Awards & Scholarships

The CINF is proud to announce the following awards and scholarships.

CSA Trust Grant

Chemical Structure Association Trust Jacques-Émile Dubois Grant: Applications Invited for 2012

ImageThe Chemical Structure Association (CSA) Trust is an internationally recognized organization established to promote the critical importance of chemical information to advances in chemical research. In support of its charter, the Trust has created a unique Grant Program, renamed in honor of Professor Jacques-Émile Dubois who made significant contributions to the field of cheminformatics. The Trust is currently inviting the submission of grant applications for 2012.

Purpose of the Grants:

The Grant Program has been created to provide funding for the career development of young researchers who have demonstrated excellence in their education, research or development activities that are related to the systems and methods used to store, process and retrieve information about chemical structures, reactions and compounds. A Grant will be awarded annually up to a maximum of five thousand U.S. dollars ($5,000). Grants are awarded for specific purposes, and within one year each grantee is required to submit a brief written report detailing how the grant funds were allocated. Grantees are also requested to recognize the support of the Trust in any paper or presentation that is given as a result of that support.

Who is Eligible?

Applicant(s), age 35 or younger, who have demonstrated excellence in their chemical information related research and who are developing careers that have the potential to have a positive impact on the utility of chemical information relevant to chemical structures, reactions and compounds, are invited to submit applications. While the primary focus of the Grant Program is the career development of young researchers, additional bursaries may be made available at the discretion of the Trust. All requests must follow the application procedures noted below and will be weighed against the same criteria.

Which Activities are Eligible?

Grants may be awarded to acquire the experience and education necessary to support research activities; e.g., for travel to collaborate with research groups, to attend a conference relevant to one’s area of research, to gain access to special computational facilities, or to acquire unique research techniques in support of one’s research.

Application Requirements:

Applications must include the following documentation:

  1. A letter that details the work upon which the Grant application is to be evaluated as well as details on research recently completed by the applicant;
  2. The amount of Grant funds being requested and the details regarding the purpose for which the Grant will be used (e.g. cost of equipment, travel expenses if the request is for financial support of meeting attendance, etc.). The relevance of the above-stated purpose to the Trust’s objectives and the clarity of this statement are essential in the evaluation of the application;
  3. A brief biographical sketch, including a statement of academic qualifications;
  4. Two reference letters in support of the application. Additional materials may be supplied at the discretion of the applicant only if relevant to the application and if such materials provide information not already included in items 1-4. Three copies of the complete application document must be supplied for distribution to the Grants Committee.

Deadline for Applications:

Applications must be received no later than March 14, 2012. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 2, 2012.

Address for Submission of Applications:

Three copies of the application documentation should be forwarded to: Bonnie Lawlor, CSA Trust Grant Committee Chair, 276 Upper Gulph Road, Radnor, PA 19087, USA. If you wish to enter your application by e-mail, please contact Bonnie Lawlor at prior to submission.

Bonnie Lawlor, Chair, CSA Trust Grant Committee

Lucille Wert

2011 Lucille M. Wert Student Scholarship Winner Announced

ImageThe Lucille M. Wert Student Scholarship is awarded annually and is designed to help persons with an interest in the fields of chemistry and information to pursue graduate study in library, information, or computer science. The CINF Awards Committee reviewed the applications during the Spring ACS Meeting, and is very pleased to announce that the 2011 recipient is Dr. Elsa Alvaro.

Elsa has BS and PhD degrees in chemistry from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid in Spain, and she is currently enrolled in the Master of Library Science degree program at the School of Library and Information Science at Indiana University Bloomington, where she is the Charles A. and Charles H. Davis fellow in Scientific Information and a Merit Scholar. She is also a graduate assistant at the Chemistry Library and Life Science Library at Indiana University Bloomington, and her avowed calling is to become a chemistry librarian in a research institution.

Travel plans permitting, the Scholarship ($1500) will be awarded to Elsa during the CINF Luncheon at the Fall ACS Meeting in Denver in August.

Congratulations to Elsa!

Phil McHale, Chair, CINF Awards Committee

Scientific Excellence

2011 CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence Winners Announced

At the Spring ACS Meeting in Anaheim, Accelrys, Inc. generously sponsored two CINF Scholarships for Scientific Excellence. Five

Guenter Grethe and Carmen Nitsche announce the
Scholarship winners: Scott Johnson (left)
and Matt Kayala (right)

applicants presented excellent posters of their work at Sunday's CINF Welcoming Reception, and after some difficult deliberations, the panel of judges selected the two winners. The winners were recognized at the Reception and received their $1000 scholarships at the CINF Luncheon on Tuesday.

The two recipients are Scott Johnson of UCLA, whose poster was on Re-examining the tubulin binding conformation of antitumor epothilones using QSAR and crystallographic refinement; and Matt Kayala of UC Irvine, who presented on Learning to Rank Productive Organic Mechanisms.

Thanks to Accelrys, Inc., and congratulations to Scott and Matt.

Up to three scholarships will be presented at the Fall ACS Meeting in Denver, kindly sponsored by FIZ CHEMIE Berlin.

Phil McHale, Chair, CINF Awards Committee