Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry

Award at a Glance

Recipient Student, Faculty, Chemistry Professional, Early Career, International
Category National Awards
Amount$3,000 + expenses
DeadlineNovember 1, 2023


To recognize an outstanding an outstanding graduate student and their preceptor(s) in the field of chemistry, broadly defined.


The graduate student will receive $3,000 and a plaque inscribed with the signatures of Nobel laureates. The student's preceptor(s) will receive $3,000 and a plaque for permanent display in the institution's chemistry department. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed by the sponsor.


The graduate student nominee must have completed a Ph.D. dissertation in chemistry within the 12-month period before the deadline for receipt of nominations. The award will recognize only work done while the nominee was a graduate student. 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.

A nomination should consist of (1) a nominator form including a brief biographical sketch of the graduate student nominee and the preceptor(s); (2) a synopsis of the nominee's dissertation no longer than ten typewritten pages (double-spaced); and (3) one or two support letters from experts in the field of the dissertation independently appraising its significance. All documents must be in English.


Sponsored by Avantor


The award was established in 1978 by Avantor (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker Inc.) as the Nobel Laureate Signature Award for a Graduate Student in Chemistry. The award was extended to recognize the student's preceptor(s) in 1980 and the title was changed. Designation of the award as the Nobel Laureate Signature Award is made with the acquiescence of the Nobel Foundation.

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2024 Nobel Laureate Award Recipients Melissa Lucero and Jefferson Chan
2024 Recipients Melissa Lucero, Student (First Right), and Jefferson Chan, Preceptor (First Left), are Presented with Their Awards by Mary K. Carroll, ACS President (First Left), and Sponsor Representative Nandu V. Deorkar (Second Right)
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