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Baxter Young Investigator Award Program

Baxter Young Investigator Award Program

Baxter International Inc. is a global diversified healthcare company that couples its dedication to excellence and its passion for innovation with its unique combination of expertise in medical devices, pharmaceuticals, and biotechnology to advance patient care worldwide. To celebrate and promote innovative research, Baxter sponsors an annual award program open to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Baxter’s Young Investigator Awards seek to stimulate and reward research applicable to the development of therapies and medical products that save and sustain patients’ lives. Baxter invites current graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in the United States to submit descriptions of ongoing research. The Baxter Young Investigator Awards program consists of two tiers; first tier awards include a $2,000 cash prize and an onsite visit to present the award-winning research. Second tier awards will receive a $500 cash prize.

Scope and Criteria of the Award

Competitive applications will clearly and concisely describe active research that involves one or more of the following areas.

  • Instrumental and Analytical Sciences: Innovative analytical and imaging technologies and methods to determine chemical composition and to elucidate structure from atomic to macroscopic scales.
  • Life Sciences: Innovation in clinical pathology, pharmacology, biochemistry, pharmacokinetics and toxicological methods with an emphasis on biomarkers, in vitro alternatives to in vivo methods, and novel models of safety and efficacy with emphasis on drugs, devices or biologics.
  • Medical Device Engineering: Innovation relevant to drug preparation and administration devices, infection control and sterilization technologies, manufacturing technologies including additive manufacturing and 3-D printing, fluid mechanics of drug delivery (e.g., IV, subcutaneous, intraperitoneal), patient monitoring, sensing/ control technologies, novel medical plastics/materials/membranes, and computational modeling (e.g,. CFD/FEA) of these areas. We are also requesting entries related to Human Factors Engineering, specifically research intended to reduce healthcare related use-errors.
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences: Innovation in the formulation, characterization, or manufacture of pharmaceutical dosage forms, with an emphasis on injectable routes of administration, biologics/biosimilars, oncolytics and other critical care therapies, conceptually innovative mechanisms of drug delivery, lyophilization, sterilization technologies, and pharmaceutical advances that improve efficacy or patient safety.
  • The selection committee will more strongly consider those projects which clearly demonstrate direct relevance to the following therapeutic and product areas:
    • Renal, e.g., peritoneal dialysis, hemodialysis, continuous renal replacement, and multi-organ extracorporeal support
    • Surgical care, e.g., hemostats, sealants and inhaled anesthetics
    • Fluid systems, e.g., intravenous fluids, parenteral nutrition, oncolytics, compounding, infusion devices, and health information technology solutions and services.

Research Description

The application should clearly describe the connection between the research and the above critical care therapies or products. The length should not exceed two pages (including figures and references), with 1″ margins and font size ≥12pt. The applicant’s scientific advisor should also send a letter that confirms the enrollment or postdoctoral status, details the applicant’s contribution to the research, distinguishing it from the efforts of other supporting team members, and establishes the significance of the contribution to its relevant scientific discipline. Although these letters should be concise, the scientific advisor is welcome to discuss unique circumstances which may be relevant to the applicant’s contribution.


All applicants must be currently enrolled graduate students or postdoctoral fellows and must be primarily responsible for the research described. All successful applicants must commit to briefly presenting their results at the annual Young Investigator Awards ceremony to be held on September 15, 2015 at Baxter’s R&D facility located in Round Lake, Illinois.

Details and Conditions

The presentation will be recorded for broadcast at a later date and shared with Baxter’s worldwide facilities. Some content may be made public through Baxter’s website or through other avenues.  Baxter will cover the cost of travel to and from the awards ceremony, as well as the cost of accommodations for the nights before and after the ceremony for those traveling from outside the Chicago area.

Application Deadline

Research descriptions and letters should be submitted no later than June 30, 2015.

Baxter Young Investigator Awards Program


We are pleased to announce that our seventh annual Baxter Young Investigator Awards program is underway and currently accepting applicants.  The deadline for application submission is June 30, 2015. The program is intended to recognize research applicable to the development of therapies and medical products that save and sustain patients’ lives.

Please consider forwarding the attached “call for applications” to your senior level graduate students or postdocs.  They will have an opportunity to win one of the up to six first place awards of $2,000 or one of the up to ten second place awards of $500. First place winners will also receive travel and two nights accommodations to the Baxter R&D facility in Round Lake, Illinois, where they will present their research to the Baxter R&D community at an awards ceremony on September 15, 2015.

If you have any questions or comments, please reply to me at this email address.

