Head of  the School of Chemical Sciences.
  8. The University of Auckland Council is not obliged to make an award if in any year there is no candidate of sufficient merit.
  9. The University of Auckland has the power to amend or vary these Regulations, in consultation with the Donor, provided that there is no departure from the main purpose of the Scholarship.

The Scholarship was established in 2008 by an endosment gift from Professor Charmian J. O’Connor. The main purpose of the Scholarship is to contribute towards tuition expenses for female students who have demonstrated academic excellence in chemistry prior to their second year of undergraduate study.

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Baldwins Chemistry Prize


Eligibility

The Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time student achieving the highest mark in CHEM 392: Issues in drug design and development.

Award

$500

Applications

The prize will be awarded by The University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of the Head of the School of Chemical Sciences.

Regulations

  1. The Prize will be known as the Baldwins Chemistry Prize.
  2. The Prize will be of the value of $500.
  3. The Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time student achieving the highest mark in CHEM 392: Issues in drug design and development.
  4. The Prize will be awarded by The University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of the Head of the School of Chemical Sciences.
  5. In the event of a tie, the Head of the School of Chemical Sciences shall determine, in consultation with the Director of Medicinal Chemistry, if the Prize may be shared.
  6. The University of Auckland Council has the power to amend or vary these regulations provided that there is no departure from the main purpose of the Prize.

The Baldwins Chemistry Prize was established in 2008 by Baldwins Intellectual Property. The main purpose of the Prize is to recognise excellence in CHEM 392: Issues in Drug Design and Development.

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Senior Scholar Award


Senior Scholar Awards were established in 2010 by the University of Auckland Council. The main purpose of the Awards is to recognise the graduating students who obtained the highest marks in their undergraduate programme. Each Faculty will be allocated a number of Awards based on their student enrolments.

Regulations

  1. The Awardees will be known as Senior Scholars.
  2. The Senior Scholar Awards will be of the value of $500. Receipt of this Award will be recorded on the winner’s official academic transcript and winners will be announced at Graduation ceremonies.
  3. The Awards will be granted to students who are eligible to graduate with an undergraduate degree or diploma and who have achieved the top GPAs assessed over their last 90 or more points credited to that degree, commencing with the higher level points most recently taken in their degree.To be eligible for this Award, recipients must have achieved a minimum GPA of 6.5, equivalent to at least an A- average, across the courses used for this assessment. The Awards will be allocated at the end of each semester, or annually.
  4. Recipients of the Award will be endorsed by The University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of the relevant Dean of Faculty or their nominee.
  5. The University of Auckland Council has the power to amend or vary these regulations provided that there is no departure from the main purpose of this Award.

Notes

  • A minimum of 90 points must be used to calculate these awards. Beyond that, each Faculty will determine the number of points to be used to calculate these awards and will notify the Scholarships Sub-Committee of its process.
  • Students undertaking a conjoint programme are eligible to receive this award from either or both of the faculties relating to their programme of study. These awards are not available to students undertaking 120 point Certificate programmes.
  • Winners will be notified by the Scholarships Office. 
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Grace Phillips Memorial Bursary


Eligibility

The Bursary will be open to students intending to proceed to either BSc(Hons) or MSc degree in Chemistry.

Award

$300

Applications

The bursary will be awarded by The University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of the Professor of Chemistry to the student best qualified to undertake research.

Regulations

  1. The Bursary will be known as the Grace Phillips Memorial Bursary.
  2. The Bursary will be of the value of $300 and will be paid in April of the year during which it is held.
  3. The Bursary will be open to students intending to proceed to either BSc(Hons) or MSc degree in Chemistry and will be awarded by The University of Auckland Council each year, on the recommendation of the Professor of Chemistry, to the student best qualified to undertake research.
  4. The holder of the Bursary must pursue a programme in Chemistry for either BSc(Hons) or MSc degree.
  5. The University of Auckland Council is not obliged to make an award if in any year there are no candidates of sufficient merit.
  6. The Bursary will be tenable with a scholarship or other bursary provided that The University of Auckland Council in awarding the Bursary may in its discretion take into account income received by a student from other scholarships or emoluments.
  7. The University of Auckland Council has the power to amend these regulations provided there is no departure from the main purpose of the Bursary.

