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Genentech Graduate Student Symposium in Chemical Research

Genentech is pleased to share an exciting opportunity for outstanding 4th year Ph.D. graduate students from U.S. universities in the fields of organic synthesis, chemical biology, and computational chemistry.

Our annual Graduate Student Symposium in Chemical Research recognizes promising young scientists while highlighting career opportunities in pharmaceutical research and development.

The two-day program, scheduled for May 2021 will be hosted jointly by the departments of Discovery and Process Chemistry.

Dr. Wendy Young, Senior Vice President, Small Molecule Drug Discovery; Dr. Dan Sutherlin, Vice President, Small Molecule Discovery Chemistry; Dr. Francis Gosselin, Director, Small Molecule Process Chemistry.

The virtual two-day event will include:

  • Research award symposium, including talks from award recipients and Genentech scientists
  • Keynote seminar from a leading early-career chemistry professor
  • Distinguished Career Lecture from an eminent professor
  • Virtual tour of the Genentech South San Francisco research laboratories
  • Virtual social/networking activities
  • Honorarium for award recipients


Apply Today:

Interested 4th year graduate students from U.S. universities are encouraged to submit a CV and short (1-3 pages) research summary here.

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document with identifying name and institution in the file description (example: “Surname-Firstname-Institution”).

Applications for 2021 must be received by December 31, 2020 for consideration.

Finalists will be contacted in January 2021 and awardees will be notified in March for the spring symposium (May, 2021). For more information, please email [email protected].

Genentech thanks and congratulates the 2020 symposium participants!

2020 Keynote Speaker

  • Prof. Sergey Pronin, UC Irvine

2020 Distinguished Career Lecturer

  • Prof. Dean Toste, UC Berkeley

2020 Graduate Student Awardees

  • Yaroslov Boyko, Sarlah Lab, University of Illinois
  • Sie-Jie Chen, Stahl Lab, University of Wisconsin
  • Jennifer Crawford, Sigman Lab, University of Utah
  • Hope Flaxman, Woo Lab, Harvard University
  • Jackson Gartman, Tambar Lab, University of Texas Southwestern
  • Emma King-Smith, Renata Lab, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Hayden Sharma, Jacobsen Lab, Harvard University
  • Van Tran, Engle Lab, Scripps Research Institute

  • Yaroslov Boyko, Sarlah Lab, University of Illinois

  • Sie-Jie Chen, Stahl Lab, University of Wisconsin

  • Jennifer Crawford, Sigman Lab, University of Utah

  • Hope Flaxman, Woo Lab, Harvard University

  • Jackson Gartman, Tambar Lab, University of Texas Southwestern

  • Emma King-Smith, Renata Lab, Scripps Research Institute

  • Hayden Sharma, Jacobsen Lab, Harvard University

  • Van Tran, Engle Lab, Scripps Research Institute

  • Dean Toste, UC Berkeley

  • Serguey Pronin, UC Irvine


Congratulations to our 2019 symposium participants!

2019 Keynote Speaker

  • Prof. Andy McNally, Colorado State University

2019 Graduate Student Awardees

  • Tim Bumpus, Baskin Lab, Cornell University
  • Megan Emmanuel, Hyster Lab, Princeton University
  • Sean Feng, Reisman Lab, California Institute of Technology
  • Samantha Green, Shenvi Lab, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Zhen Liu, Engle Lab, The Scripps Research Institute
  • Lucas Hernandez, Sarlah Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Rory McAtee, Stephenson Lab, University of Michigan
  • Brian Shao, Nelson Lab, University of California, Los Angeles

Congratulations to our 2018 Graduate Symposium student honorees!

2018 Keynote Speaker

  • Prof. Kami L. Hull, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

2018 Graduate Student Awardees

  • Megan Mohadjer Beromi, Hazari Lab, Yale University
  • Matthew Condakes, University of California, Berkeley
  • Masha Elkin, Newhouse Lab, Yale University
  • Devin Ferguson, Sanford Lab, University of Michigan
  • Chi “Chip” Le, MacMillan Lab, Princeton University
  • Stephanie R. McCabe, Wipf Lab, University of Pittsburg
  • R. David Row, Prescher Lab, University of California, Irvine
  • Yumeng Xi, Hartwig Lab, University of California, Berkeley

Genentech thanks and congratulates the 2017 symposium participants:

2017 Keynote Speaker

  • Prof. Robert Knowles, Princeton University

2017 Graduate Student Awardees

  • Emma L. Baker-Tripp, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Faben A. Cruz, University of California, Irvine
  • Stephanie Hare, University of California, Davis
  • Graham A. Hudson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Zachary A. Kasun, University of Texas at Austin
  • Matthew Landry, Stanford University
  • Samantha Shockley, California Institute of Technology
  • Yan Xu, University of Chicago

  • Matthew Landry (a 2017 honoree) receives his award from Dr. Bruce Roth, Senior Vice President of Drug Discovery.

  • A member of Small Molecule Discovery Chemistry leads students on a tour of the chromatographic purification laboratories.

  • Stephanie Hare (a 2017 honoree) receives her award from Dr. Bruce Roth, Senior Vice President of Drug Discovery.

  • Award statuettes await distribution following a day of graduate student lectures and a keynote address.

  • Faben Cruz (a 2017 honoree) receives his award from Dr. Bruce Roth, Senior Vice President of Drug Discovery.

  • Student guests learn about drug substance manufacturing from the Small Molecule Process Chemistry operations team.

  • Symposium participants and their Genentech hosts enjoy a social event to conclude the 2017 program.



Congratulations to our inaugural 2016 symposium participants:

2016 Keynote Speaker

  • Prof. Thomas Maimone, University of California, Berkeley

2016 Graduate Student Awardees

  • Thomas Brewer, University of California, Berkeley
  • Zachary Brill, University of California, Berkeley
  • Lauren Chapman, California Institute of Technology
  • Chen Cheng, University of California, Berkeley
  • Ling Chu, The Scripps Research Institute
  • David Primer, University of Pennsylvania
  • Mingshuo Zeng, Yale University
  • Chi Zhang, Massachusetts Institute of Technology