ACS Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry

Purpose: To recognize outstanding contributions to experimental research that have increased our understanding of chemical pedagogy and led to the improved teaching and learning of chemistry.

Nature: The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.

Eligibility: This award recognizes contributions to experimental research that have increased our understanding of chemical pedagogy and led to the improved teaching and learning of chemistry. The award will recognize research contributions involving a significant body of work rather than a single project or contribution. This is an international award.

The award honors qualitative, quantitative, experimental research or case study research that investigates some aspect of the teaching and learning of chemistry. The research contributions may include the testing of research hypotheses, basing experiments on existing theories, incorporating what is known in the literature into the research, using an experimental design or recognized data-collection procedure, analyzing quantitative or qualitative data, and drawing valid conclusions from the observations and data. Experimental research should include one or more recognized techniques and be designed as control-group designs with random assignments of subjects or the use of in-tact class sections; factorial designs, bi-variate or multivariate correlation studies, etc. The research must show independence of thought and originality.

Evidence of outstanding research may include, but is not limited to dissemination of the results of the research via appropriate peer-reviewed science education, chemical education, or science journals; chapters in science education, chemical education, or science books; invited talks at academic institutions; and/or invited talks, posters, workshops, and participation in panel discussions at professional meetings. Support of the research through local, regional or national grants and/or the adoption, adaptation, or citation of aspects of the work by other researchers, scholars, and/or practitioners serves as evidence of the validity, applicability and acceptability of the research.

The award will be administered in accordance with the governing documents of the ACS for national awards. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.

Deadline: November 1 (annual review).

Establishment & Support: The ACS Exams Institute, through its Board of Trustees, began sponsoring the award in 2017. Pearson Education established support of this award in 2007 and the sponsorship ended in 2016.

Contact Information

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-4800
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008



2020: Stacey Lowery Bretz

2019: Diane M. Bunce

2018: George M. Bodner

2017: Marcy H. Towns

2016: Avi Hofstein

2015: Vickie M. Williamson

2014: Melanie Cooper

2013: Mary B. Nakhleh

2012: Loretta L. Jones

2011: David F. Treagust

2010: Michael R. Abraham

2009: Alexander Henry Johnstone

2008: Dorothy L. Gabel

2007: J. Dudley Herron



2019 recipient Diane M. Bunce (second to left) is presented her award by sponsor representatives Kristen Murphy (second to right), Alex Grushow (right), and Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President (left).
Photo by Loris Guzzetta/ACS