ACS Chemical Technology Student Award

Developed by the ACS Committee on Technician Affairs (CTA), the Chemical Technology Student Award honors top students earning associate’s or bachelor’s degrees with the goal of joining the industrial workforce.  Under the program, individual 2- and 4-year academic institutions may each choose one student to honor. CTA then provides a personalized certificate that the college or university may present to its student winner. In addition, students will be recognized by name during the spring ACS national meeting. Nominations are due by January 31st each year. ACS membership isn't required for a nominee to be considered for the award.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the award, students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be enrolled in a chemistry or chemistry-based technology program
  • Aspire to work in the chemical or a related industry as a chemical technician or in another role
  • Must have completed 75% of the program coursework by the time the award is presented
  • Demonstrate a high level of integrity and reliability
  • Demonstrate exceptional performance in the laboratory (safety, experimental setup and design, data analysis,  teamwork, and problem solving)
  • Exhibit strong oral and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate superior academic performance across all courses (consistently in the upper 10%)

Selection Process

The nomination and selection process is handled entirely by individual academic institutions and is carried out as follows: 

  1. Institutions form a selection committee composed of chemistry and/or chemical technology faculty.  
  2. The committee solicits or collects nominations, then evaluates students based on the eligibility requirements (described above).
  3. The selection committee selects one winner and notifies ACS of the selection using the Institution Report Form.  Presentation of the award is at the discretion of the institution.