Student Chapter Award

Award at a Glance

Recipient Student, International
Category Community Recognition
DeadlineMay 31, 2023


To provide recognition for ACS student chapters on the basis of their programs and activities.


Awards available to student chapters are Outstanding, Commendable, and Honorable Mention. Chapters can also apply to the Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award.

Student chapters participate in setting goals, budgeting, chapter development, service and outreach, and professional development. Student chapters that receive an award are recognized during a ceremony at the ACS Spring Meeting.


All student chapters that submit a report for the academic year will be considered.


May 31 annually

How to Apply

Submit a chapter report detailing events, including pictures, flyers, and additional materials, submitting a detailed budget, and answering the report questions.

Judging Process

A panel of faculty advisors review the reports based on criteria and considerations and provide feedback on how to make the chapter more successful.


Student chapters will be notified in September about their awards via email to the faculty advisor. The awards will also be available in the Student Chapters Online portal.


Society Committee on Education (SOCED)


For the 2021-2022 academic year, SOCED awarded 56 chapters outstanding, 90 chapters commendable, and 78 chapters honorable mention.

Contact Information

ACS Student Chapters:
ACS International Student Chapters:

Related Opportunities

  • Local Section Public Relations Awards Recognizing outstanding efforts by ACS local sections to promote chemistry to the public or to local section members.

  • Green Chemistry Student Chapter Award Providing national recognition for ACS student chapters who have shown outstanding commitment to incorporating green chemistry into their annual activities.

  • ChemLuminary Awards Recognizing ACS Local Sections, Technical Divisions, Regional Meetings, and International Chemical Sciences Chapters for their work in promoting chemistry.

  • Helen M. Free Award for Public Outreach Recognizing outstanding volunteer achievements in the field of public outreach by an ACS member who improves public recognition and appreciation for the contributions of chemistry.