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Penny J. Gilmer Grant to Promote Gender Diversity

To encourage scientists starting out in the computational chemistry field, OpenEye awards several travel grants to CUP, our annual scientific meeting. These grants are available to graduate students and post-docs of underrepresented genders in computational chemistry who intend to present their research at CUP. Award winners will receive travel and accommodation for the event.

This award honors Penny J. Gilmer, PhD, who was the Nancy Marcus Professor Emerita of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Florida State University (FSU) prior to her passing in September 2019. Prof. Gilmer was the first woman hired as tenure-track faculty in FSU’s Chemistry department. She mentored countless students over the years, including Anthony Nicholls, Corporate Vice President. Prof. Gilmer has been recognized by several organizations for her work as both a scientist and advocate, including being chosen as a Fellow of the Association for Women In Science for her dedication to supporting diversity in science and engineering.

Eligibility: This award is open to graduate students and post-docs with underrepresented genders in the computational chemistry community, including cis women, trans women, trans men, non-binary or gender variant people, and those who are otherwise marginalized. Applicants must be traveling from an institution in the United States or Canada and must present a poster at CUP in March 2024 (registration opening soon).

Award: All award winners will receive airfare, airport transfers, and sleeping room accommodations for the conference along with most meals covered during the event. Winners will receive details and coordinate with OpenEye to book travel. In addition to the financial award, you will be invited to networking events with scientists from OpenEye and acknowledged as a Penny J. Gilmer Grant award winner at the poster session.

Application: The application centers around a poster presentation abstract. There are two questions about how attending CUP will impact your career goals and why your research is relevant to OpenEye or our customers.

Application Due Date: January 7, 2024 at 11:59PM Mountain Time

Candidates notified: Award winners will be notified by e-mail no later than January 16, 2024.

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Applications for the 2024 Penny J. Gilmer Grant are now closed.