Travel & Career/Professional Development Awards

The ACS Bridge Project is pleased to announce the Travel & Career/Professional Development Awards for underrepresented students to help defray the registration and travel costs to the ACS Fall 2021 National Meeting, NOBCChE 2021 Virtual Conference, and any other career and professional development event of the recipient's choice. This award will cover the fees of online workshops, courses, virtual events, and registration, travel, and housing for the hybrid ACS Fall 2021 National Meeting. Professional Development activities can range from technical writing courses to business management programs to scientific meetings to technical skill workshops. Students should apply for this award to refine existing skills while also learning new ones to supplement their educational and career aspirations.

For Undergraduate Students

The award is open to undergraduate students interested in the chemical sciences and are from groups traditionally underrepresented in the Chemical Sciences. Namely, underrepresented groups include Black, Latinx, and Indigenous. The goal of this professional development award is to increase the number of UR 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 UR students gain access to doctoral programs in the chemical sciences in addition to in-person attendance for the ACS Fall 2021 National Meeting. Each award will be for up to $2000 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 in the preparation of 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 of all the meetings/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 gain access to doctoral programs in the chemical sciences and with overall professional development.

 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants interested in applying for the ACS Fall 2021 National Meeting however must apply for the award by July 30th

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 the Chemical Sciences. Namely, underrepresented minorities include Black, Latinx, and Indigenous. 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 UR graduate students in the chemical sciences with their career and professional development goals in addition to in-person attendance for the ACS Fall 2021 National Meeting. Each award will be for up to $2500 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 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 of all the meetings/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 with the student's overall professional development.

Requirements

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Graduate student in the Chemical Sciences 

 Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis. Applicants interested in applying for the ACS Fall 2021 National Meeting however must apply for the award by July 30th

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.