ACS Division of Inorganic Chemistry Award for Undergraduate Research
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:
- 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.
- Curriculum vitae for student (1-page maximum) and preceptor (2-page maximum).
- 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please, use the nominees’ last names in the file name (i.e. preceptor_student.pdf). Please note that email@example.com email address is not consistently monitored. Accordingly, questions concerning the application process should be directed to the Award Co-Chairs of the DIC: https://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.