ACS Fellows Program

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The American Chemical Society (ACS) Fellows Program was created by the ACS Board of Directors in December 2008 to recognize members of ACS for outstanding achievements in and contributions to science, the profession, and the Society.

2014 ACS Fellows

The American Chemical Society recognizes its 2014 class of ACS Fellows.  Congratulations to these 99 members for their outstanding contributions to science, the profession, and the ACS community.  A press release was issued by the ACS Office of Public Affairs.

The 2014 ACS Fellows were inducted at the 248th ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, CA.

ACS Fellows Selection

Fellows are selected by a broadly representative Selection Committee appointed by the ACS Board Committee on Grants & Awards, which has governance oversight for the program.

The body of Fellows is expected to reach a steady state of 1 to 2% of the ACS membership and to reflect not only excellence, but also the diverse contributions made by ACS members.

A member who is nominated and not selected may be re-nominated in subsequent years by the same or different nominators. Nominations are not carried over from year to year.

Members retain the designation as an ACS Fellow, ACSF, for life.

ACS Fellows Recognition

The names of the ACS Fellows selected each year are published in Chemical & Engineering News (C&EN).

C&EN Articles: 201420132012201120102009Program Announcement

ACS Fellows are recognized and honored at fall ACS National Meetings. Each Fellow receives a lapel pin and a certificate.

Nancy Jackson presents pin and certificate to 2012 Fellow Joseph Francisco.
Nancy Jackson presents pin and certificate to 2012 Fellow Joseph Francisco.
Peter Cutts Photography
ACS Fellows Contact

American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 202-872-4431


ACS Webinars Fellows Series

2014 Webinars


Topic to be announced with 2010 ACS Fellow Dr. Saundra Y. McGuire
Thursday, November 13, 2–3 pm ET

The 2014 webinars below are archived and available to ACS members at

Garlic and Other Alliums: The Lore and the Science  (September 11, 2014)
You'd be hard pressed to find a dish that doesn't contain garlic or onions. Even the world's oldest cookbook has them listed as ingredients.  Dr. Eric Block, with moderator Bill Courtney, explained the colorful history of alliums as well as the science of why they make us cry, give us horrible breath, and taste so wonderful.

Lessons Learned from Molecular Dynamics Simulations  (June 12, 2014)
Not all chemistry needs to be done on the bench. Dr. Rigoberto Hernandez, with moderator Dr. Stephen Quirk, discussed how molecular dynamics simulations, a kind of numerical experiment, can uncover the pathways and characterize the energetics of proteins as they are pulled apart. 

Detecting Bioterrorism: Is Chemistry Enough? (March 13, 2014)
Dr. Kristin Omberg, with moderator Dr. Darren Griffin, shared the possibilities and problems of bioaerosol detection systems and the chemistry of keeping us safe. 

2013 Webinars

The 2013 webinars below are archived and available to ACS members at

No Mentor Available?  Mentor Yourself! (November 14, 2013)
Dr. Saundra McGuire, with moderator Dr. Dave Harwell, shared the keys to self-mentoring with strategies and resources to create your own road to success. 

How Data Mining Drives Pharma: Information as Raw Material and Product (October 10, 2013)
Dr. Wendy Cornell from Merck, with moderator and ACS Board Chair Dr. William Carroll, shared how Big Data and Informatics are utilizing new sources of information, including social media and electronic health records, to reshape the R&D pipeline.

Keys to a Successful Career (August 22, 2013)
Dr. Dwaine Eubanks, with moderator Dr. Amina K. El-Ashmawy, shared practical lessons for effective interactions with colleagues and students essential for career success. 

ACS Fellows Nomination Information

Nominations for 2015 ACS Fellows will open in the first quarter of 2015.

Selection and Eligibility Criteria
Selection criteria for Fellow designation and nominator/nominee eligibility requirements

Nomination Types
Requirements for each of the four nomination types

Nomination Components
2014 Nomination form components, field formats, and entry examples

2014 ACS Fellows Program Guidelines
Detailed information on the ACS Fellows Program—purpose, criteria, nominations, selection, and presentation