This year a record of 581 submissions were received from nearly 400 universities across the globe. Submissions consisted of a representative, peer-reviewed published research paper accompanied by a PhD's supervisor recommendation letter and CV. Entries were closely scrutinized by a review board of over 100 international chemists from academia and industry. The reviewers judged the entries for originality, innovation, importance to the field, applicability, rigor of approach and publication quality.
The three winners and 42 remaining finalists have been invited to attend the Reaxys Inspiring Chemistry Conference which will be held in Grindelwald, Switzerland, September 22 - 24, 2013 where they will be given the opportunity to present their research.
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