John-Bruce Green
Baxter Young Investigator Award Committee Chair
Baxter Healthcare Corporation

University of Delaware Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Dear Colleagues,

We am writing you today soliciting help identifying candidates for our Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program in Chemistry and Biochemistry (broadly defined).  Our REU program is unique in that we are focusing on providing students with disabilities a research and community building experience tailored to fostering success in graduate school and beyond. The REU program is scheduled from June 21, 2015 to August 15, 2015 at the University of Delaware. The application is due May 1, 2015. More information can be found here: http://www.chem.udel.edu/research-experience

Please click on this link for a flyer summarizing the REU program:  http://www.chem.udel.edu/sites/chem.udel.edu/files/users/user6/UD_REU_Flyer_2015.pdf

Prof. Karl S. Booksh and Prof. Sharon Rozovsky
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Delaware

University at Buffalo Summer REU

Dear Professor or Chairperson of the Chemistry Department,

I am writing to ask you to encourage your students to apply to the University at Buffalo’s Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program funded by the National Science Foundation. Our NSF-REU program will offer a ten-week experience for nine undergraduates and will start on June 2 and ending on August 7, 2015. We would greatly appreciate it if you would pass this notice on to interested students.

Students participating in the REU will conduct research in laboratories on projects ranging from traditional areas in chemistry to multidisciplinary projects that involve collaboration between two groups. In addition, students will participate in field trips to research and development laboratories in the chemical and biomedical industry in Western New York. Seminars on career choices and graduate school, research ethics, research presentations, and selected research topics will also be offered. Stipends are $5,000 and students will receive free housing on campus.

Social activities on the weekends will be organized including picnics, sports and trips to Niagara Falls. We welcome applications from students at all levels of study in chemistry and in other science and engineering fields. Please bring this opportunity to the attention of all qualified students, especially students from groups who are underrepresented in the sciences. Students should apply at: www.chemreu.buffalo.edu. We will be accepting applications through April 2015, but will begin review of the applications on February 10. Thank you for your help and please contact me if you have questions about the program.


Professor Janet R. Morrow
Chemistry Department
526 Natural Sciences Complex
University at Buffalo, State University of New York
Amherst, NY 14260
(716) 645-4187

NYU Materials Science and Engineering Center Summer REU

New York University – Materials Science and Engineering Center
2015 Summer Research Opportunity

NYUs Materials Research and Engineering Center (MRSEC) is offering a 10 week REU program from May 31st to August 8th 2015.  We kindly ask that you share the attached flyer with your department and encourage rising sophomore and juniors to apply.  To learn more about NYU MRSEC program please visit http://mrsec.as.nyu.edu and for the REU program please vist http://mrsec.as.nyu.edu/object/mrsec.outreach.reuprogram

Dates: May 31st to August 8th 2015
(10 Weeks in NYC)
Program Components: 
Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) fellowships are awarded to and Engineering Center undergraduates from four-year colleges and universities for participation in a ten-week summer program designed to provide unique research experiences, professional development, and increased awareness of materials science and engineering. Discover and unravel the fundamental organizing principles of matter that impact the fabrication of complex materials – from the molecular to the colloidal to the macroscopic scale!
US Citizen or Permanent Resident
Stipend- $5,000
Travel- up to $300
Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
Thank you,
Wesley Francillon, PhD
Department of Chemistry
Program Administrator – NYU Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC)
Office: 212-998-3719
Mailing Address:
New York University
Brown Building
29 Washington Place, Room 652
New York, NY 10003-6688

2015 REU Summer Internship

The College of Polymer Science and Polymer Engineering at The University of Akron will be offering a competitive summer research experience (REU) program for the Summer of 2015, sponsored by the National Science Foundation, The University of Akron, and corporate sponsors.

Students will participate in an 11-week internship to investigate a fundamental question within the broad disciplines of polymer science and polymer engineering, including chemistry, physics, characterization, and biomaterials.  These interns will take part in research and career development activities, discussions outlining their research progress and visits to regional companies.  The summer will culminate with an oral or poster presentation of each intern’s research results at the Northeast Ohio NSF-REU Undergraduate Research Conference.

Stipends will be $7,000, which will include $2,000 to be used for on-campus housing.

Our program will begin on Tuesday, May 26, 2015, and will end on Friday, August 7, 2015.  For further information, please visit our website:  http://www.uakron.edu/cpspe/academics/reu-summer-internships.dot.

Please encourage qualified students to apply.  The application deadline is Friday, February 6, 2015.  Attached, for your information, are our 2015 announcement and application.

Marjorie Parrish

Coordinator of Events

Inst. Of Polymer Science

The University of Akron

170 University Avenue, 901A

Akron, OH 44325-3909



2015 application