NOBCChE Conference Awards

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Nominate an Inspiring Chemist or Chemical Engineer for a National NOBCChE Award by June 25, 2021

 Your opportunity to highlight outstanding work in the chemistry, chemical engineering, and chemical education is here! Nominating a peer or colleague for one of the National NOBCChE Awards is an opportunity to acknowledge that person's extraordinary accomplishments, support the vision of other scientists, and inspire others to strive for excellence in every endeavor. The NOBCChE Awards committee is dedicated  to recognizing the research, career, and service efforts of our peers in academia, industry, and government. Listed below are the awards available for nomination and necessary documentation for each nomination package. The review committee will use only what is submitted in the nomination package in selecting the award winner. Please remit all necessary documents for nomination to [email protected].  

Professional Awards Available

Percy L. Julian Award for significant contributions in pure and/or applied research in science or engineering. It is NOBCChE’s most prestigious award. 

Lloyd N. Ferguson Young Scientist Award recognizes a young scientist or engineer (15 years or less in the field) who has demonstrated excellence in scientific research and documented contributions to their field. 

Joseph N. Cannon Award in Chemical Engineering recognizes a Chemical Engineering professional who has demonstrated excellence in the field.  

Henry McBay Outstanding Educator Award recognizes a professional for demonstrating outstanding contributions to education (from either a research or teaching standpoint), the mentoring of young scientists, and/or scientific outreach to the general public. 

Winifred Burks-Houck Professional Leadership Award recognizes a NOBCChE-affiliated professional woman in the Chemical Sciences and Engineering for the leadership, scientific achievements, innovation, and community service that broaden participation in the chemical sciences and engineering. See student awards for the leadership awards for a woman graduate student and undergraduate student working towards a degree in a STEM field. 

Tyrone Mitchell Mentor-on-the-Map Award honors an individual who played a significant role in mentoring the next generation of scientists of color and encouraging students to pursue technical and scientific careers. 

HBCU Pioneer Award recognizes an individual who has spent a significant portion of their professional career at or in support of Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU) and contributed to the advancement of science via broadening participation amongst under-represented groups in STEM.

Student Awards Available

 Winifred Burks-Houck Graduate Leadership Award recognizes a NOBCChE-affiliated woman graduate student for the leadership, scientific achievements, innovation, and community service that broaden participation in the chemical sciences and engineering.  Eligible applicants are women who are 1) full-time students and 2) working toward a degree in the chemical sciences and engineering, or related fields. 

 

Winifred Burks-Houck Undergraduate Leadership Award recognizes a NOBCChE-affiliated woman undergraduate student for the leadership, scientific achievements, innovation, and community service that broaden participation in the chemical sciences and engineering.  Eligible applicants are women who are 1) full-time students and 2) working toward a degree in the chemical sciences and engineering, or related fields. 

Nomination Criteria

 All nomination materials (pdf or word format) should be submitted as a single file. The subject line of the email should include the title of the award followed by the nominee’s name. Self-nomination is encouraged. The nomination package should include the items listed below. Additional information regarding the letter of recommendation and letters of support is outlined.

  • Letter of recommendation  (1000 words or less)
  • 2 Letters of support  (500 words or less each)
  • Brief list of nominee’s most significant accomplishments: publications, products, patents, achievements, awards, promotion, etc. (max 20)
  • Nominee’s biographical sketch (2 pages)

The letter of recommendation and additional letters of support should be sure to address the following:

  • nominee meets the specific eligibility requirements of the award described on the awards’ website;
  • alignment of nominee’s work with the award’s purpose, eligibility, and/or criteria;
  • significance and impact of this work in chemistry or chemical engineering;
  • impact and benefits of the work on society (or potential); and,
  • service to the scientific community, if not already stated.