About the Award
To recognize outstanding contributions to the chemical enterprise as reflected by excellence in research, technology, service to the ACS or its sections, and/or chemical education in any field of chemistry (broadly defined), by chemists working in the state of Utah.
Establishment and Nature of the Award:
In 1958, the Salt Lake Section of the ACS established the award to honor members of the Utah chemistry community. Since 1970, the Salt Lake and Central Utah Sections have sponsored the Utah Award. The award consists of an engraved plaque including a special struck medal. The plaque is presented during the annual awards banquet.
Rules of Eligibility:
The award shall be granted to an individual for outstanding achievement in any field of chemistry, who works in the state of Utah and is an ACS member. It is intended to recognize those individuals who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, creativity,and scientific or educational impact in the chemical sciences. Usually, nominees have been a Utah resident for at least 5 years prior to nomination. It would be expected that the recipient would be a member of one of the sections at the time of receiving the award, but an exception may be made in the case of a particularly meritorious recipient. For example, previous award winners have contributed greatly to teaching and research in Utah, but later moved to a position elsewhere. While a recipient should have made some contribution while a resident of this area, contributions to research, the chemical industry, or the national ACS organization while not a resident of this area should be given weight in the considerations as well.
The Utah Award in Chemistry, following the customs of the ACS national awards, recognizes individual or team accomplishments in diverse fields of the chemical sciences. Each recipient is required to appear in person to receive the award and to deliver an award address on the scientific work that is being recognized. Customarily, the award address will be given at the spring awards banquet held jointly by the two local sections. These requirements will be waived only under extraordinary circumstances. Although nominations of more than one individual for an award are acceptable, the sharing of an award will be permitted only in exceptional cases.
Any individual, except a member of the award selection committee, may submit one nomination or one supporting letter for the Utah Award in any given year. In selecting the recipient of the Utah Award, only documents supplied as part of the nomination packet, including the publications and patent list, will be considered. Submitted materials will not be returned.
Required nomination materials include:
- A nomination letter explaining the nominee’s accomplishments and a specific identification of the work to be recognized.
- A curriculum vitae or resume of the nominee.
- A list of the nominee’s publications and patents.
- At least two letters of support for the nominee from individuals familiar with the scientific and/or educational impact of the nominee’s work.
- Optional: No more than five reprints or preprints may be included as documentary evidence, provided that the subject is restricted to the work on which the nomination is based. Brochures, abstracts, patents, or reviews may be used in lieu of reprints. Books may not be included.
The preferred method of submittal is by US mail, containing the required items listed above. All nominations should be letter-size and unbound.
Send documents to your local section secretary:
Salt Lake Section Central Utah Section
Dr. Tom Richmond Dr. Jeff Macedone
Department of Chemistry Department of Chemistry
University of Utah Brigham Young University
315 S 1400 E, Room 2020 Provo, UT 84602
Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0850
The deadline for all nominations for the Utah Award is March 15.
Documents are retained on file for at least two years, and nominees are automatically reconsidered by award selection committees for two years after initial submission.
Award Selection Committee:
The committee consists of four appointed members, two from each local section, each serving three-year terms. The local section executive committee makes award selection committee appointments, and selection is confidential. Members of the award selection committee may not nominate, second, or be a nominee for the award, but may nominate, second, or be a nominee for any other ACS local or national award for which they qualify.
The award committee members shall first determine whether any nominee qualifies for the award. If a majority of the members respond “no”, no award will be made. If three or more members respond “yes”, the committee will proceed at once to ballot. Each award selection committee member will be required to rank all nominees. When a nominee receives a majority of “1” rankings, that nominee becomes the unanimous recipient. If there is no unanimous recipient, the nominees with the two lowest numerical scores will move to a second ballot. More than two nominees may move to a second ballot. The nominee with a majority of “1” rankings on the second ballot becomes the award recipient. If no single nominee receives a majority of “1” rankings on the second ballot, the nominee with the lowest numerical score becomes the recipient. If there is a tie involving two or more nominees on a second ballot, then the chairs of the local sections will select the recipient.
The responsibility for the annual awards banquet alternates between the two local sections. The award address by the recipient of the Utah Award in Chemistry is the main focus of the awards banquet, but other local, regional, and/or national awards such as the High School Chemistry Olympiad honorees and their teachers, High School Chemistry Teaching awards, and ACS 50-year members from each section, may be recognized.