Younger Chemists Committee

Serving the Needs of Early Career Chemists

ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry Award

The ACS Division of Environmental Chemistry (ACS ENVR) announces two newly created $1,000 ACS ENVR Graduate Fellowships to be awarded annually. These fellowships would support an estimated 50 hours of work over 6 months, and are intended to get graduate students involved in the ENVR division. Tasks may include aid in compiling updated lists of the Environmental Chemistry Programs and Curricula available nationally, compiling lists of grant opportunities, etc. These fellowships are an excellent way to build a graduate students’ network and introduce them to current research of our field.

Students who are interested should send their CV/Resume along with a short letter of recommendation by Sept 30th, in a single file (pdf or zip) with filename as “LastnameFirstnameYYYY” where YYYY is your expected graduate date. Please send materials to Lauren Weinrich at with the email subject: ENVR Graduate Fellowship 

Victor K. LaMer Award for graduate research in Colloid and Surface Chemistry

The Division of Colloid and Surface Chemistry of the American Chemical Society invites nominations for the
Victor K. LaMer Award for Graduate Research in Colloid and Surface Chemistry. The Award prize is $3,000
and a certificate and it is presented annual at the ACS Colloid and Surface Science Symposium.  The award is for an outstanding PhD thesis accepted by a US or Canadian University during the three year period prior to the award year. 

 More details may be found here:  

Division of Organic Chemistry

DOC Graduate Student Fellowship Applications Due May 31, 2014

The Division of Organic Chemistry plans to award 2014-2015 academic year fellowships for Ph.D. students to be held during their third or fourth year of study. Sponsors of the fellowships awarded for the current academic year are: Amgen, Boehringer Ingelheim, Organic Reactions, and Organic Syntheses. Information on the Fellowships and the link to the online application form is available on the DOC website at:
Symposium Proposals for Fall 2015 ACS Meeting in Boston due July 15, 2014

The Executive Committee values proposals that reflect the diversity of interests and membership in the Division of Organic Chemistry, including representation from academics and industry, established and beginning investigators, and groups historically underrepresented in the profession. Proposals for the Fall 2015 ACS Meeting in Boston are due on July 15, 2014 and should be submitted following the instructions at
Late Nominations for the Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry due June 15, 2014

The deadline for the organic award for graduating seniors was March 15, to allow processing time tor the certificates and their mailing. However, late nominations will be allowed until June 15, and students will be recognized on the website with other nominated students. In addition, the website for late nominations,, also has a link for a certificate that can be presented to the student.

Reaction Mechanisms Conference on June 22-25, 2014

DOC Graduate Student Fellowship Applications Due May 31, 2014

Organic Division Undergraduate Award Nominations Due March 15 

The American Chemical Society’s Division of Organic Chemistry is once again sponsoring the Undergraduate Award in Organic Chemistry to recognize graduating seniors who display a significant aptitude for organic chemistry and to encourage further interest in the field. Chemistry departments are invited to select a top graduating senior student majoring in either chemistry or biochemistry who has demonstrated excellence in organic chemistry based on a combination of research experience, coursework and a desire to pursue a career in chemistry. The deadline for nominations is March 15, 2015. For further information and a nomination form, see:


Leete Award Nominations Due ~April 1, 2017 

The Leete Award recognizes outstanding contributions to teaching and research in Organic Chemistry. Nominees must be members of the Organic Division of the American Chemical Society who have made outstanding contributions to both teaching and research. Teaching should be considered in the broadest sense, including of professional chemists, the dissemination of information about chemistry to prospective chemists, to members of the profession, to students in other areas and to the general public. A nominee must also have accomplished outstanding creative work in any area of organic chemistry. Full details are available at:

More information on these awards, and other upcoming events may be found on the Organic Division website.

ACS Policy Fellowships

ACS has two types of Public Policy Fellowship programs: the Science Policy Fellowship and the Congressional Fellowship. Please see Fellowship Programs for more information. 

Science and technology are increasingly important in public policy. From environmental sustainability to homeland security, policy-makers routinely make decisions that require input from and have impact on the chemical community. Yet only five percent of the members of Congress have backgrounds in science and engineering, and scientists often lack the opportunity and expertise to successfully engage in the policy process.

Barclay Satterfield, ACS Science Policy Fellow 
2007-2009, prepares to introduce a Science & the
Congress briefing on the Greenland Ice Sheet.
The ACS Congressional and Science Policy Fellowship Programs are designed to address both these concerns. The programs provide a unique opportunity for ACS members to gain practical experience and insights into public policy by working on Capitol Hill or at ACS in Washington, DC

ACS Awards

A listing of all awards can be found at