National Awards

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The ACS National Awards program is designed to encourage the advancement of chemistry in all its branches, to support research in chemical science and in industry, and to promote the careers of chemists.

Nomination Information

The nomination period for the 2025 ACS National Awards closed on November 1, 2023. The winners will be announced in August 2024 in Chemical & Engineering News.

Cato T. Laurencin

2023 Priestley Medalist

Cato T. Laurencin, the University Professor and Albert and Wilda Van Dusen Distinguished Endowed Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Connecticut, was awarded the 2023 Priestley Medal, the American Chemical Society’s highest honor. He is being recognized for his work on polymeric materials and composites for biological use, as well as for his leadership in inclusion, diversity, equity, and antiracism. View C&EN article.

2023 National Awards Hybrid Ceremony

The 2023 National Awards Banquet and Ceremony, including the 2023 Priestley Medal Address, took place on Tuesday, March 28, 2023 in conjunction with ACS Spring 2023 in Indianapolis, IN. It was a hybrid event (in-person and virtual) at the JW Marriott Indianapolis Hotel and online.


Prized Science (YouTube)
This video series features the work and contributions of recipients who have won ACS prizes. Watch, listen, and discover how the chemistry behind their awards transforms our lives.

Becoming Award Ready Webinar (YouTube)
How do deserving and accomplished chemical scientists from diverse backgrounds become ACS award winners? This short presentation shares the key aspects of preparing for and creating a successful nomination package for an ACS National Award.

National Awards Office Division Primer (PDF)
This booklet provides technical divisions with quick access to answers to questions regarding the selection and canvassing committee process and the National Awards Banquet and Ceremony, as well as information on how to nominate deserving individuals for the ACS National Awards.

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