We are pleased to announce the 2020 Ereztech BridgeForward™ Award, the second annual financial award program recognizing gifted graduate students and recent post-doctoral graduates pursuing careers in organometallic chemistry and materials science. This year, we are offering five $1,500 awards for applicants.

The first PhD is believed to have been awarded in Paris around 1150, and the first in the United States was granted by Yale in 1861. The history of the PhD grew from the fundamental relationship built between student and mentor, by creating a passing of the torch, or succession to the next generation.

Many PhD candidates have an understanding of their lineage through their advisor, their advisor’s advisor, and so on. However, what aspects of this chain of relationships carry forward? Are common themes, perspectives, and research fundamentals present among your first, second, and third generations of advisors?

To apply for the award, we’re asking you to explore your mentorship lineage, capture its history, and evaluate your current scientific challenges through the eyes of your forefathers. The focus of the essay is on your scholastic analysis of the history of thought. This is not intended to be an analysis of your PhD program, however, you may take specific examples from your work or others to support a point.

While crafting your essay, get creative and demonstrate a scholarly approach to this question, including comparisons on both technical and cultural dimensions. Additionally, examine commonalities and representations of emergent elements in the analysis. Finally, take advantage of primary and secondary resources because this will aid in genuine insight. Award recipients will be selected based upon the quality elements of the essay.

We believe that this project will not only be helpful to the scientific community, but also interesting and exciting for you and your scientific mentors!

To review award-winning essays from 2019’s award program, click here.

How many awards are available and how much is each award?

This year, we are offering (5) $1,500 awards.

When is the submission deadline?

All essays are due by November 30, 2020.

What are the qualifications for interested applicants?

The award is available to graduate students, recent PhD recipients (grad should have received PhD within the last 5 years), and postdoctoral fellows that have distinguished themselves in the organometallic chemistry and materials science fields.

Applicant must be attending or working at an accredited college or university.

Applicant can be associated with a university or a government research organization.

Both national and international applicants are urged to apply.

How long does my essay need to be?

Essays should be 500-600 words in length.

When will winners be notified?

Essays will be reviewed immediately following the application deadline and winners will be notified by January 4, 2021.

Is financial need a factor in winner selection?

No, financial need is not weighted in winner selection.

How do I apply?

Follow the link below to complete the form and enter your submission.

Prior to completing the submission form, please have the following information available:

  1. Information about you
    • Name
    • Contact information (email address)
    • Year of birth
  2. Information about your education
    • School and graduation year for your Bachelor’s degree
    • School and graduation year for your  Master’s degree
    • Optional: school and graduation year for your Doctorate degree
    • Optional: school and graduation year for your Post-Doctorate degree
  3. Information about your Advisor (first generation)
    • Their birth year
    • School and graduation years for their Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate, and Post-Doctorate degrees
  4. Information about your Advisor’s Advisor (second generation)
    • Their birth year
    • School and graduation years for their Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate, and Post-Doctorate degrees
  5. Information about your Advisor’s Advisor’s Advisor (third generation)
    • Their birth year
    • School and graduation years for their Bachelor’s, Master’s, Doctorate, and Post-Doctorate degrees
  6. Your 500-600 word essay