Dr. Raymond Bournique was a faculty member of analytical chemistry who also served as the chairperson of the department in the 1960s. The Bournique award, established by the family of Dr. Bournique, is given annually to a graduate student(s) whose performance in graduate research has been judged by the faculty to be outstanding. Each student having given a satisfactory research meeting presentation is automatically nominated for the award. The major criteria include the quality and quantity of research as well as the quality of the research meeting presentation. The award provides support for the recipient during the summer term, and the recipient is acknowledged as the Bournique Scholar for that term.