Younger Chemists Committee

Serving the Needs of Early Career Chemists

Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship



In partnership with the WCC, the YCC administers the Priscilla Carney Jones Scholarship to female undergraduate majors in chemistry or related disciplines who are beginning their junior or senior years of study. The scholarship is a one-time award on the basis of both need and scholarship. The award amount is subject to available funding, but will be a minimum of $1,500. The scholarship was established by Paul R. Jones, in memory of his wife, who wished to have this scholarship established because of the difficulties she faced as a female chemist early in her career.


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Note: The current application deadline is May 1.  

2014 Awardee, Kaitlyn Perez


Kaitlyn Perez is a senior at Bucknell University, where she is majoring in chemistry and minoring in mathematics and physics. Kaitlyn fell in love with science through the chemistry class that she took her sophomore year of high school. From the very first day of class, she found all of the material covered to be exciting. As she took other science courses, her passion for science continued to grow. When it came time to decide what major to pursue in college, Kaitlyn chose chemistry because she found the subject matter fascinating and wanted to learn much more about the discipline.

As a Presidential Fellow at Bucknell, Kaitlyn has conducted organometallic chemistry research in the Kerber group at Bucknell University since her freshman year. She presented some of her research at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in Philadelphia in August 2012. During the summer of 2013, Kaitlyn participated in the Northwestern University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center REU program, where she conducted research on silver nanocubes in the Hersam group. In the summer of 2014, she participated in the Cornell Center for Materials Research REU program, and she had the opportunity to research lead sulfide nanostructures in the Wise group.

At Bucknell, Kaitlyn has served as the President of the American Chemical Society Student Affiliates Organization and is a member of Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society. She has been a teaching assistant for analytical chemistry, has tutored both high school and college students in chemistry courses, and is an officer in her sorority. Kaitlyn is also an American Chemical Society Scholar. After graduating from Bucknell University, Kaitlyn intends to pursue a Ph.D. in chemistry or a related field.