Award Nominations

Below are details on submitting nominations for the Awards given out at the annual NOBCChE Conference.

Percy L. Julian Award: Granted for outstanding research in Pure and Applied Science and/or Engineering
Henry C. McBay Outstanding Teacher Award: Granted for demonstrating outstanding contributions to education and the mentoring of young scientists
The Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award: Granted to a young scientist who has demonstrated excellence in scientific research and documented contributions to his/her field
The NOBCChE Award in Chemical Engineering: Granted to a Chemical Engineering Professional who has demonstrated excellence in the field.

All selections are made on the basis of significant and quality research and/or teaching as judged by peer experts and the NOBCChE Awards Committee.  The deadline for all nominations is July 31.  Nominations for all awards must be made via email to the NOBCChE Awards Chair at and must include the following information:

  • A nomination letter from the individual or the organization making the nomination. This letter must be a summary of the nominee's relevant accomplishments with particular attention to the impact of the nominee's contributions on his/her chosen field, evidence of originality and creativity, and probable long-range significance of his/her work.
  • Two (2) reference letters from recognized experts in the field from which the committee may make evaluations. These persons must be familiar with the nominee's work.
  • Complete curriculum vitae

The Winifred Burks-Houck Undergraduate & Graduate Leadership Awards encourage students to engage in cutting-edge research and innovative activities that broaden participation in the chemical sciences.  Eligible applicants are full-time students working toward a degree in chemistry, materials science, polymer science, chemical engineering, materials engineering or related fields.  Competitive applicants demonstrate their leadership experience, commitment to community, and potential for success in their chosen field.  The deadline for all nominations is July 31. To apply, submit the following information to

  • Resume
  • Official Transcript(s)
  • One (1) letter of recommendation

The Winifred Burks-Houck Professional Leadership Award recognizes professional women who have upheld Dr. Burks-Houck legacy by demonstrating leadership in a corporate or academic environment and have made significant contributions to science in their community. The deadline for all nominations is July 31.  To apply, submit the following information to

  • Complete Curriculum Vitae
  • Two (2) reference letters