Only information submitted via the nomination form will be used to evaluate the nominee. Correct spelling and grammar is important to the presentation of the nominee.
A candidate may receive more than one nomination provided that no more than one of the nominations is an individual nomination (e.g., a nomination submitted by a Division and also one submitted by an individual member). In the selection process, each nomination will be evaluated on its own merit and the ratings/scores will be aggregated in making the selection. A nominee receiving more than one nomination would have no intrinsic advantage or disadvantage relative to nominees with single nominations.
A member who is nominated and not selected may be re-nominated in subsequent years by the same or different nominators. Nominations are not carried over from year to year.
Once the Primary Nominator has identified the nomination type, the next requirement is to identify and select the nominee.
The Primary Nominator can search for the nominee by name or member number.
The search feature accesses the ACS membership database and only members who are eligible to be nominated will appear in the search results. Refer to the Eligibility and Selection Criteria page for more information.
(1) Code of Conduct
Respond to the following statement regarding the nominee: “To the best of my knowledge, including past and present circumstances, the nominee: (1) Employs and requires good safety protocols and practices in his/her laboratory and/or work environment; (2) Upholds the highest ethical standards in his/her laboratory and/or work environment; and (3) Otherwise engages in conduct that is consistent with both the objects of the American Chemical Society as stated in Article II Section I of its Constitution and the Chemical Professional's Code of Conduct. [New language was added in 2017]
A ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ response is required. A 'No' response requires an explanation. [New response field was added in 2017]
Code of Conduct Section Screenshot from Online Nomination System
(2) Award Citations
Describe the nominee's contributions in these two areas in a manner suitable for publication:
(1) Contribution to the Science/Profession Citation: Describe the nominee's most significant contribution and its impact in the science, the profession, education, and/or management.
(2) Contribution to the ACS Community Citation: Describe the nominee's most significant volunteer service and its impact in the ACS community.
Both citations are required and each citation must be 30 words or less.
Please note that the ACS Fellows Program considers compensated positions (e.g. ACS journal editorial positions) to be professional and not volunteer contributions. Please include compensated positions in the Science/Profession Citation and not in the ACS Community Citation.
Award Citations Section Screenshot from Online Nomination System
(3) Professional Organization Affiliations
Enter up to six of the nominee's most significant professional organization affiliations in ACS and/or other professional organizations.
In this section, if the nominee has affiliations in their ACS member record (e.g., positions held in ACS National Committees, Local Sections, Divisions, International Chapters), the Primary Nominator will see a link to open the nominee's ACS Positions Report so that he/she may copy and paste the desired ACS activities information into the affiliation fields.
Required fields for each affiliation: Professional Organization Name, Position/Title, From (year), To (year/present)
Example of a Professional Organization Affiliation record:
Professional Organization: American Chemical Society
Position/Title: Northwest Regional Meeting Chair
From: 1993 To: 1993
Professional Organization Affiliations Section Screenshot from Online Nomination System
Enter up to six of the most significant examples of the nominee’s documented excellence and leadership in volunteer service, based on specific results achieved, in service to ACS and its membership and community.
Each of the (up to) six volunteer service examples/activities should be entered and saved as a separate record.
Please note that the ACS Fellows Program considers compensated positions (e.g. ACS journal editorial positions) to be professional and not volunteer contributions. Please include compensated positions in the Contributions to the Science/Profession section and not in this section.
Required fields for each record: Volunteer Service Title, From (year), To (year/present), Volunteer Service Details (200 words or less in the text box), and Summary of Impact/Significance (50 words or less in the text box) [New field was added in 2017]
Example of a Volunteer Service to the ACS Community record:
Volunteer Service Title: ABC Local Section National Chemistry Week Project Chair
From: 2012 To: 2012
Volunteer Service Details: As Project Chair, he developed and managed the week-long schedule of activities with 10 volunteers and 100 student participants. He developed a chemistry road-show which traveled to three schools engaging students in hands-on activities including...
Summary of Impact/Significance: The partnership with the three schools has resulted in collaborating with teachers on science curriculum enhancements. In follow-up surveys teacher participants reported more student engagement and increases in science grade point averages...
