National Awards

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The ACS National Awards program is designed to encourage the advancement of chemistry in all its branches, to support research in chemical science and industry, and to promote the careers of chemists.

Congratulations to the 2022 ACS National Awards recipients!

2022 Priestley Medalist

Peter B. Dervan, Bren Professor of Chemistry, Emeritus, at the California Institute of Technology, has been named the recipient of the 2022 Priestley Medal, the American Chemical Society’s highest honor. He is being honored for his contributions to the field of chemical biology, especially the development of molecules that bind to specific DNA sequences. View C&EN article.

National Awards Virtual Ceremony

Winners of the 2021 National Awards were honored at a hybrid (virtual and modified in-person) Awards Ceremony in conjunction with the ACS Fall 2021 Meeting in Atlanta. The ceremony was held on Sunday, August 22, at 7:00 PM ET at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel, Atrium Ballroom. The 2021 Priestley Medalist, A. Paul Alivisatos, delivered the keynote address.

Nomination Information

The nomination period for the 2023 ACS National Awards closed on November 1, 2021. Thank you to all who participated in the nomination process this year. The winners will be announced in August 2022. We will begin accepting nominations for the 2024 ACS National Awards in July 2022.


ACS 2020 National Awards Virtual Ceremony (Vimeo)
The first virtual National Awards Ceremony honored the 2020 ACS National Award recipients on Friday, April 9, 2021. The ceremony can be viewed via the above link and officially begins at the 39:10 mark. The 84th Awards Ceremony recognized 75 recipients of 59 national awards and sponsor representatives. The 2020 Priestley Medalist, Dr. JoAnne Stubbe, Professor Emerita, MIT, delivered the keynote presentation “The Road Less Traveled: for Love of Detection, Discovery and All Things Radical in Nature.”

Prized Science (YouTube)
This video series features the work and contributions of recipients who won ACS prizes. Watch, listen, and discover how the chemistry behind ACS’ awards transforms our lives.

Becoming Award Ready Webinar (YouTube)
How do deserving and accomplished chemical scientists from diverse backgrounds become ACS award nominees and potentially winners? This short presentation shares the key aspects of preparing for and creating a successful nomination package for an ACS National Award.

National Awards Office Division Primer (PDF)
This booklet provides technical divisions with quick access to answers to questions regarding the ACS National Awards Program’s selection and canvassing committee process and the awards banquet and ceremony, as well as how to nominate deserving individuals for national awards.

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