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The Department of Chemistry’s commitment continues to focus on student-centered learning activities and your financial support is appreciated more than ever.  Your gift today to one of the key funds listed below goes directly toward ensuring that students get the best chemistry experience possible at Ball State.  

"There were several ways in which the Department of Chemistry and Ball State University helped shape me as a scientist. For one, the exciting atmosphere of discovery drifted through the halls of the Cooper Science Complex while I was there from 2010-2013. Second, and likely most important, the patience and dedication of instructors was integral in getting students jazzed about creatively pursuing new knowledge. Finally, generous support from the CRISP summer research program and the Sousa Memorial scholarship allowed me to thrive in the research laboratory, cementing my passion for science."

Dr. Jeffrey Dick - Department of Chemistry, UNC Chapel Hill

         B.S. Chemistry 2013 - Ball State University



Chemistry Research – #1516

The Chemistry Research Immersion Summer Program (CRISP) is a great success story.  We have been able to offer this unique summer research opportunity for undergraduate students going on almost 50 years!!

  • Students work side-by-side with a faculty mentor on an original research project.
  • Students gain high-end technical lab skills & critical experience in instrument operation, not typically available in standard lab courses.
  • Students learn how to present their discoveries to their peers & the larger scientific community. 
  • A typical student stipend is about $3,200 

"For a young chemist, the opportunity to get involved with research is one of the most important and rewarding experiences a university can offer. The Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program had a huge impact on my career by providing a stipend that allowed me to remain on campus for the summer and gain my first research experience. As I continued my studies, research continued to be a major facet of my undergraduate life, and the department provided further support through the Mikal Sousa Memorial Scholarship. The education and research experience I gained in the chemistry department at Ball State University was foundational in preparing me for a career as a chemistry professor."

Dr. Kyle Crabtree - Department of Chemistry, UC Davis

         B.S. Chemistry 2006 - Ball State University


Scholarships and Awards

We are fortunate to be able to offer scholarships to several excellent students each year.  We’d like to grow these funds in order to sustain their giving ability and, in some cases, raise the amounts given to the awardees.  

  • Cardinal Chemist Scholarship – #1550
  • David C. McIntyre Memorial Scholarship – #1551
  • Mikal L. Sousa Memorial Scholarship – #1553
  • Park Wiseman Scholarship – #1554
  • Sandra K. & Robert J. Morris Chemistry Scholarship – #1555
  • D. J. Angus Scientech Chemistry Award – #1557
  • Newell C. Cook Sr. & Jr. Scholarship – #5354
"Joining The Chemistry Summer Undergraduate Research Program was one of the best academic decisions I made. This program helped me realize my potential as a chemistry student and find a home within the chemistry department. It was very rewarding to work with students who were more advanced than me and have guidance from my professors. By providing a stipend, I was able to take a break from my current job to explore my research experience. As I continued my studies, the mentorship, knowledge, and learning skills were all fundamental in preparing me to pursue a PhD in Chemistry. I was very honored to receive the Park Wiseman Scholarship because Dr. Wiseman taught my grandpa, who also happened to major in chemistry. The generous support from CRISP and the Park Wiseman Scholarship allows me to continue my studies and passion in hopes of teaching and inspiring future undergraduate chemistry students."

Veeda Scammahorn - Current Chemistry Major

         Projected Spring 2021 Graduation - Ball State University 


Robert J. Morris Chemistry Symposium – #1503

This is a relatively new fund that was set up in honor of the late Bob Morris, former Department Chair, Dean, Associate Provost and Acting Provost, and to celebrate his life at Ball State University.  This is an annual event each spring where a prominent researcher in chemistry is invited to campus to give a seminar.  Outstanding BSU chemistry student researchers also give a presentation.  Faculty, students, alumni, the Morris family, friends and colleagues across the university attend.   


