Travel Award

ACS Bridge Travel Award

The American Chemical Society is pleased to announce an underrepresented minority (URM) student travel award to defray travel and/or registration costs to either the National ACS Spring meeting or the annual meeting of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE) in the fall. The goal of this travel award is to increase the number of URM students that gain access to doctoral programs in the chemical sciences.

Eligible expenses include meeting registration, travel expenses, airfare, and lodging. Applicants should submit the following by Midnight ET, February 7 (for ACS meeting) or Midnight ET, August 1 (for NOBCChE meeting) to the ACS Bridge Program via the online application:

For Undergraduate Students

The award is open to those who are undergraduate students interested in the chemical sciences and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. Namely underrepresented minorities include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. There will be a maximum of 15 awards available for the Spring National ACS Meeting and NOBCChE meetings. Each award will be for up to $2000 of eligible expenses based on the review materials.

Important Deadlines

Midnight ET, February 7: Application deadline for ACS Spring meeting

Early Summer 2020 (please revisit this site later for a specific date): Application deadline NOBCChE meeting

Application Packet (Online application process)

  • Completed application form which includes a cover letter stating how and why attending an ACS or NOBCChE meeting will help the preparation for gaining access to doctoral programs in the chemical sciences, including a valid email address and mailing address. Please also indicate which meeting you prefer to attend;
  • Curriculum vitae or resume;
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s mentor explaining why the student deserves the award and how this will help him/her to gain access to doctoral programs in the chemical sciences and with overall professional development.

Reporting

Following the respective conferences, awardees will be asked to draft a short summary of their experiences for presentation to fellow travel award recipients and ACS Bridge Program leadership during a virtual ACS Bridge Travel Award Fellow meeting.

Students are welcome to apply in successive years, but you are limited to receiving a total of two travel awards (once for each meeting.)

For Graduate Students

The award is open to those who are students pursuing a graduate degree in the chemical sciences and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in Chemistry and Chemical Engineering for this cycle only. Namely, underrepresented minorities include African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans. The award will assist to defray the cost of travel and/or registration cost for the ACS National Meeting in the Spring or Fall. Each award will be for up to $2500 of eligible expenses based on the review materials.

Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Graduate student in chemistry or chemical engineering
  • Must present a poster or oral presentation at the conference applied for

Important Deadlines

Midnight ET, February 14: Application deadline for ACS Spring meeting

Midnight ET, Early Summer 2020 (please revisit this site later for a specific date): Application deadline for ACS Fall meeting

Application Packet (Online application process)

  • Completed application form which includes a cover letter stating how and why attending and presenting at the ACS National Meeting will help prepare you professionally in the chemical sciences including a valid email address and mailing address. Please also indicate which meeting you prefer to attend;
  • Curriculum vitae or resume;
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s research mentor, program director or professor explaining why the student deserves the award and how presenting and attending the ACS National Meeting will help him/her with their overall professional development.
  • Abstract for  your presentation that was submitted in MAPS (Meeting Abstracts Programming System)
    • Also, upload the confirmation email from MAPS indicating the acceptance of the abstract submitted to the conference in which the student applied. 

Reporting

Following the respective conferences, awardees will be asked to draft a short summary of their experiences for presentation to fellow travel award recipients and ACS Bridge Program leadership during a virtual ACS Bridge Travel Award Fellow meeting.

Please contact bridge@acs.org for more information.