The MCF Student Research Awards are designed to encourage students (both undergraduate and graduate students) to become involved in scientific research projects that involve chromatography, to reward them for successfully achieving results, and to encourage them to become involved with the Minnesota Chromatography Forum (MCF). In order to be considered for the award, a student, under the sponsorship of an academic or other professional mentor, must present results at the MCF Spring Symposium for a project in which chromatography or some other form of separation science plays a role.
A panel of at least three reviewers will judge all student presentations at the symposium and divide $4,000 in prize money between the student presenters based on the quality of their work, using the criteria that can be found in the official rules. These criteria do not favor fundamental studies over applications. If undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students give presentations, the award money will be divided into different categories. The awardees will be notified at the end of the Symposium.