WCC Rising Star Award

The ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC) serves the membership of the American Chemical Society with its mission to be leaders in attracting, retaining, developing, promoting, and advocating for women in the chemical sciences. Established in 2011, the WCC Rising Star Award recognizes exceptional early to mid-career women chemists across all areas of chemistry on a national level. To be given annually, this award is also intended to help promote retention of women in science. Read more about this important mission in the ACS press release for the inaugural cohort of recipients.


The WCC Rising Star Award recognizes up to ten outstanding women scientists approaching mid-level careers who have demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields.

The Award includes the following:

  • The opportunity to present contributions at a WCC-sponsored symposium at the spring ACS national meeting. The award symposium serves to highlight the accomplishments of the award winners by providing a venue to inform researchers and other professionals of the status of current work, ideas, and thought; to enable networking with other practitioners; and to acquaint scientists with other active members of the research community.
  • A $1,000 stipend to cover spring national meeting travel expenses.
  • Visibility and networking opportunities at the spring national meeting—awardees are recognized at the WCC ‘Just Cocktails’ reception and at the WCC Luncheon where awardees are seated at the head tables along with ACS governance, WCC members, and fellow award winners.


The award is open to all female ACS members in chemistry and chemical engineering working in academic, industrial, government, non-profit or other employment sectors. Appropriate candidates will typically be no more than 15 years from receipt of their terminal scientific degree and have demonstrated outstanding promise for contributions to their respective fields. Applicants can either be self-nominated or can be nominated by another individual for this award.

The following are not eligible:

  • those who are already widely acknowledged and recognized in their area of chemistry or chemical engineering and are at the pinnacle of their careers;
  • ACS national award winners;
  • those who have received a prior award under this program;
  • members of the National Women Chemists Executive Committee

Nomination Materials

The deadline for receipt of nominations is June 30 (extended from June 15).

In the online nomination process, the nominator will be required to provide/upload the following:

  • Nominee’s resume or C.V.
  • Primary nominator letter in support of nomination. Letter should not exceed 800 words (maximum of 2 pages), with no less than 11pt font.
  • Two secondary nominator letters in support of nomination are optional, but recommended. Letters should not exceed 800 words (maximum of 2 pages), with no less than 11pt font.
  • Nominee’s areas of expertise; notable accomplishments; publications, presentations and/or patents; and, honors and awards
  • Proposed citation for the award. Award citation examples can be found here.

A hard copy application form may also be requested from ACS Diversity Programs:

  • Email: diversity@acs.org
  • Fax: 202-776-8003
  • American Chemical Society
    Department of Diversity Programs
    1155 Sixteenth Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20036