Mid-Career Investigator Award
The purpose of the Mid-Career Investigator (MCI) Award program is to recognize scientists who are more than 10 years from graduate school or post-doctoral appointment and are a current researcher in a non-academic setting (e.g. industry, government or non-profit laboratory) who have demonstrated sustained excellence in Organic Chemistry.
An award program to recognize early career organic chemists working in non-academic settings was started in 2007 and it was called the Technical Achievement in Organic Chemistry (TAOC) award. In 2021, the executive committee recognized the need to recognize mid-career organic chemists working in non-academic settings. Therefore, in 2021, the program was split into the Early Career Investigator (ECI) and the Mid-Career Investigator (MCI) programs.
Selection of Awardees
Awardees are selected by the Mid-Career Investigator 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 Mid-Career Investigator Award 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, 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. Seconding letters and copies of selected publications will be considered but are not necessary.
There are two events associated with the Mid-Career Investigator Award. There is a dinner for the awardees, typically on Sunday evening of the ACS Fall National Meeting in combination with the TAOC and Early Career Investigator Awardees. There is a symposium (half or full day depending on the number of awardees), typically on Monday or Tuesday of the ACS Fall National Meeting.
Awardees present 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.
We encourage nominators to select candidates who are both excellent scientists and good communicators. To nominate a candidate for the Mid-Career Investigator Award you would need to complete the online nomination form-due February 6, 2024. Nominators must be members or affiliates of the ACS Organic Division. The form requires a letter highlighting the scientist’s creativity, productivity, and leadership. Additional letters and supporting documents are most welcome, but not essential. Selected nominees will have demonstrated outstanding and sustained commitment to Organic Chemistry, as well as leadership in the field. This may include leadership of project teams, a significant publication track record, academic collaborations, or in the area of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Previous Early Career Investigators (Young Investigators) are eligible to be nominated for the symposium, providing a period of three years has passed since the previous nomination. Additionally, the contributions for which a candidate is nominated must be substantially different than the Early Career nomination.
Questions may be directed to Drs. Steven Wisniewski and Steve Silverman.
Nominations are to be submitted as a single PDF file (named using the format of the Nominee’s information): Last_Name_First_Name_MCI.pdf i.e. Smith_Jane_MCI.pdf) through this online form: MCI Nomination Form
Your PDF file should have the following parts in the following order:
- Nomination Letter on Company Letterhead
- Nominee’s CV
- Supplementary Information (optional)
The Mid-Career Investigator Award commenced in 2021. All past and present awardees with their affiliations are listed on the MCI History Page by their awarded year.