Travel Award

ACS Bridge Travel & Career/Professional Development Award

Due to uncertainty of global travel due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions, this year the ACS Bridge Project is pleased to announce an underrepresented minority (URM) student award to defray the registration costs to the ACS Fall 2020 Virtual Meeting & Expo and NOBCChE 2020 Virtual Conference and additionally any career and professional development event of your choice effective this year only. 

For Undergraduate Students

The award is open to 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. The goal of this professional development award is to increase the number of URM students that gain access to doctoral programs in the chemical sciences. The professional development award will defray the cost of any online workshops, courses, virtual conferences, and/or events that will assist URM students gain access to doctoral programs in the chemical sciences. Each award will be for up to $1000 of eligible expenses based on the review of materials.

Application Packet (Online application process)

  • Completed application form which includes a cover letter stating how and why attending the selected online workshop, conference, event, and/or course will help the preparation for gaining access to doctoral programs in the chemical sciences, including a valid email address and mailing address. Please include the name of the workshop, conference, and/or course or event you are attending and the registration cost;
  • Curriculum vitae or resume;
  • One page document of the list all of the meeting/conferences, and/or career professional development events you are planning to attend along with the registration cost for each and total registration costs.
  • 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.

 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

For Graduate Students

The award is open to students who are pursuing a graduate degree 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. The goal of this award is to advance the career and professional development of graduate students. The professional development award will defray the cost of any online workshops, courses, virtual conferences, and/or events that will assist URM graduate students in the chemical sciences with their career and professional development goals. Each award will be for up to $1500 of eligible expenses based on the review of materials.

Application Packet (Online application process)

  • Completed application form which includes a cover letter stating how and why attending the selected online workshop, conference, event or course will help the your overall career and professional development goals, including a valid email address and mailing address. Please include the name of the workshop, conference, and/or course or event you are attending and the  registration cost;
  • Curriculum vitae or resume;
  • One page document of the list all of the meeting/conferences, and/or career professional development events you are planning to attend along with the registration cost for each and total registration costs.
  • A letter of recommendation from the student’s mentor explaining why the student deserves the award and how it will help him/her with the students’ overall professional development.

Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Graduate student in chemistry or chemical engineering

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

Reporting

Following the respective conferences or career and professional activities, awardees will be asked to draft a short summary of their experiences and share with the ACS Bridge Team Leadership. Please contact bridge@acs.org for more information.