Founder's Award

The Founders Travel Award
Tom Bruice, Bill Jencks, and Myron Bender founded the Winter Enzyme Mechanisms Conference in 1969, for fostering collegial interactions within the community of chemists and biochemists interested in understanding the chemical basis for enzymatic catalysis and the regulation of enzyme action.

To ensure the vibrancy of this community that the Founders have helped to create, the "Founder's Travel Award" has been instituted to support the participation of a student and/or postdoc at meetings of the Enzyme Mechanisms Conference. The ACS Biological Chemistry Division administers the endowment for this award, manages the investment of the contributed funds, and oversees the competitive selection of the award recipients.

Award: A certificate and reimbursement of up to $2000 for travel to the conference, registration, and hotel (reimbursement follows the conference). The recipient will be invited to present a 20-minute oral presentation of his or her research at the 2017 Enzyme Mechanisms Conference.

Eligibility: Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who received their Ph.D. during the four years prior to the conference at which the award will be presented.

Nomination Procedures for the Founders Travel Award: Research advisors should attach the following to a single email to the chair of the upcoming Enzyme Mechanisms Conference (
1) A nomination letter (< 2 pages), which should outline the qualities of the nominee that merit recognition by the Founders Award, including the potential for the nominee to develop a career as an independent investigator; 2) CV of the nominee; 3) a one-page abstract of the research that the nominee intends to present, written by the nominee, which includes the significance of the research to enzyme mechanisms.
The application deadline is December 2, 2016.

Advisors are strongly encouraged to cover the travel expenses of unsuccessful nominees.