2015 CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence Presented

ImageThe scholarship program of the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is designed to reward students and postdoctoral fellows in chemical information and related sciences for scientific excellence, and to foster their involvement in CINF. Since 2005 the program has awarded scholarships at each of the ACS National Meetings, 58 scholarships in total. The awards at the 250th National Meeting in Boston were sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Applicants presented their posters at the CINF Welcoming Reception and the Sci-Mix session, and the four winners received scholarships at the CINF Luncheon during the same meeting. Two full scholarships valued at $1,000 each were awarded to Darshan Mehta and Florian Roessler, and the third scholarship was given to a team of Ewa Gajewska and Sara Szymkuc.

The names of the recipients and the titles of their posters are (listed from left to right on the photo):

Darshan Mehta, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, USA, “Chemical alerts and QSAR models based on dynamically-generated annotated linear structural fragments.” Co-authors: James Rathman, Chihae Yang.

Florian Roessler, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, “A knowledge-based approach to the parameterization of small molecule force fields based on crystal structures.” Co-authors: Oliver Korb, Robert Glen, Peter Bond.

Sara Szymkuc, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, “Chess-like algorithms behind Chematica’s retrosynthetic planning.”Co-authors: Ewa Gajewska, Tomasz Klucznik, Piotr Dittwald, Michael Startek, Karol Molga. Michal Bajczyk, Bartosz Grzybowski.

Ewa Gajewska, Institute of Organic Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences, Warsaw, Poland, “Retrosynthesis of complex molecules using Chematica.”Co-authors: Sara Szymkuc, Tomasz Klucznik, Piotr Dittwald, Michael Startek, Karol Molga. Michal Bajczyk, Bartosz Grzybowski.

The next scholarships are jointly sponsored by InfoChem and Springer and will be awarded at the spring 2016 ACS National Meeting in San Diego, CA.

The coordination of the scholarships will be in the capable hands of Stuart Chalk (University of North Florida). I wish him much success for the future.

Guenter Grethe, Coordinator, CINF Scholarships for Scientific Excellence