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Penny J. Gilmer Grant for Women

To encourage women starting out in our field, OpenEye awards several travel grants. These grants are available to graduate student and post-doc women who intend to present their research at CUP. Award winners will be reimbursed for the cost of travel to the conference (including transport, hotel, and meals).

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 women in science and engineering.

Eligibility: This award is open to graduate student and post-doc women from the U.S. or Canada who plan to present a poster at CUP in March 2023

Award: All award winners will be compensated for your travel. The maximum in previous years was $1,000, although the final amount will be discussed with award winners. In addition to the financial award, you will be invited to a networking event with women 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 should be relevant to OpenEye or our customers. Finally, you will be asked to upload a resume or C.V.

Application Due Date: February 3, 2023 at 11:59PM

Candidates notified: Award winners will be notified by e-mail no later than February 13, 2023

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Applications for the Penny J. Gilmer Grant for Women for CUP XXII are now closed.