James T. Grady-James H. Stack Award for Interpreting Chemistry for the Public

Award at a Glance

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


To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding reporting directly to the public which materially increases the public's knowledge and understanding of chemistry, chemical engineering, and related fields.


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 during the award address.


A nominee must have made noteworthy presentations through a medium of public communication to increase the American public's understanding of chemistry and chemical progress. This information can have been disseminated through the press, radio, television, films, online media, lecture platforms, or books for the lay public. 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.


American Chemical Society


The award was established in 1955 as the James T. Grady Award and is supported by the ACS. James H. Stack was added to the award name in 1984. 

Contact Information

ACS National Awards Program
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street NW | Washington, DC 20036
Email: awards@acs.org

2023 Recipient Mitch Jacoby
2023 Recipient Mitch Jacoby (Second Left) is Presented with His Award by Judith C. Giordan, ACS President (First Left) and Sponsor Representatives Lisa M. Balbes (First Right) and Preston J. MacDougall (Second Right)
Photo by EPNAC.com

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