Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation
About the Award
Building on the legacy of Aldrich Chemical Company co-founder Alfred R. Bader, this award has since 2005 recognized the big ideas of up-and-coming chemists from around the world, whose work is expected to accelerate progress in synthetic organic chemistry.
Each applicant must submit a research summary and a personal statement. If selected as a finalist, applicants should be prepared to present their research before a panel of judges and peers at the Alfred R. Bader Student Chemistry Symposium held every autumn. As of 2017, one grand prize winner is selected based on the presentations.
The award comprises four cash prizes and travel expenses for each of the four finalists.
Alfred R. Bader is one of many scientists who helped us grow into the vibrant global science and technology company we represent today. Through a series of mergers, Aldrich Chemical Company became Sigma-Aldrich, which is now part of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.
Bader Award 2017 finalist Jennifer Matsui delivers her presentation “Photoredox-Mediated Dual Catalysis and Metal-Free C-H Alkylation.”
Audience members look on during presentations at the Bader Student Chemistry Symposium Sept. 7, 2017, in Darmstadt, Germany.
Bader Award 2017 finalist Keita Tanaka shows his depth of research in his presentation “Remote C-H Functionalization with Bifunctional Template.”
Klaus Urbahns, head of discovery technologies in the biopharma business, illustrates the enormous difficulty of drug discovery during the Bader Award 2017.
|2017||Thomas Andrew McTeague (grand prize)||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Robynne K. Neff||University of Texas at San Antonio|
|Jennifer Keiko Matsui||University of Pennsylvania|
|Keita Tanaka||Scripps Research Institute|
|2016||Anthony Grillo||University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign|
|Xiaoshen Ma||Yale University|
|Matthew Nielson||Princeton University|
|Julian West||Princeton University|
|Chi Zhang||Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|Raktim Roy||Yale University|
|2015||Nian Liu||University of Chicago|
|Chengliang Zhu||Georgia State University|
|Hai Dao||Scripps Research Institute|
|Anton Toutov||California Institute of Technology|
|Mingshou Zeng||Yale University|
|David Kamber||University of California - Irvine|
|2014||Jian He||Scripps Research Institute|
|Han Xiao||Scripps Research Institute|
|Sandra King||Yale University|
|Alison Wendlandt||Univerisity of Wisconsin - Madison|
|Rana Kashif Khan||Boston College|
|Sandra DePorter||Colorado State University|
|Christopher Rasik||Indiana University|
|Eric Welin||Princeton University|