North Jersey Section
American Chemical Society

Awards

Note: Come to the 2014 NJ-ACS Awards Banquet on May 20 [ details ]

Introduction to NJ ACS Awards

NJ ACS administers seven annual or biennial awards to recognize the contributions from its members and to promote the advancement of chemistry.

Recognize someone now by nominating them for an award! There are links below for nomination forms for many of the awards. For more information on these awards and to submit a nomination, please contact Les McQuire, Awards Committee Chair, at les@lesmcquire.org

Awards & Past Awardees

Click on the links in this section to see past awardees and access nomination forms.

  • The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a North Jersey chemist or chemical engineer over fifty years of age for conspicuous achievements in chemistry, not heretofore recognized by any major scientific award.
  • The Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award is given to a US-based chemist under forty years of age, for outstanding accomplishments in pure or applied chemistry. It has a long and distinguished history and is one of the few influential national awards administered by a local ACS section.
  • The Award for Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis is presented to an individual who has demonstrated broad scoping impact in the areas of chemical synthesis, method development, bio-organic/medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, and/or molecular recognition.
  • The Sr. Marian José Smith Excellence in Education Award is given to a professor in North Jersey for inspiring students and launching them on successful careers in chemistry.
  • The Burton C Belden Distinguished Service Award recognizes a member of the North Jersey Section for conspicuous service to the Section.
  • The Pro-Bono Award is presented to a member of the Section who does not hold an elective office of the Section, and who participated for at least five years in the management of affairs of the Section with dedication and noticeable success.
  • The latest addition to the Section’s awards is The Freddie and Ada Brown Award which recognizes and encourages high achieving middle-school and high-school students of African American and Native American heritage to further develop their academic skills, with views on careers in the chemical sciences.
Award for Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis

2012 Award for Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis: Prof. K.C. Nicolaou

Other Awards

  • NJACS-MSDG sponsors five Mass Spectrometry (Topical Group Awards) awards for the promotion of mass spectrometry in the greater New Jersey region. (including New York , Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware). Visit the Mass Spectrometry page for details.
    • New Jersey Regional Award for Achievements in Mass Spectrometry
    • New Jersey Early Career Award in Mass Spectrometry
    • New Jersey Distinguished Service Award in Mass Spectrometry
    • NJACS-MSDG Student Travel Award
    • NJACS-MSDG Distinguished Lectureship
  • The Education Committee of the Section oversees and administers five education awards. Visit the Education Page for details.
  • National Awards given to North Jersey Section members:

The Lifetime Achievement Award

This award is given to a North Jersey chemist or chemical engineer over fifty years of age for conspicuous achievements in chemistry, not heretofore recognized by any major scientific award. Awardees are nominated biennially (odd years) by public advertising and receive a $1,000 prize and a recognition plaque. This award was established in 1993 and is funded by the Novartis Corporation.

Nominations for the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award are open. Deadline isMarch 15, 2013. Submissions to Les McQuire, Awards Committee Chair, at les@lesmcquire.org. Nomination form and guidelines are here: Word, PDF

Congratulations to the 2009 recipient, Dr. Waleed Danho!

Current & Past Recipients

1993 Peter J. Canterino
1995 Ti-Kang Kwei
1997 Edwin Chandross
1999 Donald Murphy
2001 Edward J.J. Grabowski
2003 Jefferson Tilley, Hoffman-LaRoche
2005 Ulf-H Dolling, Merck
2007 Dr. Roger Prince
2009 Dr. Waleed Danho

Photos from the NJ-ACS Awards Banquet on May 17, 2009

Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award

The North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society is soliciting nominations for the 2015 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award. The Award consists of a gold medal and a $5,000 honorarium. The Section presents the Award biannually to commemorate the technical and industrial achievements of Leo Hendrik Baekeland and to encourage younger chemists to emulate his example.

The Award is given in recognition of accomplishments in pure or applied chemistry to an American chemist as characterized by the initiative, creativeness, leadership, and perseverance of the individual (indicated by published or unpublished evidence) and who will be under the age of 40 as of January 1, 2015.

Nominations for the Award should include a letter describing the nominee’s achievements, a brief biography, and a list of the nominee’s more important publications. Successful nomination packets include two to three recommendation letters supporting the candidate.

Re-nominations are encouraged, provided the age requirement is still met.

Please submit materials by December. 31, 2014, to:

Dr. Les McQuire
ACS North Jersey Section Awards Chair
17 Crown Drive,
Warren NJ 07059

 The 2013 Baekeland Award Symposium was held on Dec 6, 2013  [ details ]

Baekeland-MedalThe Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award was established in September 1944 by the North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society and has been sponsored by the Union Carbide Corporation, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company. It consists of a gold plated medal and $5,000. It is conferred biennially upon a US-based chemist under 40 years of age in recognition of accomplishments in pure or industrial chemistry, as characterized by the initiative, creativeness, leadership, and perseverance of the individual and indicated by published or unpublished evidence. The award was established to commemorate the technical and industrial achievements of Baekeland and to encourage younger chemists to emulate his example. The Award is now presented as part of a symposium with other speakers. The result is an excellent symposium that allows industrial scientists, academics and students to come together and enjoy both cutting edge science and an opportunity to interact with leading scientists.

