Awards and Scholarships

2013 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship

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Kristin Briney, holder of a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Wisconsin where she is currently pursuing an M.A. in library and information science, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the Lucille M. Wert Student Scholarship. The award is for $1500 to “help persons with an interest in the fields of chemistry and information to pursue graduate study in library, information, or computer science.” Kristin plans to combine her scientific background with her knowledge of library and information science to tackle challenges in the burgeoning field of data curation.

Andrea Twiss-Brooks, Chair, CINF Awards Committee

2014 Herman Skolnik Award Nominations

Deadline Reminder

The deadline for nominations for the 2014 Herman Skolnik Award is JUNE 1, 2013.

The ACS Division of Chemical Information established the Herman Skolnik Award to recognize outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science. The Award is named in honor of the first recipient, Herman Skolnik. By this Award, the Division is committed to encouraging the continuing preparation, dissemination and advancement of chemical information science and related disciplines through individual and team efforts. Examples of such advancement include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Design of new and unique computerized information systems;
  • Preparation and dissemination of chemical information;
  • Editorial innovations;
  • Design of new indexing, classification, and notation systems;
  • Chemical nomenclature;
  • Structure-activity relationships;
  • Numerical data correlation and evaluation;
  • Advancement of knowledge in the field.

The Award consists of a $3000 honorarium and a plaque. The recipient is expected to give an address at the time of the Award presentation.

For more information including the nomination procedure and a list of previous honorees, please visit http://www.acscinf.org/content/herman-skolnik-award.

Nominations for the Herman Skolnik Award should be sent to Andrea Twiss-Brooks by email (atbrooks@uchicago.edu) prior to June 1, 2013.

Andrea Twiss-Brooks, Chair, CINF Awards Committee

2013 CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence

The scholarship program of the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) is designed to reward graduate and post-graduate students in chemical information and related sciences for scientific excellence and to foster their involvement in CINF. The program has awarded scholarships at each of the ACS National Meetings since 2005 and has made 47 awards in total. The awards at the Spring 2013 National Meeting in New Orleans were sponsored by Accelrys.

Applicants presented their posters at the CINF Welcoming Reception and the Sci-Mix session. Two scholarships valued at $1,000 each were presented by Dr. Keith Taylor of Accelrys to the winners at the CINF Luncheon during the same meeting.

The names of the recipients and the titles of their posters were:

Julian C. Thibault, University of Utah, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Salt Lake City, UT,
iBiomes: Managing and sharing large biomolecular simulation datasets in a distributed environment with iRODS.
Co-authors: Thomas Cheatham III, Julio C. Facelli

Amir Seddik, University of Vienna, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Vienna, Austria,
Probing the substrate selectivity of the serotonin and dopamine transporter using structure-based techniques.
Co-authors: Harald H. Sitte, Gerhard F. Ecker 

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Keith Taylor, Julian Thibault, Amir Seddik, Guenter Grethe

The next scholarships are sponsored by the Royal Society of Chemistry and will be awarded at the 2013 Fall ACS National Meeting in Indianapolis, IN.

Guenter Grethe, Coordinator, CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence 

CSA Trust Grant Call for Applications

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Applications Invited for 2014

The 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 and is currently inviting the submission of grant applications for 2014.

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. Grants will be awarded annually up to a maximum of a total combined value of ten thousand U.S. dollars ($10,000). 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 13, 2014. Successful applicants will be notified no later than May 2, 2014.

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 blawlor@nfais.org prior to submission so that she can contact you if the e-mail does not arrive.

 

Previous Grant Awardees:

2012

Tu C. Le: CSIRO Division of Materials Science & Engineering, Clayton, VIV, Australia. Tu C. was awarded the Grant for travel to attend a Cheminformatics course at Sheffield University and to visit the Membrane Biophysics group of the Department of Chemistry at Imperial College London.

2011

J. B. Brown: Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan. J.B. was awarded the Grant for travel to work with Professor Ernst Walter-Knappat the Freie University of Berlin and Professor Jean-Phillipe Vert of the Paris MinesTech to continue his work on the development of atomic partial charge kernels.

2010

Noel O’Boyle: University College Cork, Ireland. Noel was awarded the grant to both network and present his work on open source software for pharmacophore discovery and searching at the 2010 German Conference on Cheminformatics.

2009

Laura Guasch Pamies: University Rovira & Virgili, Catalonia, Spain. Laura was awarded the Grant to do three months of research at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

2008

Maciej Haranczyk: University of Gdansk, Poland. Maciej was awarded the Grant to travel to Sheffield University, Sheffield, UK, for a 6-week visit for research purposes.

2007

Rajarshi Guha: Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA. Rajarshi was awarded the Grant to attend the Gordon Research Conference on Computer Aided Design in August 2007.

2006

Krisztina Boda: University of Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany. Krisztina was awarded the Grant to attend the 2006 spring National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Atlanta, GA, USA.

2005

Val Gillet and Peter Willett: University of Sheffield, Sheffield, UK. They were awarded the Grant for student travel costs to the 2005 Chemical Structures Conference held in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands.

2004

Sandra Saunders: University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia. Sandra was awarded the Grant to purchase equipment needed for her research.

2003

Prashant S. Kharkar: Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai, Matunga, Mumbai. Prashant was awarded the Grant to attend the conference, Bioactive Discovery in the New Millennium, in, Lorne, Victoria, Australia (February 2003) to present a paper, The Docking Analysis of 5-Deazapteridine Inhibitors of Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) Dihydrofolate reductase (DHFR).

2001

Georgios Gkoutos: Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, Dept. of Chemistry. London, UK. Georgios was awarded the Grant to attend the conference, Computational Methods in Toxicology and Pharmacology Integrating Internet Resources, (CMTPI-2001) in Bordeaux, France, to present part of his work on internet-based molecular resource discovery tools.