Chemistry – #1501

There are many more activities, events, etc. the department supports in order to improve the learning experience for our students and encourage both personal and professional growth, such as:     

  • Global Women’s Breakfast   
  • Science Social - open house for students
  • Regular seminar speakers for career-networking
  • Honor graduating chemists at our annual senior banquet
  • Scientific Instrumentation
  • Student and faculty travel to conferences
  • AND MORE!!                                                                               

"My undergraduate research experience in chemistry was a foundational period in my career. I was able to gain hands-on experience designing and executing experiments and interact with other aspiring chemists through the CRISP summer research program. These experiences led directly to an internship opportunity at Eli Lilly, graduate school, and an eventual career as a process chemist.  My undergraduate research at Ball State would not have been possible without generous support from donors. Summer research stipends and scholarships made it possible for me to forgo taking a summer job and focus on developing my research skills. The costs of lab supplies and travel to conferences were out of my reach, but were covered by departmental funds.  It’s hard to overstate how beneficial undergraduate research at Ball State was to me. Research stipends, scholarships, and departmental funding made that possible."

Dr. Lucas Moore - Ampac Fine Chemicals

         B.S. Chemistry 2013 - Ball State University



We invite you to contribute, perhaps in honor of one of the teachers, staff or colleagues who have made a difference on your own journey.  Help the Department of Chemistry to carry on its age-old tradition of providing for our students intellectually, professionally, and when possible, financially. 

"My enriching research experience began with the opportunity to be a part of the CRISP at Ball State.  I had the opportunity to work in Professor Philip A. Albiniak’s research lab for over 3 years.  This experience ignited my interest in organic chemistry and this was one of the most rewarding experiences I have had.  I was honored with the Mikal Lynn Sousa scholarship, which allowed me to invest even more time to perform research in the lab and focus on my education.  Working with all the chemistry faculty inspired me to pursue a Ph.D. in organic chemistry.  Overall, I received both excellent training and education from Ball State and could not have asked for a better and more hands-on education than what I received."

Anna Salvati - Department of Chemistry, Florida State University

         B.S. Chemistry 2014 - Ball State University


"Being a commuter and a first-generation college student, I had difficulty finding my place at Ball State University. It was not until I began conducting research that I found a family in the chemistry department. The resources provided by research occurring during the semester and in CRISP, go far beyond simply knowledge, but extend to mentorship, opportunity and financial aid. Research has allowed me to receive guidance from my PI, develop critical thinking and master lab techniques. These experiences ultimately led me to receive a competitive national scholarship, publish my first paper, and complete an industrial internship. These accomplishments along with the financial support from the Mikal Sousa Memorial Scholarship has allowed me the opportunity to pursue a PhD in chemical biology. The philanthropic nature of my professors, department and donors is the reason I found a nest at Ball State University and will soon fly into my future with promise."

