George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education

Award at a Glance

Recipient K-12 Teacher, Industry, Chemistry Professional, Faculty
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2023


To recognize outstanding contributions to chemical education.


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.


A nominee must have made outstanding contributions to chemical education considered in its broadest meaning, including the training of professional chemists; the dissemination of reliable information about chemistry to prospective chemists, members of the profession, students in other fields, and the general public; and the integration of chemistry into our educational system. The activities recognized by the award may be in the fields of teaching (at any level), organization and administration, influential writing, educational research, the methodology of instruction, the establishment of standards of instruction, and public enlightenment. 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. Learn more about ACS National Award Nominations.


ACS Division of Chemical Education and the Board of Publications that supports the Journal of Chemical Education and ChemEdX


The Division of Chemical Education and the Board of Publications that supports the Journal of Chemical Education and ChemEdX began sponsorship via an endowment in 2022. No award was presented in 2022. The ACS Division of Chemical Education co-sponsored the award with Cengage Learning from 2015 - 2021. Cengage Learning and friends and colleagues of George and Jeanne Pimentel sponsored the award from 2012-2014. Cengage Learning and the American Chemical Society co-sponsored the award in 2010 and 2011. Cengage Learning and the ACS Division of Chemical Education co-sponsored the award in 2009. Rohm and Haas Company sponsored the award in 2007 and 2008.

From 2001 to 2006, the Dow Chemical Co. Inc. continued sponsoring the award upon its merger with Union Carbide Corp. (1978 - 2000). The award was established as the ACS Award in Chemical Education in 1950 by Scientific Apparatus Makers Association and financed by its Laboratory Apparatus and Optical Sections through 1976. The ACS Board of Directors voted for ACS sponsorship of the award in 1977 and 2002.

Contact Information

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

2019 recipient Catherine Middlecamp receives her award plaque.
2019 recipient Catherine Middlecamp (second to left) is presented her award by sponsor representatives, Irvin J. Levy (second to right), Maureen McLaughlin (right), and Bonnie A. Charpentier, ACS President (left).
Photo by Loris Guzzetta/ACS

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