Volunteer Service Section Screenshot from Online Nomination System
(5) Contributions to the Science/Profession
Enter up to six of the most significant examples of the nominee's documented excellence and leadership that has an impact in the science, profession, education, and/or management.
Each of the (up to) six science/profession contributions should be entered and saved as a separate record.
Required fields for each record: Science/Profession Contribution Title, From (year), To (year/present), Science/Profession Contribution Details (200 words or less in the text box), and Summary of Impact/Significance (50 words or less in text box) [New field was added in 2017]
Example of a Contribution to the Science/Profession record:
Science/Profession Contribution Title: Chemistry Education Text
From: 1995 To: 2000
Science/Profession Contribution Details: He is the co-author of a high school chemistry textbook, XYZ, which had a distribution of...
Summary of Impact/Significance: The textbook introduced a new methodology for the teaching of... and included innovative technology teaching aids to...
Contributions to the Science/Profession Section Screenshot from Online Nomination System
(6) Honors and Awards
Enter up to six major honors/awards for the nominee.
In this section, if the nominee has received an ACS National Award, the Primary Nominator will see a link to open the nominee's Honors and Awards Report so that he/she may copy and paste the desired ACS award information into the honor/award fields.
Required fields for each record: Honor/Award Name, Award Sponsor, Year received
Example of an Honors and Awards record:
Name: ACS Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry
Sponsor: ACS Exams Institute
Honors and Awards Section Screenshot from Online Nomination System
Each nomination requires two Secondary Nominators.
To identify the Secondary Nominators, the Primary Nominator can search for them by name or member number in the online nomination system.
The search feature accesses the ACS membership database and only members who are eligible to be secondary nominators will appear in the search results. Refer to the Eligibility and Selection Criteria page for more information.
Three letters of recommendation must be uploaded — one from the Primary Nominator and one from each of the two Secondary Nominators.
It is recommended that one Secondary Nominator focus on the nominee’s volunteer service to the ACS community contributions and the other Secondary Nominator focus on the nominee's scientific/professional contributions. Among the three letters, there should be a clear description of the nominee's excellence and leadership and its impact in both of these areas.
In order to provide a diverse perspective regarding the eligibility of the candidate, it is strongly recommended that the letters of recommendation address the breadth of the candidate’s professional contributions and volunteer service to the ACS community and not be limited just to the nominee’s contributions in research/teaching/management or as a member of a Committee, Local Section, or Division.
Letters of recommendation should be on official letterhead, where applicable.
Limit each letter two 2 pages or 800 words, with no less than 11 point font.
Only PDF file format is accepted.
Letter of Attestation (if applicable)
The online nomination system will verify if a Letter of Attestation is required based on the status of the nominators. If a Letter of Attestation is required, the system will prompt the Primary Nominator to upload one.
If the nomination is being submitted on behalf of a Committee, Division, or Local Section and the Chair of that body is not eligible to serve as the primary or a secondary nominator, the Chair must provide the Primary Nominator with a Letter of Attestation to be uploaded into the nomination system.
The Letter should be authored by the Chair of the nominating body, include the nominee’s name, and attest that the nomination is indeed being submitted on behalf of the Committee, Division, or Local Section. If the Chair is the nominee, refer to the Nomination Types page for requirements regarding who must write the letter.
The letter will be verified by program staff, but will not be seen by the Selection Committee.
Only PDF file format is accepted.
The nominee's resume or curriculum vitae must be uploaded.
Limit file to 2 pages, with no less than 11 point font.
Distinguish refereed from non-refereed publications in the file.
Only PDF file format is accepted.
Supplementary Information (optional)
If nominee information the Primary Nominator wants to include does not correspond to the designated sections of the nomination form, he/she should upload it in this optional section.
Support letters from persons who are not members of the ACS would be appropriate for this section.
If the nominee has proprietary work in industry, it is suggested that the nominator include a letter from someone in the nominee's management chain in this section.
Limit file to 5 pages or 2000 words for each nomination.