Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal

Award at a Glance

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


To recognize distinguished service to chemistry by women chemists.


The award consists of $5,000, a medallion with a presentation box, and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. The medallion will be presented at the WCC luncheon held at the ACS Spring Meeting.


A nominee must be a citizen of the United States and have performed distinguished service to chemistry. The award will be granted regardless of race, age, religion, ethnicity, 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.


Francis P. Garvan-John M. Olin Medal Endowment


The award was established in 1936 through a donation from Francis P. Garvan and has been supported by a fund set up at that time. The award was sponsored by W. R. Grace and Co. from 1979 to 1983. Since 1984, the Olin Corporation has assumed sponsorship of the award.

Contact Information

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

2023 Recipient Jeanne E. Pemberton
2023 Recipient Jeanne E. Pemberton (Second Left) is Presented with Her Award by Judith C. Giordan, ACS President (First Left), Amy M. Balija, Chair of the ACS Women Chemists Committee (First Right), and Kimberley Agnew-Heard, ACS Board of Directors (Second Right)
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