James Bryant Conant Award in High School Chemistry Teaching
One Award to Recognize an Outstanding USA or
USA Territories High School Chemistry Teacher
USA Territories High School Chemistry Teacher
Foundation / Corporation
American Chemical Society - Thermo Fisher Scientific
One award of $5,000 to recognize an outstanding USA (or USA Territories or Possessions) high school chemistry teacher who has demonstrated excellence in the teaching of chemistry. Eligible nominees are those who clearly demonstrate as many of the following qualities as possible:
- Quality of teaching (unusually effective methods of presentation should be emphasized);
- Ability to challenge and inspire students;
- Extracurricular work in chemistry, including science fairs, science clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of young people in chemistry and related sciences; and
- Willingness to keep up-to-date in the field, as evidenced by pursuit of a higher degree in chemistry, enrollment in refresher courses and summer institutions, regular attendance at scientific meetings, and other means of self-improvement.
The award consists of $5,000 and a certificate. Up to $2,500 for travel expenses to the meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. A certificate will also be provided to the recipient's institution for display.
- Nominators are not required to be members of the Society.
- A nomination can only have one nominator and the recommendation letter is written by this person.
- Any individual, except a member of the award selection committee or an ACS Board member during their terms of service on the Board, may submit either one nomination or one support letter for each award. However, selection committee members may submit other nominations or support letters for awards in which they are not serving as a judge.
- The nominee must be actively engaged in the teaching of chemistry in a high school (grades 9-12).
- The nominee is not required to be members of the Society.
- In general, a recipient of a widely recognized scientific award is not eligible for an ACS national award unless the accomplishment cited as the basis for the nomination represents new or different work.
- An individual who has received an ACS National Award may be nominated for a different ACS award if (1) the nomination is for clearly different work from the previous award (the letter of recommendation for the award must address the differences between the work performed for the previous ACS award and that which is addressed in the current nomination) or (2) at least five years has elapsed since the previous ACS award was received. The “five-year” rule is waived for the preceptor(s) of the students who are eligible to receive the Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry.
Note: The award will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, gender orientation, gender expression, gender identity, the presence of disabilities, and educational background.
The nomination should include a nominee-authored statement of not more than 500 words which describes the nominee’s beliefs about teaching and learning, how those beliefs have developed, and specific examples of how those beliefs have been put into practice. This statement should be included in the section where any publications or patents are listed.
One support letter is required. A second support letter is optional, but strongly encouraged. Support letters may include careful evaluations of the teacher's effectiveness by a supervisor or principal, by associates, or by members of the Society who have visited the nominee's classes. Letters from currently enrolled high school students are not acceptable, but letters from former students may be included. Retired teachers are not eligible for this award.
Click here for further nomination guidelines: https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/funding-and-awards/awards/national/nominations/acs-national-awards-nominations-guidelines.html
A nomination user guide is attached below.
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Click here to submit a nomination online: https://www.nominate.acs.org/eWeb/DynamicPage.aspx?WebCode=LoginRequired&expires=yes&Site=awn
For more information, contact:
American Chemical Society
1155 16th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20036-4801
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