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Upcoming Graduate Research Symposium

The DOC Graduate Research Symposium, which provides an opportunity for 50-75 graduate students in organic chemistry to interact with leaders from academia, industry, various funding agencies, and publishers at a single venue will take place at Bryn Mawr College, Bryn Mawr, PA (Thursday, July 28 through Sunday, July 31, 2016). There will be a number of invited speakers from industry and academia, and the invited students will have the opportunity to give an oral communication, or present a poster.  Workshops and additional opportunities for round-table discussions will be organized to inform students about opportunities available in the field and to gain important perspectives on their post-graduate school careers.

GRS 2015 Group Photo

ACS Division of Organic Chemistry
2015 Graduate Research Symposium
at St. Edwards University - Austin, Texas 
July 23-26, 2015 

(Click the photo above for hi-res version)

We thank the 2015 GRS Sponsors:
AbbVie, ACS Publications, Amgen, Aspira Scientific, Boehringer Ingelheim, Genentech, Gilead Science, H3 Biomedicine, Klarquist, Merck, Milliken, Novartis, Phizer, Sanofi, Sigma Aldrich, Theravance

Attendance at the Symposia will be restricted to 50-75 graduate students that will be chosen using the following criteria:
  • Eligibility will be restricted to those individuals completing their fourth year of graduate study and must be members of the Division of Organic Chemistry.
  • No more than one person per research group and up to three people per institution may attend.
  • Departments may nominate up to five individuals, taking into account diversity within the Department.
  • The Chair and Co-Chair of the Symposium will select participants on the basis of a résumé, a synopsis of research accomplishments and a letter of recommendation from the student's advisor.
  • Women and underrepresented minority candidates are encouraged to apply.


The Division of Organic Chemistry will provide gratis registration for the meeting, which includes meals and accommodation. The Division will also provide a LIMITED number of Travel Bursaries (up to $400) to attend the meeting, so applicants are strongly encouraged to seek support from other sources.

Applications for the 2016 program are due  Tuesday March 1, 2016.

Submittal process

Nominations should be uploaded by the candidate's recommender who must be a member of the Organic Division via the online submission form. (Submissions will open in early 2016)

A complete nomination shall consist of three parts:

  1. The completed application (available here as a MS Word file) with details about the applicant's background and training.
  2. One letter of recommendation that comments on the academic record, productivity, and career potential of the applicant.
  3. A letter from the Chair of your Department stating that the nominee is one of not more than five (5) candidates from your Department.

All documents should be combined and submitted as a single PDF file. Specific directions for naming the files are listed on the online submission form .(Submissions will open in early 2016)