Local Section Awards

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

The deadline for 2021 nominations was extended to May 15, 2021.

Each nomination should contain a completed nomination form, a cover letter highlighting the nominee’s accomplishments, and a copy of the CV.  One second letter may accompany nominations.  The nomination package should be sent by email as a single pdf file Dr. Trish Smith at trishsmithtx@gmail.com.  Nominations remain active for five years but should be updated annually.

The Doherty Award is given for excellence in chemical research or chemistry teaching, meritorious service to ACS, 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 ACS DFW Local Section, and the work should have been performed here. The award is $1500 and an engraved plaque.

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.

The DFW Section instituted the Chemistry Ambassador Award to recognize an outstanding Section member who has made a significant impact by promoting chemistry to the community.    The 2021 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. The award is $500. 

Student Awards

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 nominate one student for this honor per calendar year. The award will include a $200 prize per student.

Student Requirements: (Updated in 2020)

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.

Nominations will be requested from heads of departments by the chair-elect via email.

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. The award will include a $200 prize per student.

Student Requirements: (Updated in 2020)

1) The student must have passed general chemistry and ideally be enrolled the first semester of organic chemistry. Exceptions from the organic chemistry rule are allowed for community colleges not offering organic chemistry.

2) The student must be planning to transfer to a 4-year institution and major in chemistry or biochemistry or be working to complete training in a chemical technician program.

Nominations will be requested from heads of departments by the chair-elect via email.

The Outstanding Undergraduate Student and Outstanding Community College Student Awardees will be honored at an annual awards meeting. In years where an April Awards banquet is held, students will be recognized at that banquet.

2021 ACS DFW Local Section Awards Recipients

  • Mihaela C. Stefan
  • Heather Thompson

Many Congratulations to the ACS DFW Award Recipients for 2021!

The ACS DFW local section is pleased to announce the winners of the Wilfred T. Doherty and Werner Schulz Awards for 2021. The ACS DFW local section would like to thank the 2021 Awards Committee led by Dr. Trish Smith for their hard work in selecting the winners for 2021.

Mihaela C. Stefan, Eugene McDermott Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas, is the winner of the Wilfred T. Doherty Award for 2021. The Doherty Award recognizes 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.

Mihaela C. Stefan received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D. in Chemistry from Politehnica University Bucharest, Romania. She joined the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Dallas in 2007, and she is currently an Eugene McDermott Professor and Interim Department Head. She received the NSF Career Award in 2010, the NS&M Outstanding Teacher Award in 2009 and 2017, the Inclusive Teaching Diversity Award in 2012, the President’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2014, the Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring in 2015, and the Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Graduate Research Mentoring in 2021. She published more than 135 papers in peer-reviewed journals, graduated 22 Ph.D. students, and mentored more than 125 undergraduate students. Her research group is developing novel organic semiconductors for organic electronics, biodegradable and biocompatible polymers for drug delivery applications, and rare novel catalysts for the polymerization of dienes and cyclic esters.

Heather Thompson is the winner of the Werner Schulz Award for 2021. The Schulz Award recognizes outstanding high school chemistry teachers, who, like the late Dr. Werner Schulz, bring excellence to the teaching of chemistry.

Heather Thompson received her B.A. in General Chemistry and M.Ed. in science education from the University of Texas at Arlington. Currently, she is working on her Ph.D. in Science Education at Texas Christian University. She began teaching chemistry in 2008 at Paschal High School in Fort Worth and is currently teaching at Lake Ridge High School in Mansfield. She has taught chemistry in high school at many different levels, including organic chemistry. Additionally, she has taught chemistry and forensics at Tarrant County College for the College for Kids summer program. She also had the chance to be a teacher’s assistant and educational researcher during a TRIO Upward Bound Summer Chemical Research program at Texas Christian University.   She received science teacher of the year award in 2013. Her Master’s thesis research focus was on technology integration for immediate formative assessment feedback to students. Heather is currently focused on science language acquisition and laboratory use to enhance the acquisition of multiple science language modalities.

2020 ACS DFW Local Section Awards Recipients

  • Nicolay V. Tsarevsky
  • Nicole Lyssy
  • William H. Hendrickson Jr.

Many Congratulations to the ACS DFW Award Recipients for 2020!

The ACS DFW local section is pleased to announce the winners for the Doherty, Schultz, and Chemistry Ambassador Awards for 2020. The ACS DFW local section would like to thank the 2020 Awards Committee led by Professor John P. Ferraris (University of Texas at Dallas) for their hard work to select the winners for 2020.

The ACS DFW local section is also proud to announce the 2020 recipient of the ACS SWRM High School teaching Award for outstanding contributions to high school chemistry education.