This Bursary was established in 1942 for assistance to Chemistry students in their MSc year, as a memorial to the late Mrs Stanley Phillips, by her sister, Mrs E Ayling of Auckland. In 1997 the regulations were amended so that students proceeding to BSc(Honours) were also eligible.

Selection process

  • no application required
  • the Bursary is awarded by The University of Auckland Council on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Chemical Sciences.
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New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (Auckland branch) Prize


Eligibility

The Prize will be available to students who in the year of the award are enrolled and have paid the fees, or arranged to pay the fees, for the degrees of BSc(Hons) or Master of Science.

Award

$250

Applications

The prize will be awarded by The University of Auckland Council after receiving a recommendation from the Head of the School of Chemical Sciences.

Regulations

  1. The Prize will be known as the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry (Auckland Branch) Prize.
  2. The Prize will be of the value of $250 per annum, to be spent on books.
  3. The Prize will be available to students who in the year of the award are enrolled and have paid the fees, or arranged to pay the fees, for the degrees of BSc(Hons) or Master of Science.
  4. The University of Auckland Council is not obliged to make an award if in any year there are no candidates of sufficient merit.
  5. The Prize will be awarded by The University of Auckland Council after receiving a recommendation from the Head of the School of Chemical Sciences.

This Prize was established in 1972 by the Auckland Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Chemistry, to encourage the study of Chemistry.

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New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology Prize


Eligibility

The Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time student of the BSc Food Science and Nturition programme who has achieved the best grades overall at completion of Part II of the degree and has achieved a grade of A- or above in FOODSCI 201.

Award

$700

Applications

The Prize will be awarded by The University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of the Director of the Food Science and Nutrition programme.

Regulations

 

  1. The Prize will be known as the New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology Prize.
  2. The value of the prize will be $700 plus free student membership of NZIFST for the following year of study, and a certificate provided by the NZIFST.
  3. The Prize will be awarded annually to the full-time student of the BSc Food Science and Nutrition programme who has achieved the best grades overall at completion of Part II of the degree and has achieved a grade of A- or above in FOODSCI 201.
  4. The Prize will be awarded by The University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of the Director of the Food Science and Nutrition programme.
  5. The Prize will not be awarded in a particular year if there is no candidate of sufficient merit.
  6. In the event of a tie, the Director of the Food Science programme shall determine, in consultation with the faculty’s Associate Dean (Academic Programmes), if the Prize may be shared.
  7. The University of Auckland Council has the power to amend or vary these regulations provided that there is no departure from the main purpose of the Prize.

The Prize was established in 2009 and is financed by New Zealand Institute of Food Science and Technology.


The main purpose of the Prize is to acknowledge the student from the BSc Food Science and Nutrition programme who has achieved the best grades at completion of Part II of the programme of a Bachelor of Science degree, with special emphasis on the grade achieved in FOODSCI 201, Foundations of Food Science.

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Siphala Foundation Stage II Chemistry Prizes


The Siphala Foundation Stage II Chemistry Prizes were established in 2010 by the Siphala Foundation. The Siphala Foundation is a charitable trust which supports the education of young people in Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

The main purpose of the Prizes is to recognise and reward the students who have excelled in core Stage II Chemistry courses.

Regulations

  1. The Prizes will be known as the Siphala Foundation Stage II Chemistry Prizes.
  2. The value of the Prizes will be $250 each.
  3. The Prizes will be awarded annually to the students achieving the highest overall marks in each of the following courses: CHEM 210, CHEM 220, CHEM 230 and CHEM 240.
  4. The Prizes will be awarded by the University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of the Head of the School of Chemical Sciences.
  5. In the event of a tie, the Head of the School of Chemical Sciences shall determine, in consultation with the relevant Course Coordinator, if a Prize may be shared.
  6. The University of Auckland Council has the power to amend or vary these regulations provided that there is no departure from the main purpose of the Prize.

