Description: The Edward J. McNelis Thesis Prize in Chemistry was established in 2011 by Joseph and John McNelis in memory of their father, Professor of Chemistry at New York University until his passing in 2003 at age 72. An active scholar and devoted teacher, Ed McNelis served NYU for 36 years, making numerous contributions to organic chemistry. He was Department Chair in the 1980's, where he provided leadership in all aspects of our science. In honor of the contribution of Edward McNelis to academia, this prize is designed to encourage students to pursue research in the chemical sciences at the graduate level and beyond. It is presented at the Department of Chemistry Graduation Ceremony in May.
Award: $1,000 and a commemorative engraved award
Terms and Eligibility: An eligible candidate must be an NYU chemistry or biochemistry major, enrolled in the Senior Honors in Chemistry course, who has accepted a position in a doctoral program in chemistry or an allied science.
Procedure: An application consists of the thesis and one letter of recommendation. Applications should be submitted to the instructor of the Senior Honors in Chemistry course. The recipient will be notified on or about May 1. The award will be presented at the Department of Chemistry Graduation Ceremony.
Application/Nomination Deadline: Spring; April 2
Special Notice: Nominations for this award are solicited by the Chemistry Department. There is no formal application or website. Please contact Julie Kaplan (firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-998-8478) for additional information or questions.
Anthony C. Yu (2015)
Sabrine Obbad (2014)
Rachel Ness (2013)
Noelle Catarineu (2012)
Award Recipients of the Edward J. McNelis Memorial Award in Organic Chemistry (2005-2011):
Alexander Taub (2011)
Christopher Haley (2010)
Benjamin Little (2009)
William Jackson (2005)