W. H. Peterson Awards for Best Student Presentations

The W.H. Peterson Awards are annually awarded to students who present outstanding research work in sessions sponsored by the Division of Biochemical Technology (BIOT) at ACS National meetings. Two Awards are presented: one for the best oral presentation, and one for the best poster presentation.

Each awardee will receive a cash award of $1000 and a plaque to commemorate the award. Additionally, each awardee will receive up to a $250 catalog credit from Gibco Cell Culture - Invitrogen, for their research groups. The Division of Biochemical Technology is pleased to have Gibco Cell Culture, Invitrogen as a continuing financial sponsor of the award.
Students wishing to apply for the award should submit the following.

1. The application form duly filled out (download from link below).

2. A current Curriculum Vitae including record of manuscripts published or in review (not in preparation), previous presentations based on student's thesis research at regional or national meetings, indicating the presenter, and whether it was an oral or poster presentation.

3. An extended abstract of the proposed presentation. The extended abstract should include a maximum of two pages of text and maximum of four attached figures and/or tables. This abstract should describe the research question(s) that will be addressed in the presentation, the extent to which those questions will been answered, and the technological/scientific significance of the results. Indicate the publication status of this research at the time of application, including the journal and expected date of submission/publication.

Please email the above documents to your advisor, and request your advisor to forward the documents, along with a confidential reference letter supporting your nomination for the award by email to

Applications should be received by February 28, 2014.

Please note that all applicants should be student members of the ACS BIOT Division. Previous winners of the W. H. Peterson Award may not apply again.

Note that the application for the W. H. Peterson Award is separate from the application for the BIOT Travel Subsidy. (Click here for information on the travel subsidy)

If you have questions, please contact the co-chairs at the email above.

Last updated 1/14

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