ACS Fellows Nomination Types

Nominations for ACS Fellows are solicited from the following groups.

ACS National Committees
ACS Technical Divisions
ACS Local Sections
Individual ACS Members

Self-nominations are not accepted.


ACS National Committees

  • Each Committee may submit one nomination.    
  • Each Committee will establish its own process for identifying and nominating candidates.
  • Nominator Requirements
    • The Committee Chair must be the primary nominator or a secondary nominator unless he or she is a current member of the Fellows Selection Committee, the Fellows Oversight Committee, or the ACS Board of Directors.  If the Chair is the primary nominator, the secondary nominators need not be members of the Committee; if the Chair is a secondary nominator, then the other secondary nominator need not be a member of the Committee.
    • If the Chair is not eligible to serve as a nominator, preparation of the nomination must be delegated to another member of the Committee.  Nevertheless, the Chair must provide a letter attesting that the individual is indeed being nominated on behalf of the Committee and that the choice of the candidate and the preparation and submission of the nomination have been delegated to other individuals. 
    • In the event that the Chair is the nominee, then the above attestation must be provided by another member of the Committee. The letter of attestation must be uploaded in the nomination system.
    • If all members of the Committee are ACS Board members, the Committee must recuse itself entirely from the nomination process.
    • Each Committee Chair, in addition to serving as the primary nominator or secondary nominator for the nominations submitted on behalf of his/her respective Committee, may be the primary nominator for one additional individual nomination (i.e., he/she may still submit a single nomination as an individual ACS member and may serve as a secondary nominator for additional nominees).

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ACS Technical Divisions

  • The number of nominations submitted by each Division may not exceed twice the number of Councilors from the Division.
  • Nominees must be current members of the Division.
  • Each Division will establish its own process for identifying and nominating candidates.
  • Nominator Requirements
    • The primary nominator must be an Officer, Councilor, or Alternate Councilor of the Division, or some other Division member specifically designated by the Chair to prepare the nomination on behalf of the Division; however, the secondary nominators need not be members of the Division. 
    • If the Chair is not the primary or a secondary nominator, the Chair must provide a letter attesting that the individual is indeed being nominated on behalf of the Division. 
    • In the event that the Chair is the nominee, then the above attestation must be provided by another Officer or by a Councilor or Alternate Councilor of the Division. The letter of attestation must be uploaded in the nomination system.
    • Each Officer, Councilor, and Alternate Councilor of a Division, in addition to serving as the primary nominator or secondary nominator for the nominations submitted on behalf of his/her respective Division, may be the primary nominator for one additional individual nomination (i.e., he/she may still submit a single nomination as an individual ACS member and may serve as a secondary nominator for additional nominees).

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ACS Local Sections

  • The number of nominations submitted by each Local Section may not exceed the number of Councilors from the Local Section. 
  • Nominees must be current members of the Local Section. 
  • Each Local Section will establish its own process for identifying and nominating candidates.
  • Nominator Requirements
    • The primary nominator must be an Officer, Councilor, or Alternate Councilor of the Local Section, or some other Local Section member specifically designated by the Chair to prepare the nomination on behalf of the Local Section; however, the secondary nominators need not be members of that same Local Section. 
    • If the Chair is not the primary or a secondary nominator, the Chair must provide a letter attesting that the individual is indeed being nominated on behalf of the Local Section.
    • In the event that the Chair is the nominee, then the above attestation must be provided by another Officer or by a Councilor or Alternate Councilor of the Local Section. The letter of attestation must be uploaded in the nomination system.
    • Each Officer, Councilor, and Alternate Councilor of a Local Section, in addition to serving as the primary nominator or secondary nominator for the nominations submitted on behalf of his/her respective Local Section, may be the primary nominator for one additional individual nomination (i.e., he/she may still submit a single nomination as an individual ACS member and may serve as a secondary nominator for additional nominees).

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Individual ACS Members

  • Each individual ACS member in good standing (unless excluded under the eligibility provisions) may serve as the primary nominator for only one nominee but may serve as a secondary nominator for additional nominees.