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2014 Physical Chemistry Division Awards


The Physical Chemistry Division sponsors four annual awards that are intended to recognize the most outstanding scientific achievements of its members. One award will be given to an established scientist and one to an ``early-career'' researcher (those in the first 10 years of their independent careers) in each of theoretical chemistry and experimental physical chemistry. The nomination window will be open until November 1st, 2013, and details regarding procedures and eligibility for each award are given below. Winners will be announced by mid-February 2014.

The general nomination form (which applies to all four awards) may be found here (in MS-Word docx format) or here (in PDF). Self-nominations will not be accepted.


All nomination materials should be submitted by November 15th, 2013 to the PHYS secretary/treasurer at acspchem@vt.edu. Note that nominations from previous years do not carry over..


The awards will be granted regardless of race, gender, age, religion, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, presence of disabilities, and educational background.

ACS Physical Chemistry Division Award in Experimental Physical Chemistry


Purpose: To recognize outstanding contributions in experimental physical chemistry

Nature: The recipient will receive a $3,000 honorarium, a plaque, and will be invited to present his/her work at the fall ACS meeting that immediately follows the announcement of the award. At that meeting, he/she will present an invited talk and receive the award at the annual reception sponsored by the PHYS Division and the Journal of Physical Chemistry. In addition, the Division will pay up to $1,500 to cover the travel, lodging, and meal expenses for the award winner while at that ACS meeting.

Eligibility: Eligibility is restricted to Physical Chemistry Division members who, at the time of the nomination, have not yet won a national award from a scientific society that is based on the nominee's scientific accomplishments. Members of the National Academy of Science are also ineligible, but fellowship in a professional society is not considered a national award in this context. Current serving members of the PHYS Division Executive Committee or Executive Committees of any of the Subdivisions of the PHYS Division are ineligible for nomination for this award until after their term of service. The winner will also be invited to the Sunday evening dinner following the PHYS Executive Committee meeting.

Sponsor: PHYS Division

Established in 2010

ACS Physical Chemistry Division Award in Theoretical Chemistry


Purpose: To recognize outstanding contributions in theoretical chemistry

Nature: The recipient will receive a $3,000 honorarium, a plaque, and will be invited to the next Telluride School on Theoretical Chemistry (TSTC), which are held every other summer, starting in 2009. At that meeting, he/she will present a plenary lecture and receive the award. The TSTC will pay up to $1,500 to cover travel, lodging, and meal expenses for the Award winner while at the TSTC. The recipient will also be invited to present his/her work at the fall ACS meeting that immediately follows the announcement of the award. At that meeting, he/she will also be recognized at the annual reception sponsored by the PHYS Division and the Journal of Physical Chemistry. In addition, the Division will pay up to $1,500 to cover the travel, lodging, and meal expenses for the award winner while at that ACS meeting. The winner will also be invited to the Sunday evening dinner following the PHYS Executive Committee meeting.

Eligibility: Eligibility is restricted to Physical Chemistry Division members who, at the time of the nomination, have not yet won a national award from a scientific society that is based on the nominee's scientific accomplishments. Members of the National Academy of Science are also ineligible, but fellowship in a professional society is not considered a national award in this context. Currently serving members of the PHYS Division Executive Committee or Executive Committees of any of the Subdivisions of the PHYS Division are ineligible for nomination for this award until after their term of service.

Sponsor: PHYS Division and the Telluride School on Theoretical Chemistry

Established in 2008

ACS Physical Chemistry Division "Early Career" Awards


Purpose: To recognize outstanding contributions in experimental and theoretical physical chemistry by young investigators

Nature: Two awards will be given each year - one each in theoretical and experimental physical chemistry - to honor achievements by investigators in the early stages of their careers. Each recipient will receive a $1,500 honorarium, a plaque, and will be invited to present a lecture at the divisional award symposium held at the fall ACS meeting that immediately follows the announcement of the award. Award winners will be introduced at the annual reception sponsored by the PHYS Division and the Journal of Physical Chemistry. In addition, the Division will pay up to $1,500 to cover the travel, lodging, and meal expenses for the award winner while at that ACS meeting. Winners will also be invited to the Sunday evening dinner following the PHYS Executive Committee meeting.

Eligibility: Eligibility is restricted to Physical Chemistry Division members who, at the time of the nomination, are in the first ten (10) years of their careers as independent researchers.

Sponsor: PHYS Division

Established in 2012