George C. Pimentel Award in Chemical Education

Award at a Glance

Recipient Industry, K-12 Teacher, Faculty, Chemistry Professional, International
Category National Awards
Amount$5,000 + Expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2024


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, or 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 annually. Learn more about submitting a nomination for the ACS National Awards.


Supported by an Endowed Fund Established by the ACS Division of Chemical Education and the Board of Publications that supports the Journal of Chemical Education and ChemEd X


The award was established in 1950 as the ACS Award in Chemical Education by the Scientific Apparatus Makers Association and financed by its Laboratory Apparatus and Optical Sections through 1976. ACS sponsored the award in 1977. Union Carbide Corp. sponsored the award from 1978 to 2000 and the Dow Chemical Company continued sponsoring the award from 2001 to 2006 following its merger with Union Carbide Corp. Rohm and Haas Company sponsored the award in 2007 and 2008. Cengage Learning and the ACS Division of Chemical Education co-sponsored the award in 2009 and Cengage Learning and the ACS co-sponsored the award in 2010 and 2011. Cengage Learning and the friends and colleagues of George and Jeanne Pimentel sponsored the award from 2012 to 2014. The ACS Division of Chemical Education co-sponsored the award with Cengage Learning from 2015 to 2021. No award was presented in 2022. The ACS Division of Chemical Education and the Board of Publications that supports the Journal of Chemical Education and ChemEd X began sponsorship via an endowment in 2022.

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2019 Recipient Catherine H. Middlecamp
2024 Recipient Donald J. Wink (Second Left) is Presented with His Award by Mary K. Carroll, ACS President (First Left), and Sponsor Representatives Resa Kelly (First Right) and Maria Oliver-Hoyo (Second Right)
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