Merck Research Award

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The WCC Merck Research Award recognizes eight individuals* who will present their research at an awards symposium held during the Fall ACS national meeting.

Awardees will receive a $1,500 stipend to cover Fall ACS national meeting expenses. They will present their research at a WCC/Merck half-day symposium and be recognized at the Awards Symposium Luncheon and the WCC Luncheon.

2022 Merck Research Award winners

Maria Adrover Castellano
The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Xizi Zhang
University of California, Berkeley

Maria Aguilera
University of Rochester

Irene Manning
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Zhuojun Huang
Stanford University

Sara Dibrell
California Institute of Technology

Olivia Garry
Princeton University

Alena Vasquez
Scripps Research

Nomination Deadline

December 1


Individuals* in their 3rd & 4th year of graduate school with a research focus in one or more of the following:

  • Organic
  • Inorganic
  • Medicinal
  • Analytical
  • Chemical Biology
  • Computational
  • Structural Chemistry
  • Related disciplines

Open to US citizens (studying anywhere) and to non-US citizens attending a graduate program in the US or Canada.

Those who have received a prior Merck Research Award are ineligible.


Application Requirements

  • Title, author(s), technical division and text, a resume or C.V. (include permanent address)
  • A copy of her proposed abstract submission for the WCC/Merck Research Award Symposium and the Technical Division abstract (poster or oral presentation)
  • A brief cover letter detailing how this award will impact her career in science (1 page)
  • A letter from her advisor confirming her participation in the meeting at which she will be making her presentation, commenting on her technical ability and potential

*This includes women (both cis and trans) and persons assigned female at birth (AFAB). For more information regarding the gender inclusive language used in this document, please click here