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     NEW AWARD: Excellence in High School Teaching of Chemistry

    NEW AWARD:  Excellence in High School Teaching of Chemistry

    Name of Award: The Chicago Section Award for Excellence in High School Teaching of Chemistry

    Purpose: To recognize, encourage, and stimulate outstanding teachers of high school chemistry or a chemical science in the Chicago section.

    Amount of Award: $1000, a plaque and membership for one year in the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT).

    Committee in Charge of Award and Budget: Awards

    The awardee is to be chosen annually by a selection committee composed of the Awards committee chair, the High School Education committee chair and the College Education committee chair. If any of the committees are headed by co-chairs, only one of the committee co-chairs may serve.

    Who May Nominate: Any individual, except a currently enrolled student of the nominee or a member of the award selection committee, may submit one nomination in any given year. The awardee should recently (within the last two years) have taught chemistry at an area high school. We will not consider self-nominees.

    Required Components of Nomination Portfolio:

    • The Awards Committee will consider only complete nomination portfolios.
    • A complete portfolio shall consist of

    o   Nomination Information Form;

    o   Nominator Recommendation Letter of not more than 750 words submitted by the nominator according to the guidelines outlined on the Recommendation Form;

    o   A current curriculum vitae or resume that includes a list of the nominee’s honors, professional activities, and additional evidence of service to the profession; NOTE: This must be limited to no more than two pages and the activities listed must have occurred within the past five years.

    o   NOTE: Some commentary on student reaction to the work of the nominee should be included in the nominating recommendation letter for a well-rounded portfolio.  

    Instructions: Submit nominations via the website: by July 1 of the year that the award is to be given.

    Presentation of Award: The award will be given by the Section at the Chicago Section’s Education Night.