New Delhi: Merck, a leading science and technology company, has announced the winners of Merck Young Scientist Award 2023, season 3.
Held at Bangalore, the annual awards recognize the work of young scientists who are driving positive change in the lives of millions across India through their cutting-edge research in life sciences. After an extensive selection process, the jury announced the winners at the award ceremony on November 24, 2023.
The third season of the Merck Young Scientist Award Program garnered an overwhelming response with over 1500 registrations from nearly 800 institutes across India, resulting in over 500 high-quality applications.
This year’s award program invited applications from three distinct categories, namely:
o Biological Sciences
o Chemical Sciences
o A special category dedicated to Sustainability Research (green chemistry, renewable/alternate energy, sustainable materials and manufacturing), reflecting the growing significance of environmental consciousness in scientific research
The committee selected 3 winners each from the biological and chemical sciences categories and 1 winner in the sustainability research category. Here are the winners and runners-up:
Biological Science Winners: Dr. Harsha Bajaj, Dr. Debarka Sengupta, Dr. Saroj Kumar Nandi
Chemical Science Winners: Dr. Uttam Kumar Ghorai, Dr. Santanu Panda, Dr. Shobhna Kapoor
Sustainability Winner: Dr. John Mandal
Biological Science Runner-ups: Dr. Mahipal Ganji, Dr. Aravind Kumar Rengan, Dr. Neha Bhardwaj
Chemical Science Runner-up: Dr. Shibdas Banerjee, Dr. Sandip Murarka, Dr. Chinmoy Kumar Hazra
Sustainability Runner-up: Dr. Archana Singh