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 2017

Madeleine Adams Oregon State University W. R. Grace & Co.
Robert Allsopp University of Maryland Chemtura Corporation
Collin Bardini American River College American Air Liquide LLC
Helen Barzyk University of Notre Dame Milliken & Company
Patrick Cable University of Maryland Trinseo
Michael Carson University of California, Irvine Chemtura Corporation
Paul Chong University of California, Los Angeles Hexion Inc.
Ryan Collanton University of California, Santa Barbara BASF
Dennis Dautel Clarkson Univeristy Trinseo
Daniel Drost University of Maryland American Air Liquide LLC
Christopher Farrell University of New Haven Chemtura Corporation
Tomasz Filipkowski Stony Brook University American Air Liquide LLC
Rueih-Sheng (Ray) Fu University of California, Berkeley The Dow Chemical Company (R&D)
Andre Gaona Stanford University ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Isamar Garrido Rodriguez City College of New York Chemtura Corporation
Melanie Geiger Pennsylvania State University Honeywell International Inc.
Tao Hong City University of New York Albemarle Corporation
Annie Kandel Bates College Chemtura Corporation
Zachary Kilwein West Virginia University Westlake Chemical
Nikita Kowal Arizona State University Carus Corporation
Erik Lee Pennsylvania State University Chemtura Corporation
Matthew Liu University of California Chevron Phillips Chemical
Vincent Ly Tacoma Community College Carus Corporation
Venice Magunga University of Rochester LyondellBasell
Jose Moros Obregon Northeastern University ExxonMobil Chemical Company
Nimit Patel University of Maryland – College Park Chemtura Corporation
Tanner Pfendner University of Maryland Chemtura Corporation
Joshua Ross Stevens Institute of Technology Chemtura Corporation
Clare Tennant University of Notre Dame Chevron Phillips Chemical
Patrick Tuttle City College of New York The Dow Chemical Company (Operations)
Amy Wahlmeier Nebraska Wesleyan University LyondellBasell
James Wortman Michigan State University Chemtura Corporation

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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