Qualifications for the Student Research Competition
To be eligible for the competition, the candidates must be either:
- a Graduate Student:A Graduate student is a student working toward a post-baccalaureate or post-graduate diploma or qualification granted by a college or university. The student is working toward, for example, a Master’s (MS) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degree in chemistry or a related field of science.
- an Undergraduate Student: An Undergraduate is a student working toward a post-secondary diploma or qualification granted by a college or university. The student is working within a course of study toward, for example, a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Sciences (BS or BSc) degree in chemistry or other field of science.
These qualification criteria apply to the student status as of the final day of the application for Student Research Competition (i.e., the final day of Pacifichem 2020 Abstract Submission: April 1, 2020).
Post-Doctoral Fellows, research associates, and non-students are not eligible for the Student Research Competition.
To participate in the Student Research Competition
- Submit abstract for an oral or poster presentation during the Pacifichem 2020 Call for Abstracts, January 2 – April 1, 2020.
- During Step 3 (Session) of abstract submission, select “Apply” under the Student Research Competition heading and answer the additional questions to qualify.
- Enter your additional abstract of 500 words or less specifically for the Student Research Competition.
Candidates must submit both the Student Research Competition application and the standard abstract for an oral or poster presentation through the Pacifichem 2020 system.
Candidate abstracts must be accepted into one of the technical symposia or into one of the general poster sessions.
Candidates give a 3-minute oral presentation during the Student Research Competition evening session on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, from 6:00-9:00 PM.
The Scientific Program Subcommittee will screen all entries and pre-select the top 240 first-round finalists, with judging based upon the 500-word abstract submitted for the competition. These 240 finalists will participate in the Student Research Competition Sessions during the meeting. Following the sessions, 40 Student Research Competition award winners will be selected based on the following criteria: (1) novelty and importance of the research and (2) and quality of the written abstract.
Applications screened from the Student Research Competition abstracts submitted through the Pacifichem 2020 abstract system.
First-Round Finalists (240 abstracts) selected.
Final Award Winners (40 abstracts) selected.
Schedule in 2020
(Deadline dates will be announced later)
- July: Prescreening of the Student Research Competition candidates.
- September: Prescreening completed with the selection of 240 finalists and the results e-mailed to all applicants.
- Tuesday, December 15: Pacifichem 2020 begins.
- Wednesday, December 16, 6 pm – 9 pm: Student Research Competition Session for the first-round finalists. Candidates must also present during the oral or poster session to which the abstract was accepted.