18. Merit Awards

Merit Awards

While they cannot self-nominate, scholars are encouraged to make their research advisors aware of awards for which they may be eligible. The Department of Chemistry awards outstanding scholars a total of over $15k each year above and beyond stipend funding.

Quayle Outstanding Dissertation Award

One award $6000

Awarded to the PhD scholar with the best PhD dissertation, defended in the 2019/20 academic year. Nominations are restricted to one scholar per research group. Nominations consist of a letter from the primary nominator (the scholar’s research advisor), and a supporting letter from an additional expert in the field. Letters should address the exceptional nature of the scholar’s research

Quayle Excellence in Research Awards

Six awards, $1500 each

Recognizes excellence in research.

  • Two awards will be given to students completing their second year.
  • Two awards will be given to students completing their third year.
  • Two awards will be given to students completing their fourth year.

Nominations should include a faculty nomination letter and a 1-page research summary written by the student highlighting their major research accomplishments. A student may only receive one “Quayle excellence in research award” during their time at Emory (i.e. student receiving a second-year award, is not eligible for this award in their third or fourth years).

Quayle Early Innovator Award

One Award, $1500

This award specifically recognizes students who have made significant contributions to developing a new line of research/project, significantly beyond work that was undertaken in the group before their contribution. The nomination should include a faculty nomination letter and a 1-page research summary, written by the student, that emphasizes their individual contribution to developing a new line of research.

Quayle Citizen Scholar Award

One Award, $1500

This award specifically recognizes a student who has demonstrated excellence in research, and made a significant contribution to community building, outreach, broadening participation, public education and/or scholarship. The nomination should include a faculty nomination letter, a 1 page research statement (written by the student), and a 1 page outreach statement, written by the student, outlining the contribution to community building/outreach/broadening participation/public education/scholarship.

Quayle Teacher Scholar Award

One Award, $1500

This award specifically recognizes a student who has demonstrated excellence in research, and also a commitment to mentoring others/education. The nomination should include a faculty nomination letter, a 1 page research statement (written by the student), and 1 page mentoring/teaching statement (written by the student).

Quayle Spectrum Scholar Award

One Award, $1500

This award is given in acknowledgement of a graduate scholar whose personal and professional efforts over the past school year have contributed to diversity, inclusion and community engagement in the Department of Chemistry and/or the university more broadly. The nomination should include a description of specific actions undertaken by the student in support of full engagement. Nominations may come from any member of the chemistry community.