School of Green Chemistry and Engineering

Student Scholarship and Grant Opportunities

ACS Summer School class of 2019There are several green chemistry scholarships and awards available to students and postdoctoral associates: Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry, Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Student Award in Green Chemistry, Joseph Breen Memorial Scholarship, Heh-Won Chang PhD Fellowship in Green Chemistry and the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy. (Details on eligibility and application deadlines are provided below.)

The following University of Toledo students have been recipients of these awards: 

Student

Year

Award

Research Advisor

Ehsan Akbari Fakhrabadi 2019 ACS Summer School Dr. Matt Liberatore
Allison Rabon 2019 ACS Summer School Dr. Michael Young
Justin Maxwell 2019 ACS Summer School Dr. Michael Young
Mollie Enright 2019 Ciba Travel Award Dr. Mark Mason
Yasaman Fatemeh 2017 ACS Summer School Dr. Mark Mason
Badri Bhattarai 2017 ACS Summer School Dr. Terry Bigioni
Badri Bhattarai 2016 Ciba Travel Award Dr. Terry Bigioni
Brooke Mason 2015 Ciba Travel Award Dr. Defne Apul
Tony Bova 2012 NSF Travel Scholarship Dr. Mark Mason
Danielle Samblanett 2012 NSF Travel Scholarship Dr. Joseph Schmidt
Adam Keith 2011 Ciba Travel Award Dr. Mark Mason
Adam Keith 2010 ACS Summer School Dr. Mark Mason

The SGCE strongly encourages all eligible students and postdocs to apply for these awards.

Ciba Travel Awards in Green Chemistry

This annual green chemistry award sponsors the participation of students (high school, undergraduates and graduate students) residing in the U.S. to attend an American Chemical Society (ACS) technical meeting, conference or training program, having a significant green chemistry or sustainability component. The applicant must demonstrate research or educational interest in green chemistry. The award amount is based on estimated travel expenses, up to $2,000.

This is a great opportunity for students to receive travel funds to participate in the Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference. Application deadline is 5:00 pm (EDT) on Friday, October 9, 2020. Additional information and application procedure.

Heh-Won Chang, Ph.D. Fellowship in Green Chemistry

The Heh-Won Chang, Ph.D. Fellowship in Green Chemistry provides financial support to full-time graduate students currently conducting research in green chemistry. The funds may be used for any purpose, including conference travel, professional development, and living expenses, while the recipient is in graduate school.

Awardees receive a one-time payment of $5,000 (the Fellowship is non-renewable). Applicants must have at least one full year of study remaining in their graduate program and must present their research at the annual Green Chemistry & Engineering Conference, where the award will be formally presented. Application deadline is 5:00 pm on Friday, October 9, 2020. Additional information and application procedure.

ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy

The ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry & Sustainable Energy is scheduled to be held July 13-20, 2021, at the Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO. This week-long residential program includes presentations by green chemistry and sustainable energy experts, poster sessions, collaborative projects, and discussions on the roles of science and technology in solving global sustainability challenges.

The Summer School is open to those currently studying in the Americas. The Summer School is open to those currently studying in the Americas. Most applicants are enrolled in or have completed advanced degree programs in chemistry or chemical engineering, but applicants from related disciplines are welcome to apply.

The program is sponsored by the ACS, ACS Petroleum Research Fund and ACS Green Chemistry Institute. Coach-class airfare, ground transportation, shared on-campus housing, meals, and all program costs are provided to participants. International attendees will be reimbursed for the cost of visas, if needed. Application deadline TBD. Additional information.

Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Student Award in Green Chemistry

The Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Award provides national recognition and honor for outstanding student contributions to furthering the goals of green chemistry through research and/or studies.

The award is open to all undergraduate and graduate students, regardless of citizenship or country of study. One or two awards are typically given annually. If two Hancock Awards are given in one year, one of the awards will be given to an undergraduate student and the other to a graduate or post-graduate student (a recent graduate who completed his/her graduate degree after May 1, 2020).

The recipient of the award receives a one-time cash prize of $1,000 USD. In addition to the monetary award, transportation, lodging, and registration fees for the conference are reimbursable up to $1,000 USD. The award is presented at the annual Green Chemistry & Engineering ConferenceApplication deadline is 5:00 pm on Friday, October 9, 2020. Additional information and application procedure.

Joseph Breen Memorial Scholarship

This award sponsors the participation of a young international green chemistry scholar in a green chemistry technical meeting, conference or training program. “Young” international scholar is defined as undergraduate students and above, but below the level of Assistant Professor and within the first seven years of a professional career. Applicants residing both within the U.S. and internationally are eligible for this award.

The applicant must demonstrate research or educational interest in green chemistry (green chemistry for this purpose is defined as “the discovery and design of chemical products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances”).

The fellow also must give an oral or poster presentation on his/her interest area during the conference as well as submit a report to ACS GCI on his/her experience after the conference in order to receive reimbursement.

The amount of the award is based on the estimated cost of travel, accommodation, and fees associated with the event, up to $2000 USD. The travel must be to a green chemistry technical meeting, conference or training program. Students should consider attending the 25th Annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference, to be held June 14-16, 2021, in Reston, VA. Award funds cannot be used to attend the ACS Summer School on Green Chemistry and Sustainable Energy. Application deadline is 5:00 pm on Friday, October 9, 2020. Additional information and application procedure.

Last Updated: 8/5/20