ChemLuminary Awards

    ChemLuminary Awards recognize local sections, technical divisions, regional meetings, and international chemical sciences chapters for their tireless efforts and work in promoting chemistry and the chemical sciences. They are annual awards sponsored by ACS and its governance committees at the national level. See more about them, including lists of all recipients and videos of award ceremonies at ACS.org.

    2017

    • Outstanding Involvement in Chemists Celebrate Earth Day

    Sponsored by ACS' Committee on Community Activities. "The Chicago Local Section helped shape and participated in one of the largest March for Science satellite rallies and hosted a table in the post-March exposition. Hundreds of people interacted with the Chicago Local Section through their “ask a chemist” station, viewing which the chemistry companies were closest to their homes, and receiving Chemists Celebrate Earth Day and other outreach materials."

     

    2016

    • ACS President's Award for Local Section Government Affairs

    Sponsored by ACS Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs (CCPA). "The Chicago Local Section coordinated a multi-event program exploring the chemistry of municipal water systems. Three events attracted 230 attendees, and communicated chemistry’s role in addressing the world’s challenges to the public and policymakers."

    • Outstanding Performance by a Local Section - Very Large Size

    Sponsored by ACS Local Section Activities Committee (LSAC). "The Chicago Local Section addressed distance and rush hour obstacles to meeting attendance by live streaming monthly programs to two additional sites thanks to Innovative Project Grant funding. Box lunches have also replaced more expensive traditional dinner meetings."

    2015

    • Best Overall Women Chemists Committee - Local Section

    Sponsored by ACS Women Chemists Committee (WCC). "Chicago hosted numerous activities which included a nontraditional career forum, an American Association of University Women $tart $mart Workshop about negotiating salaries, a mentoring event, and a Mix & Mingle held with Iota Sigma Pi featuring a chemistry-based, Jeopardy-style game."

    • ACS President's Award for Local Section Government Affairs

    Sponsored by ACS Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs (CCPA). "Chicago worked with U.S. Senator Mark Kirk to ensure support for science education in the Every Student Succeeds Act, which led to legislation funding professional development for STEM teachers, an ACS priority."

    2013

    • ACS President's Award for Local Section Government Affairs

    Sponsored by ACS Committee on Chemistry and Public Affairs (CCPA). "A meeting with Congressman Danny Davis was held to present the congressman with key ACS positions on STEM education, research funding, and Helium legislation. The meeting also engaged the Section in the Altgeld Gardens Revitalization Project, a “Big Ideas” Program to revitalize an impoverished community on Chicago's Southside."

    2011

    • Best New Public Relations Program of a Local Section

    Sponsored by ACS Committee on Public Relations and Communications

    • Outstanding Collaboration Between a Local Section and a Division

    Co-Sponsored by ACS Divisional Activites Committee and Local Section Activities Committee

    • Outstanding Local Section Younger Chemists Committee

    Sponsored by ACS Younger Chemists Committee

    • Best Women Chemists Committee Program for International Year of Chemistry

    Sponsored by ACS Women Chemists Committee

     

    2009

    • Outstanding Performance by a Local Section - Very Large Size

    Sponsored by ACS Local Section Activities Committee (LSAC)

     

    2008

    • Outstanding Continuing Public Relations Program of a Local Section

    Sponsored by ACS Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC)

    2003

    • Outstanding Preformance by a Local Section - Very Large Size

    Sponsored by ACS Local Section Activities Committee (LSAC)

    • Local Section / Division Interaction Award (joint with Division on Professional Relations)

    Co-Sponsored by ACS Divisional Activites Committee (DAC) and Local Section Activities Committee (LSAC)

    2002

    • Best Overall Local Section Committee on Minority Affairs

    Sponsored by ACS Committee on Minority Affairs (CMA)

    1998

    • National Chemistry Week - Best Activity With Underrepresented Minority Groups

    1994

    • Outstanding Public Relations Program

    Sponsored by ACS Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC)

    1992

    • Outstanding Public Relations Program

    Sponsored by ACS Committee on Public Relations and Communications (CPRC)

    1992

    • Phoenix Award - Best Activity with High Schools

    1991

    • Best Intersectional Cooperation - National Chemistry Week