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, 2022


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. Learn more about ACS National Award Nominations.


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. Effective with the 1984 award, Olin Corporation assumed sponsorship.

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 Anne B. McCoy presented with her award
2022 recipient Anne B. McCoy is presented her award by Amy M. Balija and Natalie LaFranzo (right), and Angela K. Wilson, ACS President (left).
Photo by Nam Thai,

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