James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching

Purpose: To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry in the United States, its possessions or territories, at the national level.

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. A certificate will also be provided to the recipient's institution for display.

Eligibility: 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. Any individual, except a member of the award selection committee or currently enrolled student of the nominee, may submit one nomination or support letter in any given year. Local sections are especially encouraged to submit nominations for the award. The nominee must be actively engaged in the teaching of chemistry in a high school (grades 9-12). The nomination should clearly demonstrate as many of the following attributes of the nominee as possible:

  1. Quality of teaching (unusually effective methods of presentation should be emphasized)
  2. Ability to challenge and inspire students
  3. Extracurricular work in chemistry including science fairs, science clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of young people in chemistry and related sciences
  4. Willingness to keep up-to-date in the field, as evidenced by pursuit of a higher degree in chemistry, enrollment in refresher courses and summer institutions, regular attendance at scientific meetings, and other means of self-improvement

The nomination should include a nominee-authored statement of not more than 500 words which describes the nominee’s beliefs about teaching and learning, how those beliefs have developed, and specific examples of how those beliefs have been put into practice. This statement should be included in the section where any publications or patents are listed.

One support letter is required. A second support letter is optional, but strongly encouraged. Support letters may include careful evaluations of the teacher's effectiveness by a supervisor or principal, by associates, or by members of the Society who have visited the nominee's classes. Letters from currently enrolled high school students are not acceptable, but letters from former students may be included. Retired teachers are not eligible for this award.

Deadline: November 1

Establishment & Support: The Journal of Chemical Education and ChemEdX endowed the award in 2017. Thermo Fisher Scientific, Inc. sponsored the award from 2007 to 2016. The ACS sponsored the award in 1973, 1974, 2005, and 2006. The Albemarle Corp. sponsored the award from 1994 to 2004. The award was sponsored by the Ethyl Corporation from 1980 to 1993 and by the Chemical Education Material Study from 1975 to 1979. The award was established in 1965 by E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. which supported it from 1967 to 1972.

Contact Information

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


2017 Laura E. Slocum

2016 Julia Winter

2015 Jenelle L. Ball

2014 Kathleen A. Kitzmann

2013 Stephen Radice

2012 Roxie Allen

2011 Jesse D. Bernstein

2010 Jeffrey Hepburn

2009 Sally B. Mitchell

2008 Richard Goodman

2007 Eleanor W. Siegrist

2006 Gwendolyn S. Marbury

2005 Annis Hapkiewicz

2004 Toni A. Watt

2003 Linda K. Ford

2002 Theresa R. Corley

2001 Barbara Pressey Sitzman

2000 Frank G. Cardulla

1999 John L. Ihde

1998 Maria R. Walsh

1997 Robert D. Becker

1996 David Pysnik

1995 Robert J. Lewis

1994 Lee Marek

1993 Michael J. Bannon

1992 Lois Fruen

1991 Mary E. Key

1990 John Liebermann, Jr.

1989 Clifford L. Schrader

1988 Edmund J. Escudero

1987 Mary C. Johnson

1986 Ronald I. Perkins

1985 Douglas D. Smith

1984 Douglas A. Halsted

1983 Janet A. Harris

1982 Robert Roe, Jr.

1981 Floyd F. Sturtevant

1980 Evelyn R. Bank

1979 Shirley E. Richardson

1978 Samuel H. Perlmutter

1977 Sidney P. Harris

1976 Dorthea H. Hoffmann

1975 George W. Stapleton

1974 Wallace J. Gleekman

1973 Melvin Greenstadt

2016 recipient Julia Winter (center) is presented her award by sponsor representative, Steve McQueen (right), and Donna J. Nelson, ACS President (left).