Do you have what it takes to join the Chemistry Scholars Program? Are you looking for greater access to faculty mentorship and research options? We are looking for qualified high school students who have the potential to achieve distinction in the field and in their future careers. Past chemistry scholars have enjoyed a successful undergraduate life at UAB and have moved on to prestigious medical schools and graduate schools.


Incoming freshmen are eligible to apply to the program. To qualify, you must:

  • declare an interest in majoring in chemistry
  • have a 3.5 or greater high school GPA
  • have a composite ACT score of 26 or greater

If you meet these standards, you are invited to send a letter of application by February 15. This date sometimes changes, so check the date with the Department of Chemistry for more details.


As a chemistry scholar, you will:

  • receive individual mentoring to help you develop into a highly qualified professional
  • do undergraduate research alongside faculty members, both in the department and on the medical side of campus
  • work closely with chemistry faculty mentors
  • participate in the undergraduate teaching program as peer teachers
  • join a leadership cadre of chemistry majors

Peer teaching involves shadowing an experienced peer teacher during the freshman year and then serving as a peer teacher for recitation and laboratory sections during your sophomore, junior, and senior years. This gives you an in-depth understanding of chemistry and trains you to work effectively in groups, as well as giving you hands-on teaching experience.


If you are accepted as a chemistry scholar, you will receive a stipend of up to $1,600 your freshman year. After that, you will receive up to $3,200 each of the sophomore, junior, and senior years as long as you:

  • maintain a 3.0 GPA in chemistry
  • are a full-time chemistry major
  • are in good academic standing at UAB


Further information can be obtained from the UAB Department of Chemistry by calling (205) 934-4747 or contacting Mitzy Erdmann at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

How to Apply

Application Deadline: March 1

Incoming Students

If you are interested in being considered for a Chemistry Scholar Fellowship, please complete the Student Application. As part of the application, you will need to submit:

  • a current resume
  • a cover letter stating your interest in the program and your background in Chemistry
  • a short essay stating how a fellowship would have a positive impact on your undergraduate educational experience

Your high school chemistry teacher should also complete the Teacher Nomination form.

Current UAB Students

Chemistry majors in their first or second year at UAB can apply for a Chemistry Scholar Fellowship by completing the Current Student Application.

Admission to the program will be made based on academic qualifications, essay, level of interest, and fit with current staff. Please note that you may be eligible for other scholarships. The program does require a time commitment to participate in the peer-teaching program.

  • Ryan Murphy
  • Nick Boyle
  • Kelly Walters
  • Ryan Murphy

    I applied to join the Chemistry Scholar’s program my freshman year of college not only for the convenience of an on-campus job, but primarily for the opportunity to get more involved with my department of study and build upon my teaching and mentoring skills. In my undergraduate path towards medical school, my primary focus of activities beyond my classes focused on building my communication and interpersonal skills, both key competencies of a good physician. Through the Chemistry Scholar’s program, I was provided opportunities to communicate scientific knowledge to students of all different backgrounds through a variety of methods and media, including my work producing and editing lab and lecture instructional videos for the department.

  • Nick Boyle

    Teaching is a valuable experience because you must understand the material much more thoroughly than is required for most undergraduate courses. Through the opportunity to teach college-level chemistry, the Chemistry Scholars Program trained me to think critically about complex questions, a skill that is vital for graduate-level education.

  • Kelly Walters

    It’s hard to put into words exactly what this program did for me—how do you explain four years of immense growth, mentorship, camaraderie, and the feeling of possibility? I was surrounded by people who genuinely wanted to see me succeed, and learned chemistry in an environment that fostered a passion for it. Because of the real-world leadership, scientific skills, and responsibility taught to me as a chemistry scholar, I am now proudly an M.D./Ph.D. scholar with a network of professional connections, but I will always say that chemistry was my first love.

  • Ryan Murphy
  • Nick Boyle
  • Kelly Walters