Snyder Scholars

As of September 2021, we intend to resume the Snyder Scholars program in Summer 2022.

More than twenty years ago, the students and friends of Harold R. Snyder established an endowment fund in his honor to support undergraduate students with an interest in organic chemistry. Each year the Department of Chemistry uses these funds, supplemented from other sources, to host students with a broad range of chemistry interests for a portion of the summer.

The fellowship provides: 

  • $5,000 award for a ten-week stay in our department
  • $750 for research expenses to the hosting laboratory
  • Travel to/from Urbana, reimbursed as allowable per University of Illinois policy
  • Student housing (pre-arranged and paid by our department); meals are not included

Students must have completed two semesters of organic chemistry lecture and two chemistry-related laboratory courses by the time the fellowship begins. They should be committed to pursuing graduate studies in organic chemistry, including studies related to chemical biology. We strongly prefer nominations of juniors, although truly exceptional sophomores may instead be nominated. Seniors will not be considered.

Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents will ordinarily be considered for these fellowships.

For detailed information about the research areas of the individual faculty members, please see the organic chemistry faculty website.

Students must be nominated by and have a letter of recommendation submitted by their nominator. The nomination materials must be submitted by the deadline and must include the student's CV/resume, an unofficial transcript, and a personal statement of research interests, including names of Illinois organic chemistry faculty who interest the student. 

The 2022 Snyder Scholar nominations are due by the deadline of Friday, January 14, 2022. The ten-week Snyder Scholar stay begins on Tuesday, May 31, 2022 and ends on Friday, August 5, 2022.

For more information on this program, please contact:

Administrative Questions
Kara Metcalf
Organic Chemistry/Chemical Biology Office
61 Roger Adams Laboratory, Box 68-5
600 South Mathews Avenue
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-244-0769

Program Questions
Prof. Douglas Mitchell
Department of Chemistry
361 Roger Adams Laboratory, Box 22-5
600 South Mathews Avenue
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-333-1345

Prof. Scott Silverman
Department of Chemistry
140 Roger Adams Laboratory, Box 57-5
600 South Mathews Avenue
University of Illinois
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: 217-244-4489