ACS National Awards

The ACS National Awards: Advancing Chemistry, Supporting Research, and Promoting Chemists


The ACS National Awards program is designed to encourage the advancement of chemistry in all its branches, to support research in chemical science and industry, and to promote the careers of chemists.

Priestley Medal


Congratulations to Jacqueline K. Barton, the 2015 recipient of ACS's highest honor, the Priestley Medal. Read more in C&EN.

2015 Award Recipients & Banquet

Winners of these prestigious chemistry awards were honored on Tuesday, March 24, 2015, at the National Meeting in Denver.

Arthur C. Cope Scholar Awards recipients will be honored in August at the fall National Meeting in Boston.

Selection and Canvassing Committees


Nominating an ACS National Award Winner

National Awards Office Division Primer

This booklet provides technical divisions with quick access to answers to questions regarding the ACS National Awards Program’s selection and canvassing committee process and the awards banquet and ceremony, as well as how to nominate deserving individuals for national awards.

Nomination Guidelines

Nominations for 2017 National Awards open in July 2015.

Prized Science

This video series features the work and contributions of recipients who won ACS prizes. Watch, listen, and discover how the chemistry behind ACS’ awards transforms our lives.

Everything you ever wanted to know about awards” 

The article contains useful information regarding the ACS National Awards program. Written by Patricia Ann Mabrouk, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry (online) 2008 v391/7.