Current Awards

Purpose: To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry in the Middle Atlantic Region. The Middle Atlantic Region of the ACS consists of the following Local Sections: Central Pennsylvania, Chemical Society of Washington, Delaware, Lehigh Valley, Maryland, Monmouth County, New York, North Jersey, Ocean County, Philadelphia, Princeton, South Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, Susquehanna Valley, Trenton, and Western Maryland.

Nature: The Region Award consists of a cash award and a plaque. Reasonable travel expenses to the Regional Meeting at which the award will be presented will be reimbursed. A certificate/plaque may also be provided to the recipient’s institution for display. The awardee may be asked to give a keynote address and/or participate in a symposium with other teachers, usually at a future meeting.

Who May Nominate? Any individual, except a member of the award selection committee or currently enrolled student of the nominee, may submit one nomination or support form in any given year. Local Sections within the Region are especially encouraged to submit nominations for the award.

Who is Eligible? The nominee must be actively engaged in the teaching of chemistry or a chemical science in a high school (grades 9-12) on at least a half-time basis. The nomination should clearly demonstrate as many of the following attributes as possible:

• The quality of the nominee’s teaching; unusually effective methods of presentation should be emphasized;

• The nominee’s ability to challenge and inspire students;

• Extracurricular work in chemistry or a chemical science by the nominee, including science fairs, science clubs, and activities that stimulate the interest of young people in chemistry and related sciences;

• A willingness to keep up-to-date in the field, as evidenced by the pursuit of a higher degree in chemistry or a chemical science, enrollment in refresher courses and summer institutes, regular attendance at scientific  meetings, membership in professional organizations, and other means of self-improvement;

• Evidence of leadership and/or active involvement within the profession.

Required components of Nomination Portfolio:

• The Awards Committee will consider only complete nomination portfolios.

• A complete portfolio shall consist of

• A Nomination Portfolio Check List (see ), which shall serve as the Portfolio Cover Sheet;

• Nominator Information Form (see page 9);

• Nominee Information Form (see page 10);

• Nominator Recommendation of not more than 750 words submitted by the nominator according to the guidelines outlined on the Recommendation Form (see page 11);

• A current curriculum vitae or resume that includes a list of the nominee’s honors, professional activities, and additional evidence of service to the profession; NOTE: This must be limited to no more than two pages and the activities listed must have occurred within the past five years.

• A statement by the nominee of not more than 500 words that describes the nominee’s teaching philosophy or commitment to the profession;

• At least one, but not more than three, letters of support. One letter, of no more than 400 words, must be from the teacher’s current principal or supervisor. Additional letters of support, of no more than 400 words, may be sent by colleagues, members of the American Chemical Society, who are familiar with the nominee’s achievements, or former students and parents of former students.

• NOTE: Some commentary on student reaction to the work of the nominee in either the nominating letter or that of the current principal or supervisor is essential for a well-rounded portfolio.

ubmit nominations to Xxxxxxxx Xxxx (MARM Awards) and Xxxxxxxx Xxxx (Div-CHED Representative) by e-mail attachment to [email protected] and [email protected] by April 20.

***Please state award title in subject line.***

Nomination Guidelines:

The E. Emmet Reid Award is administered by the Organizing Committee of the Middle Atlantic Regional Meeting (MARM) of the American Chemical Society for outstanding achievements in teaching chemical sciences at small colleges within the Middle Atlantic Region.

Purpose: To recognize, encourage and stimulate high quality teaching and research at small colleges.

To nominate: Nominations for the Award are made by the Local Sections of the Middle Atlantic Region. The Chairman or Secretary of the Section must sign and transmit the nomination to the MARM Award Committee Chairman. A committee may be appointed to solicit names of candidates for final selection.

