ChemLuminary Awards

All ChemLuminary Awards (except for the Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach) nominations should be submitted by Local Section, Division and International Science Chapter officers via the 2019 Annual Report. Please contact the officers of your group to inquire about submitting a nomination. The ChemLuminary Awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, August 25, during the ACS Fall 2020 National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, CA.

Nomination period is November 1 - February 15, 2020.

Featured Awards

  • Best Activity or Program Highlighting ACS Change Driver(s) or Strategic Planning
    This award recognizes activities which highlight the ACS Change Drivers and/or encourage strategic planning. These activities or programs should result in concrete actions and have significant impact, not necessarily limited to the volunteer unit.
    Sponsor: ACS Strategic Planning Committee (SPC)
  • ChemAttitudes Partnership Award
    This award recognizes a local section that utilized the free Explore Science: Let’s Do Chemistry research-based activities and strategies to increase children’s interest, relevance, and self-efficacy in chemistry.
    Sponsor: Joint CCA/LSAC/SOCED
  • Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach
    This award recognizes outstanding achievements in the field of public outreach by a member of the ACS who improves public recognition and appreciation for the contributions of chemistry. Nominations must be submitted using the Helen M Free nomination form by February 15, 2020.
    Sponsor: Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC)
  • MAC Industry Engagement & Outreach
    The award recognizes the efforts of the chemical industry for engagement and outreach to the chemistry community about working in industry.
    Sponsor: Membership Affairs Committee (MAC)

ACS President's Award for Local Section Government Affairs
Recognizes outstanding efforts by a local section to increase member involvement in government affairs and advance public policy to benefit science and society.
Sponsor: Committee on Chemistry & Public Affairs (CCPA)

Best Activity or Program Stimulating Member Involvement
This award honors a local section that offered a new or improved activity or program in 2018 that stimulated member involvement. A local section can nominate only one activity or program for this award.
Sponsor: Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC)

Best Event or Activity Organized by, or Benefiting, the Applied Chemical Technology Professional Community
This award recognizes an outstanding event or activity organized by or benefitting the Applied Chemical Technology Professional (Chemical Technician) community.  Examples include: networking events, career fairs/workshops, industry tours, symposia.
Sponsor: Committee on Technician Affairs (CTA)

Best NCW Event Organized by a Student Group
Recognizes a local section that coordinates and conducts a unique NCW event in which the ACS Student Affiliate Chapter(s) played a major role.
Sponsor: Committee on Community Activities (CCA)

Best New Public Relations Program of a Local Section
This award recognizes outstanding new efforts by local sections to promote chemistry to the public.
Sponsor: Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC)

Best Ongoing Senior Activity in a Local Section that Benefits the Community, Local Schools, or Legislative Government
The award recognizes a local section for efforts to increase the participation of senior members that benefits the community, local schools, or legislative government.
Sponsor: Senior Chemists Committee (SCC)

Best Overall Local Section Minority Affairs
This 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.
Sponsor: Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA)

Best Overall WCC Local Section -- (Odd Year Events)
Best overall WCC local section events, activities, and dedication to the mission of being leaders in attracting, developing, promoting, and advocating for women in the chemical sciences in order to positively impact society and the profession.
Sponsor: Women Chemists Committee (WCC)

Chemists with Disabilities Inclusion Award
This award recognizes the outstanding effort(s) of a local section or division that supports the mission of the ACS Chemists with Disabilities Committee: to promote educational and professional opportunities in the chemical sciences.
Sponsor: Committee on Chemists with Disabilities (CWD)

Fostering Interactions between Local Sections and Student Chapters
This award recognizes an ACS local section that has contributed significantly to the professional development of ACS student members in its region.
Sponsor: Society Committee on Education (SOCED)

Global Engagement Award
This award will honor an International Chapter, a Local Section and Technical Division in recognition of their efforts in the international realm.
Sponsor: Committee on International Activities (IAC)

Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach
The Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach recognizes achievements by an ACS member who improves public recognition and appreciation for the contributions of chemistry.
Sponsor: Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC)

Local Section Partnership Award
This award recognizes an outstanding example of a local section forming an alliance with another group that results in a successful activity.
Sponsor: Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC)

Most Creative & Innovative Use of the CCEW Theme
Recognizes a local section for overall outstanding, innovative and safe public event using the CCEW theme.
Sponsor: Committee on Community Activities (CCA)

Most Creative NCW Celebration Using the Yearly Theme
Recognizes a Local Section for an innovative event, hands-on activity or demonstration using the CURRENT yearly theme.
Sponsor: Committee on Community Activities (CCA)

Most Innovative Activity in a Local Section for Senior Chemists
This award recognizes efforts to encourage innovative activities at the local section level.
Sponsor: Senior Chemists Committee (SCC)

Most Innovative New Activity or Program
This award honors a local section that initiated a unique activity or program in 2018. A local section can nominate only one activity or program for this award.
Sponsor: Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC)

Most Unique Project as Funded by a Division Innovative Project Grant
This award honors a division for the most unique project, as funded by an Innovative Project Grant, reported during the last fiscal year. IPG final reports are considered for this award, and will be used as the nomination.
Sponsor: Divisional Activities Committee (DAC)

Outstanding Community Involvement in CCEW
Recognizes a local section that generates the greatest amount of community involvement in Chemists Celebrate Earth Week.
Sponsor: Committee on Community Activities (CCA)

