Rising Stars in Green Chemistry Education Award

Award at a Glance

Recipient Faculty, Early Career
Category Teaching,  Green Chemistry,  Travel,  Research
Amount$1,000 + travel
DeadlineSeptember 1, 2023


To recognize outstanding early-career scholars who have committed to a significant focus on green chemistry and/or sustainability in curricula for teaching chemistry, chemical engineering, or a closely related field.


There are two annual awards: one designated for a scholar teaching in the U.S. and the other for an international scholar teaching at an institution outside the U.S. Each award will consist of a certificate, $1,000 honorarium, and travel support for the awardee and one student (up to $2,000 each) to attend the annual Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference (GC&E) to receive the award and present their work.

  • Applications Will Open in June 2023


Early-career scholars (within ten years of completing their terminal degree or post-doctoral appointment) who have committed to a significant focus on green chemistry and/or sustainability in their curricula for teaching are eligible. Curricula can include material for teaching traditional lecture classes, laboratory classes, and/or other non-traditional modes of instruction if student success has been demonstrated convincingly. Mentoring/apprenticeship in the research laboratory will also be considered, if research outcomes are directly tied to the fundamental tenets of green chemistry and student development and training are valued and measurable. Award winners are required to attend the annual GC&E conference and give oral and/or poster presentations about their work.

Conference participation:

Applicants should be aware that winners are expected to attend and present at the GC&E conference during the designated year the award is bestowed. Applications submitted in 2023 will be considered for the 2024 Rising Star awards, with travel funding provided for the 2024 GC&E conference. In addition to presenting their work, faculty awardees will join a network of previous ACS GCI awardees who may be called upon to read applications and select winners for future awards. Students who travel to the GC&E should also be prepared to give an oral or poster presentation on their research (or relevant area of study/interest) during the conference and submit a brief report to ACS GCI on their experience after the conference.


The deadline for the 2024 Rising Star in Green Chemistry Education Awards is 11:59 p.m. EDT (GMT-4) on September 1, 2023. 

Application Requirements

Applications will open in June 2023 and applicants may apply using the ACS Green Chemistry Institute application portal. To use the portal you will need to have or create a free ACS ID. Be prepared to submit the following information:

Judging Process

A panel of experts selected by the ACS GCI will judge the applications. This panel might include members of the scientific, educational, industrial, governmental, and environmental communities.


The ACS Green Chemistry Institute will notify applicants of award acceptance by December 31st. 


ACS Campaign for a Sustainable Future

Contact Information

Email: gci@acs.org

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