Nicolay V. Tsarevsky, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Southern Methodist University, is the winner of the Wilfred T. Doherty Award for 2020. The Doherty Award recognizes 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.

Nick Tsarevsky obtained M.S. degree in theoretical chemistry and chemical physics in 1999 from the University of Sofia, Bulgaria, and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry in 2005 from Carnegie Mellon University under the supervision of Prof. Kris Matyjaszewski. He was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Chemistry at Carnegie Mellon University (2005-6), and a member of the founding team of ATRP Solutions, Inc., of which he served as Chief Science Officer (2007-2010). He joined the Department of Chemistry at Southern Methodist University in the summer of 2010 as an assistant professor, and in 2016 he was promoted to associate professor with tenure. He has authored and co-authored over 100 journal articles and book chapters, 1 textbook, and has served as the co-editor of 7 books. He also co-authored two scripts for science education programs for children (shown on national TV in Bulgaria). He received several awards, including the IUPAC Young Observer Fellowship, an NSF CAREER award, and the 2020 W. T. Doherty Award of the Dallas – Fort Worth local section of the ACS. Research interests include polymerization techniques, functional materials, coordination chemistry and catalysis, and the chemistry hypervalent compounds, in addition to the history of chemistry and chemical education. He served as chair of the Polymer group of the Pittsburgh local section of the ACS as well as chair of the Section itself. Since 2018, he has been the program chair of the Division for the History of Chemistry (HIST) of the ACS.

Nicole Lyssy is the winner of the Werner Schulz Award for 2020. The Schulz Award recognizes outstanding high school chemistry teachers, who, like the late Dr. Werner Schulz, bring excellence to the teaching of chemistry.

Nicole Lyssy began her chemistry teaching career at Bryan High School after earning a BS in Biochemistry from Texas A&M University in 1999 and building upon the many teachers who influenced her. A move to north Texas in 2003 brought her to Plano West Senior High, where she was able to grow the AP Chemistry program, sponsor an active ACS Chemistry Club, and co-sponsor LASER (science fair). She has been involved in curriculum and instructional design for Plano ISD and a professional development presenter at the district and state levels. She is currently creating an AP Chemistry course for the International Academy of Science and president of the Associated Chemistry Teachers of Texas.

William H. Hendrickson Jr. is the winner of the Chemistry Ambassador Award for 2020. The Chemistry Ambassador Award recognizes an outstanding member of the ACS DFW local section who has made a significant impact via promoting chemistry to the community.

Bill Hendrickson (aka Dr. William H. Hendrickson Jr.) is a Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Chemistry at the University of Dallas, where he taught organic chemistry for 40 years. He was a department chair from 2005-2015 and the Director of the O’Hara Chemical Sciences Institute from 2000-2017. He holds a BS from Louisiana Tech and a Ph.D. from LSU. He did a post-doc at Johns Hopkins and was a Visiting Professor of Chemistry at UAB before coming to the University of Dallas. At UD, he received the President’s Award twice (1989, 1993), and in 2015, he was named King Fellow for outstanding service to the university and research. Bill has been an ACS member since 1974 and has served as secretary and chair of the DFW Section, as well as participating in many ACS events (Chemistry Olympiad, Meeting-in-Miniature, science fairs, National Chemistry Week, Science Bowl). From 1989 to 2010, he did chemistry demonstration shows at numerous schools in the DFW area. Most importantly, Bill has mentored over 90 undergraduate students in summer research, with student publications in ACS journals, presentations at regional and national meetings, and the Meeting-in-Miniature.

Jo L. King won the 2020 ACS SWRM High School Teaching Award for outstanding contributions to high school chemistry education.

Jo L. King teaches AP Chemistry at Plano West Senior High in Plano, TX and is currently learning the nuances of virtual teaching. In her many years of teaching, Jo has taught many levels of high school chemistry: on-level, Pre-AP, AP, Dual Credit, Organic, and Biochemistry. She received her B.S. in Psychology with a minor in Chemistry from Midwestern State University, her M.A. in Religion from Wayland Baptist University, and her M.S. in Chemistry-Chemistry Education from the University of North Texas. She is in her 33rd year of teaching chemistry. She is currently the co-chair of the ACS Pre-College Committee for the Division of Chemical Education. She has been a Reader for the AP Chemistry exam for the past seven years. She was a pre-college co-chair for BCCE 2010 hosted in Denton. She was also a co-program chair for the international ChemEd 2007 conference held in Denton. Jo has served on the ACS Advanced High School Exam Committee and has written questions for the TExES exam for those seeking to become a certified teacher in Texas. She is the sponsor of the Plano West ChemClub and Key Club. Jo has given numerous presentations at local and national meetings. Dedicated to staying current with new techniques, Jo has committed to attending several conventions and workshops each year. She is also active in a greyhound rescue group.

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.