Future Leaders Program Details

Apply by April 1, 2018

To be eligible, you must be a current Ph.D. student or postdoctoral researcher in chemistry or related science. You must also be proficient in the principles of information retrieval, analysis and workflow, and have a working knowledge of multiple research information tools. See our Terms & Conditions for additional information.

What are the program dates?

April 1 Application Deadline
May Selection Announcement
August 13-18 Future Leaders in Columbus, OH
August 19-23 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Boston, MA

How do I apply?

To apply, submit your application form by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, April 1, 2018. You must upload a PDF for each of the following:

  • Essay
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Curriculum vitae 

What should I include in my essay?

The 500- to 1,000-word essay should describe:

  • Your current research projects and future goals
  • The value of SciFinder or other information solutions to your research

Essays will be evaluated based on originality and clarity of the writing and must be written in English. Please upload a PDF of your essay in the application form. 

What should be included in the letter?

Your letter of recommendation should be written by your advisor, mentor or supervisor and should describe:

  • How he/she knows you
  • Your research achievements
  • Your leadership skills and potential to be a leader in the field
  • Why you are uniquely qualified to participate in the program 

Please upload a PDF of your letter in the application form or ask your advisor to email it separately to futureleaders@cas.org no later than April 1, 2018. If submitted by email, you must upload a blank document in place of the letter in the application form.

What is the award?

The applicants who best demonstrate academic accomplishment, a commitment to research and an appreciation of research information will be announced in May 2018. Each will receive:

  • All-expense-paid trip to Columbus, OH
  • All-expense-paid trip to Boston, MA to attend the 256th ACS National Meeting & Exposition
  • 3-year ACS membership
  • Certificate of distinction
  • $500 USD

Where do I apply?

Please complete the form below and click "Submit" by 11:59 p.m. EDT on Sunday, April 1, 2018. If you have any questions, please contact futureleaders@cas.org.

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