Award for Volunteer Service to the American Chemical Society

Award at a Glance

Recipient Volunteer
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2022


To recognize the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served the ACS, contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society.


The award consists of $5,000, a certificate, and an inscription of the recipient’s name on a plaque displayed at ACS Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed.


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. A nominee will have been a member of the ACS for at least 15 years, and will have made significant contributions to the ACS. The volunteerism to be recognized may comprise a variety of activities, including, but not limited to, the initiation or sponsorship of a singular endeavor or exemplary performance as a member or chair of a national level ACS committee, or as an elected division or local section officer, or outstanding service in a leadership role in regional meeting(s) or a local section. Past and present members of the ACS Board of Directors and staff are ineligible for the award.


November 1 (annual review)

How to Apply

The nomination period is open from July 1 to November 1. Learn more about ACS National Award Nominations.

Judging Process

Selection of Recipient: Nominations will be solicited from individuals via the channels customary for other awards. Peer recognition of the significance and impact of service is important for this award. Strong letters of support are a crucial element of a successful nomination. Each nominee for the award will remain a nominee for three successive years without re-nomination, unless selected as the recipient. Prior to the ACS spring national meeting, the ACS Board of Directors will be provided with a comprehensive listing of all current nominees for this award. At the spring meeting, the ACS Committee on Professional and Member Relations (P&MR) will present to the ACS Board of Directors a screened list of no more than five nominees.

Following the spring meeting, the full Board will be provided with complete nominations for all nominees on the screened list provided by P&MR. The ACS Board of Directors will select the recipient. The ACS Committee on Professional and Member Relations will recommend a time and a place for the presentation of the award and the recipient’s response, depending on the identity of the recipient and the service to be honored.


American Chemical Society


The ACS Board of Directors established the award in 2001 with support from the ACS General Endowment Fund.

Contact Information

Awards Office
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036-4801
Phone: 202-872-4575
Fax: 202-776-8008

photo of Amber Hinkle presented with her award
2022 recipient Amber S. Hinkle (center) is presented her award by Dorothy J. Phillips (right), and Angela K. Wilson, ACS President (left).
Photo by Nam Thai,

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