Call for entries: $5,000 Bader Award Prize for student chemists

Following student presentations, one $5,000 grand prize will be announced. The deadline to enter is June 16, 2017

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New Delhi/Darmstadt: Merck is inviting chemistry graduate students in their third year or beyond to enter research projects for a chance to compete for the $5,000 Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation grand prize. The award has been given over the past 10 years to up-and-coming chemists in honor of Sigma-Aldrich co-founder, Mr Alfred R. Bader.
Four finalists will each receive $500 in cash or prizes and all-expense paid travel to the Bader Student Chemistry Symposium on 7th September at the company’s Innovation Center in Darmstadt, Germany. Following student presentations, one $5,000 grand prize will be announced. The deadline to enter is June 16.
Program focus:
  • Development of new reagents, catalysts, ligands, technologies, software, labware or instrumentation broadly applicable to synthetic organic chemistry.
  • Creative use of current reagents, catalysts, and ligands in methodology or total synthesis projects.
Submission materials:
  • Research summary highlighting the applicant’s individual contribution to the project and the impact of the work on the chemistry or scientific community (1,000 words, Microsoft Word document, 10-point Arial font).
  • A 100-word personal statement about the student’s experience with innovation in chemistry.
  • Complete 2017 Bader Award application is available here.
Eligibility:
  • Applicant must have completed three full years of graduate work and be in good academic standing.
  • Limited to the first 200 applicants worldwide.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the Bader Student Chemistry Symposium September 7th in Darmstadt, Germany, and give a short presentation of their graduate research.