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

Deadline: September 13, 2019

Email nomination packets to [email protected] for submission


Professional Awards

Percy L. Julian Award:  The Percy L. Julian Award is for significant contributions in pure and/or applied research in science or engineering.  It is NOBCChE’s most prestigious award. Dr. Julian was an African-American who obtained his BS in chemistry from DePauw University in 1920, a Master’s degree in chemistry from Harvard in 1928, and his Ph.D. in 1931 from the University of Vienna, Austria. He was a pioneer in the synthesis of medicinal drugs used for various ailments. He was also an incredibly successful entrepreneur, and finished his career having more than 100 patents and more than 200 publications to his credit. 

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.

Henry C. McBay Outstanding Teacher Award: Awarded for demonstrating outstanding contributions to the field of chemistry education (from either a research or teaching standpoint) and/or scientific outreach to the general public.

The Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award: Granted to a young scientist or engineer (15 yrs or less) who has demonstrated excellence in scientific research and documented contributions to his/her field.

Joseph Cannon Award in Chemical Engineering: Granted to a Chemical Engineering Professional who has demonstrated excellence in the field.

HBCU Pioneer Award: Awarded to an individual who has spent a significant portion of their professional career at or in support of HBCUs and contributed to the advancement of science via broadening participation amongst under-represented groups in STEM.

Mentor on the Map: Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in mentoring and coaching others, having a significant impact in influencing the careers of other technical professionals and/or encouraging students to pursue technical and scientific careers



Nomination Packets should include:

  • nomination letter from an individual or organization. This letter must be a summary of the nominee's accomplishments relevant to the award 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.
  • One (1) letter of support (Two (2) are recommended) 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


Student Awards

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 women who are 1) full-time students and 2) 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. 


Nomination Packets should include:

  • Resume: 1 page
  • Transcript(s): unofficial or official
  • Two (2) letters of recommendationAt least one letter must be from a faculty member in the applicant’s area of study.


Deadline: September 13, 2019


Email nomination packets to [email protected] for submission