The Chemistry Community of the Special Libraries Association (SLA) is sponsoring a student/new member travel award to defray the costs of attending the 2022 SLA Annual Conference, July 31- August 2, 2022, Charlotte, NC. The award is intended to encourage the professional development of a student or new member of the Chemistry Community and encourage their participation in Chemistry Community activities.
$1,500 stipend to attend the 2022 SLA Annual Conference. The winner also receives an award certificate at the Annual Conference.
Student members of the Chemistry Community and new members of the Chemistry Community (individuals who have joined since January 2022) are eligible. All applicants must have joined SLA and the Chemistry Community by May 2022. See below for information on joining SLA and the Chemistry Community.
Individuals who accept a travel award or stipend for the annual conference from any other SLA entity are not eligible for this award. Travel funds provided by your employer, your school (for students), or any other non-SLA affiliated group do not affect your eligibility.
Please submit the following:
- A brief essay that articulates your objectives for professional development; and indicate what you hope to gain from attending the SLA Annual Conference. Maximum length: 2 pages.
- Names of two references
- Brief budget (expected expenses for registration, airfare, lodging, food and/or continuing education course).
All applications must be received by midnight on May 6, 2022. The winner will be notified by May 13,, 2022. Essays will be judged, and the winner selected by a panel of SLA Chemistry Community members.
SUBMIT APPLICATION VIA EMAIL TO: Luti Salisbury (firstname.lastname@example.org), University of Arkansas Libraries, Fayetteville.
Not a member of SLA? Use this link to join SLA: www.sla.org/access-membership-3/join-sla
The award is named to honor Marion E. Sparks, a chemistry librarian at the University of Illinois from 1913 until her death in 1929. Ms. Sparks contributed a great deal to the field of chemical information, her achievements include teaching courses on chemical information, and authoring and publishing what is argued to be the first book to formally address chemical literature and library instruction.
The Chemistry Community Web Site is at connect.sla.org/chemistry/aboutus/new-item
Chair, Sparks Award Committee