No special form is required but the MARM Awards Chair must receive the nominee's short curriculum vitae, list of publications, and evaluation of the nominee's achievements as a teacher in a small college. This document should clearly demonstrate the candidate's attributes: the quality of the candidate's teaching; organization and efficiency of lab work; research and/or development work; ability to challenge and inspire students; extra-curricular work in chemistry; courses, meetings, presentations, awards, etc. Two letters are not essential but as many as three may be included with each nomination. Letters may include careful evaluations of the teacher's abilities by his superiors, associates, or by local section members.

• The candidate need not be a member of the American Chemical Society.
• The Award committee of MARM will review the candidates and select the nominee.
• The nominee will be presented the Award during the forthcoming MARM. The nominee is expected to deliver a short acceptance speech.
• Unsuccessful candidate's files will be kept active for a period of three years upon receipt of a letter from the nominating section chairman or secretary. Any further updating of the candidates file will be welcomed at that time but are not mandatory.
• The Award will consist of $1,000 and a major award plaque.

Please send nominations for 2018 by April 20 to Jeanne Berk, [email protected].
Please place Award title in subject line.

Purpose: To recognize the volunteer efforts of individuals who have served the American Chemical Society, contributing significantly to the goals and objectives of the Society through their Regional Activities.

Nature and Establishment: This award was instituted in 2006 by ACS President E. Ann Nalley as part of her presidential initiative to recognize ACS volunteerism. It was Dr. Nalley’s wish that the award continue in perpetuity at each regional meeting. The award consists of a plaque honoring the recipient with an
imbedded medallion commemorating Dr. Nalley.

Rules of Eligibility: A nominee must be a member of the American Chemical Society residing in a local section within the region, and will have made significant contributions to their Region of the American Chemical Society. The volunteerism to be recognized may include a variety of activities, including but not limited to the initiation or sponsorship of a singular endeavor or exemplary leadership in the region. Past and present members of the ACS Board of Directors and staff are ineligible for this award.


Directions: Any individual, except a member of the award selection committee, may nominate or support only one nominee for this award in any given year. Please complete all fields.

Submittal process: Submit each of the following: nomination and support forms, and biographical sketch (or curriculum vitae) to Jeanne Berk via email attachment at [email protected]. Please state the Award Title in the Subject line.

Advancing Diversity in the Chemical Sciences To recognize individuals and/or institutions that have advanced diversity in the chemical sciences and significantly stimulated or fostered activities that promote inclusiveness within the region. Sponsored by the Committee on for Minority Affairs of the American Chemical Society

Inactive Awards

Purpose: To encourage and recognize successful and exemplary partnerships within the Region. These partnerships can be between industry, academia, government, small business and/or other organizations including ACS local sections, ACS divisions, ACS international chapters, other societies or various entities domestic or overseas resulting in impactful outcomes in one or more of the following categories:

  • Improving the public perception and appreciation for chemistry
  • Promoting career advancement opportunities and/or supporting entrepreneurship in the chemistry enterprise
  • Advancing advocacy efforts with government and other thought leaders
  • Supporting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) education and/or research

Nature: The award will consist of a special Partners for Progress and Prosperity silver/gold medallion plus a framed certificate of recognition (one for each Partner representing an entity or organization) plus up to $1,000 grant split equally between the partners to further the activities for which the award is made.

Eligibility: A nominee may represent academia, industry, government, small business or other organizations such as a Local Section. Partnerships can include any ACS, domestic or international entity.

Establishment & Support: This award was instituted in 2014 by Marinda Li Wu, Immediate Past ACS President, to promote partnering for progress and prosperity. The funds were evenly distributed at the end of

2014 to all Regional Meeting Boards who wish to participate. It will be up to each Regional Meeting Board how much to fund each P3 Award and whether any of the funds should be used to help support travel, if needed.

How to Apply: The deadline for receipt of nominations and supporting documents should by April 20, 2018 to the Award Committee.

The P3 Award package should include:

  • Completed Nomination Form describing the partnership, its activities, outcomes, and impact.
  • Completed P3 Participating Partners Form from each of the participating partners.
  • At least one, but no more than three completed Supporter Forms.