Sandra K. and Robert J. Morris both graduated from Wapahani High School in Selma, Indiana, where they met and began dating. They were married in 1985 and have two children, Chelsea Anne and Jacob Charles.
Sandra graduated with a bachelor of science in nursing degree from Ball State University in 1984. In her career, she specialized in cardiology, medical-surgical nursing, and endoscopy. Over the years, while maintaining certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support, Sandra was the clinical coordinator at the Amelia T. Wood Health Center at Ball State University, was a critical care nurse in a hospital burn unit, served as an oncology nurse at Carle Hospital in Champaign, IL, and was an infusion nurse at Medical Consultants in Muncie, IN.
Robert graduated cum laude from Ball State University in 1986 with a bachelor of science degree in chemistry and departmental honors. After graduation, he attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he earned his doctorate (with honors) in inorganic chemistry in 1990. Following Illinois, Robert served as a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley. In 1991, he joined the chemistry faculty at Ball State as an assistant professor and began teaching undergraduate and graduate chemistry courses. He established a research group in the area of organometallic chemistry, as well. Following promotion to full professor in 1999, Robert became the Chair of the Department of Chemistry in 2002. After serving in this role for five years, he was appointed Associate Provost for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at Ball State University.
Typically, $500, but may change from year to year.
- Be an incoming freshman or transfer student
- Have a GPA minimum of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
- Be pursuing a major in chemistry
- Have a minimum SAT score of 1500 on a scale of 2400 or equivalent on a similar exam
The award is renewable for three years for a total of four years of eligibility provided the student remains a chemistry major and maintains a 3.0-grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
How to Apply
All incoming freshman and new transfer students will be considered for this award and no application is required.