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Applications are due one month before MAPS abstract deadline

The POLY Graduate Student Video Award was established in 2014 to prepare young chemists to present their research in a short video/movie format and interact with a broad range of audiences, including more senior scientists and the general public.

It should be understood that the presentation should be geared toward a lay person.

Award: Awardees will  receive a $250 prize which will be presented at the POLY/PMSE awards symposium Wednesday of ACS. The award shall be granted to an individual without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

Eligibility: Applicants must be a current PhD student or postdoc.

Application: Application consists of a 3 minute video describing the applicant’s research to a non-technical audience.  Videos must be uploaded to Youtube and a link submitted with the application. Videos will be judged by the POLY awards subcommittee and feedback sent to students in written or oral form. All videos judged of “good” quality or better will be posted on the POLY website. Three finals will be asked to attend the POLY Awards reception (Wednesday evening of national ACS meetings), where the videos will be shown and the winner announced.

Nomination packages should be sent by email to the POLY division business office at and should include (in order):

  • One page cover letter from the applicant that briefly describes the importance of conveying the research to a general audience
  • A letter of support from the applicant’s advisor stating his/her agreement that the video can be published online and shown at ACS-sponsored meetings, including POLY workshops and local, regional, and national meetings of the ACS

Previous Awardees

2018 Fall Amal Abdulrahman Watch Video
2017 Fall Hanze Ying Watch Video
2016 Fall Yara Ghoussoub Watch Video
2016 Spring Mayra Rostagno Watch Video
2015 Fall Ha Nguyen
John Slack
Watch Video
Watch Video
2014 Fall Jennifer Novotney
Stephanie Vivod
Watch Video
Watch Video


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