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Merck Research Award

The Merck Research Award recognizes eight Individuals* who will present their research at an awards symposium held during the Fall ACS national meeting.


Awardees will receive a $1,500 stipend to cover Fall ACS national meeting expenses. They will present their research at a WCC/Merck half-day symposium and be recognized at the Awards Symposium Luncheon and the WCC Luncheon.


Individuals* in their 3rd & 4th year of graduate school with a research focus in one or more of the following - Organic, Medicinal, Analytical, Chemical Biology, Computational or Structural Chemistry and related disciplines. Open to US citizens (studying anywhere) and Non-US citizens attending a graduate Program in the US or Canada.

Those who have received a prior award under this program are ineligible.

The following will be requested in the application.

  • Your resume or C.V. (include permanent address)
  • A brief cover letter detailing how this award will impact your career in science (1 page)
  • Your proposed abstract submission for the WCC/Merck Research Award Symposium
  • A letter from your advisor commenting on your technical ability and potential, as well as confirming your participation in the Fall ACS national meeting at which you will be making your presentation, if selected.

Individuals* = this includes female-identified individuals and persons assigned female at birth (AFAB).  For more information regarding the gender inclusive language used in this document, please visit the following site:

The UNC-Chapel Hill Writing Center


Nomination deadline is December 1
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