It’s the season when the Awards Committee starts soliciting nominations for the St Louis Section’s two biggest awards: the St Louis Award and the Midwest Award. You can learn about the history, eligibility, and past winners by following those links there. Those ones in the previous sentence. No, actually, the sentence before the previous one. Oh, hell.
St Louis Award
Nominations are solicited for the St Louis Award, which is sponsored by the Monsanto Company and administered by the St Louis Section–ACS. Nominees should be individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the profession of chemistry and demonstrated potential to further the advancement of the chemical profession. The awardee is selected by a review committee constituted by the St Louis Section–ACS. The award, consisting of a $1,500 honorarium and a plaque, is presented at the St Louis Award Banquet, which is typically held in October during National Chemical Week.
At the time of the nomination, nominees must not have previously received the Midwest Award or any national ACS-sponsored award. Nominees must be members or affiliates of the St Louis Section of the ACS. Nomination packets received by April 30 are considered for award presentation in October.
Nomination packages (vide infra) should be prepared as a single Portable Document Format (PDF) file and sent by email to John-Stephen Taylor. Nomination letters, required as an integral component of the nomination package, can be formally addressed to:
John-Stephen Taylor, Ph.D.
ACS Saint Louis Award Coordinator
Department of Chemistry
Campus Box 1134
1 Brookings Drive
Saint Louis, Missouri 63130
Nomination packages (single PDF-file) should include, in this order:
- a face page with the award name, the nominees name, and the date of the nomination
- a nominating letter, which includes note of any significant activities with the Local Section
- two additional seconding letters (not more) from individuals who have had a close professional affiliation with the nominee
- a brief biography of the nominee (one page or less)
- a concise description of the nominee’s chief accomplishments in the field (one page or less)
- a list of publications and patents
Additional details can be found at URL http://www.stlacs.org/st-louis-award/.
Your assistance is solicited in identifying candidates for the 2017 Midwest Award. The St Louis Section of the American Chemical Society established the ACS Midwest Award in 1944 and confers it annually on a scientist who has made meritorious contributions to the advancement of pure or applied chemistry, chemical education, and the profession of chemistry. The contributions must have been made during a period of residence in the geographical area defined by the territories of the Local Sections that participate in the Midwest Regional Meeting of the ACS. These 17 Sections are listed in programs for Midwest Regional Meetings. Nominees can work in industry, academia, government, or in private practice.
The 2017 Midwest Award will be presented at the 52nd Midwest Regional Meeting of the ACS to be held in Lawrence KS, October 18-20, hosted by the University of Kansas. Ceremonies feature a Midwest Award Symposium and the Midwest Award Lecture. The Award consists of a medallion and a cash honorarium; it is presented by the St Louis Section Chair at the Midwest Awards Banquet. The recipient must agree to give a Midwest Award Lecture and attend the Midwest Awards Banquet; both events usually occur on the Thursday of the Midwest Regional Meeting, which would be on October 19 this year.
Nominations consist of
- a nominating letter for the nominee and two or more seconding letters;
- a CV for the nominee;
- a brief biography of the nominee;
- documented and objective information regarding the outstanding achievements of the nominee;
- if the nominee is an academician, a list of people who received advanced degrees under her or his direction
Activities in support of the ACS in the Midwest Region constitute an added criterion. Please submit nominations electronically as a single pdf file. All nominations must be received on or before Friday March 31, 2017.
If you have questions, please contact ACS Midwest Award Coordinator Jim O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 314.757.5717.