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April 19: Bayer Foundation Awards Graduate Student Fellowships in Chemistry, Chemical Engineering to Carnegie Mellon


Lauren Ward

Chriss Swaney

Bayer Foundation Awards Graduate Student Fellowships
In Chemistry, Chemical Engineering to Carnegie Mellon     

PITTSBURGH—The chemistry and chemical engineering departments at Carnegie Mellon University have received $725,000 from the Bayer Foundation to continue the successful Bayer Graduate Fellows Program. The graduate fellowships will support two Ph.D. students conducting interdisciplinary research in chemical engineering and chemistry, particularly in the areas of polymer characterization and complex fluids, and one Ph.D. student doing research in solid-state materials.    

"For many years, Bayer and Carnegie Mellon have cooperated in conducting pioneering research and educating up-and-coming chemists and chemical engineers. We are delighted to continue this strong and ongoing relationship with Bayer through the Bayer Graduate Fellows Program," said Andrew Gellman, head of the Chemical Engineering Department and the Lord Professor of Chemical Engineering, Chemistry and Materials Science.     

"The Bayer Graduate Fellows Program takes advantage of industry-university partnerships and interdepartmental collaborations to prepare students for careers in the chemical industry," said Hyung Kim, professor and head of the Chemistry Department. "These innovative fellowships enable students to gain experience in interdisciplinary collaboration, and they also strengthen our recruiting partnership with Bayer."     

Bayer graduate fellows will participate in summer internships at Bayer, where they can best prepare for the culture of industrial research. While at Carnegie Mellon, the Bayer fellows will be co-advised by a chemist and a chemical engineer to further facilitate learning about communication and collaboration in an interdisciplinary team.

"We are pleased to award this Bayer Foundation grant to Carnegie Mellon University, thereby helping to strengthen the education of the next generation of innovators, inventors and discoverers," said Attila Molnar, president and CEO of the Bayer Corporation and president of the Bayer Foundation. "We view our commitment to improving U.S. science education, whether at the pre-college or graduate-school level, as good business, or what we call 'return on innovation.' That means measuring our investment, not in terms of dollars and cents, but rather in the number of young people we're helping to prepare to be innovators."     

Established in 2002, the Bayer Fellows Program at Carnegie Mellon has been very successful. Current Bayer fellows have won national honors, including a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship and the Kenneth G. Hancock Memorial Student Award in Green Chemistry from the American Chemical Society.


About Carnegie Mellon: Carnegie Mellon is a private research university with a distinctive mix of programs in engineering, computer science, robotics, business, public policy, fine arts and the humanities. More than 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students receive an education characterized by its focus on creating and implementing solutions for real problems, interdisciplinary collaboration, and innovation. A small student-to-faculty ratio provides an opportunity for close interaction between students and professors. While technology is pervasive on its 144-acre campus, Carnegie Mellon is also distinctive among leading research universities for the world-renowned programs in its College of Fine Arts. For more, see

About The Bayer Foundation: The Bayer Foundation is an endowed 501(c)(3) entity and is the primary source of Bayer Corporation's philanthropy in the United States. With a programmatic focus on civic and social service programs, education and workforce development, arts and culture, and health and human services, the Bayer Foundation creates and supports partnerships that improve communities in which Bayer employees live and work.