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SETAC/ACS ENVR Student Exchange Program
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SETAC and the American Chemical Society (ACS) Environmental Division have developed a Graduate Student Exchange Program to 1) expand the professional and scientific interactions of student members of the two participating organizations and 2) to promote networking between the ACS and SETAC. One award will be made annually in the amount of $1,000 for attendance at an ACS meeting that is held in the calendar year following the SETAC North America Annual Meeting at which the award is judged. In addition, ACS will provide a complementary registration for the meeting.

2018 Winner

Ying Wang, University of California, Santa Barbara

2017 Winner

Gabrielle Black, University of California, Davis

2016 Winner

Krista Barzen-Hanson, Oregon State University
Shira Joudan, University of Toronto

2015 Winner

Benedette Adewale, Stony Brook University

2014 Winner

Jonathan Challis, University of Manitoba

2013 Winner

Rachel Marek, University of Iowa

2012 Winner 

Eleanor Robinson, Baylor University  

2011 Winner

Chelsea Rochman, San Diego State University


Applicant must be a SETAC North America Masters or Ph.D. student member in good standing. Applicant should arrange for a letter of support to be sent from their advisor stating that the student is progressing well towards a graduate degree.

Application Instructions

To apply, the following materials must be submitted electronically to the Pensacola Office no later than September 14th. Send all materials to the attention of Laura Swanson Failure to meet the deadline or to follow instructions invalidates the application. The application packet must contain all the requested materials in no more than 2 files (endorsements can be sent separately by advisors) in order to be considered for this award.

  • Applicant must provide a high-quality abstract. (This abstract should be a copy of the abstract submitted for that year's SETAC North America annual meeting.)
  • A letter of endorsement by the applicant's faculty advisor (a 1-sided, single page maximum).
  • Curriculum vitae (résumé) of the applicant (1-sided, single page maximum).
  • A short statement (1 paragraph) from the applicant on why their research is suitable for the SETAC-ACS exchange program.

Evaluation Procedure

Student abstracts will be reviewed by a panel of subject matter experts within SETAC North America and facilitated via the SETAC North America Awards and Fellowship Committee. All student authors will be notified if their abstract is selected for on-site judging. Authors of the 5 most highly ranked abstracts will be judged in person by the Awards Committee at the SETAC North America Annual Meeting.

The award winner will be announced at the closing ceremony of the SETAC North America Annual Meeting. Award monies will be provided to the student upon notification to the SETAC North America Awards Committee of abstract acceptance by the ACS Environmental Program Committee. Forwarding the abstract acceptance email from ACS is sufficient.