Awards and Scholarships

2016 CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence Presented

CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence Winners Fall 2016

The 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, 64 scholarships in total. The awards at the 252nd National Meeting in Philadelphia were sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications

Applicants presented their posters at the CINF Welcoming Reception and the Sci-Mix session, and the three winners received scholarships at the CINF Luncheon during the same meeting. Three full scholarships valued at $1,000 each were awarded to George Van Den Driessche, Mojtaba Haghighatlari, and Nathanael Kazmierczak.

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

Mojtaba Haghighatlari, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, University at Buffalo “ChemML: A Machine Learning and Informatics Program Suite for the Chemical and Materials Sciences”

George Van Den Driessche, Department of Chemistry, Bioinformatics Research Center, North Carolina State University  “Forecasting Adverse Drug Reactions Triggered by the Common HLA-B*57:01 Variant”

Nathanael Kazmierczak, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Calvin College “Modeling spectrophotometric titration data: tracking error from the measurement, through the model, and to the targeted output parameters”

Stuart Chalk, Coordinator, CINF Scholarships for Scientific Excellence

2017 Herman Skolnik Award Announced

The American Chemical Society Division of Chemical Information is pleased to announce that David Winkler, CSIRO, Australia, has been selected to receive the 2017 Herman Skolnik Award for his seminal contributions to chemical information in the development of optimally sparse, robust machine learning methods for QSAR and in leading the application of cheminformatics methods to biomaterials, nanomaterials, and regenerative medicine. The award recognizes outstanding contributions to and achievements in the theory and practice of chemical information science and related disciplines. The prize consists of a $3,000 honorarium and a plaque. Prof. Winkler will also be invited to present an award symposium at the fall 2017 ACS National Meeting to be held in Washington, D.C.

Dr. David WinklerProf. David Winkler is a Senior Principal Research Scientist at CSIRO Manufacturing in Clayton and Adjunct Professor at Monash, Latrobe, Flinders, and Nottingham Universities. During his thirty years at CSIRO he has worked on a variety of projects involving the discovery of bioactive agents and materials and has been active in developing improved modelling methods for QSAR. He has substantial experience working with industry clients including AMRAD, Du Pont, Schering Plough, Bio-RAD, Sirtex Medical, and Air Liquide. His work has also contributed to several biotechnology startup companies; Starpharma, Asymmetrex, and Betabiotics. He also licensed his Bayesian machine learning modelling methods to the Bio-RAD Corporation. His current research interests include molecular design, computational chemistry, QSAR, complex systems, stem cell modelling and simulation, computational nanotoxicology, design of materials, tissue engineering, and biomaterials. Current projects include application of novel mathematical techniques to drug and materials design, design of drugs for myelofibrosis, design and optimization of materials for medical applications and to direct the fate of stem cells, and modelling interactions of nanomaterials with biology. He is past Director of Science and Technology Australia, past Board Chair of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute (RACI), and current President-Elect of the Federation of Asian Chemical Societies (FACS). He a Fellow of the RACI and Asian Federation for Medicinal Chemistry (AFMC) and a Board member of the QSAR and Modelling Society and the Chemical Structure Association Trust. He represents the RACI on the Pacifichem international organizing committee.

The awarding of the 2017 Herman Skolnik Award to Winkler recognizes the significant contributions to the fields of QSAR and cheminformatics methods. His contributions to chemical information are novel and diverse, from conducting seminal work on the use of cheminformatics methods to model the biological impacts of nanomaterials to the application of informatics and QSAR methods to biomaterials and regenerative medicine.

Winkler’s early research focused on the design and properties of drugs, and he recently developed the most comprehensive model to predict aqueous solubility of small molecule drug candidates. He has designed several drugs that are progressing to the clinic for hypertension, fibrosis, radioprotection, and the first disease modifying drug candidates for incurable myeloproliferative neoplasms. Over the last decade Winkler shifted research focus to predicting the properties of materials and applying cheminformatics methods to a broad range of materials including nanomaterials, biomedical materials, ceramics, ionic and supercritical liquids, and catalysts. His work is documented in 190 publications, 22 book chapters, and 25 patents, many with his long-term collaborator Frank Burden. He has given over 300 presentations at international conferences.

Winkler is also cited for his general contributions to our field. He has served on the editorial boards of journals such as Molecular Informatics, ChemMedChem, and Perspectives in Drug Discovery and as a reviewer for many journals including The Journal of the American Chemical Society, The Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, Australian Journal of Chemistry, and several Nature journals. He has also served on numerous committees such as the Australian Academy of Science’s National Committee for Chemistry, the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society (MGMS), the Chemical Structure Association Trust, and an IUPAC committee on QSAR nomenclature. He has also been very active in promoting our field in the Asia–Pacific region, as a long-term director of the Chemical Information Network project of the FACS past President of the AFMC.

David Evans, Chair, CINF Awards Committee

2017 CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence: Call for Applications

The international scholarship program of the Division of Chemical Information (CINF) of the American Chemical Society (ACS) sponsored by ACS Publications ( is designed to reward students in chemical information and related sciences for scientific excellence and to foster their involvement in CINF.

Up to three scholarships valued at $1,000 each will be awarded at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA, April 2-6, 2017. Student applicants must be enrolled at a certified college or university; postdoctoral fellows are also invited to apply. The applicants will present a poster during the welcoming reception of the Division on Sunday evening at the national meeting. Additionally, they will have an option to show their posters at the Sci-Mix session on Monday night. Abstracts for the poster must be submitted through MAPS, the abstract submission system of ACS.

To apply, please inform the chair of the selection committee, Stuart Chalk, at that you are applying for a scholarship. Submit your abstract at using your ACS ID. If you do not have an ACS ID, follow the registration instructions. Submit your abstract in the CINF program in the session “CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence. Student Poster Competition.” MAPS is now open and submissions are due by October 31, 2016. Additionally, please send a 2,000-word abstract describing the work to be presented to by February 28, 2017. Any questions related to applying for one of the scholarships should be directed to the same e-mail address.

Winners will be chosen based on the content, presentation, and relevance of the poster, and their names will be announced during the Sunday reception. The content should reflect upon the student’s work and describe research in the field of cheminformatics and related sciences.

Stuart Chalk, Coordinator, CINF Scholarship for Scientific Excellence

2018 Herman Skolnik Award: Call for Nominations

The ACS Division of Chemical Information established this 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 of Chemical Information 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 $3,000 honorarium and a plaque. The recipient is expected to give an address at the time of the Award presentation. In recent years, an Award Symposium has been organized by the recipient.

Nominations for the Herman Skolnik Award should describe the nominee’s contributions to the field of chemical information and should include supportive materials such as a biographical sketch and a list of publications and presentations. Three seconding letters are also required. Nominations and supporting material should be sent by email to Paper submissions will not be accepted. The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Herman Skolnik Award is June 1, 2017.

David Evans, Chair, CINF Awards Committee

2017 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship: Call for Applications

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 scholarship consists of a $1,500 honorarium. This scholarship is given annually by the Division of Chemical Information of the American Chemical Society.

The applicant must have a bachelor’s degree with a major in chemistry or related disciplines (e.g., biochemistry or chemical informatics). The applicant must have been accepted (or be currently enrolled) into a graduate library, information, or computer science program in an accredited institution. Work experience in library, information or computer science is preferred.

The deadline to apply for the 2017 Lucille M. Wert Scholarship is February 1, 2017. Details on the application procedures can be found at:

Applications should be sent by email to:

Marge Matthews, Coordinator, Lucille M. Wert Scholarship