ChemLuminary Awards

The 19th Annual ChemLuminary Awards celebration was held during the ACS National Meeting & Exposition in Washington, D.C. on August 22, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. until midnight at the JW Marriott Grand Ballroom. The ceremony gave members the opportunity to recognize local sections, technical divisions, regional meetings, and international chemical sciences chapters for their tireless efforts and work in promoting chemistry and the chemical sciences during 2016. The theme of this year's event was, "Our Volunteers and Their Monumental Impact".

ACS President Allison Campbell opened the ChemLuminary Awards ceremony at 9:00 p.m. with welcoming remarks followed by a keynote address presented by D. Richard Cobb, recipient of the 2017 National Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society. Prior to the awards presentation, a poster session and reception was held at 8:00 p.m. Posters were presented by finalists of the ChemLuminary Awards and reflected the outstanding activities that were recognized. Immediately following the awards presentation, an after party continued on the dance floor from 10:00 p.m. until midnight.

Read about the 2017 ChemLuminary Awards winners here and view photos.

Past Awards Winners

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What are the ChemLuminary Awards

Award Sponsor
Award Description
Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs (CCPA) The CCPA-sponsored award recognizes a local section for outstanding efforts to increase member involvement in government affairs and advance public policy to benefit science and society.
Committee on Chemists with Disabilities (CWD) The CWD-sponsored award recognizes the outstanding effort of a local section that has a program designed to increase the participation of people with disabilities in the wonderful world of chemistry.
Committee on Community Activities (CCA) The CCA-sponsored awards recognize local sections that have demonstrated exemplary performance in the development and implementation of outstanding activities in support of National Chemistry Week (NCW) and Chemists Celebrate Earth Day (CCED).
Committee on Divisional Activities (DAC) The DAC-sponsored awards recognize innovative and outstanding service to members of a technical division.
Committee on Economic & Professional Affairs (CEPA) The CEPA-sponsored awards recognize local section career programs that have contributed significantly to members' career management and development.
Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI) The CEI-sponsored award recognizes a local section that has introduced a new and outstanding program promoting sustainability at the local level.
Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC)
The LSAC-sponsored awards recognize local sections for outstanding overall performance and for excellence in individual programs or activities.
Committee on Meetings & Expositions (M&E)
The M&E-sponsored award recognizes outstanding performance in organizing and hosting a regional meeting.
Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA) The CMA-sponsored award recognizes a Local Section Committee on Minority Affairs that consistently promotes and encourages the participation and leadership of underrepresented minorities in the chemical sciences.
Committee on Project SEED (SEED)
The SEED-sponsored award recognizes a local section for organizing the most outstanding Project SEED program.
Committee on Public Relations & Communications (CPRC) The CPRC-sponsored awards recognize outstanding efforts by local sections to promote chemistry to the public.
Committee on Technician Affairs (CTA) The CTA-sponsored award recognizes an outstanding event or activity organized by or benefitting the Applied Chemical Technology Professional (Chemical Technician) community.
Corporation Associates (CA) The CA-sponsored award recognize outstanding efforts by a local section in producing an event that benefits industry members or students seeking a career in industry.
International Activities Committee (IAC) The IAC-sponsored awards honor a local section, technical division, and international chemical sciences chapter for their efforts in the international realm.
Joint LSAC & DAC Award The joint LSAC & DAC award recognizes collaborative efforts between a local section and technical division.
Leadership Advisory Board (LAB) The LAB-sponsored award is given to a local section, technical division, or regional meeting for outstanding efforts to promote leadership development through the ACS LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT SYSTEMâ„¢ among its members.
Senior Chemists Committee (SCC) The SCC-sponsored awards recognize local sections for their efforts to increase the participation of senior members and to encourage innovative activities.
Society Committee on Education (SOCED) The SOCED-sponsored awards recognize local sections that have developed outstanding chemical education activities.
Women Chemists Committee (WCC) The WCC-sponsored award recognizes outstanding efforts by a local section in promoting women in the chemical sciences.
Younger Chemists Committee (YCC) The YCC-sponsored awards recognize oustanding efforts by Local Section Younger Chemists Committees in serving chemists under the age of 35.

How to Nominate for the ChemLuminary Awards