Current & Past Recipients

1945 Edwin Richard Gilliland
1947 Paul John Flory
1949 Eugene G. Rochow
1951 Lewis Hastings Sarett
1953 Leo Brewer
1955 Robert Burns Woodward
1957 Bruno Hasbrouck Zimm
1959 Carl Djerassi
1961 Gilbert Stork
1963 F. Albert Cotton
1965 Eugere E. Van Tamelen
1967 George A. Olah
1969 Ronald Breslow
1971 Stuart Alan Rice
1973 Willis H. Flygare
1975 Christopher S. Foote
1977 Angelo A. Lamola
1979 Roy G. Gordon
1981 Barry M. Trost
1983 Henry F. Schaefer III
1985 Alexander Pines
1987 Ben S. Freiser
1989 David A. Dixon
1991 Jacqueline K. Barton
1993 Stuart Lee Schreiber
1995 Charles M. Lieber
1997 James W. Cowan
1999 Eric N. Jacobsen
2001 Chad Mirkin
2003 John F. Hartwig
2005 Younan Xia
2007 John Rogers
2009 Colin Nuckolls
2011 Peidong Yang
2013 Christopher Chang

The Award for Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis

A new Section Award mechanism has been established: The Award for Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis. The 2006 Award recipient is Professor Samuel Danishefsky. The Award is given in recognition of accomplishment in pure or applied chemistry, as characterized by the initiative, creativeness, leadership, and perseverance of the individual and indicated by published or unpublished evidence. “Accomplishment” for the purpose of this Award is understood to be that of a world renown leader of unusual merit, with an emphasis on an individual who has demonstrated broad scoping impact in the areas of chemical synthesis, method development, bio-organic/medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical sciences, and/or molecular recognition.

This Award now becomes the sister Award to the Section’s Baekeland Award. This is an inaugural Award which has been established by the North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society and is sponsored by Rutgers University and the major pharmaceutical companies (Bristol- Myers Squibb, Merck, Schering-Plough, and Roche) throughout New Jersey.

The Sr. Marian José Smith Award for Excellence in Education

This award is given to a professor from a degree granting Institution in the North Jersey Section for inspiring students and launching them on successful careers in chemistry as manifested by their accomplishments. Awardees are nominated biennially (even years) by their former students and receive a $1,000 prize and a recognition plaque. This award was established in 1993 and is funded by Hoffmann LaRoche Company. Congratulations to the 2008 recipient, Dr. Wyatt Murphy from Seton Hall University. [ details... (pdf) ]

[ 2010 Nomination Form – Deadline: Feb 19, 2010 ]

Current & Past Recipients

1994 Ulrich P. Strauss, Rutgers New Brunswick
1996 Daniel Huchital, Seton Hall Univ.
1998 Frank Jordan, Rutgers Univ. Newark
2000 Wilma K. Olson, Rutgers New Brunswick
2002 Robert A. Moss, Rutgers New Brunswick
2004 Richard Mendelsohn, Rutgers Newark
2006 Raymond Baylouny, Fairleigh Dickinson University
2008 Wyatt Murphy, Seton Hall University

Burton C. Belden Distinguished Service Award

This award is given to a member of the North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society for conspicuous service to Section. Awardees are nominated biennially (even years) by the Section and receive a $200 prize and a recognition plaque. This award was established in 1978 and is funded by the North Jersey Section. Congratulations to the 2006 recipient, Bill Suits.

Current & Past Recipients

1978 Burton C Belden
1980 Albert Meyer
1982 Joseph B. Hyman
1984 Paul V. Smith
1986 Sister Marian José Smith
1988 Samual Gerber
1990 W. Lincoln Hawkins
1992 Dorit L. Noether
1994 Richard W. J. Carney
1996 Joseph M. O’Connor
1998 George Heinze
2000 Malcolm Sturchio
2001 Dorothy Lehmkuhl
2004 Maureen Chan
2006 Bill Suits

Pro Bono Award

This award recognizes any member of the Section who does not hold an elective office of the Section, but who may be elected members of Topical Groups, etc. and who participated for at least five years in the management of affairs of the Section with dedication and noticeable success. The award consists of a recognition plaque and will be presented at the annual Section Awards Banquet. Congratulations to the 2007 recipient, Joseph Bozzelli of NJIT.

Current & Past Recipients

2003 Anton Eggert
2004 Edward Konsevick
2004 Bishambar Dayal
2004 Lucja Orzechowski
2005 Thomas Hartman
2005 Gregory Herzog
2005 Liz Garcia
2005 Lois Bass
2006 Maghar S. Manhas
2006 Sanjay V. Malhotra
2007 Joseph Bozzelli
2009 Gary Munk
2009 Burkehard Wagner
2009 Elizabeth Matusza