The Department of Chemistry is a dynamic place to pursue top-level research and education. The Department recognizes outstanding achievements of graduate students by awarding several prizes and awards. In addition to the public recognition of achievement, each prize carries a monetary award for the student.
THE ELAINE CHASE AWARD FOR LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE
The Chase Award recognizes the student whose extraordinary leadership and service contributions during their years at Brown improved the department or the academic and educational experiences of all graduate students.
2017 Recipients: Katie Bilotti & Vale Cofer-Shabica
THE WILLIAM T. KING PRIZE
The King Prize recognizes superior performance as a teaching assistant during the academic year. The prize is awarded annually to one or two graduate students whose efforts as a teacher and facilitator of chemical learning go beyond normal expectations. 2017 Winners: Blaise Leeber, Brian Stankus, Qianfan Zhang
SIGMA XI AWARD
The Sigma Xi Award for Excellence in Graduate Research recognizes outstanding research accomplishments during a graduate student's career. Students in their last year of graduate study are eligible.
2017 Winner: Qianfan Zhang
Each academic year, the Graduate School, acting on a recommendation by the Department, may provide select students with a dissertation fellowship. Students in their last year of graduate study are eligible for nomination. The Dissertation Fellowships cover stipend, enrollment fee and health fee for one semester.
The 2017 Disseration Fellows are Ryan Lehane and Blaise Leeber.
VINCE WERNIG FELLOWSHIP
The Vince Wernig Fellowship is competitively awarded to one senior graduate student per year. The level of support includes stipend, tuition and health insurance for an entire academic year. The recipient will have shown excellence in research as evidenced by publications, conference participation or other research accomplishments.
The 2017 Vince Wernig fellow is Brian Stankus.
THE POTTER PRIZE
Graduate students completing Ph.D. theses judged to be of outstanding merit are eligible for the Potter Prize. This prize is awarded annually to the most exceptional chemistry PhD dissertation as judged by a faculty committee. ($2,500).
2017 Potter Prize Recipient:
Yinjia Zhang, with a thesis titled "Mechanistic Studies of CO2 Reduction on Transition Metal Surfaces." Advisor: Prof. Andrew Peterson
THE DWIGHT A. SWEIGART TRAVEL AWARD
Professor Dwight Sweigart was a tremendous scientist, teacher, mentor and friend to the Brown Chemistry family. His untimely passing in 2012 was an enormous loss to all. As one means to honor and remember Dwight, his students, friends and colleagues have established the Dwight A. Sweigart Travel Award. Each year, one student working in the inorganic chemistry / materials field will receive support of $1000 to attend and present her/his research at a national meeting. The winner of the Sweigart Travel Award will be selected based on presenting the best inorganic chemistry / materials poster at the Chem Department's Annual Poster Session.
THE PHYLLIS R. STRAUSS FUND
The Phyllis R. Strauss Fund supports travel and registration costs for women in Brown's Chemistry Graduate Program to participate in scientific development activities including, but not limited to, scientific workshops or professional conferences to present a poster or a talk. Recipients will write a follow-up message to Dr. Strauss to describe the experience.
THE CANE-NAMBIAR GRADUATE STUDENT TRAVELSHIP
Dr. Prabu Nambiar, a former post-doc in Prof. Cane's group, has generously established the Cane-Nambiar Graduate Student Travelship to honor Prof. Cane. This travel scholarship provides funds, up to $1,000, for a student to present a paper or poster at a professional conference.