Left to Right Michael Crocker, Lucas Hernandez, Joseph Dennis Jr, & Samantha Green


 Congratulations, 2019 Bader Awardees!

Congratulations to Michael Crocker from Vanderbilt University, Lucas Hernandez from University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, Samantha Green from The Scripps Research Institute, and Joseph Dennis Jr from MIT on winning on winning the 2019 Alfred R. Bader Award in Synthetic Organic Chemistry. All four students presented their synthetic organic chemistry research to guests September 12 at the Bader Student Chemistry Symposium in Milwaukee, WI, followed by a keynote address from Dr. Joseph R. Clark an Assistant Professor at Marquette University. Read the full press release.

Judges praised the four winners on displaying a large volume of successful research in areas that are important both to us as a company and for the scientific community at large. They also comment “What’s more impressive is that this is coming from graduate students, early in their research careers.”

Research Topics from the 2019 Bader Awards

  • Michael Crocker, Vanderbilt University, “The Halo-Amino-Nitro Alkane Functional Group: A
  • Platform for Reaction Discovery”
  • Lucas Hernandez, University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, “Synthesis of Isocarbostyril Alkaloids from Benzene”
  • Samantha Green, The Scripps Research Institute, “Quaternary Centers via Dual-Catalytic Alkene Hydroarylation”
  • Joseph Dennis Jr, MIT, “Breaking the Base Barrier: An Electron-Deficient Catalyst Enables the Use of Common, Soluble Bases in Pd-Catalyzed C–N Coupling”

Keynote Address: “Site-Selective Copper-Catalyzed Deuterium Incorporation Into Small Molecules”, Dr. Joseph R. Clark, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Marquette University.

Special thanks to all participants, our keynote speaker, and guest.


 Winners Selection

The Bader Student Chemistry Symposium was the culmination of our Bader Award program for 2019. Synthetic organic chemistry graduate students from around the world were asked to submit their research along with a résumé/CV and a personal statement. From these applicants, a panel of judges selected four winners to present their research at the symposium. The winners each received $1,500 award.

 About the Bader Awards

From Friedrich Jacob Merck to Alfred R. Bader and Beyond

Our course was set by an aspiring pharmacist, Friedrich Jacob Merck, back in 1668. Today, we are a vibrant global science and technology company, influenced over the years by contributions of great scientific minds like Alfred R. Bader and Jack Bush. The Bader Awards seek to recognize student chemists whose innovations have the potential to advance science today and spark progress well into the future.

More than a decade’s worth of chemistry graduate students have participated in the Alfred R. Bader Awards for Student Innovation. Over the years the prize amounts and application criteria have varied, but the awards have always recognized the work of up-and-coming chemists with big ideas. Previous awardees include our partners Abby Doyle and Stephen T. Heller.

Sigma-Aldrich Cofounder Alfred R. Bader

As a young chemistry graduate student, Alfred R. Bader valued service and selection. It was these ideals on which he cofounded the Aldrich Chemical Company in 1951. Bader sought to save research chemists time by providing quality standardized chemicals. He was one of the foremost chemical innovators of his time, and his legacy continues in the Sigma-Aldrich® portfolio and in many philanthropic designations and honors.

Soon after cofounding Aldrich, Bader fostered global relationships with small chemical suppliers and his ever-innovative customers to grow his catalogue and company. The result was fast success and the development of one of the best-known chemical catalogues. In 1975, the company’s name changed to Sigma-Aldrich after a merger. Today, the name continues as part of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany. Bader’s commitment to collaboration with scientists, cutting-edge products, and outstanding quality lives on through the dedication of current employees and outreach activities like the Alfred R. Bader Award for Student Innovation.

Learn more:

Read the company history from 2001 as presented in the Aldrichimica Acta.

Who was Alfred Bader? Read the chemist-collector’s bio from 1984.

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