Outstanding Community Involvement in NCW
Recognizes a local section that generates the greatest amount of community participation in NCW.
Sponsor: Committee on Community Activities (CCA)

Outstanding Continuing Public Relations Program of a Local Section
This award is given by the Committee on Public Relations and Communications to recognize outstanding continuing efforts by local sections to promote chemistry to the public.
Sponsor: Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC)

Outstanding Divisional Career Program
This award recognizes Divisional Career programs that have contributed significantly to ACS Members' career management and development.
Sponsor: Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA)

Outstanding High School Student Program Award
This award recognizes local sections that have developed outstanding chemical education activities for high school students.
Sponsor: Society Committee on Education (SOCED)

Outstanding Engagement with K-8 Students
This award recognizes local sections who volunteer in elementary and middle schools to deliver quality hands-on science education.
Sponsor: Society Committee on Education (SOCED)

Outstanding Leadership Development Program
This Award recognizes a local section, technical division, or regional meeting for outstanding efforts to promote leadership development through the ACS Leadership Development System among its members.
Sponsor: Leadership Advisory Board (LAB)

Outstanding Local Section Career Program Award
This award recognizes Local Section Career programs that have contributed significantly to ACS Members' career management and development.
Sponsor: Committee on Economic and Professional Affairs (CEPA)

Outstanding Local Section Industry Event
This award recognizes a local section for outstanding efforts in producing an event that benefits industry members or students seeking a career in industry.
Sponsor: Committee on Corporation Associates (CA)

Outstanding Local Section Programming Related to the Promotion of Ethics in Chemistry
This award recognizes outstanding programming related to ethics by a local section.
Sponsor: Committee on Ethics (ETHX)

Outstanding Local Section Younger Chemists Committee
This award is given by the Younger Chemists Committee and recognizes local section YCCs that demonstrate organizational stability, solid membership and participation, involvement with their ACS local section, and an overall balance of activities.
Sponsor: Younger Chemists Committee (YCC)

Outstanding Local Section-Technical Division Collaboration
This award honors a local section & division for a joint activity or program in the previous calendar year. Both a division and a local section must submit self-nominations. A local section/division can only submit one self-nomination for this award.
Sponsor: Joint LSAC & DAC Award

Outstanding NCW Event for a Specific Audience
Recognizes a local section for an event that targets a specific group (i.e. underrepresented minorities, Scout Troops, government officials, seniors, individuals with disabilities, teachers).
Sponsor: Committee on Community Activities (CCA)

Outstanding Ongoing CCEW Event
Recognizes a local section for an outstanding event that has been conducted for at least three years (not awarded to the same section more than once in a 5 year period).
Sponsor: Committee on Community Activities (CCA)

Outstanding Ongoing NCW Event
Recognizes a local section for an outstanding event that has been conducted for at least three years (not awarded to the same section more than once in a 5 year period).
Sponsor: Committee on Community Activities (CCA)

Outstanding or Creative Local Section Younger Chemists Committee Event
This award is given by the Younger Chemists Committee and recognizes a local section YCC or divisional event that had the greatest impact on younger chemists (career development, outreach, membership recruitment/retention, or social event, etc.).
Sponsor: Younger Chemists Committee (YCC)

Outstanding Performance Awards by a Local Section 
This award recognizes local sections by size category for outstanding overall performance and for excellence in individual programs or activities.
Sponsor: Committee on Local Section Activities (LSAC)

Local Section Size Categories
Size Number of Members
Small Fewer than 200
Medium Small 200-399
Medium 400-799
Medium Large 800-1,599
Large 1,600-3,199
Very Large 3,200 and above


Outstanding Project SEED Program Award

The award recipient must be involved in outreach to high schools, local business/ industry, academic institutions, mentor and student interaction, and financial support. Recipient must demonstrate an outstanding organization and potential for growth.
Sponsor: Committee on Project SEED (SEED)

Outstanding Public Outreach Event Organized by a Student Group
Recognizes a local section that conducts a public outreach event not associated with NCW or CCEW in which students from a High School, Community College, College and/or University played a major role. Collaboration between student groups encouraged.
Sponsor: Committee on Community Activities (CCA)

Outstanding Regional Meeting
This award recognizes outstanding performance in organizing and hosting a regional meeting.
Sponsor: Committee on Meetings & Expositions (M&E)

Outstanding Sustainability Activities
The award recipient will have demonstrated their program educates people, enhances awareness or promotes discussions between society members and the general public, or encourages activities in the community or local businesses about sustainability.
Sponsor: Committee on Environmental Improvement (CEI)

Outstanding U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad
Award recipients must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to the Chemistry Olympiad program, including outreach to high schools, local industries, and universities. Local sections must demonstrate an outstanding organization and potential for growth.
Sponsor: Society Committee on Education (SOCED)

Outstanding Women Chemists Local Section Event -- (Even Year Events)
This award recognizes event that are focused on the advancement and/or promotion of Women in the Chemical Enterprise.
Sponsor: Women Chemists Committee (WCC)

Recognition of Innovation and Outstanding Service to Members of a Division
This award honors a division for unique activities or programs during the last fiscal year as provided in their annual report. A division must self-nominate itself for the award.
Sponsor: Committee on Divisional Activities