Technical Achievement Awards (TAOC)

Charge of the Program

The purpose of the Early Career -Technical Achievements in Organic Chemistry (EC-TAOC) is to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of organic chemistry from accomplished, professional chemists holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree or equivalent. Individuals must be currently pursuing careers in industrial or government sectors and are no more than 10 years from undergraduate (bachelor’s) or graduate (master’s) school
The purpose of the Mid Career -Technical Achievements in Organic Chemistry (MC-TAOC) is to recognize outstanding contributions to the field of organic chemistry from accomplished, professional chemists holding a bachelor’s or master’s degree or equivalent. Individuals must be currently pursuing careers in industrial or government sectors and are more than 10 years from undergraduate (bachelor’s) or graduate (master’s) school

Selection of Awardees

Awardees are selected by the Early and Mid Career TAOC Awards Committee from a pool of candidates nominated by their respective employers, and are approved by the Executive Committee of the Division of Organic Chemistry. Nominations are accepted through the online Early Career or Mid Career TAOC Nomination Form and must include the following materials: (a) a letter containing the address of the nominator and information written on company letterhead of nomination that presents evidence that illustrates the scientist’s promise, creativity, independence and productivity. (b) the nominee’s CV (including work address and email) that includes a description of their educational background and experience, and publication and patent record and (c) any other information that documents the special achievements and/or contributions made by the nominee (i.e. mentorship, leadership). Seconding letters and copies of selected publications will be considered but are not necessary.

Events Associated with TAOC Awards

There are two events associated with the Early Career /Mid Career TAOC Awards. There is a dinner for the awardees, typically on Sunday evening of the ACS Fall National Meeting in combination with the Early and Mid-Career Investigator Awardees. There is a symposium typically on Wednesday of the ACS Fall National Meeting.

Awardee Responsibilities

Awardees presents a 30 minute scientific talk at the Fall ACS meeting that contains a substantial amount of the scientist’s own work (time period is flexible depending on number of awardees) at the ACS National Fall Meeting. As an awards symposium, under ACS bylaws there is no question and answer period.

Nominations

We encourage nominators to select candidates who are both excellent scientists and good communicators. To nominate a candidate for the Early or Mid Career TAOC Award you would need to complete the appropriate online nomination form-due January 20, 2023. Nominators must be members or affiliates of the ACS Organic Division. The form requires a letter describing the nominee’s contributions and the nominee’s curriculum vitae. Additional letters and supporting documents are most welcome, but not essential. For EC-TAOC nominees must be no more than 10 years from graduating (bachelor’s or master’s) for MC-TAOC nominees must be more than 10 years from graduating (bachelor’s or master’s) and are a current researcher in a non-academic setting (e.g. industry, government or non-profit laboratory). Nominations from women and minorities who are typically under-represented in chemistry are especially encouraged.

Questions may be directed to Ann Buysse via email ann.buysse@corteva.com.

Submittal Process

Nominations are to be submitted as a single PDF file (named using the format: Nominee’sLast Name_First Name_TAOC.pdf i.e. Smith_Jane_TAOC.pdf) through these online forms:
Early Career-TAOC

Mid Career-TAOC

Your PDF file should have the following parts in the following order:

  1. Nomination Letter on Company Letterhead
  2. Nominee’s CV
  3. Supplementary Information (optional)

History

The TAOC was initiated in 1992, and as of 2021, there have been a total of 373 awards. A list of awardees and their affliations can be found HERE.

Roger Adams Award

Purpose of the Roger Adams Award

To recognize and encourage outstanding contributions to research in organic chemistry defined in its broadest sense.

Nature

The award consists of a medallion, a certificate, and $25,000. The award is presented biennially in odd-numbered years at the ACS National Meeting. The recipient delivers a lecture at the Biennial National Organic Chemistry Symposium (NOS) of the American Chemical Society National Meeting and Symposium. The travel expenses to the Symposium are covered

ESTABLISHMENT

The award was established in 1959 by Organic Syntheses, Inc. and Organic Reactions, Inc., the Division of Organic Chemistry, and the American Chemical Society. The first award was made in 1959.

SPONSORSHIP

The award is currently funded by Organic Syntheses, Inc. and Organic Reactions, Inc. along with Wiley (which provides the funds for the medal and a portion of the award dinner), and the Organic Division (which organizes the award address at NOS). Sponsorship entails covering the $25,000 award and significant overhead costs to administer the award.

RULES OF ELIGIBILITY

The award is granted to an individual without regard to nationality for outstanding contributions to research in organic chemistry defined in its broadest sense.


About Roger Adams (1889-1971)

feature2Roger Adams was born in Boston on January 2, 1889. He graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in 1908 with a major in chemistry. Adams went on to pursue his Ph.D. at Radcliffe where he initially worked with H. A. Torrey whose premature death in 1910 caused Adams to seek help from several other faculty to complete his thesis in 1912. He subsequently was awarded a traveling fellowship which allowed him to move to Berlin to work with Fisher and Diels then with Willstãtter. Adams returned to Harvard in 1913 as research assistant to C. L. Jackson and shortly undertook the duties of instructor in chemistry. In 1916, Adams joined the University of Illinois Chemistry Department as an assistant professor. At Illinois, Adams pursued research on the preparation of local anesthetics. Adams was drawn into research for the army in 1917 and spent the last few months of 1918 in uniform as a major. After the World War, Adams focused on catalytic hydrogenation (Adams catalyst-discovered by an excellent example of serendipity), local anesthetics, synthesis of naturally occurring compounds, and the stereochemistry of compounds with restricted rotation and of deuterium compounds.

His contributions to the foundation of how graduate chemistry are carried out is noteworthy. One example, of his efforts includes that, in 1954, he designed the program for the Sloan Foundation that gives unrestricted grants to promising young professors. Adams also helped start the Organic Syntheses series including serving as Editor for Volumes 1 and 8. In 1942, the Organic Reactions series was initiated and Adams served as Editor-in-Chief for 19 years. He served as personal research director for 198 Illinois Ph.D. recipients. He served as the Chair of the ACS, Division of Organic Chemistry in 1921 and as ACS president in 1935. He retired as a research professor in 1957 and he Died July 6. 1971 at the age of 81 after a short illness.

Taken in part from the biography published by D. Stanley Tarbell and Ann Tracy Tarbell

History of the Award-Presentation at the 2022 NOS

 


MORE INFORMATION on The Adams Award

ACS Page on the Roger Adams Award
University of Illinois Page on Roger Adams
The Tarbell Biography
The Roger Adams Papers Archive

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