Introduction to NJ ACS Awards
NJ ACS administers eight 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Section also helps support the nomination of Section members for National and other ACS awards and recognition – contact the Awards Chair for assistance.
The Section would also like to recognize Section members who receive National and Regional ACS Awards – if you know of any North Jersey awardees in current or past years, please inform the Awards Committee Chair so that their achievements can be noted by the Section.
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 Freddie and Ada Brown Award 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.
- The Salutes to Excellence Award which recognizes outstanding accomplishments, achievements or service for individuals who have made a positive impact on everyday life.
- National and Regional ACS Awards received by NJACS members.
- 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.
- The Edward J. Merrill Award
- The E. Emmet Reid Award
- The Cecil L. Brown Lectureship Award
- The MARM Award For High School Chemistry Teaching
- The James Bryant Conant Award
- National and Regional Awards received by North Jersey Section members
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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.
Nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award open November 1 of even years with a submission deadline of February 28 of odd years. Submissions to Les McQuire, Awards Committee Chair, at email@example.com. Nomination form and guidelines are here:
Current & Past Recipients of the NJACS Lifetime Achievement Award
1995 Ti-Kang Kwei
1997 Edwin Chandross
1999 Donald Murphy
2001 Edward J.J. Grabowski
2003 Jefferson Tilley
2005 Ulf-H Dolling
2009 Dr. Waleed Danho
2011 (no award)
2013 John Piwinski
2015 Athula B Attygalle
2017 (no award)
Photos from the NJ-ACS Awards Banquet on May 17, 2009
Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award
The North Jersey Section of the American Chemical Society has solicited nominations for the 2019 Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award. The Award consists of a gold medal and a $5,000 honorarium. The Section presents the Award biennially 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 US-based 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, 2019.
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.
Nomination materials were submitted until January 1, 2019, to:
Dr. Les McQuire
ACS North Jersey Section Awards Chair
17 Crown Drive,
Warren NJ 07059
The 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 of the Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award
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
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
2015 Sara E. Skrabalak
2017 William R. Dichtel
The Award for Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis
The Award for Creativity in Molecular Design and Synthesis 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 is the sister award to the Section’s Baekeland Award. This award is presented in even years, snd it managed by the Organic Topical Group.
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.
Current & Past Recipients of the Marian José Smith Award
1996 Daniel Huchital, Seton Hall Univ.
1998 Frank Jordan, Rutgers Newark
2008 Wyatt Murphy, Seton Hall University
2010 A. Bryan Lees, Kean 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. Nominations are due by February 28 of even years using this form:
Current & Past Recipients
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
2000 Malcolm Sturchio
2002 Dorothy Lehmkuhl
2004 Maureen Chan
2006 Bill Suits
2008 Val Kuck
2010 Les McQuire
2012 John Penna
2014 Ray Baylouny
2016 Allene Johnson
2018 Alan Cooper
Pro Bono Award
This award recognizes any members of the Section who do not hold an elective office of the Section, but who may be elected by 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 that is presented at the annual Section Awards Banquet. Nominations are due by February 28 of even years using this form:
Current & Past Recipients of the NJ-ACS Pro Bono Award
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
2010 Paul E. Thomas
2010 John Bendzak
2011 (no award)
2012 Jaakov A. Saturen
2013 Thomas Berube
2013 Beth Mohr
2013 Jay Charlebois
2013 Karen Dingley
2013 David Kohler
2014 Edgardo Farinas
2014 James Simon
2015 Huixin He
2015 Wing Wah Lam
2015 N. M. Ravindra
2016 Andre Bridgett
2016 Jonathan Ho
2016 James White
2017 Nina Lavlinskiai
2017 Nadia Makar
Salutes to Excellence Award
The Section participates in the National ACS Salutes to Excellence Award program
This recognition award gives ACS members an opportunity to underscore outstanding accomplishments, achievements or service for individuals who have made a positive impact on everyday life. Nationally, since the program began in 2000, more than 500 honorees have received Salutes to Excellence awards. This Award can also be used to recognize a place or organization supporting the work of ACS (in our case the work of the North Jersey Section).
Each ACS Section can submit nominations for this award (we use the information supplied via our standard nomination form [ docx, pdf ] with an annual deadline of February 28. For nominating a place or organization a CV is not required).
Current & Past Recipients of the NJ-ACS
Salutes to Excellence Award
National and Regional ACS Awards Recipients
ACS awards various National and Regional Awards and the many dedicated chemists in the North Jersey section regularly receive recognition in the form of these awards. The North Jersey Section would like to further acknowledge and recognize these outstanding chemists and Section members.
If you received an ACS Award given by a group other than the North Jersey Section (or know of an awardee) please inform the North Jersey Awards Committee Chair so that the Section can also recognize this achievement.
Current & Past Recipients of National and Regional ACS Awards
2007 Margaret Wu – ACS Industrial Chemistry Award