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Application Deadline for Spring 2020 ACS Meeting is October 21, 2019

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The Excellence in Graduate Polymer Research Symposium is organized by the POLY division and held at 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: A participant must still be in graduate school in March or April when the presentation is given.  Applicants should submit their abstract through the MAPS webpage and select “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.  Students deemed worthy of recognition will be included in the symposium.  In the past, when submissions are large and the number of oral talks are limited, some submissions have been assigned as 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). A small amount of cash award is usually given to each student.

Nomination and Application: Only one nominee/applicant per department is allowed and previous participants in this symposium are not eligible. Please send your nomination/application package (see below) via email to Dr. H. N. Cheng ( by October 21, 2019. The package should include:

  • A completed application form from student including a research overview (1 page) and statement of goals (1 page)

(The application form can be downloaded here:  file )

  • 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 Coltrane (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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