The Merck Index Women in Chemistry Scholarships to be Presented at American Chemical Society National Meeting

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.--()--Merck & Co. Inc. today announced the winners of the second annual Merck Index Women in Chemistry Scholarship program. The program is designed to foster support for women choosing to pursue advanced degrees in medicinal or synthetic organic chemistry.

"We are pleased to be role models for these exceptional young women," said Maryadele J. O'Neil, Editor of The Merck Index. "This program allows us to encourage them in a tangible way and underscores Merck's commitment to workplace diversity as well as excellence in science and education."

The awards will be presented on Monday, Aug. 18, as part of The Merck Index Women in Chemistry Awards Symposium and Poster Session, being held at the American Chemical Society 236th National Meeting and Exposition in Philadelphia. The introductory address will be given by Dr. Mervyn J. Turner, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Licensing and External Research, Merck Research Laboratories. Dr. Turner will speak on The Challenges of Bringing Drugs to Patients in the 21st Century.

The five award recipients will each receive a $5,000 scholarship and present their undergraduate research at the symposium. The award winners are: Karen Brown, Harvey Mudd College; Sarah Goforth, Furman University; Sandra M. King, Grinnell College; Chawita Netirojjanakul, MIT; and Amy Tremblay, Carleton University.

Closing the symposium will be Dr. Renata Oballa, Senior Research Fellow, Merck Frosst Canada, who will discuss her transformation From Organic Chemist to Drug Discovery Scientist: A Career in Osteoporosis Research.

An additional ten students will present their research at the poster session and will receive special recognition awards in the form of a travel grant. These students are: Kristen Clary, University of Calgary; Anna Dawsey, College of Charleston; Maggie He, City College of New York; Casie Hilliard, University of Florida; Lauren Martini, NYU; Alison Oostendorp, Elmhurst College; Caroline Proulx, University of Ottowa; Lindsay Repka, Barnard College; Kelly Volp, University of Kansas; and Christina Woo, Wellesley College.

The Merck Index Women in Chemistry Scholarship program is administered by the editorial staff of The Merck Index, Chemistry's Constant Companion®. The application deadline for the 2009 scholarship program is March 15, 2009. Detailed award criteria and application forms are available on The Merck Index website at: www.merckbooks.com/mindex.

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Merck & Co. Inc.
Media:
Maryadele O'Neil, 732-594-4548
or
Amy Rose, 908-423-6537