Please note: These regulations are subject to Council and Senate approval.

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Siphala Foundation Stage III Chemistry Prizes


The Siphala Foundation Stage III Chemistry Prizes were established in 2010 by the Siphala Foundation. The Siphala Foundation is a charitable trust which supports the education of young people in Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

The main purpose of the Prizes is to recognise and reward the students who have excelled in core Stage III Chemistry courses.

Regulations

  1. The Prizes will be known as the Siphala Foundation Stage III Chemistry Prizes.
  2. The value of the Prizes will be $250 each.
  3. The Prizes will be awarded annually to the students achieving the highest overall marks in each of the following courses: CHEM 310, CHEM 320, CHEM 330 and CHEM 340.
  4. The Prizes will be awarded by the University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of the Head of the School of Chemical Sciences.
  5. In the event of a tie, the Head of the School of Chemical Sciences shall determine, in consultation with the relevant Course Coordinator, if a Prize may be shared.
  6. The University of Auckland Council has the power to amend or vary these regulations provided that there is no departure from the main purpose of the Prize.

Please note: These regulations are subject to Council and Senate approval.

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L H Briggs Memorial Prize


This Prize arises from a fund raised by subscriptions among past and present students, colleagues and friends of the late Professor Lindsay Heathcote Briggs. Emeritus Professor of Chemistry and a member of the staff of the School of Chemical Sciences from 1933 to 1975.

Regulations

  1. The Prize will be known as the L H Briggs Memorial Prize
  2. The Prize will consist of such sum (normally expected to be not less than $600) at the University of Auckland Council from time to time determines and a bronze medallion.
  3. The Prize will be awarded to the person judged to be the most distinguished research worker in the Department of Chemistry who has submitted a thesis for the degree of PhD in Chemistry during the calendar year of the award.
  4. The Prize will be awarded by the University of Auckland Council each year on the recommendation of the Head of the School of Chemical Sciences, or after he or she has consulted with the Supervisors of the candidates for the Prize.
  5. If in any year there are two candidates of equal merit, the University of Auckland Council may make two awards, or make a divided award.
  6. The University of Auckland Council is not obliged to make an award if in any year there are no candidates of sufficient merit.
  7. All theses for the degree of PhD in Chemistry lodged with The Graduate Centre on or before 31 December of any year will be considered for the Prize for that year, no special application being necessary.
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First in Course Award


First in Course Awards were established in 2010 by the University of Auckland Council.The main purpose of these Awards is to recognise the student(s) who obtained the highest overall mark in a taught course.

Regulations

  1. The Awards will be known as the First in Course Awards.
  2. The Award will be recorded on the recipients’ official academic transcript.
  3. The Awards will be allocated at the end of each semester to the student(s) whose academic performance identifiesthem as having achieved the highest final mark in a particular taught course.Recipients must have achieved a minimum final grade of A-.
  4. In the event that two or more students obtain a final percentage mark that is within a margin of +/- 0.5%,this award will be shared.
  5. Recipients of the Awards will be endorsed byThe University of Auckland Council upon the recommendation of the relevant Dean of Faculty ortheir nominee.
  6. The University ofAuckland Council hasthe powerto amend or vary these regulations provided that there is no departure from the main purpose of these Awards.

Notes

  • Directed reading and individual study courses, as defined by Faculties, or courses with four orfewer enrolled students, are excluded from consideration for these awards.
  • Winners will be notified by the Scholarships Office.
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Annual Prizes


Eligibility

Annual Prizes are awarded to top students in each subject.

Award

$50

Applications

No application is required

All faculties Annual Prizes are awarded to top students in each subject. They are funded by the University and administered by faculties and the Scholarships Office. They are noted on students’ academic transcripts and are based on the definitions below:

  • awarded to the best undergraduate student in a department/subject
  • a student can only be awarded the Annual Prize once in any particular department/subject
  • current value: $50 book token and inscribed bookplate.
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