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ACS Award for Achievement in Research for the Teaching and Learning of Chemistry

Award to a USA, Canada, or International Individual
for Outstanding Experimental Chemistry Research

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Award of $5,000 to a USA, Canada, or International individual to recognize significant contributions to experimental research in the field of chemistry. The nominee’s contributions will have enhanced understanding of chemical pedagogy and fostered improved learning and teaching of chemistry. The award will recognize research contributions involving a significant body of work rather than a single project or contribution.

The award honors qualitative, quantitative, experimental research or case study research that investigates some aspect of the teaching and learning of chemistry. The research contributions may include the testing of research hypotheses, basing experiments on existing theories, incorporating what is known in the literature into the research, using an experimental design or recognized data-collection procedure, analyzing quantitative or qualitative data, and drawing valid conclusions from the observations and data. Experimental research should include one or more recognized techniques and be designed as control-group designs with random assignments of subjects or the use of in-tact class sections; factorial designs, bi-variate or multivariate correlation studies, etc. The research must show independence of thought and originality.

Evidence of outstanding research may include, but is not limited to dissemination of the results of the research via appropriate peer-reviewed science education, chemical education, or science journals; chapters in science education, chemical education, or science books; invited talks at academic institutions; and/or invited talks, posters, workshops, and participation in panel discussions at professional meetings. Support of the research through local, regional or national grants and/or the adoption, adaptation, or citation of aspects of the work by other researchers, scholars, and/or practitioners serves as evidence of the validity, applicability and acceptability of the research.

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GrantWatch ID#: 155135

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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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The award will be administered in accordance with the governing documents of the ACS for national awards. 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.

ACS Eligibility:

-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.

-Nominees are not required to be members of the Society. Unless the submission is for the Charles Lathrop Parsons Award or the Award for Volunteer Service to the ACS.
-The nominee’s accomplishments should be specific to the purpose of the award.
-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.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominations remain in the database for three award cycles. If the nominee is not named the recipient, the nominations will automatically rollover to the next award cycle. ACS does encourage nominators to access the nomination during the award cycle nomination open period July 1-November 1 of each year to update the nomination.

After the third award cycle, the nomination will expire. The year the award will be presented to the nominee is the award cycle year. For example, ACS will begin accepting nominations for the 2019 award cycle in July and the nomination deadline is November 1, 2017. The recipients of these awards will be presented the award in 2019.

Awards Timeline:
-July 1, 2017: 2019 Nomination Open Period
-August 2017: 2018 Winners Announced
-October 2017 - April 2018: 2019 Selection Committee Appointment Process
-November 1, 2017 : 2019 Nomination Period Closes
-January - June 2018: 2019 Selection Committee: Review Process
-March 2018: National Awards Ceremony

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1155 16th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20036-4800

P: 202-872-4575
F: 202-776-8008

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