DIC Student Awards

ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award for Undergraduate Research

Call For Nominations Deadline September 15, annually

Recent Awardees

Purpose: To recognize the collaborative research of an outstanding undergraduate student/preceptor team in the field of inorganic chemistry, as broadly defined.

Up to one award will be given in each of three categories based on the institution of the preceptor:
• Primarily Undergraduate Institution
• Research-Intensive University (or other non-PUI college or university)
• Corporate, National, or Federal Laboratory

Nature: The undergraduate student will receive $1,000 and a plaque; the preceptor will receive a plaque for permanent display at the preceptor’s institution. Up to $1,000 will be reimbursed by the division for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented to the student and preceptor. The presentation will be given during an INOR-sponsored symposium in which the undergraduate awardee will present a talk on the recognized research.

Eligibility: The undergraduate student nominee must be a senior student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the chemical sciences at the time of nomination, or have completed a bachelor’s degree in the chemical sciences within the 12-month period before the deadline for receipt of nominations. The award will recognize only work done while the nominee was an undergraduate student in the lab of the preceptor. The award will be granted without regard to age or nationality. The preceptor(s) may be a faculty member or staff scientist at any higher educational institution or corporate, federal, or national laboratory in North America and should be an active DIC member. Self-nominations (i.e. nominations submitted by the preceptor or the student) will not be considered. Examples of appropriate nominators include the Departmental Chair or a colleague of the preceptor.  Nominators do not need to be ACS/DIC members.

Nominating Procedure: A nomination consists of:
1. A duly completed nomination form (PDF link), (DOC link) to include 25-word maximum citation for the award and the contact specifics for nominator, preceptor, and student.
2. Curriculum vitae for student (1-page maximum) and preceptor (2-page maximum).
3. One-page nomination letter that (i) discusses the impact/merit of research performed by the undergraduate nominee,explicitly detailing the student’s contribution; and (ii) describes the impact that mentoring by the preceptor had on the student and his/her research project.
4. For the preceptor, a proof of current ACS and DIC membership status (copy of membership certificate, receipt and/or pdf snapshot of “My Account” from the acs.org showing active divisional membership in the DIC).

Submission: All documents, in English, should be assembled into single pdf file and emailed to ugresearch@acsdic.org. Please, use the nominees’ last names in the file name (i.e. preceptor_student.pdf). Please note that ugresearch@acsdic.org email address is not consistently monitored. Accordingly, questions concerning the application process should be directed to the Award Co-Chairs of the DIC: http://acsdic.org/officers.htm (scroll to bottom of page for a link to full contact information).

Establishment & Support: The award was established in 2010 by the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry.


DIC Student Travel Award Program

The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15 for the Spring ACS National Meeting, and June 1 for the Fall ACS National Meeting.

Recent Awardees
The DIC is accepting applications for student travel awards for graduate and undergraduate students presenting research talks or posters at ACS National Meetings. The amount of the award is $450.00. The deadline for receipt of applications is January 15 for the Spring ACS National Meeting, and June 1 for the Fall ACS National Meeting. Winners will be notified by March 1 and August 1, respectively, for the Spring and Fall meetings.

Selection process: Applications submitted by undergraduate researchers, graduate students in the first two years of their PhD and graduate students in the final years of their PhD will be reviewed separately. Within each category, the selection process will be based on scientific merit. Preference will be given to applicants who have not been awarded a Student Travel Award previously.

Eligibility:
1. The student must be a member of the DIC and must present his/her paper in the DIC program. Students who are not making presentations are ineligible.
2. Only one nomination will be accepted per research group for each meeting. Exceptions may be granted for collaborative projects.

