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PMSE Graduate Student Travel Award


The PMSE Graduate Student Travel Award is given to provide partial travel support to women and/or under-represented (African American, Hispanic, or Native American) graduate students to attend and present their research at ACS national meetings.


Four awards will be made yearly, two for each of the National ACS Meetings. Each awardee will receive a $500 award to be applied to costs of her/his travel to the meeting.  Awardees will be acknowledged at the PMSE/POLY Awards Ceremony at the National ACS Meeting.


Travel grants are funded through generous donations which sustain the program awards.


Female and/or under-represented (African American, Hispanic, or Native American) graduate students performing research in fields related to polymer science and engineering who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible.  Nominees should be full-time graduate students at the time of application with a submission of an abstract (as presenter) to a PMSE symposium at a National ACS Meeting.


Eligible students are required to submit an online application for the 2022 award at by the designated deadline (July 15, 2022). Applications will be reviewed by the PMSE Graduate Student Travel Award committee.

For ACS Spring meetings, please check back in January and February for updated application and deadline dates. For ACS Fall meetings, please check back in June and July for an updated application and deadline dates.  Dates vary based on the timing for the conference.

Past Winners

Spring 2022

Amalie Atassi (Georgia Institute of Technology) – “Thermal conductivity is independent of topochemical polymerization in organic materials”
Advisor: Prof. Natalie Stingelin

Rachel Detwiler (University of Utah) – “Development in transition metal catalyzed N-carboxyanhydride polymerization: Preparation of polyproline materials”
Advisor: Prof. Jessica Kramer (

Kristin Lewis (Univ of Colorado, Boulder) – “Subcritical Phase Transitions in Supramolecular Liquid Crystalline Elastomers”
Advisor: Prof. Timothy White

Ani Nazari (Arizona State University) – “Hydrophobic Polymers with Various Ion Exchange Capacities for Direct Air Capture of Carbon Dioxide”
Advisor: Prof. Matthew Green

Fall 2019

Abigail Delawder (Washington University of Saint Louis)
Stephanie Aguilar (UCLA)

Spring 2019
Bonnie Buss (Colorado State University)
Meghan Lamm (University of South Carolina)

Fall 2018
Julia Pribyl (University of South Carolina)
Samuel Leguizamon (University of Michigan)

Spring 2018
Symone Cook-Alexander (Case Western Reserve University)
Jennifer Imbrogno (University of Texas at Austin)