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SETAC/ACS Environmental Graduate Student Exchange Program
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SETAC North America 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 ACS and SETAC.

One award will be made annually in the amount of $1,000 for attendance at an ACS meeting held in the calendar year following the SETAC North America annual meeting at which the applicant’s abstract is judged. In addition, ACS will provide a complementary registration for the meeting. 

Past Winners

2018: Ying Wang, University of California, Santa Barbara
2017: Gabrielle Black, University of California, Davis
2016: Krista Barzen-Hanson, Oregon State University, and Shira Joudan, University of Toronto
2015: Benedette Adewale, Stony Brook University
2014: Jonathan Challis, University of Manitoba
2013: Rachel Marek, University of Iowa
2012: Eleanor Robinson, Baylor University
2011: Chelsea Rochman, San Diego State University


Applicant must be a SETAC North America student member in good standing and working towards a master’s or Ph.D. degree. Application should include letter of support from their advisor stating that the student is progressing well towards a graduate degree.

Application Instructions

To apply, sent the following materials to at the SETAC Pensacola office by 14 September. 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 two files (endorsements can be sent separately by the advisors) in order to be considered for this award.

  • A high-quality abstract (copy of the abstract submitted for that year's SETAC North America annual meeting)
  • A letter of endorsement by the applicant’s faculty advisor (one-sided, single page maximum)
  • Resume (one-sided, single page maximum)
  • A short statement (1 paragraph) from the applicant why their research is suitable for the SETAC/ACS exchange program

Evaluation Procedure

A panel of experts, facilitated via the SETAC North America Awards and Fellowship Committee, will review the student’s abstract. All student authors will be notified if their abstract is selected for on-site judging. Authors of the five 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 money 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.