Charles Lathrop Parsons Award

Award at a Glance

Recipient Volunteer
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2023


To recognize outstanding public service by a member of the ACS.


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. The award is not normally given more than once every two years. However, the ACS Board of Directors may, at its discretion, reduce the interval to one year for a nominee of its choosing if, in its judgment, circumstances in a given year warrant such action.


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 must be a member of the ACS and a citizen of the United States and must have performed outstanding public service. Neither the scientific reputation nor the record of scientific achievement of a member affects her or his eligibility for this award, which is not directed toward recognition of scientific accomplishment or stature.

The public service to be recognized may be performed either as a part of or completely outside the regular duties and activities of the nominee's employment. Current members of the ACS Board of Directors are ineligible to receive the award.


November 1 (Presented Biennially in Odd-Numbered Years)

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.


American Chemical Society


The ACS established the award in 1952.

Contact Information

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

2023 Recipient William F. Carroll, Jr.
2023 Recipient William F. Carroll, Jr. (Center) is Presented with His Award by Judith Giordan, ACS President (Left) and Paul W. Jagodzinski, Chair, ACS Board of Directors (Right)
Photo by Loris Guzzetta/ACS

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