ACS Award for Encouraging Women into Careers in the Chemical Sciences

Purpose: To recognize significant accomplishments by individuals who have stimulated or fostered the interest of women in chemistry, promoting their professional developments as chemists or chemical engineers.

Nature: The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. A grant of $10,000 will be made to an academic institution, designated by the recipient, to strengthen its activities in meeting the objectives of the award. Up to $1,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. The Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society will organize the award address.

Eligibility: Nominees for the award may come from any professional setting: academia, industry, government, or other independent facility. The award is intended to recognize significant accomplishments by individuals in stimulating women to elect careers in the chemical sciences and engineering, and in generating a broader appreciation of chemistry as the central science. 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 Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. established the award in 1993.

Contact Information

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008


2021: Kay M. Brummond

2020: Katherine J. Franz

2019: Ruth E. Baltus

2018: Rebecca T. Ruck

2017: Judith M. Iriarte-Gross

2016: Carol A. Fierke

2015: E. Ann Nalley

2014: Sandra C. Greer

2013: Heather C. Allen

2012: Yves J. Chabal

2011: Mamie W. Moy

2010: Mildred S. Dresselhaus

2009: Mary F. Singleton

2008: Esther M. Conwell

2007: Bojan H. Jennings

2006: Catherine H. Middlecamp

2005: Geraldine L. Richmond

2004: Margaret-Ann Armour

2003: Madeleine Jacobs

2002: Barbara A. Sawrey

2001: Christina Bodurow Erwin

2000: Valerie J. Kuck

1999: Jeanette Grasselli-Brown

1998: Madeleine M. JoulliÉ

1997: Mary E. Thompson

1996: Nina M. Roscher

1995: Margaret C. Cavanaugh

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2019 recipient Ruth E. Baltus (center) is presented her award by sponsor representative Matthew V. Tirrell (right), and Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President (left).
Photo by Loris Guzzetta/ACS