National Awards

Yellow banner with blue and white text: The ACS National Awards: Advancing Chemistry, Supporting Research, and Promoting Chemists

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.

Nominate a noteworthy chemist for a 2024 ACS National Awards by November 1, 2022. Submit a Nomination.

Nomination Information

Your opportunity to highlight outstanding work in the chemical sciences and chemical education is here! By nominating a peer or colleague for a 2024 ACS National Awards, you'll help recognize that person's extraordinary accomplishments and inspire other scientists and students to strive for excellence in their own work, in support of each other and the larger chemistry enterprise. The nomination period will close on November 1, 2022, and winners will be announced in August 2023.

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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 Hybrid Ceremony

The 2022 National Awards ceremony was held as a hybrid event (in-person and virtual) at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, Indigo Ballroom, and online on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in conjunction with ACS Spring 2022 in San Diego, CA. Dr. Peter B. Dervan (Caltech University) delivered the Priestley Medal Awards Address.

2022 ACS National Awards recipients
2022 Award Recipient Vignettes


ACS 2021 National Awards Virtual Ceremony (Vimeo)
The hybrid National Awards Ceremony honored the 2021 ACS National Award recipients on Sunday, August 22, 2021.  

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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