Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry

  • Description

    This annual green chemistry award sponsors the participation of students (high school, undergraduates, and graduate students) residing in the U.S. to attend an American Chemical Society (ACS) technical meeting, conference, or training program, having a significant green chemistry or sustainability component. The applicant must demonstrate research or educational interest in green chemistry. The awards are funded by interest income from the Ciba Green Chemistry Student Endowment which was established in 2009 and is awarded by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®. The award amount is based on estimated travel expenses, up to $2,000. 

  • Eligibility

    High school, undergraduate, and graduate students residing within the U.S. are eligible for this grant. The applicant must demonstrate research or educational interest in green chemistry. Green chemistry for this purpose is defined as “the discovery and design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances.” 

    Eligible Conferences

    • ACS Regional Meetings in 2019 or 2020
    • ACS National Meeting; Philadelphia, PA; March 22-26, 2019
    • Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference; Seattle, WA; June 15-17, 2020
    • ACS National Meeting; San Francisco, CA; August 16-20, 2020
    • Visit www.acs.org/meetings for details about these ACS conferences.

    Applicants are responsible for meeting the abstract deadline dates of the meeting they want to attend. The student should be prepared to give an oral or poster presentation on his/her interest area during the conference, if feasible, and submit a report to ACS GCI on his/her experience after the conference.

  • Application

    Deadline

    The deadline for the 2020 Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry is 5 p.m. (EDT) on Friday, October 11, 2019. Please send your application in a single PDF file to gci@acs.org with “Ciba Travel Award Application – [your last name]” in the subject line.

    Application Instructions

    Applications must be no longer than six, 8½-by-11-inch pages, written in font no smaller than 11 point, with margins of at least 1 inch and should include the following, in a single PDF file:

    1. Cover page (no more than one page), including:
      • Applicant’s name, department, institution, field of study
      • Name of applicant’s faculty advisor (or supervisor) and contact information
      • Name, date and location of the conference or meeting the applicant is requesting funding to attend
      • Estimated budget for travel expenses, up to $2,000 (including conference registration fees, travel, and accommodations) to participate in the meeting. The award will be mailed as a reimbursement check after the conference takes place. Reimbursement for food/entertainment is not allowed.
         
    2. Brief (no more than one-page) essay by the applicant concerning his/her interest in green chemistry, including any previous experience with the field, how he/she will benefit from participation in the selected conference, and why he/she should be selected to receive the award. Include your intention to present during the conference (giving an oral or poster presentation is expected).

    3. A curriculum vitae or résumé no more than two pages in length, including:
      • Applicant’s name, department, institution, and faculty advisor (or supervisor)
      • Applicant’s mailing address, telephone, and email
      • A few sentences on the applicant’s green chemistry teaching or research interests and career plans
      • Field of study, degrees (including month and year earned or expected), education experience, including GPA or another measure of class standing, and work experience (if any)
      • List of recent presentations and publications (if any)
         
    4. Letter of nomination from the applicant's faculty advisor, supervisor or department chair (no more than two pages in length). The letter may be sent separately or included with the other application materials.

     

    Judging

    A panel of experts selected by the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® will judge the applications. This panel might include members of the scientific, educational, industrial, governmental and environmental communities.

    Notification & Award

    Notification of the award and award amount will be made on or before November 15, 2019. The award will be mailed as a reimbursement check after the conference takes place. To receive the reimbursement, a 1-page written report and travel expense receipts will be required.

    Downloadable Application

    For a printable version of this application, please download the 2019 Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry Application.

  • Establishment & Support

    Beginning in 2010, on an annual basis, the ACS Green Chemistry Institute® (ACS GCI) awards several Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry. The awards are funded by interest income from the Ciba Green Chemistry Student Endowment which was established in 2009. 

