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Deadline for applications is 1 month prior to the POLY abstract submission deadline on MAPS

The POLY Graduate Student Travel Award was established to provide funding for graduate students studying polymer science at US institutions to travel to national ACS meetings and present their results (poster or oral presentation). These awards are generously supported by the POLY Industrial Advisory Board and are administered by the membership committee of the ACS POLY Division. 

Award: Awardees will receive $750 award to be applied to costs associated with registration, travel, and accommodations at the national ACS meeting at which they are presenting. One $750 award will be based on merit and a second $750 award will be based on an applicant making his/her first presentation, with financial need also taken into consideration. Recipients are recognized at the POLY/PMSE awards symposium at the national ACS meeting.

Eligibility: A nominee must be a member the national ACS and the POLY division of ACS and must currently be studying to earn a PhD at a US based institution. Only one award per cycle will be given a specific institution. The student must be presenting at a POLY sponsored (or co-sponsored) symposium.

Application: Applicants must be a member of the POLY division of ACS. Incomplete applications or applications submitted as a zip file will not be considered. Applications should be submitted as a single PDF file to Alan Hopkins, PhD at The single PDF application file should be named as “Last name_school_document.pdf” and should include (in order):

  • Resume, including permanent address and GPA (2 pages maximum)
  • Cover letter (500 word max), including
    • Scientific and financial applicant wants the award
    • Future career plans in the area of polymer chemistry
    • Whether or not applicant has made a previous presentation at an ACS National Meeting (do not include regional or other technical meetings)
  • All First Author refereed publications (highlighted) and all other secondary publications as co-author
  • Completed application: download here
  • Abstract on the research to be submitted to the national meeting (<500 words)
  • Letter from applicant’s advisor confirming participation in the proposed meeting, comments on technical ability and potential in the field of polymer science, and listing any other travel support available from the department or research grants

Congratulations to our Fall 2018, National ACS Meeting in Boston Awardees:

Mr. Jiazhen Chen
Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University
“Scandium-Catalyzed Olefin Polymerizations: Polar Comonomer Enchainment and Nuclearity Effects”

Ms. Sahar Qavi
Department of Chemical and Materials Engineering, Department of Chemistry, New Mexico State University
“Chemorheology of Polymerization in Nano-Confined Structures of Self-Assembled Block Copolymers”

Previous Awardees

2018 (Spring) Hamed Vahabi (Colorado State)
2018 (Spring) Louis (Chip) Reisman III (Univ. Alabama)
2017 (Fall) Jacob Lockhard (Vanderbilt)
2017 (Fall) Charles (Adrian) Figg (Univ. Florida)
2017 (Spring) Wanxing Xu (Colorado School of Mines)
2017 (Spring) Dibyendu Debnath (Univ. Akron)
2016 (Fall) Joey Kim (CalTech)
2016 (Fall) Azadeh Farhanchi (UMass Lowell)
2016 (Spring) Jeff Lopez (Stanford)
2016 (Spring) Baraka Lwoya (Tulane)
2015 (Fall) Olivia Durham (Clarkson
2015 (Fall) Keren Zhang (Virginia Tech)
2015 (Spring) Jihyeon Yeom (Univ. Michigan)
2015 (Spring) Xiangtao Meng (Virginia Tech)
2014 (Fall) Benjamin Peter Cheriawski (UMass Amherst)
2014 (Fall) Taeshik Earmme (Univ. Washington)
2014 (Spring) Sebla Onbulak (SUNY Buffalo)
2014 (Spring) Zachary Kean (Duke)
2013 (Fall) Abhay Sham Joijode (NC State)
2013 (Fall) Bin Tan (UMass Lowell)
2013 (Spring) Wei-Fan Kuan (UDel)
2013 (Spring) Mallory Hammock (Stanford)
2012 (Fall) Babloo Sharma (UT Dallas)
2012 (Fall) Zhuo Chen (Univ. Florida)
2012 (Spring) Ryan Weber (UW Madison)
2012 (Spring) Xiojun Wang (UT Knoxville)
2011 (Fall) Jia Wei (Univ. Maryland)
2011 (Fall) Abhijit Paul (Oklahoma State)
2011 (Spring) Januka Budhathoki-Uprety (NC State)
2011 (Spring) Elizabeth G. Kelly (UDel)
2011 (Fall) Huaxing Zhou (UNC)
2011 (Fall) Corinne Lipscobm (UW Madison)
2010 (Spring) Srijanani Bhaskar (Univ. Michigan)
2010 (Spring) Feng Liu (UMass Amherst)
2009 (Fall) UYan Xia (CalTech)
2009 (Fall) Thomas Stratton(Purdue)
2009 (Fall) Nancy Zhang (Virginia Tech)
2009 (Spring) Ken Graham (Univ. Florida)
2009 (Spring) Margaret Sobkowicz (Colorado School of Mines)
2009 (Spring) Guoging Zhang (Univ. Virginia)
2008 (Spring) Brian Long (UT Austin)
2008 (Spring) Joseph Lott (Case Western)
2007 (Fall) Diana Smirnova (CalTech)
2007 (Fall) Camilia Garces (Univ. Akron)
2007 (Spring) Sharlene Williams (Virginia Tech)
2007 (Spring) M. Brett Runge (Univ. Iowa)
2006 (Fall) Debby Chang (Duke)
2006 (Fall) Yali Li (WashU, Saint. Louis)
2006 (Spring) Marcus Hung (NC State)
2006 (Spring) Manual Ocampo (Univ. Akron)
2005 (Fall) Robert Lupitsky (Clarkson Univ.)
2005 (Fall) Jihua Chen (Univ. Michigan)
2005 (Fall) Huiming Mao (Univ. Minnesota)

For more information about previous awardees:

POLY Travel Awards Previous Winners 2015-2024

POLY Travel Awards Previous Winners 2005-2014

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