ACS Award for Research at an Undergraduate Institution

Award at a Glance

Recipient Faculty, Chemistry Professional, International
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2023


To recognize the importance of research with undergraduates. The award will honor a chemistry faculty member whose research in an undergraduate setting has achieved wide recognition and contributed significantly to chemistry and to the professional development of undergraduate students.


The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. Research Corp. will also provide a grant of $5,000 directly to the recipient's institution..


The nominee's department may offer work leading to the master's degree but cannot have a doctoral program. This award recognizes fundamental research that constitutes advances in science as evidenced by refereed publications with undergraduate coauthors in leading scientific research journals, external research grant support, and the subsequent professional development of students who have participated in the research program. The award will be given for significant work over a long period of time rather than for a specific, limited project. A nominee must be a tenured faculty member of a predominantly undergraduate institution. 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.


Sponsored by Research Corporation for Science Advancement


Research Corporation for Science Advancement, a private foundation for the advancement of science, established the award in 1984.

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2024 Research at Undergraduate Award Recipient Rachel Narehood Austin
2024 Recipient Rachel Narehood Austin (Center) is Presented with Her Award by Mary K. Carroll, ACS President (Left), and Sponsor Representative Silvia Ronco
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