ACS Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution

Purpose: To recognize the importance of research with undergraduates. The award will honor a chemistry faculty member whose research in an undergraduate setting has achieved wide recognition and contributed significantly to chemistry and to the professional development of undergraduate students.

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. Research Corp. will also provide a grant of $5,000 directly to the recipient's institution.

Eligibility: The nominee's department may offer work leading to the master's degree but cannot have a doctoral program. This award recognizes fundamental research that constitutes advances in science as evidenced by refereed publications with undergraduate coauthors in leading scientific research journals, external research grant support, and the subsequent professional development of students who have participated in the research program. The award will be given for significant work over a long period of time rather than for a specific, limited project. A nominee must be a tenured faculty member of a predominantly undergraduate institution. 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: Research Corporation for Science Advancement, a private foundation for the advancement of science, established the award in 1984.

Contact Information

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


2018: Joseph J. Pesek

2017: Maria Hepel

2016: Thomas E. Goodwin

2015: George C. Shields

2014: Bert E. Holmes

2013: Nancy S. Mills

2012: David K. Lewis

2011: Gregory J. Grant

2010: Thomas J. Wenzel

2009: Moses Lee

2008: John T. Gupton

2007: Cheryl D. Stevenson

2006: Charles F. Beam

2005: Phoebe K. Dea

2004: Keith H. Pannell

2003: Ronald L. Christensen

2002: Thomas C. Werner

2001: Robert F. Pasternack

2000: George B. Kauffman

1999: James N. Spencer

1998: Rabindra N. Roy

1997: Gary C. DeFotis

1996: Norman C. Craig

1995: Joseph Sherma

1994: Claude H. Yoder

1993: Maria C. Linder

1992: Mitsuru Kubota

1991: Philip C. Myhre

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2018 recipient Joseph J. Pesek (center) is presented his award by sponsor representative Silvia Ronco (right) and Peter K. Dorhout, ACS President (left).