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Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science


Recognizes research excellence by a graduate student in applied polymer science.


This award was established in 1985 as the Sherwin Williams Award in Applied Polymer Science who continued their support until 1996. Since then, this award has been supported by ICI (1997-2008), AkzoNobel (2009-2013) and Eastman Chemical (2014 – present).


Each finalist (up to 6) will receive up $900 for out-of-pocket expenses to attend the Fall National ACS Meeting and deliver an oral presentation on his or her work at the Eastman Chemical Award Symposium (part of the PMSE Division technical program). All finalists will also receive a one-year complimentary membership in the PMSE Division. Awarded to an individual selected from among the finalists, the Eastman Chemical Student Award consists of a $1,600 award and an engraved plaque presented at the following Spring ACS National Meeting.


Graduate students, either currently in graduate school or not more than one year beyond graduation.


The submission includes an abstract and a preprint of up to two pages conforming to the former PMSE preprint format. The preprint template can be accessed on the application page.


Under the Deadline section, please change the text to: “Applications must submitted using the online form by 11:59 PM Eastern Time February 19, 2022. Questions about the application process can be directed to Kelly A. Burke (University of Connecticut), the 2022 Chair of the Eastman Chemical Student Award Committee. [Email]”


Up to six finalists will be selected by the PMSE Eastman Chemical Student Award Committee based on the scientific merit of their abstract and preprint. Each of the selected six nominees will deliver an oral presentation at the Fall National ACS Meeting’s Eastman Chemical Award Symposium. During this symposium, the award winner will be selected by judges based on the quality of his or her written application and oral presentation.

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“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.”

2020 Award Winner: Monica Ohnsorg

University of Minnesota

The PMSE Division is pleased to announce that Monica Ohnsorg is the winner of the 2020 Eastman Chemical Student Award in Applied Polymer Science.  This award, sponsored by Eastman Chemical Company and administered by the PMSE Division, is given for the best paper presented at the Eastman Chemical Award Symposium as part of the PMSE program. The rescheduled 2020 Eastman Chemical Student Award Symposium was held at the Spring 2021 National ACS Meeting. Monica L. Ohnsorg, a graduate researcher at the University of Minnesota, was selected as the 2020 award winner from a group of six presenters.  She highlighted her outstanding PhD research, under the direction of Professor Theresa M Reineke, on the development of polymers for enhanced drug delivery, with the title “Thermoresponsive Bottlebrush Polymers for Oral Drug Delivery:  Influence of End-Group Hydrophobicity and Hydrophilicity.” 

The other finalists who presented at the Award Symposium were Evan Lloyd (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Eric Bruckner (Northwestern University), David Mackanic (Stanford), Dylan Barber (University of Massachusetts Amherst), and Junzhe Lou (Stanford).

Past Winners (1985 – Current)

Eastman Chemical Student Award Winners (2014 – )

AzkoNobel Student Award Winners (2009 – 2013)

ICI Student Award Winners (1997 – 2008)

  • 2008 – Erin B. Vogel (Michigan State University)
  • 2007 – Kelly A. Burke (Case Western Reserve University)
  • 2006 – Megan L. Ruegg (University of California, Berkeley)
  • 2005 – Youngseon Choi (University of Michigan)
  • 2004 – Christopher J. Ellison (Northwestern University)
  • 2003 – Brian K. Johnson (Princeton University)
  • 2002 – Jinsang Kim (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • 2001 – Brian E. Priore (Carnegie Mellon University)
  • 2000 – Amy K. Burkoth-Poshusta (University of Colorado at Boulder)
  • 1999 – Shu Yang (Cornell University)
  • 1998 – David B. Hall (Northwestern University)
  • 1997 – Ellen C. Lee (University of California at Berkeley)

Sherwin-Williams Student Award Winners (1985 – 1996)

  • 1996 – Hong Yee Low (Case Western Reserve University)
  • 1995 – Valerie V. Sheares (Univ. of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)
  • 1994 – Michael L. Greenfield (University of California – Berkeley)
  • 1993 – Joan K. Vrtis (University of Massachusetts at Amherst)
  • 1992 – Nathan A. Mehl (Princeton University)
  • 1991 – Kathryn E. Uhrich (Cornell University)
  • 1990 – Lori P. Engel (University of Florida – Gainesville)
  • 1989 – Rubing Cai (University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill)
  • 1988 – Peter J. Ludovice (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
  • 1987 – Bruce M. Novak (California Institute of Technology)
  • 1986 – Krishna Venkataswamy (Case Western Reserve University)
  • 1985 – Stephen R. Holmes-Farley (Harvard University)