ACS Award for Encouraging Women Into Careers in the Chemical Sciences

Award at a Glance

Recipient Faculty, Industry, Chemistry Professional, Institution
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + $10,000 to institution
DeadlineNovember 1, 2023


To recognize significant accomplishments by individuals who have stimulated or fostered the interest of women in chemistry, promoting their professional developments as chemists or chemical engineers.


The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. A grant of $10,000 will be made to an academic institution, designated by the recipient, to strengthen its activities in meeting the objectives of the award. Up to $1,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. The Women Chemists Committee of the American Chemical Society will organize the award address.


Nominees for the award may come from any professional setting: academia, industry, government, or other independent facility. The award is intended to recognize significant accomplishments by individuals in stimulating women to elect careers in the chemical sciences and engineering and in generating a broader appreciation of chemistry as the central science. The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.


November 1 (Annual Review)

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1 annually. Learn more about submitting a nomination for the ACS National Awards.


The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc.


The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, Inc. established the award in 1993.

Contact Information

ACS National Awards Program
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW | Washington, DC 20036

2023 Recipient Caroline Melkonian Ylitalo
2023 Recipient Caroline Melkonian Ylitalo (Center) is Presented with Her Award by Judith Giordan, ACS President (Left) and Sponsor Representative H. Scott Walter (Right)
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