The Silvia Ronco Innovative Mentor Award was established to recognize original and insightful research work by a young investigator working with undergraduates that has had significant impact in chemistry and the STEM careers of students involved. Learn more about this award from the press release. 

The award was established by a gift from Research Corporation for Science Advancement (RSCA) given in honor of Silvia Ronco, CUR president (2020-2021) due to the leadership and participation she has contributed to CUR and in enhancing undergraduate participation in science research.

The award consists of $2,000 and a certificate

2022 Winner:

Dr. Louise Charkoudian, Associate Professor of Chemistry at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, has been selected as the first recipient. Read the press release.


The award will be granted to a tenure track faculty member within five to ten years of first faculty appointment at a college or university in the US who has demonstrated creativity and success in the Chemical Sciences and whose mentoring practices have supported undergraduates fulfill their STEM career goals. 

Application Requirements:

  • Biosketch (up to 3 pages) highlighting grants, publications, and presentations with undergraduate coauthors
  • Essay (up to 3 pages) detailing the applicant’s innovative chemical research and mentoring approach to promote creativity and job readiness. 
  • Two letters of support highlighting the applicant’s unique contributions in Chemistry and successful work with undergraduates (A nomination letter from a tenured colleague in your institution, and second letter that provides a different external or internal perspective on your research and mentoring.)


Application Deadline was March 10, 2023. The application portal is currently closed. 

Please note that all CUR Award recipients are responsible for any and all applicable tax obligations associated with receipt of the award.

For questions or additional information about the Silvia Ronco Award, please contact Lindsay Currie.