This award is presented each year to the 4th year graduate student(s) with the most creative Independent Research Proposal in honor of Vanderveer Voorhees.
Dr. Voorhees was a graduate student with Professor Roger Adams and was the coauthor on the seminal paper describing catalytic hydrogenation with palladium oxide (J. Am. Chem. Soc 1922, 44, 1397-405), which came to be known as Adams' catalyst.