Master’s student Kortney Rupp has been selected by American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications as one of two recipients of the ACS Publications Travel Grant for Librarians and Library School Students. The grant provides funding to attend the 253rd ACS National Meeting & Exposition, which will be held April 2-6 in San Francisco and focus on the theme of “Advanced Materials, Technologies, Systems & Processes.”
“This travel grant will be the first opportunity to engage with the chemical information community as a professional academic librarian and begin to form the relationships that will influence my success in the field for the entirety of my career. It’s also perfect that the meeting will take place in the area where I am going to be living for the foreseeable future,” said Rupp, who will complete her MS degree in library and information science in May and then move to California to assume the role of chemical information librarian for the University of California, Berkeley, in June.
Rupp is passionate about chemical information literacy and effective data management habits in chemistry research. She is a graduate assistant for the Physical Sciences and Engineering Division of the University of Illinois Library, working at Grainger Engineering Library and Information Center. She also serves as current president of the iSchool’s Special Libraries Association (SLA) student group. She is the recipient of other noteworthy awards from ACS, including the 2013 Women Chemists Committee Overcoming Challenges Award, 2012 Student Leadership Award, and 2011 Undergraduate Award in Analytical Chemistry. Rupp holds a BA in chemistry from Monmouth College and an MS in analytical chemistry from Purdue University.