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Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry

Sponsor: Avantor

Purpose: To recognize an outstanding graduate student and her or his preceptor(s), in the field of chemistry, as broadly defined.

Nature: The graduate student will receive $3,000 and a plaque inscribed with the signatures of Nobel laureates. The student's preceptor(s) will receive $3,000 and a plaque for permanent display in the institution's chemistry department. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed by the sponsor.

Eligibility: The graduate student nominee must have completed a Ph.D. dissertation in chemistry within the 12-month period before the deadline for receipt of nominations. The award will recognize only work done while the nominee was a graduate student. 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.

Nominating Procedure: A nomination consists of (1) a nominator form including a brief biographical sketch of the graduate student nominee and the preceptor(s); (2) a synopsis of the nominee's Ph.D. dissertation no longer than 10 typewritten pages (double-spaced); and (3) one or two support forms from experts in the field of the dissertation independently appraising its significance. All documents must be in English.

Note: The Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry is sponsored by Avantor. Designation of the award as the Nobel Laureate Signature Award is made with the acquiescence of the Nobel Foundation.

Deadline: November 1

Establishment & Support: The award was established in 1978 by Avantor (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker Inc.) as the Nobel Laureate Signature Award for a Graduate Student in Chemistry. In 1980 the award was extended to recognize the student's preceptor(s) and its title was changed.

Contact Information

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


2021: Paul E. Ohno and Franz M. Geiger

2020: Anna Wuttig and Yogesh Surendranath

2019: Bryan Michael Hunter and Harry B. Gray  

2018: Aleksandr V. Zhukhovitskiy and Jeremiah A. Johnson

2017: Junqi Li and Martin D. Burke

2016: Matthew J. Polinski and Thomas E. Albrecht-Schmitt 

2015: Denis Malyshev and Floyd Romesberg.

2014: Livia S. Eberlin and R. Graham Cooks

2013: Bryan C. Dickinson and Christopher J. Chang

2012: Xin Zhang and Shu-ou Shan

2011: Pingwu Du and Richard Eisenberg

2010: Sang-Hee Shim and Martin T. Zanni

2009: Laura A. Banaszynski and Thomas J. Wandless

2008: Rebecca Anne Nelson and David Eisenberg

2007: Anirban Banerjee and Gregory L. Verdine

2006: Raquel L. Lieberman and Amy C. Rosenzweig

2005: Christy L. Haynes and Richard P. Van Duyne

2004: So-Jung Park and Chad A. Mirkin

2003: Phil S. Baran and K.C. Nicolaou

2002: F. Dean Toste and Barry M. Trost

2001: Martin T. Zanni and Daniel M. Neumark

2000: S. Alex Kandel and Richard N. Zare

1999: Justin Du Bois and Erick M. Carreira

1998: Jaqueline Kiplinger and Thomas G. Richmond

1997: Christopher B. Murray and Moungi Bawendi

1996: Stephan Stranick and Paul S. Weiss

1995: Minhaeng Cho and Graham R. Fleming

1994: Mark W. Grinstaff and Kenneth S. Suslick

1993: Andrew D. Johnson and Sylvia T. Ceyer

1992: Marcos Dantus and Ahmed Zewail

1991: Susan T. Graul and Robert R. Squires

1990: Yongqin Chen, Robert W. Field, and James L. Kinsey

1989: Nicholas J. Kirchner and Michael T. Bowers

1988: David L. Clark and Malcolm H. Chisholm

1987: Mark D. Hollingsworth and J. Michael McBride

1986: Robert L. Whetten, Gregory S. Ezra, and Edward R. Grant

1985: Peter G. Schultz and Peter B. Dervan

1984: Christopher S. Gudeman and R. Claude Woods

1983: David J. Nesbitt, James T. Hynes, and Stephen R. Leone

1982: Warren S. Warren and Alexander Pines

1981: James C. Weisshaar

1980: Wayne L. Gladfelter

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2019 preceptor recipient Harry B. Gray (second to left) and student recipient Bryan Michael Hunter (second to right) were presented their award by sponsor representative Nandu V. Deorkar (right) and Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President (left).
Photo by Loris Guzzetta/ACS