 Alex Quillin - Department of  Chemistry, Emory University

          B.S. Chemistry 2020 - Ball State University

Rank State Gifts
1 IN 49
2 TN 1
2 NJ 1
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College Leaderboard
The college with the most gifts by midnight will receive $2,000 to support students' greatest needs!
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $2,000 College of Fine Arts 1,749
2 $1,000 College of Communication, Information, and Media 839
3 $500 College of Sciences and Humanities 396
4 Teachers College 336
5 Miller College of Business 237
6 College of Health 226
7 College of Architecture & Planning 62
8 Honors College 54
Academic Department Leaderboard
The three academic departments with the most gifts by midnight will receive $8,000, $4,000 and $2,000 in challenge funds respectively for the benefit of students' greatest needs.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $8,000 Theatre & Dance 1,367
2 $4,000 Journalism 315
3 $2,000 School of Music 312
4 Communication Studies 180
5 Special Education 92
6 Social Work 75
7 Miller Business Honors Program 70
8 Elementary Education 55
9 Chemistry 54
10 Telecommunications 53
11 School of Nursing 46
12 Educational Psychology 45
13 Political Science 43
14 Accounting 42
15 Anthropology 37
16 English 34
17 Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources 30
18 Management 30
19 Counseling Psych, Social Psych and Counseling 28
20 Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies 27
21 School of Kinesiology 26
22 Educational Studies 24
23 Sociology 24
24 Speech Pathology & Audiology 23
25 Sports Link 22
26 Mathematical Sciences 20
27 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 20
28 Schools Within the Context of Community 17
29 Educational Leadership 17
30 History 17
31 Criminal Justice and Criminology 15
32 Biology 15
33 Geography 14
34 Computer Science 13
35 School of Art 13
36 Women's and Gender Studies 12
37 Finance & Insurance 11
38 Psychological Science 11
39 Economics 10
40 Bowen Center for Public Affairs 9
41 Philosophy and Religious Studies 9
42 Entrepreneurship Center 9
43 Center for Peace & Conflict Studies 7
44 Marketing | CADMA 6
45 Nutrition & Health Science 4
46 Oz Nelson Logistics & Supply Chain Management Ctr 4
47 Ball State Army ROTC 3
48 MBA | Masters of Business Administration 3
49 ISOM Department 3
50 NESTT Learning Labs 0
Evening Leaderboard
The needs of our students are greater than ever. The eight areas with the most donors between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. will each receive $1,000 thanks to challenge dollars given by donors.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 163
2 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 73
3 $1,000 Athletics 61
4 $1,000 Journalism 39
5 $1,000 Dance Marathon 38
6 $1,000 Communication Studies 33
7 $1,000 School of Music 30
8 $1,000 Multicultural Center 27
9 Special Education 26
10 Social Work 16
11 University Police Department 12
12 Telecommunications 12
13 Chemistry 12
14 Cardinal Kitchen 9
15 Honors College 9
16 Fraternity and Sorority Life 9
17 Alumni Programs 8
18 Accounting 8
19 University Libraries 8
20 Alumni Student Engagement 7
21 Miller Business Honors Program 7
22 Counseling Psych, Social Psych and Counseling 6
23 Political Science 5
24 Schools Within the Context of Community 5
25 Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies 5
26 Sports Link 5
27 Educational Psychology 5
28 Alumni Scholarships 4
29 Management 4
30 Burris Laboratory School 4
31 Black Student Association 4
32 English 4
33 Office of Student Life 3
34 David Owsley Museum of Art 3
35 Bowen Center for Public Affairs 3
36 Elementary Education 3
37 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 3
38 Biology 3
39 Spectrum 3
40 Student Voluntary Services 3
41 Late Nite 3
42 Women's and Gender Studies 3
43 Educational Studies 2
44 Career Center 2
45 Sociology 2
46 Ball State Army ROTC 2
47 Inclusive Excellence 2
48 Rinker Center for International Programs 2
49 Learning Center 2
50 History 2
51 Indiana Academy 2
52 School of Art 2
53 Computer Science 2
54 Disability Services 2
55 University Program Board 2
56 Entrepreneurship Center 2
57 School of Kinesiology 1
58 School of Nursing 1
59 Mathematical Sciences 1
60 Finance & Insurance 1
61 Anthropology 1
62 Educational Leadership 1
63 Rinard Orchid Greenhouse 1
64 Charles W. Brown Planetarium 1
65 Teachers College Dean's Fund for Excellence 1
66 Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources 1
67 Criminal Justice and Criminology 1
68 MBA | Masters of Business Administration 1
69 Online Student Support Fund 1
70 Emens Auditorium 1
71 Graduate School 1
72 Nutrition & Health Science 0
73 Speech Pathology & Audiology 0
74 Geography 0
75 Philosophy and Religious Studies 0
76 Psychological Science 0
77 Economics 0
78 ISOM Department 0
79 Marketing | CADMA 0
80 Community Engagement 0
81 Counseling Center 0
82 Center for Peace & Conflict Studies 0
83 Oz Nelson Logistics & Supply Chain Management Ctr 0
84 NESTT Learning Labs 0
College of Sciences & Humanities Department Challenge
Dean Maureen McCarthy will give $500 to the CSH department with the most donors.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $500 Chemistry 35
2 Political Science 27
3 Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources 26
4 English 26
5 Sociology 22
6 Mathematical Sciences 19
7 History 17
8 Criminal Justice and Criminology 15
9 Biology 14
10 Anthropology 14
11 Computer Science 13
12 Geography 12
13 Women's and Gender Studies 12
14 Rinard Orchid Greenhouse 11
15 Psychological Science 10
16 Philosophy and Religious Studies 9
17 Bowen Center for Public Affairs 8
18 Charles W. Brown Planetarium 5
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