ACS Fellows Nominee Impact Examples

The selection of ACS Fellows is based on both of two areas: (1) Documented excellence and leadership that has an impact in the science, the profession, education, and/or management and (2) Documented excellence and leadership in volunteer service, based on specific results achieved, in service to ACS and its membership and community. 

In an ACS Fellow nomination package, there should be a clear description of the nominee's excellence and leadership and its impact in both of the above areas.  The key nomination form sections for communicating impact are Award Citations, Volunteer Service to the ACS Community, Contributions to the Science/Profession, and Nominator Letters.

Nominee Non-impactful vs. Impactful Examples

Non-impactful Impactful
The nominee served as our Division Councilor (or any other office) from 1986 to 2014. The nominee served as our Division Councilor (or any other office) from 1986 to 2014.  During that time, he/she was a leader in updating our bylaws and worked hard to bring modern topics, such as robotics, to our programming.
Our local section has 13 committees and the nominee has served on each of them. Our local section has 13 committees and the nominee has served on each of them.  On most committees, he/she has been a leader for improvement.  For instance, he/she suggested effective ways to use the e-rosters to contact new section members.  The nominee also used his/her years on the Student Committee to energize virtually every student chapter in our section, resulting in membership increases of over 25% and sponsored activity increases of over 50%.
For 15 years, the nominee has served as the Department Chair at our University. For 15 years, the nominee has served as the Department Chair at our University.  While chair, he/she led the effort to build a state-of-the-art science facility.  While doing that, the nominee also changed our degree program by developing an elective course on nanotechnology and encouraging every other faculty member to develop elective courses in their fields.
The nominee has secured 68 patents at our company. The nominee has secured 68 patents at our company. Of these patents, our company CEO has singled out 14 of them as game changers that have increased sales and profits by $.  In addition, two of the products are recognized as life-saving medical devices…
Forty-five internal reports were generated by the nominee's division of our company. Forty-five internal reports were generated by the nominee's division of our company. These internal reports were the basis of our company long-range planning group’s recommendations to restructure the company to regain leadership in our product line.
The nominee taught 5,623 students in organic chemistry from 2002 to present. The nominee taught 5,623 students in organic chemistry from 2002 to present.  These students have consistently outperformed expectations as evidenced by very high scores on the ACS Organic Chemistry Exam and also by the number of students obtaining internships between their second and third years.
Everyone in the environmental community knows the nominee and the quality of his/her work. Everyone in the environmental community knows the nominee and the quality of his/her work.  In particular, papers 16, 22, and 45 on his/her publication list are considered the most significant work on coral reef erosion in the past ten years.  Of particular interest, the nominee usually has one to three undergraduate student co-authors on his/her papers.
The nominee has many publications in his/her field. The nominee has many publications in his/her field.  Of the 1,283 publications, the nominee is acknowledged as the initiator of the wide-ranging fields of corrosion (papers 34, 68, 326), new lightweight alloys (papers 457, 623, 634, 662) and three-dimensional printing using metals rather than waxes (papers 12, 18, 22).
Working with the ACS has been the nominee's passion over the past 16 years. Working with the ACS has been the nominee’s passion over the past 16 years.  Joining the ACS in college led to volunteering for community activity events at the Spring 1998 and Fall 2001 ACS National Meetings.  The nominee then joined YCC where he/she initiated and organized several charity events such as the Totally Organic Boat Race down the Chicago River during the Spring 2007 ACS National Meeting which raised $ for scholarship funds. Since then, the nominee has been productive on other committees…
The nominee has served full terms on elected committees such as N&E and ConC. The nominee has served full terms on elected committees such as N&E and ConC.  While on N&E, the nominee was instrumental in suggesting many changes (such as audience questions and two speakers per question) that have vitalized the town hall meetings.  On ConC, the nominee has received notes from committee chairs and liaisons attesting to the well-received and helpful suggestions he/she always has for improvements.  These improvements include...
Mentoring students is the focus of the nominee's career. Mentoring students is the focus of the nominee's career.  He/she had 27 Ph.D. students and approximately 236 undergraduates work in his/her lab.  Of the undergraduates, 62% went on to Ph.D. programs in chemistry and 22% went into medicine.  The nominee's graduate students are known for their success in academia and industry.  In a day-long retirement symposium, these students recounted their careers and the impact of their mentor in their success.