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Vol. 24, No. 2
March 2002



Two National Adhering Organizations reacted to Dr. Pryzbylowicz's essay published in the previous issue of CI (Vol. 24, No. 1, pp. 79, January 2002), regarding the U.S. Young Observer Program. The Japanese NAO describes how the programs can challenge an old stigma, and invites young scientists to attend IUPAC General Assemblies. On a somewhat different note (see below), the Canadian NAO favors young participation in broader IUPAC-related activities by offering travel awards to IUPAC-sponsored conferences.

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Young Chemists Travel Far with Canadian National Committee Awards

by Vedene Smith

In 1982, the Canadian National Committee for the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (CNC/IUPAC) established a program of Travel Awards whose purpose is to help young Canadian chemists and chemical engineers (within 10 years of gaining their PhDs) present papers at IUPAC-sponsored conferences outside continental North America. The annual awards are financed by a trust fund and funding from CNC/IUPAC's Company Associates. The criteria used in making these awards include evidence of an independent research program, a high-quality publication record, and the ability to attract high-quality research funding.

Normally, five or six of these awards are given each year, but an individual can only receive an award once. Although the amount of an award covers only a portion of total travel costs, it can help to catalyze additional support. Within the chemistry community, the CNC/IUPAC Travel Awards are considered prestigious. Numerous past winners are now established and prominent researchers.

Vedene Smith is a professor at Queeen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and is a member of CNC/IUPAC.





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