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The Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium is organized by the POLY division and held at the spring national meetings of the ACS to recognize outstanding graduate students in polymer science and engineering, foster networking and exposure, and help develop the careers of future leaders in the field of polymers. This symposium was started in 2004 and includes both oral and poster sessions with presentations exclusively from graduate students.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants must be in graduate school (and still a graduate student when they give a talk in the symposium). Applicants should submit their abstract through the MAPS webpage and selection “POLY” for the program area and “Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research” as the symposium.

Participation: The application packages will be evaluated by a judging panel.
In the past, when submissions are large and the number of oral talks are
limited, some submissions have been assigned to posters. However,
recognition has been given equally to both oral and poster presenters.
Participants are chosen without regard to race, color, national origin, sex,
religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation.  Financial support is not
commonly available for participants (i.e., research advisor is expected to
support the trip), but a small cash award is usually given to each

Nomination and Application: Only one nominee/applicant per department is allowed and previous participants in this symposium are not eligible. Nomination/application packages (see below) should be sent by email to Dr. H. N. Cheng and should include:

  • A completed application form from student including a research overview (1 page) and statement of goals (1 page)
  • Nomination letter from student’s research advisor describing the accomplishments of the nominee (1 page maximum)
  • Nomination letter from student’s department chair (1 page maximum)

The symposium organizers are H.N. Cheng (USDA), Christopher Ellison (University of Minnesota), Timothy Long (Virginia Tech), and Christine Coltrain (Eastman Kodak).

For information on previous symposia please see:

POLY Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research 2014-2023

POLY Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research 2004-2013

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