The Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation 2017 in Synthetic Organic Chemistry


Congratulations, Bader Award finalists!

Congratulations to Dr. Thomas “Andy” McTeague, our $5,000 Bader Award grand prize winner. Andy and finalists Keita Tanaka of Scripps Research Institute, Jennifer Matsui of the University of Pennsylvania, and Robynne Neff of the University of Texas-San Antonio presented their synthetic organic chemistry research to guests and a panel of judges Sept. 7 at the Bader Student Chemistry Symposium in Darmstadt, Germany, preceding the announcement of the grand prize winner.

The Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation competition was open to advanced graduate students in synthetic organic chemistry from around the world and recognizes the big ideas of up-and-coming scientists whose work is expected to accelerate progress in chemistry.

About the Bader Awards

As a young chemistry graduate student, Alfred R. Bader valued service and selection. It was these ideals on which he cofounded the Aldrich Chemical Company in 1951. Bader sought to save research chemists time by providing quality standardized chemicals. He was one of the foremost chemical innovators of his time, and his legacy continues in the Sigma-Aldrich name and in many philanthropic designations and honors.

Soon after cofounding Aldrich, Bader fostered global relationships with small chemical suppliers and his ever-innovative customers to grow his catalogue and company. The result was fast success and the development of one of the best-known chemical catalogues. In 1975, the company’s name changed to Sigma-Aldrich after a merger. Today, the name continues as part of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Bader’s commitment to collaboration with scientists, cutting-edge products, and outstanding quality lives on through the dedication of current employees and outreach activities like the Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation.

More than a decade’s worth of chemistry graduate students have participated in the Alfred R. Bader Awards for Student Innovation. Over the years the prize amounts and application criteria have varied, but the awards have always recognized the work of up-and-coming chemists with big ideas. Previous awardees include Sigma-Aldrich partners Abby Doyle and Stephen T. Heller.

Learn more:

Read the company history from 2001 as presented in the Aldrichimica Acta.

Who was Alfred Bader? Read the chemist-collector’s bio from 1984.

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