Company NovAliX did not hesitate to make a significant contribution to support high-achieving students of chemistry. For Stéphane Jenn, NovAliX’s Chief Executive Officer, helping young chemists during their university studies was an obvious gesture.
“NovAliX would not exist were it not for the academic excellence here in Strasbourg. We came into being thanks to the research and discoveries of researchers on campus and it is an honour to be able to support the provision of grants for young students needing a hand at an important stage in their study at university. We can all measure the importance of the action carried out by the Fondation pour la Recherche en Chimie in favour of research and young people, and consider that it is our responsibility as a company to get involved, however modestly that may be.”
This financial support is a breath of fresh air for students who can focus 100% on their studies. Since 2009, 35 students have benefitted from the programme. Antoine Beziau, a postdoctoral student at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh (USA) reports:
“The grant meant that I was financially independent and could concentrate on my studies. I did extremely well during the two years and managed to obtain doctoral funding from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research. It meant that I could continue my research career and finish my Chemistry PhD on polymers, leading to my current position with BASF.”
The call for candidates was launched in June and 5 students will be chosen in October to be off to a good start on their master’s degree.