Local Section Awards

ACS DFW Local Section Invites Nominations for 2020 Doherty, Schulz, and Chemistry Ambassador Awards

Deadline is July 1, 2020

A continuous flow of nominations is needed to maintain the quality of awards. Each nomination should contain a completed nomination form, a cover letter highlighting the nominee’s accomplishments, and a copy of the CV. One seconding letter may accompany nominations. The nomination package should be sent by email as a single PDF file to Professor John P. Ferraris at ferraris@utdallas.edu. Nominations remain active for five years but should be updated annually.

Each year the ACS-DFW section honors members of the section through a variety of awards. The DFW section stretches from Abilene on the west to Sherman on the north to Commerce on the east to Stephenville on the southwest. The Doherty and Schulz award winners will normally receive their awards and give their lectures at a fall meeting of the local section. In years where an April Awards banquet is held, The Chemistry Ambassador Award awardees will be recognized at that banquet.

The Doherty Award is given for excellence in chemical research or chemistry teaching, meritorious service to ACS, the establishment of new chemical methodology (for the industry), solution of pollution problems, and advances in curative or preventive chemotherapy. Nominees may come from industry, academia, government, or small business. The nominee should be a resident member in the area served by the DFW Section, and the work should have been performed here. The award is $1500 and an engraved plaque.

Nomination Form for the Doherty Award

Nomination Form for the Doherty Award

The Schulz Award is given to high school chemistry teachers, who, like the late Dr. Werner Schulz, bring that something extra to the teaching of chemistry. The nominee and/or nominator need not be ACS members. Nominees should show excellence in chemistry teaching, as demonstrated by testimonials from students and fellow teachers, results in student competitions, and diligence in updating and expanding scientific/teaching credentials. The award is $1500 and an engraved plaque.

Nomination Form for the Schulz Award

Nomination Form for the Schulz Award

The Chemistry Ambassador Award was recently instituted by the DFW Section to recognize an outstanding Section member who has made a significant impact via promoting chemistry to the community. The 2020 Chemistry Ambassador of the Year award is based on peer or self-nominations to the selection committee. Submissions should be one page in length and address the community outreach activities either through teaching, service, or working with legislators to affect public policy. Submissions will be evaluated on the impact made, which may include but not limited to how many people were reached, impact on individual people in the community, and exemplary commitment to the promotion of chemistry in the community.

2019 Awards Recipients

Many Congratulations to ACSDFW Award Recipients 2019!

Remember to Register and Attend the events Recognizing the Awardees’ respective Innovations in ChemEd, Contributions to Chemistry, and effectiveness in Sharing Chemistry with the World

Werner Schulz Award for Excellence in High School Chemistry Teaching

Neil Milburn, MA
AP Chemistry Teacher
National Academies Honorary Board of Educators
LASER, & Key Club Club Sponsor
Plano West Senior High

Wilfred T. Doherty Award for Contributions to Chemistry

Julia Chan
Professor of Chemistry
Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
University of Texas at Dallas 

Chemistry Ambassador Award for Promotion of Science

Robert G. Landolt, Ph.D.
Professor, emeritus
Texas Wesleyan University

Many thanks to the Awards Committee of the ACSDFW Local Section (2019 Chair: Sean O’Brien, PhD of TI) for the selection of such worthy Recipients. Nominate deserving chemists and chemistry teachers for The Schulz, Doherty and Ambassador Awards. Online nomination info available on acsdfw.org.

Student Awards

The Outstanding Undergraduate Student and Outstanding Community College Student Awardees will be honored at an annual awards meeting, typically held in April.

Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awards

The Dallas-Fort Worth local section is accepting nominations for Outstanding Undergraduate Student Awards. Each chemistry department at a 4 year degree granting institution in the Dallas-Fort Worth local section is allowed to nomination one student for this honor per calendar year. In years where an April Awards banquet is held, students will be recognized at that banquet. The award will include a $100 prize per student.

Student Requirements: (updated in 2015)

1) The student must be an undergraduate chemistry or biochemistry major enrolled in an ACS approved curriculum or its equivalent.
2) The student must be at least a junior with the equivalent of 8 hours of advanced (junior/senior level) chemistry coursework completed (or <4 hours completed and currently enrolled in remaining).
3) Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
4) The student must be a member of a Chemistry Club, a student member of the ACS, or have presented a paper at a scientific meeting.

To nominate a student, fill out this online nomination form.

Outstanding Community College Student Awards

The Dallas-Fort Worth local section is accepting nominations for Outstanding Community College Student Awards. Each chemistry department at a community college in the Dallas-Fort Worth local section is allowed to nomination one student for this honor. In years where an April Awards banquet is held, students will be recognized at that banquet. The award will include a $100 prize per student. Community colleges departments are encouraged to create a committee with a faculty from each campus to choose 1 student nominee for the entire community college system.

Student Requirements: (updated in 2015)

1) The student must have passed the first semester of organic chemistry and be enrolled in the second semester organic chemistry course.
2) The student must be planning to transfer to a 4 year institution and major in chemistry or be working to complete training in a chemical technician program.

To nominate a student, fill out this online nomination form

Chemistry Ambassador Award

The Dallas-Fort Worth Section of the American Chemical Society would like to recognize an outstanding Section member who has made a significant impact via promoting chemistry to the community.  The Chemistry Ambassador of the Year award is based on peer or self-nominations to the selection committee. Submissions should be one page in length and address the community outreach activities either through teaching, service, or working with legislators to affect public policy. Submissions will be evaluated on the impact made, which may include but not limited to how many people were reached, impact on individual people in the community, and exemplary commitment to the promotion of chemistry in the community.

In years where an April Awards banquet is held, awardees will be recognized at that banquet.

To be eligible for this award, the person must be a section member in good standing and a member of the Chemistry Ambassadors program by the time the award is given.


In order to promote member activity and keep the award beyond reproach, the members of the Selection Committee and the Section Executive Committee are not eligible to receive this award.