Future Leaders Program

2022 CAS Future Leaders

Celebrating its 12th year, the CAS Future Leaders program awards early-career scientists with leadership training and a trip to the ACS National Meeting & Exposition. This year’s participants were selected among hundreds of applicants, representing 10 countries and a wide array of scientific disciplines. Congratulations to our 2022 class:

Salma Ahmed, University of Queensland, Australia
Ernest Awoonor-Williams, Novartis Institute for BioMedical Research, United States
Progna Banerjee, Argonne National Laboratory, United States
Magda Helena Barecka, Cambridge Centre for Advanced Research and Education in Singapore (CARES), Singapore
Laura Bickerton, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Kurtis Carsch, University of California, Berkeley, United States
Steven Crossley, University of California, Berkeley, United States
Jacky Deng, University of Ottawa, Canada
Silvina Analía Di Pietro, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), United States
Stanna K. Dorn, Indiana University-Bloomington, United States
Liang Feng, Northwestern University, United States
Ikuya Fujii, Kyoto University, Japan
Sylvia Hanna, Northwestern University, United States
Kevin Maik Jablonka, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland
Elisabeth Kreidt, University of Manchester, United Kingdom
Gabriele Laudadio, Scripps Research Institute, United States
Richard Liu, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States
Rajat Maji, Max-Planck-Institut für Kohlenforschung, Germany
Helena Mannochio Russo, São Paulo State University, Brazil
Erin J. Peterson, Duke University, United States
Aleksandra Popowich, Metropolitan Museum of Art, United States
Dylan Sherman, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
Jinwoo Shin, Korea University, South Korea
Ruijie Darius Teo, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, United States
Julio Terra, McGill University, Canada
Olivia Harper Wilkins, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, United States
Ashley Woolfork, University of Pennsylvania, United States
Saigopalakrishna Yerneni, Carnegie Mellon University, United States
Maha Yusuf, Stanford University, United States

Why You Should Apply

Advance Your Career and Make Meaningful Impacts in Science


The CAS Future Leaders program awards early-career scientists with leadership training and a trip to the ACS National Meeting & Exposition, one of the most respected scientific meetings in the world. 


Invaluable networking opportunities with peer scientists and renowned leaders


Inspiration from science-industry thought leaders, entrepreneurs and professional communicators


Exclusive leadership training and access to the expertise behind CAS SciFindern, the world’s premier scientific information solution

2022 Program Benefits

Expense-paid trip to CAS Headquarters in Columbus, Ohio
August 15-20, 2022
Expense-paid trip to ACS Fall 2022 in Chicago, Illinois
August 21-25, 2022
$1,000 USD
3-year ACS membership
Profile featured in C&EN (2018 and 2019 articles)
Complimentary registration for the National Meeting
Opportunity to present your research at the National Meeting
Complimentary registration for an ACS Professional and Leadership Development course at the National Meeting
Lifetime membership in the CAS Future Leaders Alumni Community


"Beyond learning life lessons and skills from top leaders in the chemical industry, participating in Future Leaders gave me the opportunity to connect with inspiring scientists from all over the world, creating strong friendships with remarkable individuals who continue to be a source of support and motivation long after finishing the program."

—César A. Urbina-Blanco (2018), C&EN

"For a group of young scientists, strangers to one another, working in such diverse areas of chemical sciences, we connected on a level that no one had ever expected."
—Felicia Lim (2018), CAS Blog

"Being part of the Future Leaders transforms your life. You never forget the moment you get that email from CAS. But more importantly, you never forget the people you meet during the program."
—Fernando Gomollon Bel (2014), CAS Blog

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply? 

You must be a current Ph.D. student (or plan to be enrolled in a Ph.D. program in 2022) or postdoctoral scholar in chemistry or related science, with a working knowledge of multiple research information tools. 

How do you define “postdoctoral scholar”?

We broadly define postdoctoral scholars as those who are in an early period of mentored training following the completion of their doctoral studies.

化学や関連分野の博士課程の学生や ポストドクトラル研究者達のグローバルネットワークに参加しましょう。

200 卒業生
35 国/地域

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Questions about the CAS Future Leaders program? See our FAQ and Terms & Conditions or email the CAS Future Leaders team.

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