Application Procedure:
Use the linked questionnaire (travelgrantappform.pdf  or travelgrantappform.doc) as a cover page for your application package. Please make sure to complete it in its entirety.
The following items should be submitted after the form in this order:
1) A proof of your current ACS and DIC membership status, such as a copy of your receipt or a printout of “My Account” from acs.org showing your active divisional membership in DIC (you must log on to access this).
2) An abstract of the work to be presented in the DIC program with authors and affiliations listed and presenting author underlined.
3) A resume or CV, including a list of publications and presentations.
4) A recommendation letter from your research advisor (if your advisor prefers this to remain confidential, please have him/her, or a third party, submit the application on your behalf)

The application must be saved as a SINGLE pdf file and emailed as an attachment to studentawards@acsdic.org . Please, use the applicant’s last name to name the pdf file. Please note that studentawards@acsdic.org email address is not consistently monitored. Accordingly, questions concerning the application process should be directed to the Award co-Chairs: http://acsdic.org/officers.htm (scroll to bottom of page for a link to full contact information).


Young Investigator Symposium

Call For Nominations Deadline January 15, annually

The ACS DIC solicits nominations for the Young Investigator Symposium to be held on Sunday afternoon of the Fall ACS meeting, annually.
This DIC symposium honors talented young inorganic chemists, and provides a high-profile forum for them to present their research results. There will be a total of 8 speakers, and each will give a 30-minute presentation. The DIC will provide a $1000 honorarium for each speaker and a plaque to commemorate her/his participation in the event.
Only DIC members are eligible. Candidates must be enrolled as graduate students or hold positions as postdoctoral fellows (academia, industry or government lab), and be no more than one year beyond completion of the Ph.D. at the time of the nomination. Visiting scholars and similar titles are not eligible. The speakers will be selected from nominations submitted by January 15th of the award year and the awards will be announced on, or about, March 1st of the award year. Awardees must not have accepted a permanent, independent position at the time of selection. Candidates will be asked to verify that they have not accepted a permanent position before being named as awardees.

Nominations may be submitted by a research advisor of the candidate. Self-nominations are not allowed. Nominations should include:
1) A cover page containing on separate lines: a) the candidate’s first and last name, b) the candidate’s physical and email addresses valid until August of the award year, c) the ACS membership number, d) the DIC membership status, e) the affiliation, f) the name of the advisor, g) the number of publications, h) the number of publications on which the candidate is the first author, i) the most important previous awards received by the candidate, j) references of the five most important papers published by the candidate.
2) A nomination letter limited to two pages (single-spaced, 12-pt Times or 11-pt Arial font). This letter should contain i) a description of the research accomplishments of the nominee; ii) a description of the research topic to be presented at the symposium and why this would be of broad interest.
3) The candidate’s resume including a list of publications and presentations .

Additional communications with the selection committee are strongly discouraged, and may result in disqualification of the candidate. The selection committee consists of the current DIC Chair and the chairs of the DIC subdivisions. Applications are to be submitted by January 15, of the award year by email attachment to younginvestigator@acsdic.org as a single pdf file with the title consisting of the last name of the candidate (ie: “LASTNAME.pdf”). Please, also enter the last name of the candidate on the subject line of the email. Please note that younginvestigator@acsdic.org email address is not consistently monitored. Accordingly, questions concerning the application process should be directed to the Award co-Chairs: http://acsdic.org/officers.htm (scroll to bottom of page for a link to full contact information).


ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry

Recent Awardees

Call For Nominations Deadline June 30, annually

Nominations for the ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry are being solicited. The purpose of this award is to recognize achievement by undergraduate students in inorganic chemistry and to encourage further study in the field. Every ACS Certified Department is eligible to nominate one student for this award. The student nominee will have demonstrated excellence in inorganic chemistry at the undergraduate level based on any combination of research, coursework, and /or motivation / interest / dedication as defined by their nominating institution and should have future plans that include a career in chemistry. Each student nominated will receive a certificate and letter of commendation from the Chair of the Division of Inorganic Chemistry.

A request for nominations will be sent to the Chairs of all ACS Certified Departments in January. Nominations for the Award can be submitted to here and will be accepted until June 30th of the award year. Questions about the award can be directed to Barbara Reisner.