  • Past Recipients

    Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry Winners 2010-2018
    Year Name and Institution Area of Study
    2018 William Joseph Sagues
    North Carolina State University
    Graduate student of forest biomaterials (Ph.D.)
    2018 Quincy Dougherty
    Gordon College
    Undergraduate student majoring in chemistry (B.S.) and business administration (B.A.)
    2018 Reece Johnson
    Florida Gulf Coast University
    Undergraduate student in chemistry and physics (B.S.)
    2018 Bhavana Pavuluri
    duPont Manual High School
    High school student studying chemistry
    2017 Laura Armstrong
    The University of California, Berkeley
    Graduate student of science education (Ph.D.) and chemistry (M.S.)
    2017 Steven Couture
    The University of Massachusetts, Boston
    Graduate student of chemistry (M.S.) studying chemical education
    2017 Ruby Rose Laemmie
    Simmons College
    Undergraduate student with a double major in biochemistry (B.S.) and public health (B.S.)
    2017 Michal Ruprecht
    Gross Pointe North High School
    High school student studying chemistry
    2016 Badri Bhattarai
    The University of Toledo
    Graduate student of chemistry and biochemistry (Ph.D.) 
    2016 Rebecca Haley
    The University of Cincinnati
    Graduate student of organic chemistry with a focus on green synthetic methodologies (Ph.D.)
    2016 Lauren Pincus
    Yale University
    Graduate student of green chemistry and engineering (Ph.D.)
    2016 Lisa Stabryla
    The University of Pittsburgh
    Graduate student of environmental engineering (Ph.D.)
    2015 Brooke Mason
    The University of Toledo
    Undergraduate student in environmental engineering (B.S.)
    2015 Tova Williams
    North Carolina State University
    Graduate student studying fiber and polymer science (Ph.D.)
    2015 Brendan Phillips
    Ursinus College
    Undergraduate organic chemistry student (B.S.)
    2015 Ryan Pearson
    The University of Colorado, Boulder
    Graduate student of chemistry and biochemistry (Ph.D.)
    2014 Boris Dyatkin
    Drexel University
    Graduate student of materials science and engineering (Ph.D.)
    2014 Laurene Petitjean
    Yale University
    Graduate student of forestry and environmental studies (Ph.D.)
    2014 Zach Swingen
    Augsburg College
    Undergraduate student with a concentration in organic chemistry (B.S.)
    2014 Zarif Farhana Mohd Aris
    The University of Massachusetts
    Graduate student of plastics engineering (Ph.D.)
    2013 Angela Holmberg
    University of Delaware
    Graduate student of chemical engineering with a concentration in sustainable polymers (Ph.D.)
    2013 Matthew DeNardo
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Graduate student of green chemistry (Ph.D.)
    2013 Avinav Nandgaonkar
    North Carolina State University
    Graduate student of fiber and polymer science (Ph.D.)
    2013 Jing Zhang
    North Dakota State University
    Graduate student of organometallic chemistry (Ph.D.)
    2012 Nathan P. Birch
    The University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    Graduate student of chemical engineering (Ph.D.)
    2012 Aaron Brumbaugh
    Dickinson College
    Undergraduate student majoring in inorganic chemistry (B.S.)
    2012 Katherine Djernes
    The University of California, Riverside
    Graduate student of organic chemistry (Ph.D.)
    2012 Shannon Woodruff
    Southern Methodist University
    Graduate student of polymer chemistry (Ph.D.)
    2011 Candace Cooper
    The University of Washington
    Undergraduate student majoring in chemistry (B.S.)
    2011 Emily Hong
    Yale University
    Undergraduate student majoring in chemistry and environmental studies (B.S.)
    2011 Adam Keith
    The University of Toledo
    Graduate student of chemistry (Ph.D.)
    2011 Parker McCrary
    The University of Alabama
    Graduate student of organic chemistry (Ph.D.)
    2010 Miguel Hurtado
    Middle Tennessee State University
    Undergraduate student majoring in chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry (B.S.)
    2010 Swapnil Jadhav
    City College of New York
    Graduate student of nanotechnology (Ph.D.)
    2010 Leanne Pasquini
    Yale University
    Graduate student of environmental engineering (Ph.D.)
    2010 Daniel Waddell
    The University of Cincinnati
    Graduate student of green organic chemistry (Ph.D.)
    2012 Ciba Winners
    Three winners from the 2012 Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry meet with Kathy Fleming (ACS) and Pat Rossman (BASF; formerly Ciba) at the 2013 National Meeting in New Orleans.
  • Contact

    Questions about the Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry should be directed to the ACS Green Chemistry Institute®: Email gci@acs.org; Tel (202) 872-6102.