The award amount is $1,000. Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in Chemistry at LSU, and must have graduated in the calendar year prior to the award. Awards will be announced each spring at the annual Graduate Student Award Ceremony

Application Process and Deadline

  • The application deadline will be announced to all students and faculty members and typically will be in December or January.
  • The application process and deadlines will be the same as those used for the College of Science Outstanding Dissertation Award and the University Distinguished Dissertation Award. All eligible applications from the Department of Chemistry will be reviewed and ranked. The top application will receive the Coates Outstanding Dissertation Award. If the top applicant receives a College or University award, the next highest ranked application will receive the Coates award.

All application materials should be submitted to the Chemistry Graduate Office - 113 Choppin Hall.



Charles E. Coates’ legacy of dedication to graduate study has been preserved over the years by the commitment, achievement, and high caliber of each class of graduate students. Their achievements could not be realized without the assistance of the Charles E. Coates Memorial Fund, established in 1964 in memory of one of LSU’s early professors of chemistry. The Coates Fund assists full-time chemical engineering, chemistry, and physics doctoral students in their research endeavors through four awards: outstanding dissertation, conference travel, research travel, and scholar research.