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Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation

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The Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation or Bader Award is an award given by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, in recognition of scientific work by synthetic organic graduate student chemists. Finalists receive a monetary award as well as paid travel to present their work to an audience of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, researchers and interested chemists in the community. One grand prize winner is chosen on the basis of these presentations.[1]

The award has been given for more than 10 years, with varying prize amounts and application criteria.[2] As of 2017, the Bader Award is open to advanced chemistry graduate students worldwide with some exceptions due to local government restrictions.

Applications for 2018 will be accepted starting in mid-April. This year's Bader Student Symposium, which includes the presentation of the finalists' work, will be held Sept. 27. One grand prize of $3,000 will be announced, and finalists will receive $1,000.

Previous winners[edit | edit source]

Dr. Thomas “Andy” McTeague from the Jamison Research Group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology was the 2017 Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation grand prize winner. His research presentation focused on his effort to disprove the prevailing opinion about SF6 gas’ applicability as a fluoride source in chemical synthesis, and judges praised his application of engineering savvy to a topic with potential to reduce costs of agrichemicals and pharmaceuticals. Finalists in the 2017 competition were Keita Tanaka of Scripps Research Institute, Jennifer Matsui of the University of Pennsylvania, and Robynne Neff of the University of Texas-San Antonio.[2][3]

Previous awardees include Abby Doyle and Stephen T. Heller, who frequently contribute new products to the Sigma-Aldrich portfolio.[1]

Award history[edit | edit source]

The Bader Award was developed at Sigma-Aldrich to recognize graduate students in synthetic organic chemistry who pursued their research in the spirit of company co-founder Alfred Bader. Two of Bader's goals in creating the Aldrich Chemical Co. in 1951 were service and selection. Bader sought to save research chemists time by providing quality standardized chemicals.[4] Soon after cofounding Aldrich, Bader fostered global relationships with small chemical suppliers and customers to grow his catalogue and company. He experienced fast success, and his chemical catalogue grew to acclaim among the chemistry community.[4] Today, the Bader Award is given by Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany, after a series of mergers. The Aldrich Chemical Co. became Sigma-Aldrich Corp. in 1975.[5] As of 2015, Sigma-Aldrich is a portfolio brand under Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Sigma Aldrich Bader Award for Student Innovation". Sigma-Aldrich.com. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Merck Announces $5,000 Grand Prize Winner". Chemie.de. Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  3. "MIT Student Receives the Alfred R. Bader Award". ChemicalProcessing.com. Retrieved 23 March 2018. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cori, Tom; Emanuel, Ralph N.; Harvey, David; Klitsner, Marvin E. (1984). "Our Chemist-Collector Approaches Sixty". The Aldrichimica Acta. 17 (1). Retrieved 21 March 2018. 
  5. Firsan, Sharbil J. (2001). "A Half Century of Chemists Helping Chemists". The Aldrichimica Acta. 34 (2). Retrieved 21 March 2018. 


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