Henkel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Science & Engineering

Sponsor: Henkel Corporation


The Henkel Award of Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Science and Engineering was established to recognize a PhD graduate student or recent graduate who has completed an outstanding PhD thesis in research at a university in the US or Canada.  The award is administered and sponsored by the POLY and PMSE divisions of the ACS. Previously, this award was known as the AkzoNobel Award for Outstanding Graduate Research in Polymer Chemistry. This award is presented annually in the fall at the national ACS meeting during the POLY/PMSE award program.


The Awardee receives a $2,000 honorarium and travel support to attend the Fall ACS National Meeting in the year of the award to participate in a half-day symposium co-organized by the primary nominator and Prof. Mahesh K. Mahanthappa (maheshkm@umn.edu)). In addition, the award will be presented at the joint POLY/PMSE awards presentation, typically on the Wednesday evening of the Fall National Meeting.


A nominee must be a member or affiliate of the POLY division of ACS and must currently be a PhD candidate or have earned their PhD during the three years prior to January 1 of the award year. Nominees are judged on the basis of their contribution to the thesis research, the quality and level of innovation demonstrated, and the impact of their research on the science and technology of synthetic polymers or biopolymers. Preference will be given to nominees who have not already been recognized by two or more ACS Awards with associated honorary symposia.

Nomination Deadline:

25 January of each calendar year


Nominators must be a member or affiliate of the POLY division and must be the nominee’s thesis supervisor or someone intimately familiar with the nominee’s work. A complete nomination package comprises:

  • Nominee’s Curriculum Vita (CV) including Education & Training, Awards & Honors, list of Publications, list of Conference Presentations, Professional Activities & Affiliations
  • Synopsis of nominee’s graduate work: 2 pages maximum
  • Nomination letter from the thesis advisor: 3 pages maximum
  • Up to two (2) letters supporting the nomination: 2 pages maximum per letter
  • Up to three (3) representative 1st author publications from the nominee’s graduate work.

Complete nomination packages collated into a single PDF file containing the above items in the specified order should be sent by email to Prof. Jessica Kramer at jessica.kramer@utah.edu. The email subject line should be “YYYY” Henkel Graduate Award (where “YYYY” is the year of the nomination deadline).

Division Sponsor

The Polymer Education Committee (PolyEd) of the ACS Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering (PMSE) and Polymer Chemistry (POLY) Divisions.

Contact Information

The nomination deadline for this award is January 25 of each year. Nomination packages should be sent by email to Prof. Jessica Kramer at jessica.kramer@utah.edu