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Eastman sponsoring award for best student research in Applied Polymer Science

Eastman Chemical Company will sponsor an award for research excellence by a student in applied polymer science in partnership with the American Chemical Society Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE).

The 2019 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science will be awarded to the author of the best research paper presented at the ACS 2019 fall meeting in San Diego, CA.

Graduate students, either currently in graduate school or not more than one year beyond graduation, are invited to submit entries. The submission should include an abstract and a preprint of up to two pages conforming to the former PMSE preprint format (supplied upon request).

Up to six finalists will be selected based on the scientific merit of the submitted papers. Out-of-pocket expenses of up to $900 will be available for each finalist to attend the ACS meeting and present his or her paper in the 2019 Eastman Chemical Award Symposium within the PMSE program. The award winner will be selected based on the quality of the written application and the oral presentation.

Papers not selected for presentation in the Eastman Chemical Award Symposium may still be submitted for presentation in the PMSE program but will not be considered for the award.

The award winner will receive $1,600 and a commemorative plaque, to be presented at the PMSE Division Awards Reception at the spring 2020 ACS meeting in Philadelphia. All finalists will also receive a one-year complimentary membership in the PMSE Division.

“Eastman Chemical is pleased to partner with the PMSE Division of the ACS to recognize outstanding student achievement in the field of polymers and materials research,” said Chris Killian, Vice President of Specialty Products Technology for Eastman. “In addition, Eastman views sponsorship of this award as a tremendous opportunity to encourage the development and recognition of young scientists.”

Eastman is a global specialty chemical company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day. With a portfolio of specialty businesses, Eastman works with customers to deliver innovative products and solutions while maintaining a commitment to safety and sustainability. Its market-driven approaches take advantage of world-class technology platforms and leading positions in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction and consumables. Eastman focuses on creating consistent, superior value for all stakeholders. As a globally diverse company, Eastman serves customers in approximately 100 countries. The company is headquartered in Kingsport, Tennessee, USA and employs approximately 14,000 people around the world. For more information, visit

Completed applications and preprints for the 2019 Eastman Chemical Student Award Competition must be submitted via e-mail by 11:59 PM Eastern Standard Time March 6, 2019.

Instructions regarding application procedures and the preprint templates are available by email at from John W. Gilmer (King University), the 2019 Chair of the Eastman Chemical Student Award Committee.