The MCF Undergraduate Award is designed to encourage students to become involved in all aspects of a scientific research project. In order to be considered for the award, a student under the sponsorship of a faculty member from a recognized institution, must submit a research proposal for a project in which Chromatography or some other form of separation science plays an important role.
A panel of at least three reviewers will choose what it feels is the best proposal based on the following criteria:
Project must be one in which Chromatography or some other separation technique is used (electrophoresis, mass spec, etc) plays a vital role
Topic may be an original, short proposal or a short project that supports a long term research project of an advisor or faculty member
Projects on the theory of separation and on the use of computers in Chromatography are encouraged
Proposals will be judged on creativity, originality, and the likelihood of success, but not on the sophistication of the equipment used. Hence a project involving TLC has an equal chance of being selected as one involving a mass spec.