SCI America Scholars Program



Working with the American Chemical Society, SCI America established the SCI America Scholars Program to encourage young people to pursue careers in industrial chemistry and chemical engineering.  The program gives outstanding students an opportunity to work in industry via summer internships at SCI America member companies.  It also recognizes outstanding high school teachers who inspire their students to study chemistry and chemical engineering.

About the SCI America Scholars Program 

Exceptional sophomores and juniors majoring in chemistry and chemical engineering can apply for a prestigious 10-week internship through the SCI America Scholars Program. SCI America Scholars are selected based on the strength of their application, statement of interest in an industrial internship, and letters of recommendation. Over thirty scholars are normally chosen for summer internships.

Included in the internship program:

  • SCI America Scholars receive $6,000–$10,000+ for a ten-week internship.
  • Students are also awarded a certificate and an additional $1,000, which can be used for any purpose, such as covering educational costs or furthering professional activities.
  • Scholars may nominate a high school chemistry teacher for recognition. Teachers will be awarded a certificate from SCI America and $1,000, which can be used for professional development or classroom materials.

Who Can Qualify?

    • Current sophomores or juniors attending a four year, bachelor’s degree granting college or university
    • U.S. citizens or permanent residents
    • Chemistry or chemical engineering majors
    • Minimum GPA: 3.5
    • Over 18 years of age at start of internship

Class of 2016

Christopher Balzer Arizona State University Chemtura
Patrick Brennan Missouri University of Science and Technology Chemtura
Emma Brown Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Hexion Inc.
Abigail Cawoski Westminster College LyondellBlasell
Jenalyn Clegg Brigham Young University Chemtura
Kathleen Cooley University of Maryland WR Grace
Alicia Curti University of Nebraska Honeywell
Claire Dang University of Tulsa Carus Corp.
Kyle Diuro Villanova University Chemtura
Emma Donahoe Hope College ExxonMobil
Joshua Greenlee Ohio University Eastman
Stephanie Guerin University of South Carolina ExxonMobil
Crystal Gunther Meredith College Chemtura
Xin Ru Han University of Minnesota Dow Chemical
Janson Ho University of Rochester Albemarle
Isabella Hung New York University Air Liquide
Melisa Huynh The University of Alabama Chevron Phillips
Sandhiya Kannan Stony Brook University Chemtura
Kimberlee Keithley Rochester Institute of Technology Dow Corning
Thao Le University of California, Berkeley Trinseo LLC
Michael Malmberg Brigham Young University Trinseo LLC
Michael Pfaff University of California Riverside Westlake Chem
Joy Rutherford Michigan State University Milliken & Co.
Shadi Torabi University of California- Los Angeles LyondellBlasell
Luan Tran Louisiana State University Chevron Phillips
Zachary Weintraut Camden County College Carus Corp.
Jonathon Wheelwright Brigham Young University Chevron Phillips

2016 Scholars Bios

Past SCI America Scholars

Teachers Recognition Program

How to Apply

Students may apply November first until December 15th in the year prior to the internship.  Applications must include an up-to-date resume, and official transcript, and two letters of recommendation, one of which should be from a faculty member.  You may specify up to three positions from those posted by the SCI America member companies.  Successful applicants are notified in early March. 

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