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Application Deadline for Spring 2021 ACS Meeting is January 18, 2021

Spring 2021 ACS Meeting. Because of the pandemic, the ACS has announced that this meeting will be virtual. (More details here

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.

EligibilityA 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.  Participants are chosen without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation.  Specific to the Spring 2021 Meeting, because of space limitations, only a maximum of 54 students can be accommodated in this symposium. Since this meeting is virtual, no travel is needed.  The symposium will also pay for the meeting registration fee for the students. Thus, there is no meeting cost for the students selected for this symposium.

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 January 18, 2021. 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 (Arizona State Univ.), 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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